My students need blocks and a sand and water table to bring play back to our classroom. Blocks, sand and water play provide unlimited opportunities for problem solving, science, social and emotional growth, mathematics and creativity.
My students are enthusiastic, creative, kind, smart and love learning. They are English Language Learners and represent many cultures throughout the world.
Kindergarten is a time of curiosity, learning, growing and making friends.
We learn how to be nice to each other and how to be kind. We learn how to read and write. Kindergarten is fun!
I remember when kindergarten was about playing with blocks, water, and sand. Creating, building, measuring, laughing and learning. My students deserve to experience what kindergarten used to be.
This project will bring block play back to my 5 and 6 year olds in my classroom. I recently borrowed blocks from a teacher in my building and saw how important they were to my students.
I saw my students using the blocks and working together in meaningful, exciting ways!
I realized that my students needed these opportunities again. Having my own set of blocks will allow my student to explore and create with their friends. I plan to use blocks as part of my center rotations everyday. All students will have a chance to build with the blocks, problem solve with the blocks and use their imagination. Blocks support literacy, math and science curricula. The students can measure, balance, hypothesize, and write about what the have created. In a class of second language learners, blocks support relationships among students. Students learn to share, take turns and build self-esteem by creating their own project.
The sand and water table will give my students hands-on experiences otherwise not often available to inner city students. The sand and water table allow for experiments and predictions which will support academic achievement in a developmentally appropriate way. When young children play together they are also learning. These playful interactions will increase student conversations and oral language development which is essential to a kindergarten ELL program.
Blocks, sand and water have been taken away but I want them back in my classroom. I want my students to learn in a developmentally appropriate classroom.
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