Teacher brings TV to life in unique school activity

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – We all know little kids live in their own world. So when a kindergarten teacher put on her own version of “Antiques Road Show” to see what her students thought was old and important, she didn’t know what to expect.

From your television to the halls of Sandia Vista Elementary in Rio Rancho, kindergarten teacher Michelle Garmon put her students as the focus of a lesson on past and present.

It was show-and-tell with a TV show twist.

One by one, the kids showed off an “antique” from their family.

There was Finn, who brought his great, great grandpa’s 120-year-old iron.

Ethan modeled the jacket his dad wore in kindergarten many years ago.

There was an old bracelet, a shell, and a Navajo cradleboard that Kenny was once small enough to be strapped into.

“It’s a picture of me and my brothers sleeping in one,” showed Kenny Lopez.

“I feel like you can’t really know who you are, until you know where you came from,” said Teacher Michelle Garmon.

Mrs. Garmon says the special lesson was all about how her students can learn from the past.

“And when you can put learning into their own words, when they are the ones excited about learning and they can make those connections, it warms my heart,” said Garmon.

So even though there was no appraiser and nothing worth a fortune, what each of these kids brought was priceless.

Mrs. Garmon said her students have seen “Antique Roadshow” before so she thought this would be a fun way to end their “then and now” project.

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