I teach 32 preschoolers every day. Preschool is usually their first exposure to school and I want to make it a positive experience. Students come to school in the morning or in the afternoon for 3 hours at a time. I want my students to be reading at the end of the year. My students come from a very economically diverse background. A lot of my students are learning English as their second language. They speak Somali, Vietnamese, Spanish, and Chinese. I have a lot of different cultures represented in my classroom. My biggest challenge is accommodating these different languages. Many students come to preschool not speaking or knowing any English.
I posted a project about a month ago asking for baskets to replace my plastic, colored bins. I was shocked by how my preschooler reacted to the new baskets. I am wanting to add more baskets to my classroom. Preschoolers are drawn to the areas where there are baskets. If this project is funded then I will put the baskets in my book area. I am hoping this will draw their attention to this area and they will choose this area to visit.
Creating a natural environment has decreased my behavior problems and children are picking materials they have never chosen before.
Since I have gotten rid of all of the colorful bins children have calmed down. They are reflective of their environment. When the environment is crazy, colorful so are they. I am hopeful that children will continue to calm down with the natural baskets I have in my classroom. I cannot wait to see how this second round of baskets will help increase student achievement and decrease behavior issues.
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