"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
A typical day in kindergarten is very active and busy.
Students continue to do much of their learning through active learning and hands-on activities. For many of my students, it is their first experience in a school setting. Many of them did not attend preschool or pre-kindergarten. They are always ready and enthusiastic about learning different things and in different ways.
As a Title I school, most of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch. They are also provided with free breakfast daily. We have a large population of Limited English Proficient students. The kids do not see this as an obstacle. They are just as ready and eager to learn as anyone else.
Our school building definitely shows its age but as they say, it's what’s on the inside that counts. We have amazing students and wonderful teachers. We have many parents who volunteer their time on a weekly basis. Our school pride is evident as you walk through the hallways.
In kindergarten, the teacher does a lot of modeling for the students, especially in writing. The writing that we do in kindergarten is usually done in a whole group.
One of these important whole group writing activities is the Daily Message.
Students learn sentence structure such as that sentences begin with an uppercase letter and end with a period. Students also learn the difference between a word and a letter and that there are spaces in between words. Sight word recognition is also a big part of the Daily Message. The students take turns coming up to the dry-erase easel to identify and circle sight words that the teacher has called out.
All of these activities eventually lead to the students becoming independent readers and writers.
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