Southside Early Childhood Center
The Comer Developmental Pathways are in action at Southside Early Childhood Center in Mrs. Sheila Brodie’s classroom. Students visually experienced the physical, ethical, social, physiological and cognitive pathways. They learned and performed Zumba as part of the physical pathway. They wrote stories to express ethical and cognitive pathways.
Zumba, a dance and fitness program created in the 1990s, is a fun way to begin developing the physical pathway. Brodie says that it's important to assist children as they learn about the physical pathway, and help them learn to make decisions that promote health.
“Helping children learn the importance of exercise at this young age ensures that they will continue as they grow up,” Brodie explains. Just in its second month at Southside, big smiles on the students' faces demonstrated they were all excited about Zumba.
“The students understand the physical pathway so much that we developed a hydration song,” Brodie adds. The song teaches students the importance of staying hydrated after doing any form of exercise.
The students are also learning about the ethical, social, physiological and cognitive pathways at school. After reading The Little Yellow Chicken’s House, the students wrote letters to the little chicken, in an effort to make her feel better after being mistreated by other animals in the story. Students also wrote a second letter telling the other animals that they were not following the pathways, and that their behavior to the little chicken was not acceptable.
Brodie believes the pathways open doors to learning that children understand in many ways. “We were able to see more understanding from the story even before it was over,” she says. “We want our students to use and understand the pathways as experience stories and everyday life,” she adds.
For more information on the Southside Early Childhood Center's Zumba and writing program, contact Sheila Brodie