My students are thirty-six energetic three, four, and five year olds who are eager to learn. They come from many different family backgrounds and are each unique in their own way. They are encountering their very first school experience which will set the foundation for the rest of their educational career.
The primary mode of learning for my students is play.
Students participate in "work time" each day when they are able to play in different centers. They are able to choose from areas such as blocks, dramatic play, reading, sensory, writing, art, music, and more. Play is where they learn most of their early math and literacy skills.
My preschoolers love to interact with their friends and learn new things. They are excited about the different center areas and each new thing I bring into our classroom.
Block play has many benefits for young children. We have a block center in our classroom where students can go to play during their free choice time each day.
Block play can help teach social skills such as sharing and getting along.
It can also help with language skills as students learn to communicate with each other. Academic skills like early math skills can be reinforced during block play as well.
Adding materials such as people, traffic signs, and vehicles to our block area will allow for more student creativity. These materials will open a world of possibility for students to build roads, schools, hospitals, zoos, and more!
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