Early Childhood Students Bring Their Classroom to the Community

Emily, Ashley, Ace & Children

Emily Ramos and Ashley Chevier worked with Lawrence Avenue Elementary Students at Evans & White Ace Hardware.

Two SUNY Canton students brought area youth to an educational and hands-on learning exercise at Evans and White Ace Hardware in Potsdam.

More than 50 children from two classes at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School took a field trip with Early Childhood students Ashley Chevier and Emily Ramos.

The two student teachers planned a scavenger hunt with the classes of Jen Herrick and Brenda Martin as an educational lesson used to enhance cognitive skills and memorization techniques, according to Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco.

“I encourage all of the students to use their environments as a way to augment their day-to-day lessons,” Maiocco said. “Ashley and Emily really utilized their connections with the community to go above and beyond all expectations.”

The children were given clues about items in the store like, “I am green or black, and you use me to water flowers, or wash your parents car. What am I? Come find me!”

The children thought about the challenge and then searched the store’s inventory until they located a garden hose, among the cheers and encouragement of their instructors.

“This was a fun and creative way to share where I work with the children,” said Chevier, who works at the hardware store while attending SUNY Canton. “Through this exercise I learned how to adapt my lesson plans to get the children out of the classroom while maintaining the overall learning experience.”

The students were given a theme for the week, and it was up to Chevier and Ramos to create the lesson plan.

Children at Ace Hardware

“The theme was community helpers,” Ramos said. “Our scavenger hunt at Evans and White’s tied into that theme. I learned that the children get so much more out of lessons when they are up and involved in the process.”

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