Elementary school introduces project-based learning

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Kindergarteners at Fain Elementary are learning what it takes to become entrepreneurs.

"We decided our question would be, 'how can we as marketers raise money for our classroom?," said Kindergarten teacher, Farrah Stahler.  "The kids decided the best way for kids to make money is have a lemonade stand."

The kids are able to do this through project-based learning, a new program for the school that gives kids hands-on experience in the classroom.

"It means so much more to them than us just teaching the things the ways we always have," said Stahler.  "It's really incorporating it into the real world and them getting to have total hands-on total voice in choice in everything they are doing."

The classes did everything from blueprints, sales pitches, and advertising the big day. They even got some help from the Career Education Center in building their stand.

"We had papers that we drew looked like lemonade stands and then we gave it to them (CEC students) and then they know what it's going to look like," said Kindergartners Milli and Anna Claire.

Stahler said the earlier schools can put kids in programs like this the better.

"They're getting to lead it," said Stahler. "They're getting to make the choices.  Not only does it get them more engaged they have total ownership of what they are doing."

Those kindergartners want to invite you to come and enjoy the fruits of their labor. They will be outside Fain Elementary on Norman street Saturday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. selling their lemonade.

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