After seeing a post on social media about a textiles class that made “monster” stuffies for a kindergarten class, Mission Secondary teacher Kathy Baker decided to try something collaborative with one of the feeder schools.
She approached a few colleagues, and a project emerged.
Jean Greenshields, Kindergarten teacher at Mission Central, had her kindergarten students draw pictures of monsters. The pictures were then sent to Mission Secondary where the following things were done with the images:
1. Kelly Hennessy’s Creative Writing 10 students wrote age appropriate stories about the monsters. The stories all have morals embedded in them.
2. Becky Meyer’s Drama 10 students did play builds with the stories, and performed them.
3. Helen Yannacopoulos’ Textiles 10 students all made stuffies for the kids, of their monsters.
4. Kathy Baker’s Senior Ceramics and Sculpture students made monster plates.
5. Amber Smulders’ Foods classes made monster cookies for the kids.
6. A presentation of everything created for the kindergarten students took place and the little kids took home stuffies, cookies, plates, and watched the plays being performed.
“We believe that making connections in the community, and cross curricular enrichment is valuable because in the real world, projects involve use of multiple skills and ways of thinking,” said Baker
“Emotional connections should be integrated into project development, because this fosters pro-social skills, community involvement and empathy.”