My Kindergarten students have just come to school for the first time! They are learning how to have patience, sit appropriately, work together and control their bodies as well as academics. They are excited by music, movement, art, pretend play and new experiences. Kindergarten is a year filled with firsts, especially for the majority of my students who did not go to preschool. Many of my students come from bilingual or non English speaking homes. The students in my class also come from low-income families as well. Although they will face different challenges this year, they are so excited to grow into leaders and lifetime learners.
My students are just beginning their journey through education and want to have the same memorable kindergarten experience that I, and many of you had some years ago.
Kindergarten is a place where all are accepted, dreams are created and memories are made for a lifetime. My students love coming to school because it is an escape for them and allows them to be whoever they want to be. Please help me as I try to keep their passion for learning alive and help them to reach their full potential!
My kindergarten students would benefit greatly from having a large rug in our classroom. It would serve as a place to sit comfortably and work independently or with others. It would be used in our meeting area where we work on social skills and come together as a classroom community.
The rug would help these first time learners by providing them a marked space that is their own, but still community.
Without a rug, the kids struggle to stay in one spot on the floor and bother others because they are too close. In addition, they can also be too far away if they are trying to find a comfortable space. This makes it difficult for them to see the book we are reading, the activity we are doing on the board, or on chart paper.
Having a large rug would be a classroom management tool that would solve many of the issues we face when trying to sit and learn together. It would give everyone a spot of their own and minimize distractions to allow all the students to focus on their learning. It will build a place where music, oral language, social skills, personal well being (through fitness) and many other topics can and will be taught daily.
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