School is the cheapest police. — Horace Mann
But who can unlearn all the facts that I’ve learned
As I sat in their chairs and my synapses burned
And the torture of chalk dust collects on my tongue
Thoughts follow my vision and dance in the sun
All my vasoconstrictors they come slowly undone
Can’t this wait till I’m old? Can’t I live while I’m young? — Phish
Animal designed hats are returning as a staple item in children’s fashion once again. This unique hat design became quite hip during the winter of 2010, and it is slowly reviving itself in the market. Animal hats became an instantly iconic item to wear and a cozy accessory to keep people warm during the cold season.
Although hats and beanies designed in the shape and appearance of various animals became an instant global hit, it was not entirely safe from fashion naysayers. Back in 2012, it was included in style experts’ long list of fashion faux pas.
Still, despite gaining extreme reactions, this particular hat design does not seem to be dying down any time soon.
Animal hats are slowly transforming into an educational tool for children
One of the apparent reasons why beanies and headwear designed to bear the silhouette and appearance of different animals continuously maintain its definite appeal is because its primary audience is comprised of children.
Children possess a constant curiosity about almost everything they see in their environment. As such, whenever they see something colorful or graphic, such as animal-shaped hats, they become immediately drawn to understanding more about it by touching it and looking at it up close.
When it comes to teaching little children, it takes a whole different level of creativity to be able to capture and retain their attention. Take modern-day nursery rhymes; for example, the color combinations are paired with flashy animation to ensure that when children pay attention to it, they stay interested and focused throughout the entire duration of the song.
Animal hats possess the same appeal in terms of color, appearance, and overall visual impact. By merely observing daycare centers and nursery schools, it becomes understandable why this particular type of hat is being used by teachers to educate children about the different kinds of animals. Since hats are accessories that can easily be worn by kids, the learning experience becomes more fun and memorable.
After all, children can preserve newfound information better when first-hand experience and active involvement are included as part of the learning process.
Learning using hats: How is it done?
One of the simplest ways that hats and beanies in the shape of animals can be used to teach kids is by using it as props when enacting nursery rhymes and stories that depict animals. In a school setting, each child can be assigned a particular role or character included in the story or verse.
As they learn the song together, teachers can also add individual actions that each child must perform to represent their character. It is a creative, fun, and highly engaging approach to helping kids understand and get more acquainted with the different animals they see around them.
Another effective way of using animal-shaped headwear as an educational tool for kids is by having children identify the animal that each hat design bears. After identifying the correct animal, kids must also produce the appropriate sound that the said animal makes.
Who would have thought that cute-looking hats can also be used to teach bright, young minds? This proves that in learning, nothing makes it more meaningful than applying the practice of thinking outside of the box and adding a dash of fun.
A vast change has overtaken suburbia in the past two generations. The archetypal suburb was first and foremost because that’s where people moved to raise families. Lawns and parks and lots of other families with children defined the suburb as a children’s paradise. In the cultural mythos of the American Dream, childhood proceeds along the lines of the Little Rascals or Dennis the Menace or the Berenstain Bears: long days playing outside with other children, building clubhouses and forts, jumping rope and playing hopscotch, catching frogs and turtles, biking all over the place . . . pickup games of baseball and tag . . . tea parties with the other girls . . . sledding and snowball fights. Children were seldom at home. They were at a neighbor’s house, or over at the playground, or the vacant lot, or down by the pond. It didn’t matter as long as they were back for dinner. Until recently, play was outdoors, public, and free of charge.
Where are the children now? –