Our new second-grade teacher, Annette Carlson, will soon teach Kids Connection’s kindergarten students. She enjoys creating interactive and hands-on lessons for her classes.
You not only teach at Kids Connection, but you sent your daughter here as well. What was that like?
I taught preschool here for four years, and it was nice to check on her between classes. She had the best teachers. She was ultra-shy at the time, and the teachers here just made her blossom.
Which subject do you enjoy teaching the most?
My favorite subject to teach is science because it’s more hands-on. The kids and I get to interact more during the lesson.
There’s a saying that goes, “If you tell me, I’ll remember. If you teach me, I’ll reflect. But if you let me have my hands on it, I will learn.” Students are more likely to learn when there’s some kind of interaction – when they’re involved and get to manipulate with their hands, when there’s a visual and it’s hands-on.
These students might be auditory learners, visual learners, kinesthetic learners or tactile learners. Everyone learns differently, so it always helps to have a hands-on experience.
Are there any lessons you look forward to teaching the most?
We’re putting together a general store for the students so they can practice their math skills. The store is built around Boomtown because they’re reading about Boomtown and the early 1700s and 1800s, when there were new settlements in America. So they’ll learn how to barter and trade as well as how things were back then.
They’ll dress up as old-town girls and boys and pick a trade. We’ll have black-and-white photos taken.
There’s also the Halloween carnival, which is a huge and fabulous event that the kids and parents love. The parents are doing a wonderful job preparing for this all-day event. Every year I’m told it’s the best event we’ve put together.
What are your future plans with Kids Connection?
In January I’m going to teach kindergarteners after the other second grade teacher returns. I’m already planning some exciting events for the kindergarteners.
Why do you think other parents should send their children to Kids Connection?
These children are so well-prepared for moving on to the next level, thanks to the wonderful teachers here. We expose them to a lot and have the most amazing extracurricular and after-school programs I’ve ever seen.
Compared to other schools, we have a lot to offer, thanks to the excellent leadership we have in Diane Marcum and the Judson family. They’re able to collaborate and offer the families in this community so much from our school.
This program is academically accelerated, which is reflected in the students’ Iowa Tests of Basic Skills scores. They consistently test in the top 1 percent of schools nationwide. These test scores prove our program works. The students’ abilities prove it, their skills prove it.