Early childhood education majors have the opportunity to work on a pilot academic initiative for preschoolers in partnership with Plain Township Parks. The pilot program will take place Nov. 10 through Nov. 14.
Participating students will create activities and lesson plans for 3- to 5-year-olds. The theme is “Fall in Love with Science.”
Students are able to use the Plain Township Park project as field experience.
“I am most excited about this because the Malone students are making their own lesson plans, where as in field experience the teacher of their assigned classroom has already made the lesson plan,” said Chanda Coblentz, instructor of education.
Mikayla Fowler, sophomore early childhood and special education major, is helping with the preschool partnership.
“I like the hand- on learning the Malone students will be able to endure thanks to this project,” Fowler said.
Each student was placed into a group which designed three lesson plans to teach the preschoolers.
In one lesson, the preschoolers will make a volcano out of a pumpkin, baking soda and vinegar. In another lesson, the preschoolers will learn how to measure using applesauce.
Rhoda Sommers, dean of the school of education and human development, said the curriculum is based on Ohio standards. Sommers also said the goal of the project is twofold.
“One goal is allowing the students to get preschool experiences where all the students can go and see developmentally-appropriate kinds of instruction,” Sommers said. “This project allows us to kind of manage that. The second goal is giving back to the community.”
According to Sommers, this partnership is an amazing opportunity for students to gain experience because they do not have a field experience teacher guiding them.
For March and April, Plain Township Parks and the education department are planning a spring program with physical education students.
Brittany Fort is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.