MCC preschool students enjoy hands-on learning project
MANISTE — Preschool is a special time in the education of a child, because it combines having fun with great learning opportunities.
Manistee Catholic Central preschool teacher Sarah Logan adheres to that philosophy with her students. She daily puts great educational opportunities before her students in a manner where they not only learn, but do it with a big smile on their face because it is fun. She also teams with area businesses and individuals that donate items to add to the learning experience.
“My preschool class, at Manistee Catholic Central, recently did our Apple Volcano project,” said Logan. “This project is something I have been doing for the last five years. Orchard Market graciously donates enough (large) apples for each student to have their own and even a couple for the teachers.”
Logan said before they did anything with the project they explained to the students what was taking place and details about the ingredients that were involved. She said one of the things they wanted to stress to the children was the safety factor when taking part in any experiment.
“My classroom aide (Mrs. Newenhouse) and I begin the experiment by explaining all the items we will be using—large apples filled with baking soda, small dishes filled with colored vinegar, and safety glasses,” said Logan.
Once that was covered the students swung into action and had fun watching the reaction created by adding the ingredients.
“Then the students were able to slowly pour the vinegar into the filled apples and watch the volcano erupt,” said Logan.
What added to the fun was watching the reaction of the students as they did the experiment.
“The preschool students just love seeing how the baking soda bubbles up and pours out the top of the apples,” said Logan. “They have so much fun doing it that we fill their cups back up for a second time and let them pour all over again. It is always satisfying to watch their little faces light up. I love incorporating hands-on projects in my classroom as often as I can.”
Logan said hands-on projects are always the ones that not only keep the students’ full attention, but also drive home the educational components the teachers are looking to achieve.
“Hands-on activities allow children to use their senses while learning,” said Logan. “They see, touch, and smell while learning a great lesson. Children get excited and engaged because they are having fun.”