I teach full-day Pre-Kindergarten at a Title I school. My students are in the bilingual program and are very eager to explore and learn about their surroundings. The majority of my students are entering a school setting for the first time and very few would have had daycare experience. It is here in Prekindergarten where children are exposed to new vocabulary. My scholars will benefit from more hands-on activities in well-organized workstations. The dramatic play workstation is beneficial for the development of new vocabulary.
Workstations provide ample opportunities for young scholars to practice newly learned vocabulary to communicate and interact with their peers.
Engaging activities will also allow them to satisfy their curiosity. I really enjoy observing how they grow and develop academically during the school year.
Students in Early Childhood learn best through play. Workstations provide this type of play. These areas allow students to practice skills learned in whole group and small group instruction. Importantly, they learn to make decisions and choices. My project will focus on Dramatic play and its benefits.
One example of dramatic play is that it helps support literacy by providing functional or environmental print which also allows for vocabulary development.
The stove and dolls requested will help the students pretend to be a family and pretend to cook in a kitchen. So much vocabulary can be used in these two scenarios. In playing with the pretend food they will practice naming fruits and vegetables. Finally, the students will be able to name the community helpers and describe their contribution to society.
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