Creative Expression and Role Playing in Transitional Kinder
My students need to engage in fantasy play using a gender neutral Lakeshore Giant Treehouse, matching furniture, and doll families during our daily center time.
Disneyland is the "Happiest place on Earth". Shouldn't going to Transitional Kindergarten be just as fun and magical? Students who engage in fantasy play with their peers at school develop social skills, build vocabulary, and grow their imagination.
My little scholars are only four years old at the start of the school year.
For most of them, this is their first experience in school because they did not attend preschool. More than 90% of the students at our school are receiving free or reduced lunch. The good news is they love being in school. It's FUN teaching Transitional Kindergarteners.
Creative expression is one of the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards. Young students can express their creativity through imaginative play. Imaginative play enhances children's social, physical, and language development. One way students can engage in fantasy play is by "re-creating situations in familiar settings". Lakeshore's Giant Treehouse is a gender neutral "dollhouse". I am requesting The Giant Treehouse, along with furniture, and a variety of doll people. These resources will be well loved and used on a daily basis during our center time.
As you know, budget cuts have drastically impacted funding for schools.
This is my district's second year implementing Transitional Kindergarten (TK). Although we did get some teaching materials, the budget did not allow for most things that we need to make learning hands-on, meaningful, and fun. If we can give these young learners a solid, strong start, it will lay the foundation for a successful school career. TK is the perfect place to start helping kids feel confident, successful, and smart.
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