Evelyn Vivar, Spanish Fellow in the Early Learning Center
During the beginning of the year, Pumas and Jaguars have learned many ways to learn about one another. We practiced skills like introductions, handshakes, names, sharing space and respecting one another’s similarities and differences. The kindergarten’s World Course offers a great way for students to feel comfortable with one another, and what better way than having a museum shown to the class about themselves!
Introducing the “Me Museum” definitely took practice. First, teachers taught and modeled a “Me Museum” about themselves. Then students learned how to project their voice, take turns to ask questions and be responsible for bringing in pictures or materials for their museum. Teachers created a PowerPoint that touched base on everything about themselves as a demonstration in the month of September.
The “Me Museum” is targeted in both English and Spanish. As students prepared for their “Me Museum,” it helped build their confidence to talk about a topic they really enjoy. Students also become responsible for leading the class with a presentation and answering questions with the help of their teachers. Their fellow classmates also provided feedback – each student drew their favorite part of the presenter’s museum and we placed all drawings together to create a museum book.
Parents also play a part in their child’s “Me Museum” as they select a date within the week their child will be presenting. Families also planned an activity with the class — one that the child enjoyed or which allowed their child to share his or her “expertise” in a subject. Both families and students are enjoying learning about one another throughout the year!
- Early Learning Center