November has been full of special opportunities for the students. The first Friday of the month the class went on an adventure to Egypt! The sixth graders created presentations and dressed accordingly to the Ancient Egyptian era. My students love going to presentations given by the middle school students, but the annual Egyptian Fair is always one of their favorites. Students move through each student’s presentation and listen to the interesting facts about medicines used at the time, the architecture, and the different layers of the hierarchical system. The connection between the “big” kids and the younger students is so special. It is such a precious mentoring experience for both age levels.
The weather in Texas can be quite unpredictable. We were fortunate one Monday to be able to have a picnic outside. It is such a pleasure to have the flexibility, beautiful campus, and available space to have an impromptu picnic! It is so nice to get some extra fresh air before the weather gets too cold or rainy.
Another wonderful opportunity the children were able to be a part of was making Thanksgiving decorations for those who don’t have any. This spectacular group of PreK students donated 102 hand decorated cards and 130 beautifully colored placemats to the Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Andrew Curry, D.D.S., the children were also able to give over 200 tubes of toothpaste to the shelter. This was an excellent opportunity to remind the children the importance of doing things for other, even when you receive nothing tangible in return.
As we are finishing up the study of pets, the children have had two fantastic hands on learning experiences arise. Thanks to the connection of one of the mothers in class, the children were able to see, pet, and hear an 11 week old potbelly piglet. He was so cute and the children loved getting to learn about the pet.
To close out the study, we took a field trip to a local pet store, the DogPatch. It was a great way to bring many of the concepts we have been discussing together. The children were able to see and feel different pets. They were also able to see the different environments of the animals. Being able to see all of the food, cages, toys, clothes, and grooming supplies brought everything full circle. Children, especially at this age, learn by touching, hearing, seeing, and using as many senses as possible. The more sense the children use, the more connected the concepts are for them; this also aides in crossing what has been learned over to long term memory. Studying pets has been a great way to offer opportunities to teach the children the importance of taking care of others, gathering information that can be used to compare and contrast concepts such as animals and habitats, explore a variety of materials used to care for pets, and jobs related to pets.
What a great month November has been, and it is only half over! We are looking forward to more studies and learning about the birth of Jesus. Pets has been a great study and we bring it to an end by saying bye to our class pet, Jingles.