Youngsters express their Christmas creativity by reducing, reusing and recycling
With Christmas just around the corner, one school is coming up with an innovative and environmentally friendly way for students to help celebrate the season.
Channeling their artistic skills, children in the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes at Wesleyan Christian Academy in West Bay are embracing the philosophy of reducing, reusing and recycling, by making Christmas decorations and cards out of recycled materials.
The Early Childhood Unit students, aged 3 to 6 years, not only learn a valuable lesson about reducing waste, but also practicing their motor skills and creativity.
“Our teacher’s assistant, Mrs. Karla Andino-Ebanks, has come up with some really creative ways for the children to learn about recycling, as well as getting creative at the same time,” said Pre-K teacher Beverly Nachev in a press release. “She is a great collector of items and can always see the potential for recycling. In this way, we believe the students are learning some important lessons about how we can reduce our waste and at the same time make something useful.”
Mrs. Andino-Ebanks said the art projects include making napkin holders from wire and beads, Christmas cards using the children’s own artwork, and door hangings crafted from old computer discs. She added that students are having fun transforming inexpensive plain linens into pretty pillow cases.
“We will be decorating the classroom with the students’ artwork and at the end of the term the children will be able to take their artwork home for their families to enjoy,” she said.
Ms. Nachev explained that every project helps develop the students’ motor skills.
“When students thread the beads on the wire, they are developing their pincher grip, while painting helps with writing later on. Every project has been specially designed to enhance their development,” she said.
“It is essential that young children have opportunities to develop these skills because they form the building blocks for dexterity and strength in later life. This has been a greatly beneficial project for the students.”