A TRIP TO PARIS

Miss Stacey’s Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter cre­ates vir­tual ad­ven­tures for its pupils

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ben Lam­bert wlam­bert@reg­is­ter­ci­t­i­zen.com @WLam­bertRC on Twit­ter

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.

BEN LAM­BERT — THE REG­IS­TER CIT­I­ZEN

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.

BEN LAM­BERT - THE REG­IS­TER CIT­I­ZEN

Stu­dents at Miss Stacey’s Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Tor­ring­ton took a “trip” to Paris Thurs­day morn­ing.

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