JVS early childhood education students take part in virtual contest
BLOOMINGDALE — Early childhood education students took to technology to showcase their skills by recording virtual submissions for the Family Career and Community Leaders of America regional competition.
Eight students filmed presentations on projects they completed in the ECE preschool classroom to earn medals and potentially advance to the state and national competitions. Among the participants were seniors Alexis Kerns and Haley Hanson in the Focus on Children category; senior Holly Campos for curriculum unit; junior Katelyn Gallagher and senior Zoe Shupp, language and literacy; and seniors Lucia Burton, Lainee Harris and Kailene Barz, lesson preparation teams.
Instructor Becky Kelley said COVID-19 and inclement weather hda an impact on contests and preparations this year, with seniors going remote for a two-week period in February. Much of their presentations were coordinated online and recorded on an iPad for submission on Feb. 19 while entries were judged in early March.
“They all had to do a PowerPoint or Google slide presentation to go along with the video to explain their projects,” she said. “I haven’t seen the seniors since Feb. 4 and we have done a lot of corresponding through e-mails (with their projects).”
Kerns and Hanson discussed safely social distancing while implementing social skills in preschoolers, saying they conducted activities to explain the importance of wearing masks, washing their hands and staying 6 feet apart to reduce infection. Campos reviewed six lessons she completed with kids on shapes and letters while Shupp and Gallagher respectively read books on the Berenstein Bears and ladybugs for their projects. Burton and Harris talked about community helpers and Barz addressed the subject of summer for her entry.