Huddled together, giving each other support, these are some of the children in my preschool class as they get ready for graduation. It always amazes me to watch them grow and develop. I teach in a large New York City school. The children come from varied cultural and economic back grounds. For most of my students this is their first school experience. They are fearful upon entering the classroom for the first time. The growth academically, socially and emotionally that takes place by the end of the year in each child is astonishing!
They develop a sense of community and a love for learning.
They become cheerleaders for their classmates and themselves. Having developed a love for learning and a respect for others and their differences lays the foundation for the rest of their educational careers. While I am sad to see them go I am excited about the journey that each will be taking.
The art center in our pre-k classroom provides students with opportunities to use their imagination and create unique artwork. The center is stocked with various art supplies and material for the students to collage and build structures with. Keeping this center well stocked and rotating the material helps keep this center inviting and interesting.
The students proudly share their masterpieces and celebrate the creations of others.
Besides allowing students to express themselves creatively the art center also provides them with opportunities to strengthen their fine motor skills. They work individually and collaboratively on self directed projects. The artistic process in our pre-k class is amazing to watch!
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