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    Sayville Kindergarten Students Practice “Heart” Surgery on Words
    February 7, 2016 7:23 pm  
    Sayville Kindergarten Students Practice “Heart” Surgery on Words

    by Linda Mittiga, Sayville Schools Public Relations

    To be a successful surgeon requires a wide knowledge of anatomy and the fine motor skills for delicate operations.

    To be successfully literate requires the skills for forming words from alphabetic symbols. Those who study the English language know that, generally speaking, vowels are the heart of words. Without a vowel, it is not considered a word.

    Studying about the importance of vowels, Mrs. Jeannette Georges’ Cherry Avenue Kindergarten students in Sayville had been learning the basic anatomy of English words, practicing on consonant-vowel-consonant words as they prepared for a special activity—the Vowel Hospital.

    On the day of the Vowel Hospital activity, Room 102 was transformed into an Operating Theatre. The eager students were dressed as surgeons with masks, hats, lab coats, and gloves, and ready to perform ‘heart’ transplants by finding the missing vowels for words in the patients’ charts.  Work tables were set up with stainless steel surgical trays that contained cardboard squares of the vowels needed during surgery. Also, as a centerpiece on each work table was a specific ‘patient’ complete with red-colored ‘blood’ packs marked as positive and negative types  A, B, O.  Projected on the SmartBoard at the front of the classroom were the common vowels, A,E, I, O, U for the ‘surgeons’  to use as a reference.

    To make things more exciting, the surgeons used tweezers to pick up the vowel and place it in the  c-v-c word on the patient’s chart. “We didn’t want to get any vowel blood on us,” Mrs. Georges explained. “Each kinder-doctor matched the vowel by using their tapping out strategies and picture clues to help identify the missing vowels and fixed the word. Later, they wrote their findings on their Patient Chart!

    Like many operating rooms, the surgeons conferred with their colleagues amid a buzz of ‘professional’ chatter, while the Head of Surgery, ‘Dr.’ Georges offered encouragement and reminders. During the procedures, invited  guests Principal Dr. Lisa Ihne and Mrs. Geraldine Batterberry observed.

    While the good news is that all the patients survived the day in surgery, the best news is that all the kinder-docs were tremendously entertained by the activity, thanks to the energizing enthusiasm and creativity of their teacher Mrs. Georges, as assisted by SRP Mrs. Roseann Delaney. Most importantly, it was a lesson these Kindergarteners will not soon forget. Who knows? It may have inspired future surgeons too!

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    Story and photo by Linda Mittiga

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