Posted on June 29, 2013
The Wonder of Learning has landed! This internationally-acclaimed exhibit that celebrates early childhood learning is based on the Reggio Emilia approach, which underpins the MPI preschool program. (To learn more about this exhibit, click on the Wonder of Learning image on banner running along the right side of this page.) The exhibit arrived in 12 large containers requiring a forklift via UPS this past Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, volunteers across the community converged at UH West O`ahu Library to unpack containers and assemble the exhibit. Aluminum frames. Nuts and bolts. Metal stands. 8-foot high panels. DVD players and monitors. Special wrenches. Theater-type gaffer tape. Extension cords. An abundance of good will, patience, will power, and cooperation combined resulted in the completion of the exhibit assembly in a record 16.5-hour time! The exhibit occupies nearly 6,000 square feet on the main library floor and a section of the second floor. It is educationally astounding in a breathtaking environment! This is a must-see experience for all interested in the wonder of learning, framed through the thinking of young children.
Back at Mid-Pacific Institute, evidence of learning abounded at the first of our curriculum-sharing assemblies. We learned how students in one class have learned count-by 2, 5, and 10 facts through a rhyming song, and in another class, how a story inspired students to invent a very creative survival kit. Younger and older theater students shared a snippet of plays they are working on and some focusing exercises. We were impressed by video projects from the Camera! Lights! Action! group and marveled at the robotic cars built and programmed by students in Lego Robotics. The Inventions class demonstrated how their propellers, rubber-band cars, and lights functioned altogether in unique new inventions. The Money-Doesn't-Grow-on-Trees' class raised around $260 from cookie sales to underwrite items for their bigger sale the last week of summer school.
I think the Wonder of Learning is also right here in our summer school!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey