Lights were dimmed, music played and preschoolers strutted down the track Monday afternoon at the Early Childhood Center.
Preschool classes of Andrea Pavik, Kirby Smith and Ann Moenck recently completed their unit learning all about clothing and celebrated everything they learned by modeling their personalized tie-dye shirts for friends and family .
Pavik said they’ve learned all about clothing since January.
“We do the study where we sort of answer questions about clothing, but we also link academic concepts that we teach throughout the year, like counting, organizing data, and recognizing patterns. letters”, she says. “We answered questions like how we take care of our clothes. So the kids had an experiment where they could wash clothes on a washboard with different types of soap to see what would work best. We took the kids upstairs to the school washer and dryer and they learned how to do laundry. We have read books about how people did laundry long ago.
Pavik said the students learned many different aspects of how the garments work and are made.
“We discovered different types of attachments,” she said. “We talked about how people make clothes and we had a guest visitor show us how to sew. We talked about being fashion designers and they each designed an outfit with their family. We learned where we get clothes, so we talked about a clothing store and what you might see there.
The students were also visited by people wearing special types of clothing.
“We learned about the specifics of clothing and what people could wear to work. We had a father who was visiting from a police officer and a father who was visiting from a soldier and they came in their uniforms and shared the special features of their clothes,” Pavik said.
At the end of the unit, students brought shirts and were able to dye them in class.
“The children could choose their colors, then we tied the rubber bands according to the pattern they wanted”, Pavik said.
On Monday afternoon, all three classes were able to show off their shirts at a fashion show for family and friends. The students walked the podium and introduced themselves.
“It was also a big thing for them, public speaking,” Pavik said. “It takes a lot of courage for them to stand in front of a group of people and speak.
Pavik said she and the other teachers do their best to teach students important skills and lessons while making them fun.
“We want to offer interesting topics for children that they see in their daily lives and that are relevant to them”, she says.