Area preschool students meet for lunch, activities

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Floyd preschooler Alex Diaz sports a paper handle-bar mustache at his school’s second-annual Preschool Roundup Monday. After preschoolers from three districts did a variety of activities, they ate lunch provided by the Floyd Fire Department.

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

Branding irons and bandanas, marshmallows, glue and clay snakes.

All of the above were part of the second annual Preschool Roundup at Floyd Municipal Schools on Monday. Preschool students from Floyd, Dora and Melrose met for a variety of activities and lunch with a Western theme.

“I just think it’s good for them to interact with children outside their community, and this is a positive learning experience for them,” organizer and Floyd preschool teacher Sheri Chenault said.

Chenault said she also likes collaborating with other teachers, and the older students learned from preparing their lessons. Students provided nutrition education and snacks, math activities, an art project, a chance for preschoolers to make a book and a stick horse rodeo.

Floyd staff members manned activity stations as well.

The Floyd Fire Department provided lunch, and Floyd Superintendent Paul Benoit serenaded the children with cowboy songs. Chenault said a parent collected community donations for supplies and T-shirts.

Floyd preschooler Star Pflieger said her favorite part of the day was being with her sister, who was manning a station. However, she also liked creating a desert scene from various materials.

“I put real dirt, and I put glue, and I put seeds,” she said.

Melrose preschooler Cameron Dickerman said he learned how to rope during the stick horse rodeo, and Dora preschooler Conner Rooney enjoyed measuring the clay snake he made.

Floyd freshman Gary Sisneros was among the students helping with the snake measuring. He said he found it rewarding.

“You’ve got to be patient,” he said, explaining what he’d learned. “And you’ve got to understand what they want.”

Sisneros said if the children didn’t want to measure the clay snakes, he let them play.

Floyd sixth-grader Lyzette Belloc helped children write and illustrate books about a cowboy. She said she learned that she needed to specify what she wanted them to do.

“I like getting to hear what thing they say,” she also said.

Dora preschool teacher Patty Mohon said Chenault is fantastic for putting the event together.

“It’s well-organized, and the kids have a blast,” she said. “And it hits areas that we try to work on in preschool.”

Each activity station meets state education standards, as well as providing personal and social exercise, Melrose preschool teacher Sandra Gannon said. She enjoyed also socializing and exchanging ideas with other teachers.