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A Growing Education at Williams Elementary

 

Luis Martinez
Luis Martinez, Jr., takes a closer look at the parts of a sunflower. (Submitted Photo)

Transitional Kindergarten students at Williams Elementary School have been learning about locally grown crops by getting up-close and personal. For the past several weeks, watermelon, sunflowers, and corn have all been a part of the vocabulary, science, food, art, and hands-on stations in their classroom.

Students ate watermelon and counted, saved, and dried the seeds. They got to see sunflowers growing in the garden at their school, see where the seeds come from, and enjoyed shelled sunflower seeds for their snack. Measuring a stalk of corn, pulling back the husks and finding kernels, and eating popcorn concluded the unit.

 

Seeds from each food were used in art projects that now decorate the classroom.

Teacher Barbara Mayberry enjoys teaching the unit, even as she spends time during her days off searching the country-side for watermelons, sunflowers and corn to take into her classroom to share with her students.

This is the second year Williams Elementary has offered the Transitional Kindergarten class, which provides a preparatory year for youngsters who have birthdays in the fall months, and due to new state laws, are ineligible for regular kindergarten. Mayberry adds that, “Tracking last year’s TK students, the program appears to beneficial as the students are excelling in their kindergarten classes this year.”

 

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editorhttps://williamspioneer.com
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at lloyd@colusacountynews.net or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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