I have the privilege of teaching K4 students in an urban school in which 89% of our students qualify to receive free or reduced price lunch. Students often begin their very first school experience in my classroom. Student come to me from a variety of backgrounds, home and/or daycare experiences. Some of my students have began their school careers the year before in K3, others have never been out of their family home. The majority of my students are learning English for the first time within my classroom.
A new beginning can cause all kinds of feelings in my students, it can be a time of nervousness, anxiety, fear or overwhelming excitement.
I want my young learners to understand that it is acceptable to express their emotions in a non-harming manner. Since, my students are new to school, the language, and outside of their home environment, they need guidance on appropriate means to express their feelings. This is often the first time they have a chance to interact with a large amount of friends at their own age level. There are so many critical skills students must learn to help keep harmony within the classroom (i.e. turn-taking & using our words.)
A new beginning occurs throughout our lifetime, often one of the most memorable experiences is your very first day of school. Please, help my students learn how to handle their emotions inside and outside of the classroom. My students are just beginning their school careers and have so much to learn, academically, socially, and emotionally.
Your support would be so beneficial to help my students have a positive transition to school.
I plan to use the "Kissing Hand" retelling props on the very first day of school. It is a sweet story about a child's first day of school and reassures the listener that someone who loves them is always near, even if not physically seen. This book is a traditional read and will be enjoyed annual at the start of every school year.
My students also need to learn how to display positive character traits to help him or her have positive interactions with classmates. The book "Character Kids Save the Day!" will be used to help my students understand and display character traits to help him or her be socially ready for the school setting. I plan to use the "Character Kids" as tabletop rewards for students displaying positive character traits inside and outside of the classroom.
The floor cushions and wobble seat will help my students release tension, excitement and extra energy to keep them on track and to help keep "hands and feet" to themselves. I will use these in partner with storybooks, discussions, mindfulness practices, and props to help teach my students how to handle our emotions. Looking at the visual pictures on the floor cushions will help my students express how they may be feeling. These resources would be so beneficial for my students at the beginning of each school year.
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