When our classroom door opens at the start of our school day, the room changes. No longer is it a quiet, cold and empty space. As my students enter with smiling faces and a million burning questions that they simply can’t wait to answer, the room transforms into a warm, exciting, and curious place.
The innate excitement and curiosity my Kindergarten students bring into our classroom drives our daily learning adventures.
As Kindergarten students, they know their job is to ask questions, explore, stretch their thinking, and discover the wonders around them. Every day they demonstrate this desire to learn. As a result, they challenge me to provide them with the classroom that inspires and encourages their love of learning.
Kindergarteners need to play. It is through play that these curious, bright 5 and 6 year old children learn how to interact with each other, how to problem solve, how to communicate their ideas and opinions, how to strengthen their academic skills, and how to make sense of the world around them. In our classroom, we discuss what we want to play and what we need in order to make that happen. My students make many of the props they need to play, but could use some of the larger furniture pieces to support their ideas.
A stove, sink, refrigerator, and storage shelf would create a kitchen center that would give my students a chance to practice skills and use their imaginations in unlimited ways.
As a kitchen, it would give students the opportunity to work on literacy, math, and social skills in a play setting familiar to them as it is so similar to their homes. Then their imaginations could take over. With a little cooperative planning, our kitchen could be transformed into other parts of our community - a bakery, a store, a market, a coffee shop, a post office, a pizza parlor. Their learning will be limited only by their imaginations!
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