Learning with Novelty! Brain-based research shows the power of novelty and learning. This is why I love these aprons for my kindergarten classroom. Use them for reading, phonemic awareness, math… just about any activity for your students.
WHY: Learning and Novelty
I love new things and so do your students! But as it turns out… it is not just the emotional response. There is actually a scientific and chemical response going on! Our brain LOVES novelty and when we mix novelty with instruction… some magical things can take place. Experts explain that our brains are wired to recognize patterns so when something new is tossed in, our brains do a little dance. Our brains sit up! Our brains take notice! If you want to read more on this, I invite you to check out this GREAT article found on Edutopia titled, 6 Tips for Brain-Based Learning.
HOW: A Little Apron History Lesson
Let me first tell you about when I fell in love with these aprons. It was about 5 years ago. I have just finished a presentation at the I Teach K conference in Las Vegas. As teachers started to exit the room, one woman came up to me with a bag. She sort of whispered, “Can I show you something?” Honestly, she looked harmless so my fight and flight instincts did not engage, but I was like, “Um… sure.” She pulled out her teaching aprons and I was HOOKED! She told me she had been thinking about creating these teaching aprons for classrooms. She asked if I thought teachers would be interested. Based on the fact that there was a crowd quickly gathered around her, the answer was “YES!”
I quickly started using these in my classroom. As you can see from these photos, I have a few!
I started with this sweet apron. I had a precious high school student who was conducting her teaching internship in my classroom. We both loved the apron, so for her final, she taught my class using it in a word ladder activity.
My class simply loved it!
So what is better than one apron? Two aprons! I used this apron to play odd-man out. In this activity, we were looking at initial sounds. Please excuse the chairs up on the desks, we would sneak these activities in whenever we could. Even the last few seconds of the day!
In this activity, we were playing odd man out with word families a bit later in the year.
What is better than two aprons? Three aprons (I know… I have issues). When this student-sized apron showed up in my classroom, my kinders sort of freaked out! We worked on retelling stories in the apron. (SIDENOTE: We had a dress up day this day, so this sweetie does not usually dress like Nancy Sinatra.)
So much fun!
You can check out all of her Show and Tell Aprons and activity cards HERE. All of her aprons are made in the U.S.A. with love!
So it is no secret that I am a fan of the apron lady, Sandy Welch. She is a kindergarten teacher, just like you. She puts her heart and soul into these aprons. Since first meeting her, I am proud to call her my friend. She is kind. She is giving. She is passionate about teaching and I love her. Naturally, I am not alone. She has a huge fan club! You can check out her fan club and see how they use her aprons below!