|Madison Crutchfield (Assistant) and Maeva Renaud (Lead Teacher)|
The pre-school class was quickly organized when children arrived with their mothers who were assisting with classes. The class was sporadically attended throughout the week; however, it provided the children with structured learning and good dialogue between guests and mothers about the importance of motherhood and their role in child development.
Location: Barrio Salitre Alto, Suba, Bogota Colombia age: 3-4
Gender: girls and boys
Theme goals: to foster resiliency and hope, and increase a love for learning
Class goals: Help students establish a vision for the future
Assessment methods: observation, oral inquiry, and experiential questioning using a beach ball.
100% of the students were able to :
- Social/Emotional: Follow directions
- Motor Skills: Increase awareness of one’s body in space
- Motor Skills: Develop gross motor skills: balance, walk, jump, skip
- Social/Emotional: Participate in group
- Cognitive: Share ideas, thoughts, and knowledge
100% of the students were able to:
- Answer open ended questions
- Make predictions
- Tell, restate, paraphrase, and explain objects and events
- Develop phonemic awareness
- Increase language fluency
- Keep a steady beat
- Sing the friendship song in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole
- Choreograph movement in the Hey Buildabridge song
- Make a paper hat and decorate it with glitter.
Each class had a new child, so it became a one on one for the child. This gave each child the attention they needed and allowed them to have more independence and confidence.
One child stated " I don't even miss my parents" which to me meant that they felt safe.
One child who came to class twice in a row was able to connect with the teachers where she started teaching the class herself and initiated the activities and gave us directions. She is a born leader!