Think back on your own Kindergarten experience. Did you love coming to school; listening to stories, playing at recess or building with blocks? The magic of Kindergarten is not only gaining the skills required to be a 21st century learner but supporting our youngest learner with developing the executive functioning skills children need to thrive. The guided inquiry and magic of play will create lifelong learners who can collaborate and take risks. Research shows students who experience a quality early childhood education, have stronger problem-solving skills, and the social-emotional skills needed to succeed in today’s job market. When children are nurtured as well as taught to read, write, and think critically, their growth can be endless. I love teaching Kindergarten at a public elementary school in Los Angeles, CA.
Our students come from a low socioeconomic background: all students qualify for Free/Reduced-price lunch, and the majority of the students are English Learners.
However, statistics don’t tell the whole story. My students are inquisitive, hard working, and caring. They will count, read, write but most important, become kind humans ready to make this world a better place!
I can remember reading my weekly student magazine when I was in elementary school. The anticipation of what would this week’s issue be about. One of my favorite issues was about penguins and how some can be up to four feet tall. I can still picture the photographs, what a fond memory.
I want to give my students the gift of knowledge.
Classroom magazines are just the ticket. They are colorful, engaging and just the right tool I need to teach my English Language Learners. The topics are relevant and age appropriate. Plus every kinder will have their own copy to annotate and share with their family.
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