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Mrs. Howcroft’s Classroom Edit display name

  • Bon Air Elementary School
  • Lower Burrell, PA
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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The academic demands of kindergarten have gotten more rigorous over the past few years, and it has begun to replace the play aspect of kindergarten. Through some other projects and some flexible seating I have increased play time while keeping up with the academic demands. I have noticed that my students’ problem solving skills have improved with what I have already incorporated. I’m hoping to include more options to learn through play with this project. My hope is to create different sensory stem activities for each month. I will use the sand and water table to create themed activities each month. In the sand and water table I will start off with the feel and find alphabet sensory tub to help my students practice their letters. I will use the marble run sets as STEM activities, so my students can work together to find paths to help the marbles make it through. They will create paths that are different lengths and then compare with their team members. Then, I would use other materials that I have in hand to create other activities. (Ex: painted seashells for sorting by different attributes) Each activity would have a purpose whether it be sorting, counting, or creating. The possibilities are endless.

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The academic demands of kindergarten have gotten more rigorous over the past few years, and it has begun to replace the play aspect of kindergarten. Through some other projects and some flexible seating I have increased play time while keeping up with the academic demands. I have noticed that my students’ problem solving skills have improved with what I have already incorporated. I’m hoping to include more options to learn through play with this project. My hope is to create different sensory stem activities for each month. I will use the sand and water table to create themed activities each month. In the sand and water table I will start off with the feel and find alphabet sensory tub to help my students practice their letters. I will use the marble run sets as STEM activities, so my students can work together to find paths to help the marbles make it through. They will create paths that are different lengths and then compare with their team members. Then, I would use other materials that I have in hand to create other activities. (Ex: painted seashells for sorting by different attributes) Each activity would have a purpose whether it be sorting, counting, or creating. The possibilities are endless.

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