My students are a blank slate. In Year One Kindergarten, I get many students that have never been to school before. It's my job to show them that school is awesome, learning is fun, and sitting at your desk all day is not what we do! We cover a lot of academics, along with social and emotional learning each day.
My school believes in "Kindergarten to College," which is a huge motivator for our families, most of whom live near the poverty line.
It is my privilege to begin their journey to success with hands-on learning and interactive lessons.
In kindergarten, there is a lot going on all the time. There are art projects and centers and group work--and doing all of this is a group of 4 and 5 year olds that have never been to school before. I need a vacuum to help with spills and a paper organizer to make my space look neater.
One of my main goals in Year One Kindergarten is to teach independence.
Most of my students are used to Mom and Dad doing everything for them at home. I spend a lot of time teaching them how to do things for themselves. I expect them to clean up after art projects and breakfast. It's hard when they spill little paper scraps or crumbs on the carpet. Having a cordless vacuum will allow me to help them learn to clean up after themselves and keep bugs out of the classroom.
For art projects, I keep a lot of construction paper around. Due to the storage constraints in my classroom, I keep the paper on the counter. There is enough going on in the classroom without a messy pile of paper adding to the chaos. A paper organizer will help keep my counters free of clutter so that kids can be focused on learning instead of on a mess.
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