Alexandria College Early Childhood Education work with Head Start preschoolers.

Nov 13, 2023 | 1:42 PM
The sounds of preschool students filled rooms 209 and 211 on the Alexandria Technical and Community College campus on November 8 as first-year students in the Early Childhood Education program (ECED) conducted educational activities with the preschoolers.

The ECED students created lessons and activities to educate the Head Start preschoolers on how and when to call 9-1-1, what to do in home fire emergencies, how to properly brush teeth, and how to safely cross the street. The lessons were conducted as small group stations, and the preschoolers rotate between each station. 

To evaluate the ECED students’ performance, the Alexandria College faculty enlisted the help of local retired teachers to observe the lessons. A teacher was assigned to each group so they could provide feedback to the ECED students to try with the next group of children rotating in.

After the activities, the Head Start preschoolers returned to their classrooms, and the ECED students talked about what went well in the activities and areas for improvement. The invited teachers shared their thoughts on how the ECED students performed. Then the ECED students were able to ask the retired teachers questions about their careers and the field of education.

Activities like this give students real world hands-on experience in creating lessons and working with children, and invaluable knowledge from retired teachers. This holistic approach to education prepares students to be leaders in the workplace when they begin their careers.

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