All 33 of my students have their birthdays between August and December 2. In other words, they are all 4 when school starts. The Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students are the last to turn 5 in December.
Needless to say, my students do not like to sit for too long listening but like to be up and doing.
Over half of my class is on free or reduced price lunch. We are a Title I school, filled with outstanding teachers.
Teaching the youngest group is an experience I look forward to daily for each day is a new adventure.
In the spring, my students will study animals, their habitats and how they live. Most of my students have never been out of our area, let alone seen the kinds of animals you will find at the zoo. What an exciting experience to see the animals, you have only heard about or seen on the Internet or in books, up close and personal. To be able to listen to the Siamang's loud booming calls, to see the giant tortoise and the large raptors and to watch a giraffe walk with it's long skinny legs will be thrilling. They will learn how to tell an African and Asian elephant apart and so many other wonderful things.
This project may not change my classroom at a level you can see, but it will definitely change the lives of the students in my room.
To be given the opportunity to explore a zoo and see the animals from the many different parts of the world will broaden their minds and imaginations. It is something that will be remembered for years to come.
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