Mrs. Wishy Washy comes to life for local kindergarten students

wishywashyLeft to right: Michelle Stutes, Hollie Gray and Hollie Bancroft dressed as Mrs. Wishy Washy.

Student teachers Michelle Stutes, Holly Bancroft and Hollie Gray designed a weeklong learning unit about life on the farm inspired by the book Mrs. Wishy-Washy.To introduce the unit, the student teachers dressed as the book’s title character for their kindergarten students at Cottonwood Creek Elementary in Coppell ISD.

The student teachers incorporated technology such as SmartBoards and iPads to enhance learning experiences, and the learners used QR codes to direct their audience to stories they had written about various farm animals. The learning unit also included cooking activities such as churning butter, making piggy mud (chocolate pudding) and baking bread.

Each day, the learning experiences focused on different farm animals with activities that used the kindergarteners' five senses, inquiry, and writing and communication skills. They taught concepts of sequencing, initial sounds, rhyming and measuring.

"The three student teachers did an amazing job of engaging their learners through a variety of fun activities," said Dr. Andra Penny (’96), Principal of Cottonwood Creek Elementary and UNT alumna. "Having children 'connect' with their teachers and learning is the key to successful teaching!"