The Grapevine—Early Childhood news, Dec. 13, 2017

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Kindergarteners see “The Nutcracker”

Seattle Center Armory

Our kindergarteners, from both campuses, had a special field trip on Dec. 8, traveling to McCaw Hall in Seattle to see a performance of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker®” by Pacific Northwest Ballet.

The children had time to also explore the Seattle Center Armory, with its village and train exhibit (shown here), the fountain and some other center sights.

The Pine class has been reading different variations of the Nutcracker.

“This classic holiday story is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original story set to music by Tchaikovsky,” says Pine teacher Carol Harshaw. “The children are quickly picking up on the slight differences between the stories and are becoming aware of the music and how it relates to each part of the story. The children are currently making Nutcracker puppets and are having so much fun telling the story to one another using their handmade puppets.”

The outing offered the kindergartners time to be with same-age peers to experience the art of beautiful music and ballet with memories to last a lifetime.

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