My students need to meet live animals they can interact with in order to better understand where they come from and how they are unique and special.
My school is a multi-cultural two-generation model for learning in Washington, DC where young children and parents come to school together. Our students come from over 40 different countries around the world, embodying our school's commitment to welcoming and celebrating cultural diversity. While their parents are learning English, parenting skills and job readiness skills, their children are learning in a quality early childhood program serving infants, toddlers and preschoolers. There are many opportunities for parents to practice what they are learning in their child's classroom. We are also a community school where all the supports and services that families need to succeed are at school: education, medical, dental and social services.
Our early childhood program uses a Reggio Emilia inspired approach where children are encouraged to construct understandings through investigating projects and exploring materials. We start with the questions children have about a topic and work together to find answers to questions through hands-on experiences in both English and Spanish.
Our learning process is built upon children's experience.
We build on children's knowledge and try to provide experiences that are as real as possible such as inviting guest speakers to teach about cars when we study wheels or going on a field trip to the building museum as part of our Buildings study. Many of our families do not have the resources or time to build children's strong background knowledge and understanding so in learning about concepts, we focus on providing those experiences in our classroom and beyond. For the last few weeks, our preschool classroom has been learning all about animals, everything from different kinds of pets, how to take care of them, their habitats, types of animals, the features and differences between mammals and reptiles, domesticated animals vs. wild animals and ways animals can help us. They have asked many questions and through exploration, made many discoveries about animals and what it is like to have one as a pet. Having a visit from this petting zoo (Squeals on Wheels) would be an incredible culminating opportunity for children to get to touch, hold and talk to an expert about the animals whom they have learned so much about.
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