My kindergarten students will be looping with me to first-grade for the upcoming school year. Looping is an educational practice in which a class of children stays with their teacher for for two years or grade levels. There are many advantages of looping including knowledge of learning styles, strong relationship connections, reducing anxiety, etc.
Three out of my eighteen homeroom students receive a "kids pack" every Friday.
Kids Pack is a program in which our local food bank provides meals to low-income students to take home for the weekend. This allows students come back to school on Mondays ready to learn.
Our school is a Title I eligible school in which over 38% of students receive free and reduced lunches. The gap in socioeconomic status is not the only factor separating my students. They also range educationally due to the fact that some families have not been able to afford quality childcare or early education.
Young children like to move and that is no different for the 18 students in my first-grade classroom. Students are required to sit attentively and focus on instruction each day. However, studies show that often times they are in a chair for more than ten minutes, which can have a negative affect both physically and mentally.
Giving students the opportunity to not only move, but also choose how they move during a lesson will encourage them to make decisions that benefit their learning style.
If students can wiggle, wobble, tap, bounce, and move, they are working parts of their brain that would otherwise be non-functioning while sedentary. This will help with health in mind and body, as well as cut down on mistaken behaviors.
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