A TRIP TO PARIS
Miss Stacey’s Early Childhood Education Center creates virtual adventures for its pupils
Students at Miss Stacey’s Early Childhood Education Center in Torrington took a virtual “plane ride to Paris” Thursday morning. The journey provided the children with French berets, a vision of the Eifel Tower, and mock escargot — teaching them about locales around the globe and the requirements of traveling overseas.
The trip, according to Stacey Munson, is one in a series of sojourns around the globe. In the past, students have visited China, Mexico, Italy, and Spain, among other locations.
“We try and take the children on a few adventures,” said Munson.
The children take the idea seriously, Munson said. Some asked whether they needed permission from their parents to fly, or whether they could bring treasures they needed to sleep on the ride.
The students are asked to compile eight facts about the place they will visit, Munson said, to
understand the culture, and make passports for the trip, which provides the chance to teach them about the importance of such documentation and the other elements of international travel.
The lessons, which include both reading about the locales and the mock visits, are aimed at broadening the horizons of the young pupils, Munson said, as they go out and venture into life.
“It’s food for thought for them ... ‘I don’t have to stay in New England; I can have opportunities outside. Let me see how interesting other places are,’” said Munson. “Not that they have to leave, but they can have the opportunity to visit other places — (they can) still come home, but they don’t have to stay within the confines of their home. And they love it, they love it — each trip that we’ve been on has been a great success.” The Paris trip was bolstered by a variety of props, including a wooden plane, complete with rows of seating and a cockpit; a Parisian cafe; child-size easels and painting pallets, and mock escargot and cow’s brain, among other snacks.
Students were also introduced to some of the challenges of flying, including a storm, clearance from the ground crew to take off, mock turbulence, and passports.
Some of the accouterment for Thursday’s activities was created by Melissa Parente, who also crafted the Polar Express students clambered into to celebrate the holiday season in December.
“She’s very, very talented,” said Munson.
Three-and-four year-old students attend the Early Childhood Education Center, which is located in the Torrington Armory. Munson has been teaching at the school, in the same room, for more than 22 years.
Students at Miss Stacey’s Early Childhood Education Center in Torrington took a “trip” to Paris Thursday morning. The children wore French berets, created passports and learned about traveling to a faraway place.
Students at Miss Stacey’s Early Childhood Education Center in Torrington took a “trip” to Paris Thursday morning.