We are a school wide TK program that provides positive educational and social experience that prepares students for kindergarten, and life. We are a play-based school, allowing our students the time to explore their environment, enhance their curiosity and imagination through play. Our school motto is, Play Is The Way In TK.
Fred Rogers said, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.
But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." At our school, we have a garden for the children to learn about plants and insects. They go outside to play three times a day, allowing them to develop their social skills and gross motor skills. I have a science lab in my classroom. Their favorite science exploration is the magnates because the magnates can float and jump.
Before we walk we crawl, and before we write we draw. In transitional kindergarten my pre-writers are artists, designers, and creators. They love to color, paint, glue, and cut. I love to give them the opportunity to explore their creative talents. They create polar bears and penguins for their Arctic unit, caterpillars and butterflies for their life cycle unit, love monsters and hearts for our friendship unit, and flowers and trees for our plant life cycle unit. To celebrate their creations, every year my school district assembles the Festival of Arts, which showcases one peace of art from every student in the district. It's a big deal when my students to proudly show their parents their art work, mounted and displayed at the art show.
Your donation for a drying rack will give my students a place to dry their beautiful art.
Currently, when their art needs to dry, I have to put the wet paintings on the floor or place them on their tables. This takes a lot of room, preventing the kids from using their desk or an area of the floor. Additionally, my kids would like liquid water paints as a different painting medium to explore. Liquid watercolors last longer than traditional watercolor palettes; plus, the students can mix the colors to create their own personalized colors. The bleeding tissue paper is amazing because students build fine motor skills when they tear the paper and use a squirt bottle to get it wet. Once wet, bleeding tissue paper places color on the paper creating fun mosaics.
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