My class is made up of 22 AllStar Scholars ranging in age from 4 to 5 years old. My Pre-Kindergarten Scholars are amazing, they are ready to learn! They are eager to explore the world around them. Our school is located in a predominately low-income area; over 80 percent of our students are economically disadvantaged. In order to attend Pre-K, you must qualify based on income and/or if English is not your first language. As their teacher I encourage each of my Scholars to be the best they can be! I let them know how proud of them I am. I get excited showing them the gains they have made.
The puppet theater will allow Scholars to practice some very important skills like developing oral language, improving relationships, and cognitive development. Scholars will use the characters' puppets to retell their favorite nursery rhyme. For some non English speaking Scholars it is the first time they have heard some of the traditional rhymes and tales. Walking into my Pre-K classroom it might look like students are just playing, but the reality is they are actively learning.
Research says play helps with communication, relationship building and improves cognitive development.
Puppets are great teaching tools, they get the Scholars attention. The puppets allow Scholars to use their imagination. They come up with their own stories to retell and act out. Scholars are often heard using new vocabulary words they have picked up during the teacher retell. Using puppets in the classroom helps Scholars with memorizing, attention and thinking. These are building blocks Scholars will need for the rest of their life.
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