Graduation season was in full swing as the 2Gen Center hosted UTEC’s first ever preschool graduation during House Meal. Children, parents, AmeriCorps members, and staff celebrated the soon-to-be kindergartners on their next step in their learning journey and reminisced about classroom memories through photos.
Since the 2Gen Center @ UTEC opened last fall, our teachers witnessed constant growth in each child as well as the program. Much growing revolved around three basic rules of preschool: Be safe, be neat, be kind.
- Be safe – Safe with our bodies and emotions. Children learned to recognize their emotions and use their words to solve problems. Discussions with children about mixed emotions going to a new school: excited for new opportunity, sad because of leaving 2Gen, anxious about meeting new people.
- Be neat – Children have responsibilities to promote independence by cleaning up after themselves, dressing themselves, etc.
- Be kind – How do we treat people? For example, Kavani was a teacher who would walk other children through conflict resolution. Jaeda would tell people when she felt strongly about a situation. The 2Gen Center teaches children to be caring and compassionate, and to be independent with their needs.
Seth Johnson, UTEC’s Early Education Director, was humbled by each of the encouraging words and numerous expressions of gratitude from parents and grandparents. It was truly a joy and a privilege to have influenced the development of each of these children.
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Source: Lowell Sun