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New Hyde Park Illustrated News - Schools

Cooperative Learning In New Hyde Park

The Child Development Program (CDP1 and CDP 2) recently worked in conjunction with child psychology students at New Hyde Park Memorial High School on a project called “The Hula Hoop Rug Project.” The goal of this project was accomplished by collaboration and creating a social learning environment for all the students. 

 

This project consisted of many components. Socially, all the students from both programs were able to become better acquainted. The students worked on following directions, sequencing and following verbal directions from their peers and teachers.

 

Moreover, the students were able to work on their fine motor skills by using scissors to cut and weave the cut up material into a rug. The rugs were created with old T-shirts that all the students donated.

 

The old T-shirts were cut up into circles and then tie dyed. The students allowed the tie dye to dry overnight on the material. The following day they washed the cut-up material and dried them.

 

Once dried, the students used the hula hoop to shape the rug into a round shape and weaved the material in, out and around the hula hoops to complete the rug.

 

— From New Hyde Park Memorial High School