That’s especially true for those lucky enough to be in Ms. Yorston’s class at Second Street Community School in Burnaby, BC.
When I was a tot in kindergarten, it was all about sharing, colouring between the lines, building towers out of blocks, learning to tie my shoes and counting up to like seven – on a good day.
It seems the curriculum has changed somewhat since I walked uphill in the snow getting to and from school.
In Ms. Yorston’s class, the Vancouver Canucks take centre stage when it comes to learning.
When the playoffs started, the students made encouraging cards for the Canucks with some of the best colouring and printing kindergartners have ever done. No jokes.
The cards inspired a large poster created for the Canucks where each student, all 18 of them, painted a hand either blue or green and smacked it down on the poster as a high five to Vancouver. A class picture was included, which really showed the spirit the youngsters have for the Canucks.
“Things just unraveled from there,” said Ms. Yorston, who goes by Gina when she’s not shaping tomorrow's leaders.
Other activities, such as running with a Canucks flag to warm up on the morning of every game day and a Fin puppet helping distribute popsicles and assigning partners, kept the kids busy for a while, but they’re a creative bunch and it was time to go big or go home, according to Ms. Yorston.
The kindergartners went big.
With the help of Second Street Community School music teacher Lucas Teodoro da Silva, Ms. Yorston, the kindergartners and a mix of students from grades 1, 2, 6 and 7, created a “We Will Rock You” tribute to the Canucks that Freddy Mercury would be proud of.
Sixth and seventh grade students worked magic behind the scenes writing the clever lyrics – With Lu in the net, it’s a sure bet, we got the team that you’ll never forget – recorded the verses and made the signs used in the video, while the kindergarten stars did the acting. They stood atop picnic tables, conquered the playground and got down and funky playing air guitar to Brian May’s original guitar solo.
“We had a blast watching the kids get so into it,” said Ms. Yorston. “A day doesn't go by when I don't hear little voices, singing as fiercely as they possibly can, "We will, we will, ROCK YOU! SING IT NOW!”
Although it was a group school effort, the final product and Canucks spirit behind it reflects that of fans outside the walls of Second Street Community School.
“The enthusiasm absolutely extends beyond our classroom door; the student population, staff, and community families are also very spirited. It's a community that loves celebrating and dressing for the occasion at hand and our home team in the playoffs is definitely a worthy one!”
The last possible day the Stanley Cup can be awarded this playoffs is June 18th and students are released into the wild for summer vacation on June 29th.
If all goes according to plan with the Canucks, that leaves Ms. Yorston’s kindergarten class 11 days to turnaround a remix of “We Are the Champions.”