Written by Alex Francis (Liaison and Curriculum Development Specialist @ SEEC):
What a year it has been here at SEEC! It has been a privilege to bring you Teacher Feature each week and offer a peek into the magical experiences our teachers provide their students. As our school year comes to a close I wanted to take the opportunity to share some of my favorite moments caught on camera during Teacher Feature. Being able to regularly join the classes has only confirmed how AMAZING these teachers are at creating age appropriate and exciting learning opportunities for their students! Here is visual proof of some of the things I believe they are especially great at doing! If you want to read more about the lessons be sure to look back at our archived Teacher Features and to stay tuned in to the blog in the Fall for the triumphant return of Teacher Feature.
Teacher Feature 2014-2015 Greatest Hits:
1. Use of Authentic Objects in Museum and Classroom Experiences.
Three year olds checking out memorabilia during a unit on Elvis.
Infants playing a real piano during a unit on music.
Mobile infants meeting a real caterpillar while reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Two year olds learning about how the human body grows and changes through the use of models, dolls, literature, and an actual baby.
Toddlers learning about symbiotic relationships through the use of puppets and songs about the relationship between anemones and clown fish.
Two year olds learning about echolocation during a game of bug and bat . Here the bat sends out sounds by rolling a ball to the bug. When the sound/ball reaches the bug, it is rolled back to the bat which represents the sound bouncing off the objects to tell the bat where to find it’s supper.
Three year olds meet Gus the Gardener to learn about the tools needed to do his job!
3. Sensory Experiences
Infants learning about flowers explore painting with silk flowers. The sensation of touching and tasting is just as exciting as the experience of squishing the painted flowers onto the paper.
Toddlers learning about pandas explore dirt and real bamboo in the sensory table.
Toddlers learning about ocean animals go beyond water play by adding long lasting bubbles to the sensory table.
4. Classroom Lesson Extensions
Four year olds learning about Camelot give the Sword in the Stone a big tug.
Four year olds create crowns after learning about the royal court during a unit on Don Quixote.
Two year olds learning about Frozen took time to get to know about the country on which it is meant to be based. Here they are painting their own Norwegian flag before reading a Norwegian folk tale and learning about the animals that inhabit that region.
Kindergartners learning about murals took inspiration from Sol Lewitt and tried out his techniques on a smaller scale.
Three year olds learning about architecture create their own dream home models complete with stairs, roves, and anything else they could think up.
Two year olds learning about the letter R through rain and rainbows took time to make it rain in their classroom with just a little tissue paper and glue.
Kindergartners learning about insects had an exhibition complete with models, information displays, and opportunities to speak with the junior entomologists.
5. Use of Technology
Mobile infants bring the bird hall to life with a simple app and a game of matching stuffed animals to the ones housed in the exhibit.
Kindergartners learn about the variety of mosquitoes through images and sounds.
6. Community Visits
Four year olds meet Magic the horse at the Park Police Stables during their study of Dr. Doolittle. They asked great questions about animal communication and how it compared to the talking horse in the book.
Three year olds concluded their pirate unit with a hunt for treasure. Their clues took them to all the place they had visited during their exploration including the Washington Monument.
Mobile infants take a trip to the post office to mail a letter during their unit on communication.
7. Museum Visits
Toddlers learning about holiday traditions at the U.S. Botanic Gardens.
Three year olds examining Michelangelo’s Flying Man at the National Air and Space Museum as part of their study of the real artists that inspired the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Four year olds visit skeletons at the National Museum of Natural History during a study of the human body in their Invisible Man Unit.
The SEE program examining a helmet at the National Gallery of Art as a way to learn about the strength of the head of a Cape Buffalo.
Toddlers closely examining the moon at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Two year olds learn about the shape of a baseball by comparing it to the sculptures at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Toddlers use binoculars to take a closer look during a safari at the National Museum of Natural History.
Three year olds testing out using their tongues to smell just like a snake at the Bone Hall in the National Museum of Natural History.
Toddlers learning about states of matter, used the fountain at Smithsonian American Art/ National Portrait Gallery during a lesson on liquid water.
Two year olds learning about trains took a trip to The Smithsonian American Art Museum to see a red caboose.
Thank you teachers for a great year! We can’t wait to see what’s in store next!