More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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Are We Having Fun Yet?
My students need a kitchen play set along with the necessary pretend food and kitchenware in order to promote learning, creativity, imagination, and communication.
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." - Fred (Mr.) Rogers. With an increasing emphasis in schools on academic achievement, children have to learn more at younger and younger ages.
My twenty one kindergarten students are energetic, excited, and eager to learn.
Many of their parents report that they love school so much that they want to attend school on the weekends and even when they are sick. One hundred percent of my students qualify for free breakfast as well as free lunch. Ninety five percent of my students are English language learners. A majority of their parents do not have a high school diploma. Even though, they have multiple challenges and barriers placed in their paths, I am proud to say that their first introduction to formal education has been positive. It is from their joy of learning, that I derive my motivation to make their kindergarten experience memorable and enjoyable. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints or other priorities, dramatic play centers have been deemed nonessential to growth and development. Research shows a strong link between play and the development of social, emotional, language, and cognitive skills.
The children will engage in the process of imaginative play by using the dramatic play set during cooperative learning center times. They'll have an opportunity to role-play by pretending to be the mom, dad, or another family member. The play center will encourage spontaneity, imagination, experimentation, and lack of inhibitions thus improving their self esteem. It will give the English language learners an opportunity to interact with proficient English speakers as well as with students who might be more advanced English speakers. Pretend play will help them understand the power of language. This process will encourage problem solving; for example, two children may want to play the role of the mother. They will learn how to negotiate and consider the needs of others and become less ego-centric. Dramatic play will also encourage writing as they pretend to write a grocery list, or write down a phone number. These areas are developed by peer interaction and not by flashcards or computers.
It will bring a smile to their faces and open up a new dimension to their kindergarten educational experience if my students are provided with a dramatic play center.
Kindergarten should be a place where children can learn, play, imagine, create, and explore. Our over-academic school culture and society is causing stress and anxiety before it is appropriate for kids to experience these types of feelings. Thank you in advance for your consideration in improving my kindergarten students' education.
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