Last winter, the children at Center AM became very interested in houses. They began to climb the metal ladders and talk about fixing and rebuilding the red playhouse they had recently built. Some children saw their homes under construction and watched the construction in the neighborhood. For them, this activity was meaningful. Throughout the project, children gained knowledge and experience about homes and construction. They became engaged and devoted to the project, making it a lasting memory of their time at Center AM.
The HOME House: The Future of Affordable Housing challenged architects and artists to build an affordable home that would appeal to all. The project was led by Habitat International, a nonprofit organization in Americus, Georgia. The project is supported by the AIA Baltimore, the Neighborhood Design Center, Enterprise Foundation, and the Maryland State Arts Council. The children were enthusiastic about the process and enjoyed being the protagonists of their own story. The process involved collaborative problem-solving and peer teaching, and the children felt rewarded by the experience.
The children in the program used this process to reflect on previous experiences and build their own cardboard houses. The children enjoyed being the protagonists of their own stories, which reinforced the sense of community that the children had developed in their classrooms. Teachers also felt rewarded when they saw the children participating in cooperative learning and problem-solving, and they also observed the importance of peer teaching and research. The kids were genuinely interested in their project and had a good time during their first week.
Despite the fact that the children are still young, the program is a wonderful way for them to gain experience and confidence in their skills and learn new things about houses. The process consists of cooperative learning where children discuss ideas and refine language, and it strengthens the sense of community. The children loved being the protagonists, which was a great reward for both the teachers and the children. The children were engaged in the project and they learned from it. The collaboration between children and teachers was evident in the form of peer teaching and the use of research.
The students of Central Community College-Hastings Campus are completing a one-story house. The project’s participants studied HVAC and Electrical Technology. The school also plans to host a conference on the project. There are many ways the students can get involved in the project. It’s not just a classroom experience. It’s a wonderful way to learn about a new city. They will be amazed by what they discover in the process.
The children in the program built cardboard houses and discussed their own experiences. The children enjoyed the process of building the houses and reflected on their previous learning. They also enjoyed being protagonists and expressing their creativity. They felt rewarded by being able to engage in such a project, and they got to see how hard the children work in order to solve problems. The program is a fantastic example of how to use a school to build something that’s both beautiful and functional.