A SUNY Canton Early Childhood student’s monkey business will be highlighted in a national early childhood educator’s publication.
Editors of The Mailbox recently informed Jessica Limoges of Ogdensburg that they will be featuring her unique learning game “Find the Monkey.”
“I start by taking a photograph of a toy monkey hidden in the classroom,” Limoges explained. “Then I cut up the photo into four pieces and write questions about monkeys on the back of each piece.”
Preschool students are then asked monkey related questions. If they get them right, they win the puzzle piece. “I ask questions like ‘What’s a monkey’s favorite food?’ and ‘Where do monkeys live?’” Limoges said.
When they have all of the pieces of the puzzle, they embark upon a search to find the hidden toy using the photo as a clue as to its location.
Limoges developed the game as part of her Curriculum Development class and submitted it for inclusion in The Mailbox after a suggestion by Maureen Maiocco, Early Childhood Program Director.
“I am really amazed at the adaptability of this game,” Maiocco said. “It teaches children how to use problem solving skills and interact with their peers to work towards the common goal of finding the monkey.”
Educators often utilize The Mailbox to develop their curricula and class lessons. The publication is highly selective, and receives a vast number of contributions for each issue.
Limoges also developed a song about monkeys to go along with the game. Children and adults who have participated all seem to enjoy monkeying around.
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