This semester, the library (and the Eagle Time program) has had the privilege of being a Service Learning site. Service Learning is where students earn credit and gain experience for their major through community service. The students involved with the library are in a Childhood and Family Development class, and they get hands-on experience with kids in an after-school program setting. They help with their homework, play games with them, and act as mentors. The library, the kids, and I have all been so grateful for their help this semester.
For the past two weeks, these students have had to do a “lesson plan” type project to present to the children during our after-school program. On November 7th, students Bre, Jill, and Elizabeth did a MyPlate presentation. They educated the children on the differences between the food groups and provided examples of foods that belong in each category. The children were shown the MyPlate and asked to pick three foods of their choice. They were then blind-folded (if comfortable) and then tried to place their food in the correct category. It was a very fun day all around, and I think the children have a better understanding of which foods to eat and why eating healthy is important.
On November 12th, Jonathon did a presentation on pirates and pirate ships. He also taught the kids about the different oceans around the world. The kids got to design their own sailboat to sail around the world in. During his presentation, he asked the children to write down two people who were going to be a part of their “crew.” He then told the children to name their sailboat, design the body and the sails, and glue it onto their backdrop. Through doing this, he let the children explore their creativity while exercising their cognitive motor skills. He asked each child who they chose to sail with, where they wanted to go, and what they named their boat (and why). I think the kids loved doing this and had a great time interacting with Jonathon and our volunteers. Even I made a boat! I named it Serve912 to represent the program that puts our after-school program in motion.
As the semester comes to a close, I want to thank the students who chose to come to the library as their Service Learning site. It has been such a blast working with you all and I’m so grateful for your help. I hope you’ve all had as much fun as I did this semester, and I hope to continue seeing you guys at Eagle Time in the future. The kids and I have loved having you there every Monday and Wednesday afternoon. I wish you all good luck on finals and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas break!