This year I have a combination class with transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students. I am excited to create a learning environment where all students benefit from their very own space to sit and play!
When we gather at the carpet we build community!
We spend a lot of our day at the carpet for various activities! We meet and greet our friends, sing songs and read lots of stories. We learn about each other through show and tell. We use manipulatives for math activities and white boards for reading and writing activities. Carpet time is the natural transition from different activities throughout the day!
Students in my class come from a diverse, lower socioeconomic neighborhood and the majority receive free and/or reduced-price lunch. For many of my students, this is their first experience in a school setting and have not been to preschool. Enjoying school and learning through play is one of my main goals.
My students thrive with established routines. Routines help children know what to expect and build security and trust in the world around them. Having a special space to sit when we gather at the carpet makes learning fun and inviting. With our existing, old, plain and drab olive green carpet my students have a difficult time finding their 'special space' at the carpet.
With a colorful, defined carpet my students will have a visually appealing, extra roomy square to sit that will help define their personal space.
The carpet squares will also help my students identify primary colors and help my classroom management techniques. With the color coded rows it will be easy to divide the class into small groups.
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