Kindergarten (TV series)

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Kindergarten
GenreDocumentary
Directed byKaren Goodman
Kirk Simon
Narrated byOliver Simon
Opening theme"Hush Little Baby" by Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma
ComposersKathy Jo Barrett
David Grover
Terry Hall
Mark Kelso
Charlie Tokarz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producersDolores Morris
Bill Chase
ProducersNancy Baker
Sarah Safer
CinematographyGreg Andracke
Buddy Squires
Gary Steele
EditorsNancy Baker
Bruce Shaw
Production companyParallel Pictures & Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkHBO Family
Original releaseAugust 26 (2001-08-26) –
September 7, 2001 (2001-09-07)

Kindergarten is a US children’s documentary miniseries that debuted in 2001 on HBO Family's Jam morning block in 2001. The unscripted show follows 23 students in a kindergarten class in the village of Upper Nyack, New York.[1]

Cast

Adult Characters

(Played as themselves):

Ms. Jennifer Vaz Johnson[2]- Main Teacher

Mrs. Mary Ann Matheson- Assistant Teacher to Ms. Johnson

Mr. Buzz Ostrowsky- The Principal

Lara's Mom

Amanda's Mom

Santa Claus

Joelle's Mom

Child Cast

Aaron
Amanda
Anna
Anna Belle
Ben
Carly
Christopher
Conor
Dana
Jillian
Joelle
Jonas
Julia
Julian
Karimah
Lara
Lauren
Matthew
Nat
Nicola
Lourde Quincy Vasser
Tyeese
William

Episodes

No. in
series
TitleOriginal air date
1"Welcome to Kindergarten"August 26, 2001 (2001-08-26)
The class is introduced for the first time as it is the first day of kindergarten.
2"Open Wide"August 27, 2001 (2001-08-27)
Some of the kids lost their first tooth and they all learn about teeth and how to take care of them.
3"Spread Your Wings"August 28, 2001 (2001-08-28)
The class raises their own butterflies.
4"A New Season"August 29, 2001 (2001-08-29)
The class talks about different seasons of the year.
5"'F' Is For…"August 30, 2001 (2001-08-30)
The class thinks of and does things that begin with the letter F, such as making food and going to the fire station.
6"One Fast Cookie"August 31, 2001 (2001-08-31)
The class re-enacts the story of the gingerbread man.
7"Hooray for Holidays"September 1, 2001 (2001-09-01)
The class celebrates the holidays.
8"Doin' the Right Thing"September 2, 2001 (2001-09-02)
The class learns about being polite to others.
9"Many Kinds of Kindness"September 3, 2001 (2001-09-03)
The class has a "kindness day" in order for them to learn about how to be kind to others.
10"Be My Valentine"September 4, 2001 (2001-09-04)
The class receives valentines from each other on Valentine's Day.
11"As I Grow"September 5, 2001 (2001-09-05)
The class celebrates Lara's 5th birthday.
12"How Does Your Garden Grow?"September 6, 2001 (2001-09-06)
The class plants in their school garden.
13"Movin' Up"September 7, 2001 (2001-09-07)
Today is the last day of the kindergarten for the children as they say goodbye and spend one last day in their classroom.

Home Media release

A complete series 4-volume tape set was released on August 13, 2002[3][4][5][6]

The series was later released on HBO Max[7]

References

  1. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn (26 August 2001). "FOR YOUNG VIEWERS; A Reality Series for the Hide-and-Seek Set". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Jennifer Vaz Johnson".
  3. ^ Welcome to Kindergarten, Volume 1
  4. ^ Fire Safety, Volume 2
  5. ^ Kindness, Volume 3
  6. ^ Movin' Up, Volume 4
  7. ^ HBO Max link