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Planting the Seeds of Hands-On Learning
Monday, June 01, 2015
Children who attend the preschool program at the Southern Adirondack Education Center in Hudson Falls enjoyed hands-on experiences that were a collaboration of Career and Technical and Special Education programs offered at the center.
The Early Childhood Education students, who work with the 3-and 4-year olds at the onsite preschool, coordinated visits to other CTE programs as part of the curriculum.
After the preschoolers learned about trucks and transportation, they had an opportunity to experience first-hand what a truck looks like when they visited the Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Operation program. The youngsters climbed on the trucks and pretended to drive them.
To learn about plant life, the preschool children visited the greenhouse at the Environmental Conservation & Forestry program where they planted sunflowers, marigolds and cherry tomato plants seeds, watered them and watched them grow throughout the school year.
Early Childhood Education teacher Cheryl Richardson also thanked students from the Special Education program who cared for the plants when the preschoolers weren’t able to stop by and tend to their plants. “They were instrumental in helping our preschoolers be successful in keeping their plants alive. We couldn’t have done it without them.”