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Learning Lorry rolls into Shortwood Practising School for Children's Day

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Students of Shortwood Practising Infant, Primary and Junior High make their way into the Crayons Count Learning Lorry yesterday.-Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Now, if only school was like this every day.

About 150 children of the Infant Department of the Shortwood Practising Infant, Primary and Junior High School piled into the Crayons Count Learning Lorry yesterday, Children's Day, for 'school with a difference'.

The lorry is equipped with numerous learning aids that make learning for the little ones fun and interactive. The 'teaching truck' was parked just next door at the Shortwood Teachers' College where student teachers could combine their techniques with the Crayons Count material.

"Early childhood is all about interaction," said Kareen Coombs, who just finished up her degree. She said the tools would really help the children better understand concepts. Coombs said it was great for her as well, "really practising what theories have always said about using manipulative and hands-on activities to enhance learning in the classroom". Other teachers marvelled at how responsive the little ones were to the change of learning environment

"It brought out different sides of the children," said Tasmin Ramsay-Gaynor. She said while the theory of their study had prepared them, the lorry also helped. "We were just seeing it (how the child develops) in action more," she said.

maiden run

Conceptualiser of Crayons Count, Deika Morrison, said this was the lorry's maiden run.

"We are working with Shortwood on some special initiatives and the practising school is right next door," she explained. "So it gives us a chance to not only interact with the teachers, but also with the children at the same time." The students were brought in groups ranging from seven to 10 in number. All the children ranged from three to five years old.

"The activities are different based on the age group," she explained. "And we use different tools (including Play-Doh and letter blocks)." To wrap up the day, Jana Bent, author of Shaggy Parrot book, came by and, with her instruments, helped bring the book to life.