First impressions matter – particularly on the first day of school resumption. Students arrive with a mixture of emotions. Most, however, are nervous. The explanations vary from child to child, however youngsters tend to feel anxious concerning beginning school. This cannot be an essentially nasty thing; some anxieties are traditional and healthy. However, teachers will do a lot to confirm classrooms are safe, hospitable and fun on the first day of resumption.
Many questions and maybe even some anxieties will begin to originate. Children may ask, “Will this year’s work be interesting?”, “will I like my new teacher?” “Will my friends be in my new class?” These many questions can be dealt with by making the first and subsequent early days of school fun and engaging for these young students.
During the summer holiday, many students traveled to visit friends and family members. It is very likely they learnt so many new things like cultures and customs of the places they visited. They may have visited resort areas like the zoo to see animals, beaches, parks and many more. Moreover, there are other set of students who did not have the chance of travelling but still had the opportunity of discover places around their neighborhood they had been unaware of because of the school session. All this experiences could be seen as touring around their geographical area and getting very valuable knowledge.
Activities and learning moments can be drawn from all these experiences. Reliving these experiences by making projects on their summer experience will take away those anxieties they might feel in the day of resumption. An awesome way of achieving this is by recounting their summer experience on paper. The activity “My Summer Experience” is aimed for this task. This is a worksheet where students get to draw aspects of the places they have visited and provide some information about the place as well.
The fun aspects of “My Summer Experience” is that it helps students recap their fun time experiences, share what they’ve learnt and get to know others by checking out their peers worksheets. This sheet can be pasted on their classroom walls for other class members and teachers to see and also to serve as wonderful pieces of artwork. By the time they are done with this project they will be confident of the school year’s work, their new friends and teacher. They would have equally learnt about new places from their peers. What a good way to start to school!
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Written by Wisdom Edem Nkanta.
STEM Instructor at Brainiacs STEM & Robotics