Our program serves children who are identified as at risk and children with identified disabilities or delays. My classroom currently is a mixture of children who are 3 and 4 years old. I have a very diverse group of students in my room - socioeconomically, ethnicity, English Language Learners and ability level.
For most of my students, this is the first time they are away from home for an extended time each day.
I pride myself in creating a safe and comfortable environment for my little ones to grow and bloom.
I believe very strongly that play is the way the children in my classroom learn best. I also strongly believe that early intervention is the key to success for the children in my classroom. We spend the vast majority of our day exploring and playing. Of my 15 students, 11 are expected to move on to Kindergarten in the Fall.
When I think of what Preschool should be I love that our program is very play based. If you spent any time in our classroom you will see children "playing" with Blocks, "playing" in the Pretend Play Center, "playing" in the Sand Table or "Playing" with Playdough. In reality what you're seeing is children learning the basics of building, learning how to play fairly - "share", learning the physics of sand play and learning how to use their fine / gross motor control. My children need new letter recognition activities for my small group direct instruction activities. We are very good at adding instruction and directing their play to what some may see as "educational" play. But some already made games and activities for my small groups would make my life so much simpler.
Building and STEM Activities are how things are going in Educational Settings today.
We need new STEM activities for self-directed activities in a full STEM Center in our classroom.
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