Educators in Training

Southeastern teacher candidates plan and execute annual Early Childhood Education Expo for area schoolchildren

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Teacher candidates in Southeastern's Department of Teaching and Learning recently hosted area schoolchildren for a day of learning fun at their annual Early Childhood Education Expo.

Sixty teacher candidates presented developmentally appropriate learning centers and activities at the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center in downtown Hammond. Approximately 100 students from Southeastern's Lab School, Southeastern's Head Start and Midway Elementary, as well as youngsters from throughout the community, attended the event.


Southeastern teacher candidates facilitate an activity for students to create farm animals and paint with vegetables.

Each year, Teaching and Learning students plan and execute the entire Expo to display what they have learned in their pre-kindergarten/ kindergarten methods course. This year, they transformed the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center into a learning environment themed "A Stroll Through Storyland."

Activities included making real butter, painting with vegetables and creating farm animals to go along with the story "Charlotte's Web." As a literature extension for the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," the young students made creatures from milk jugs donated by Kleinpeter Farms Dairy. The event also featured a miniature Café Du Monde where students measured ingredients for beignets as part of the "Goodnight NOLA" book section.

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