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Lesson learned by experience

The feature photo on today’s front page shows an interesting way that kids at Candy Cane Corner Daycare are learning about different habitats and the inhabitants of those places from around the world.
The lesson, which consisted of Pre-K children spending several weeks building an igloo out of empty milk jugs, is to also teach the students about the planet’s seasons, because once spring rolls around the igloo is going to “melt” and be taken down.
The Ennis Daily News is fascinated by this group of children and their teachers for several reasons. First of all, we commend teachers Shelley Keilers and Nicki Johnson for their creative, “outside the igloo” thinking that went in to erecting this “cool” building. Not only did it help to drive home the point about habitats, it has given the children a quiet place to read and play.
It is this kind of teaching devices that help students retain the information for much longer than hearing something from a textbook. Hands-on experience and learning is always going to take a person further in life than just reading from a book, not that lessons learned from textbooks aren’t important. They go hand in hand.
Secondly, it is sort of a form of recycling. While the milk jugs aren’t being transformed into something new by a professional recycling company, the children can learn a lesson from this igloo that just because you are done with something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s now junk and should be thrown away.
Besides being a cute photo of children inside their homemade igloo, we found today’s feature photo also had a good message. We know there many inventive and creative teachers in this community, and we hope they’ll send us more examples of the fun lessons local students are learning.

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