I am privileged to teach an amazing group of kindergarten students. Kindergarten is a wonderful time of exploration and self-discovery as students start their learning adventure. We are an IB school and inquiry is at the center of everything we do. My students love to explore and discover new things through our units of inquiry and they enjoy manipulating hands-on materials to help them learn while having fun. It is fantastic to see how much progress they make throughout the course of the year.
My students come from a variety of backgrounds and their first year of school in Kindergarten is critical in making sure that no matter where our students come from, every child has the opportunity to be successful.
We are a Title I school, meaning a certain percentage of our students come from low income areas and receive free or reduced-price lunch, and we have students who are learning English. Despite struggles inside and outside of the classroom, my students come to school every day with a smile on their face ready to tackle a new day of learning.
One of our favorite times of day is when we get to do literacy centers. Students get to choose what activities they get to do, which helps them stay engaged and working the whole time. Importantly, these activities need to be at the student's independent level because they will be doing these activities on their own while I am holding small groups.
All of our students are at different levels and need activities that allow them to engage in meaningful practice of skills they are working on.
Sometimes students struggle choosing activities that will help them learn where they are at because we don't have many activities for centers. We had many alphabet and sounds centers for the beginning of the year and students still choose to complete these activities even if they already know their letters and sounds because we don't always have enough of the other activities for everyone in our class. With these activities from Lakeshore, students will be able to have more choice to find activities that let them practice the skills they need work on, rather than any activity that is available.
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