My Memory Box
Jane, Grade 1/2 Teacher
This activity allows young children the opportunity to verbally express themselves while using concrete materials of their choice.
- Book -Me & Mr. Mah
- A box (shoe box)
- personal objects selected from home
- Teacher reads aloud the story Me and Mr. Mah.
- After the read aloud, the children discuss what the memory boxes looked like and what was in each memory box.
- Teacher asks the children to create a memory box from home and each child is given the opportunity to present their memory box.
Perhaps two children a day can present, or set it up as a presentation centre and children can sign up to present and view. This center could be ongoing. In order to give each of my children a turn, four children presented each day: first thing in the morning, at the end of the morning, first thing in the
afternoon and at again at the end of the day.
A number of the children wanted to set up the contents of their box for further viewing.
At the end of each presentation the children asked their audience the following questions:
- What did you like about my memory box?
- Do you have any questions about the contents of my memory box?
This activity was a wonderful learning experience for everyone. As a teacher, I learned a great deal more about my students.
I am in the twilight of my career, and if I had to do it all over again, I would in a minute. I love children, having been blessed with four of my own and six grandchildren. All the very best to the new teachers beginning their careers. It is a rich and rewarding experience to work with children of all ages.