As a Head Start Teacher, I serve families in my school's community who qualify under federal poverty guidelines. My seventeen students are all between the ages of three-five, energetic, curious, enthusiastic, and ready to learn. Most are beginning to learn English as a second language, and all are learning what it's like to be in school for the first time.
One of our very first units in 2018 will be on Community Helpers, and I would like to provide my students with some tools to bring the topic alive and inspire imaginative play.
Young children learn best by doing, and community helper costumes (along with the other materials we have been collecting and creating) will help bring our social studies topic to life. While participating in dramatic play, children develop skills that help them to cooperate with others, take turns, and creatively problem-solve. Dramatic play refines language development and offers a chance to see a situation from a new perspective.
It's never too early to start making clear connections between curriculum and real life.
I am truly looking forward to being able to show my students that our classroom learning centers tie into possible future careers (for example, future architects in our Block Center, future writers and painters in our Imagination Station, future scientists in our Discovery Center, etc.)
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