My students are exceptional little learners who focus on practical academics and life skills in the Pre-K thru second grade. While they learn math, reading and science, they also work in our school garden, participate in cooking activities and take trips out into the community.
The students live in a low-income urban neighborhood.
The school receives Title I funding and all my students receive free lunch. All of my students learn a little differently but still work hard to master their goals. Working with students that have moderate to severe special needs allows me as their teacher to think outside the box to help them learn in the best way possible.
Providing my students with tangible learning manipulatives helps reinforce skills that are taught during the lesson. Each subject taught in the classroom is through technology, centers, and teacher time. It is important to allow students to have time to be creative with their hands to show their understanding.
Having a block center in a preschool classroom is filled with cross-curricular benefits. Students are interacting with their peers and developing their language and social skills. They are able to engineer their own structures and develop spatial reasoning. It is also a natural way to use math vocabulary by using 3-D shape names in conversation with their peers.
I chose items around a community theme because we treat our classroom like a community.
These items include community block people and signs, as well as a starter set and a block storage cabinet. We all have roles and support each other at school, and I want students to be able to naturally make that connection while building and pretending using community members.
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