I have had the joy and privilege of teaching in a Spanish Dual Immersion Program for five years. These years have all been spent in Kindergarten. My students ages range from 5-6 with most of them not having any school experiences before Kindergarten. They come from diverse backgrounds, with many coming from Spanish-speaking households and low socioeconomic backgrounds. Some students also speak English at home, and this is their first time learning in Spanish.
In our program, Kindergartners spend 90% of their day in Spanish and 10% in English.
I am their teacher for the Spanish part. They learn all their core subjects (math, science, reading etc.) in Spanish. Our program goes all the way to 12th grade, with their English learning time growing in percentage each year. This is a great opportunity for all my students to gain academic proficiency in English and Spanish. I'm always amazed at their ability to read, write, and speak in both languages as they get older.
I want to incorporate more art projects throughout the week to strengthen content studies and free play. The only supplies I am given at the beginning of the year are crayons and glue sticks. I would love to be able to give my students an opportunity to experience different types of visual arts.
Barack Obama said "The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create".
I want to give my students the supplies they need to create art projects that will inspire them to love school and to love learning. Too often art is the first subject to be pushed aside when the demands in the other academic content areas are high.
I plan on using these materials to enhance content units. This time will focus on them using the materials to complete specific art projects. My students will also have the opportunity to use the materials during their free time when they can construct and create whatever they like. The majority of items that I chose, like the buttons, feathers, and pom poms are collage art supplies. Collage art supplies encourage a constructivist form of learning where the students feel free to explore and use the supplies in unique ways.
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