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02/14/19

Boeing Global Engagement Grant Multiplies Children’s Village’s Impact on School Readiness

With encouragement from his teacher, a preschooler uses a triangle to match the shape of a roof.

With encouragement from his teacher, a preschooler uses a triangle to match the shape of a roof.

From the array of magnetic shapes lining the side and top of the easel, the preschooler selects a triangle.  He then carefully places it within the roof outlined on one of the buildings in “Shape City,” which his teacher had drawn.  “Perfect,” says his teacher. “You chose a yellow triangle to match the shape of the roof.  Look children, do you see how the triangle shape matches the three sides of the roof?” she asks.

This circle-time activity not only is fun and engaging but it conveys important mathematic concepts, including geometry, spatial relationships, and measurement.  To build a firm foundation for later learning, Children’s Village provides meaningful and enriching math experiences.  A recent grant from Boeing Global Engagement is multiplying Children’s Village impact. The funds benefit our comprehensive approach to school readiness, with a math focus.

Specifically, the grant allows Children’s Village to:  expand math-related teacher training through our new Learning Lab’s professional development workshops; extend math learning outside of the school day thorough new parent education workshops; enhance math-related classroom materials; and inform public policy to create a seamless preschool-to-elementary school transition.

At the essence of Children’s Village’s educational approach is learning through play. This approach has a bonus: social skills development. For example, as children play math bingo (matching color and shapes), they practice following rules, taking turns, and winning and losing gracefully.

At the essence of Children’s Village’s educational approach is learning through play. This approach has a bonus: social skills development. For example, as children play math bingo (matching color and shapes), they practice following rules, taking turns, and winning and losing gracefully.

“We are honored that Boeing Global Engaging continues to invest in early learning and respects that what takes place in our classrooms sets the stage for lifelong learning.  This grant impacts educators, families, and public policy—all of which adds up to better preparing children for academic and career success,” says Mary Graham, Executive Director, Children’s Village.

At the essence of Children’s Village’s educational approach is learning through play. This approach has a bonus: social skills development. For example, as children play math bingo (matching color and shapes), they practice following rules, taking turns, and winning and losing gracefully.

“We aspire to be a top performer in every area of our business, and that includes leading in the communities where our employees and their families live and work,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “By harnessing our teammates’ unique skills and passion for giving, our professional networks and partnerships, and our financial resources, we will inspire the dreamers and doers of tomorrow and drive positive, lasting change in our communities across the globe.”

About The Boeing Company
Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with the company’s strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide.  See how Boeing is making a difference by visiting the 2018 Boeing Global Engagement Portfolio at Boeing.com/community.

Chicago-based Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. Engage on social @Boeing with #BoeingInspires #BoeingPartner

Scroll for more photos of children engaged in math-focused activities that Boeing Global Engagement supports.

A preschooler focuses on balancing a tower she is building.

A preschooler focuses on balancing a tower she is building.

To nurture emerging awareness of measurement, a teacher encourages her student to notice her height relative to the tower that she built.

To nurture emerging awareness of measurement, a teacher encourages her student to notice her height relative to the tower that she built.

With a helping hand from his teacher, a preschooler ‘tests’ the bridge structure that he and his classmates helped design and build.

With a helping hand from his teacher, a preschooler ‘tests’ the bridge structure that he and his classmates helped design and build.

 
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