Sunday, April 15, 2012

Wylie House Visit

Hollie Wilkins
Social Studies
15 April 2012
IAEYC Alternative Assignment
            The Wylie House is something that I had never really paid a lot of attention to on campus.  I actually went here for the first time last summer.  I work at Knee High Daycare and we took the children on a walk here.  It was something that I found to be so interesting.  I loved that everything was still set in the 19th century.  I was a little nervous about bringing such small children to an area like this.  I know that there are a lot of antique items that are very breakable.  I was so surprised at the way that the children reacted.  They seemed to really be interested in the things that were housed here.
            This got me thinking about how I would incorporate something like this into my future classroom.  I could potentially have kindergarteners and I would love to take them on fun field trips without fear that they would break something!  I want to be able to teach the children in my future classroom about history.  I want them to know about what things looked like many many years ago.  I think that something like this can be done in a more interactive way.  I would not want to just show the children different books that have pictures.  I would want to take them somewhere like this in order to see what their reactions would be like.  Places like the Wylie House are made for people to have a more interactive way of looking at things from our past.
            I went to the Wylie House again and had a wonderful time.  This time I did not go with the children at my daycare.  Although I enjoyed going with them, it was nice to really look around for myself and not constantly be counting to see that all children were accounted for in the group.  This also made me think about my future role as an educator.  I think that it is so important that teachers got to places like this first before they send the children. For one reason the teacher needs to go and see what an exhibit has to offer first and make sure that it is appropriate for the ages of the children that they will be bringing to the exhibit.  The second reason is so that the teacher can see what all the exhibit has to offer for herself/ his self.  I believe that it is very important that teachers get to have lots of information before the children arrive, that way they will have the same knowledge to discuss with the children when they return to the school.
            One of the things that I found most interesting was the textiles that were available to see in the exhibit.  It was so interesting to me that someone would be able to make something like this.  It would take so much time to and effort to put it together.  One idea that I thought of would be to do this in the classroom.  It would be wonderful to research why certain textiles are so intricate and if they have certain meanings.  Then the children could be given paper that would serve as their blue print for their cloth.  They could sketch out what they wanted their cloth to look like.  Then, I could work with the art teacher and this could be a project that the children work on in that special during the week.  It would give them a chance to research the importance of textile making and then let them reflect their creativity into what they are making in the classroom.
            Some of the paintings that were hanging on the wall were very interesting.  There were some of the actual Wylie family and then more from that century.  Art is also something that can bring a lot of conversation to the classroom.  In this case it would be wonderful to have the children pick as piece that they saw at the Wylie House and spend some more time looking into why it was painted and who was in the painting.  This could be something where the children could break into literacy groups and discuss what they found.  They would be able to share the knowledge that they have found in the research and make notes with the children in their group.
            I was very interested in the information that I was given about the Wylie House Barn.  I was able to see photos about the dissembling and assembling of the barn.  Something like this would be great to show the children.  We discuss other buildings in history that have been taken down and possibly moved to another area to preserve the legacy that they hold.  All- in- all I think that taking children on field trips like this would be so fun and entertaining.  Taking children somewhere like this would take careful planning to make sure that there would be enough parent volunteers.  Also I would want to make sure that the children could have a question and answer time with the staff.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I loved this week's article.  I think that it is so important that we encourage play in the classroom.  As mentioned in the article, children can reinact things that they have heard in a story or seen on television.  I think that this would be a wonderful way to assess children on stories that you have read in class.  I could read a story to children or teach a lesson out of a textbook.  Instead of asking the children questions, I could assign them different areas of the book and have them get into groups and "act out" what they think is happening in this part of the text. I think that this would be a way to get them involved in the learning process. I do not want them to be bored with lessons that I am being told that I must teach.

I think that this could also be used to help other students understand what the lesson is about.  Some children have a harder time understanding what the teacher is wanting them to get from the lesson.  This would be a way that children could work together and help one another.  They would be able to help each other understand parts that are confusing.  This would also teach other groups a more "child like" way of understanding the text.  Play can be used in such an educational way in the classroom and it should not always be viewed as a negative thing!