Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Kindergarten student Lukas Ortiz holding the letter "t" escorts Andrea Marrroquin holding the letter "h" walk down the isle while participating in the 6th annual marriage ceremony uniting the blends, diagraphs and combinations at Woodward Mill Elementary School in Lawrenceville Thursday.
Kindergartners Learn During Wedding of the Blends
Kindergarten students took part in the 6th annual marriage ceremony uniting the blends, diagraphs and combinations at Woodward Mill Elementary School in Lawrenceville Thursday. Kindergarten teachers use this unique event to teach the students how to blend letters such as "sh" when reading.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- The letters Q and U, C and H, and P and R were united in holy matrimony during a wedding of the blends on Thursday at Woodward Mill Elementary School.
Those combinations, among others, were part ofkindergarten teacher Laura Baynard's lesson to her students as they learned to blend letters together to form words. The culmination of the lesson was a wedding-like ceremony where the students dressed up in wedding attire and joined their letters in matrimony.
"The kids have fun with it," Baynard said. "And they learn something in the process."
Baynard's class has been doing the ceremony for four years and includes Woodward Mill's assistant principal Brian Walker as the officiant to the ceremony.
"Do you take the letter 'H' through spelling and reading. In crying times, showing times, whining times, thinking times and whispering times? What say ye?" Walker asked the students.
As part of the event, four separate ceremonies were held. The letter L was joined with letters like C, S and B, while the letter H was joined to letters like T, W and P.
The third ceremony featured the R blends which joined letters like F, P and G.
The final ceremony was specifically for Q and U to spell words like quarter, queen, quick and quest.
"Whatever it takes, that's what I'm willing to do," Baynard said. "Even during rehearsals the kids were practicing."
For Talia Camp, who represented the letter C, listening to Walker was the best part of the event.
"He was funny," she said.
Students Jayden Nguyen and Aaron Foster said they enjoyed the dance part at the end of the ceremony, where they got to dance down the aisle to the song "Celebration."
"It was all fun," Foster said.