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Learning new ways to teach coast kids


By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Forget the calculators, popsicle sticks are the counting tools of choice in this session. It's a session focused on math skills called Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The idea is to get kids thinking math with items they see in their daily lives.

"Things we use on a day to day basis such as toilet tissue, paper towel rolls, paper plates, styrofoam cups, boxes, anything you get in the mail, you can use to teach children," said Nikki Thompson, training coordinator.

Jacob Moulds, a college student, works with three and four year olds at Ocean Springs Academy. As a pre-nursing major, specializing in pediatric care, Moulds plans to use the skills he learned long beyond his job at the academy.

"It's given me a lot of games I can play to help pass the time with kids in the intensive care unit to take their mind off of their illness," said Moulds.

Like Moulds, those who attended the session found games they couldn't wait to get their kids playing.

"For counting, I love the owl game with the eggs and seeing how many eggs there are," said Denise Doyle, child care provider.

In this game, a hole is cut in a plastic coffee container. Shredded paper doubles as straw at the bottom of the container. Plastic eggs covered in white paper are put inside the owl nest for students to count.

Information for the sessions come from Mississippi's State Child Care Resource and Referral Network.  A resource and referral center is located on Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jefferson Davis Campus.

Women with the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers played a big part in getting everything organized for today's event.

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