Pre-K and kindergarten children at the ELC enjoyed a performance of The Jungle Book, presented by the Tokyo Theater for Children. This annual event is sponsored by the ELC PTA and provides an opportunity for our children to see a live stage production in an intimate setting at the ELC.
Preceding the show, teachers had the opportunity to read the story to each of their classes. Students and teachers also took the time to discuss the story, costumes and characters that would appear in the play.
A highlight of this year’s show was having Andrea Johnston, one of ASIJ’s own teachers, as a member of the cast. Of course, having the actors in full costume mingle in the classrooms and on the playground, after the two performances, was an extra bonus for all of the children.
Opportunities to experience productions such as The Jungle Book inspire excellence, promote a balanced education—which includes the arts—and help our children learn to be good citizens by practicing audience behaviors. This activity was a great way to engage students and focus on developing literate individuals who integrate learning and apply it to authentic situations, which is one of our student learning outcomes (SLOs). (Jean Caskey, ELC Director)