I don’t know if I have ever spoke about my method as a teacher of little learners so I will comment a little about my methods:
- Each child is precious and names are important. You should know all your friends names right? That is why I spend so much time going over who is in the class.
- Singing The More we get Together is how we start the class. Not only do I really believe the lyrics, but it is a nice formal beginning to a class.
- We say it with our hands often. We need to learn to communicate in all ways and sign language is a great way to start developing language. We sign a lot of things.
- Sing it, act it, be it. I try to bring singing and movement into every class.
- Story time. I often will use a short book that will help remember the theme of the class by. Some of us are language learners and find so much inspiration from a story.
- Make something. What a better way to reinforce our learning than to play at home with that duck mask you made, or gaze at the 3-d whale you painted in class that sits on your dresser.
Some educational philosophy believes that you should repeat a theme multiple weeks in a row. I have thought about that; but I believe I would lose interest from the community. What I do instead is repeat a theme annually. I hope that the caregivers and the parents help reinforce the subject that we learned about in class, that is why it is so important for adults to be present and participate as well. (besides it is more fun that way!)
Whatever the theme, we sure have fun learning!
You made us smile,
you made us laugh;
You made your mark here,
Sent people on the right path.
You came to the rescue
as an extraordinary volunteer
You will always be remembered
Year after year.
Your memory lives on Paul and we will miss you so much!~
We have owls on the mind with the breeding season upon us. We learned how to talk owl, specifically Barred Owl: Who Cooks for You? who Cooks for you all? We hung out with our best gal Wahoo hoo and made our own owl look alike to bring home with us:
We learned all about magnification on this day so we could use our eyes to see the details of a small world. Check out our youngest microscopists:
They did it! They could actually see the image. How do I know, I had this matching game where they had to pick the picture of what they saw under the microscope and then try to figure out what it was in the Macro world.
I love teaching these wonderful minds!
We had such a fun day making a cardboard castle for our recently turned 5 year old cougar. I had so may little kitty helpers to paint the castle. At the end of the program, we made cougar masks and paper tails and then pounced down to the exhibit to see the cougar and castle in action. Here are highlights of the day:
Here is the video of his first interaction with the castle if you missed it:
He was more attracted to the ice dragon that the animal keepers made for him. He kept coming back to the castle all day. I am sure it made his day!
Thanks everyone! Special thanks to our keepers who never get thanked by the animals they keep! Happy Zookeepers Week!~ We have the greatest team here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center!
We had a hopping good time learning about rabbits with my very own special guest Ashe. We did the bunny pokey, we read a story about bunny love and we made our very own bunny to take home.
Happy Easter everyone!
Did you know that bison are prairie makers? We learned all about bison today and even read a sweet book about an old bison that is adopted by a calf in Grandfather Buffalo:
We learned that a buffalo is a misnomer for our American Bison (Bison bison) because when the white people came to America they saw a familiar animal to their buffalo and they named it a buffalo. The scientists corrected us and showed us how they are cousins to buffalo but are their own species. I won’t be bothered by the nickname though. Just call it an American Buffalo and we will know who you are talking about.
We learned how all that roaming and grazing and pooping makes prairies: We ended class by making our own bison chia prairie heads. Check them out!