My students represent a true melting pot of abilities, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. There are five languages represented in my class. Kindergarten is a first experience in school for many students, so I try to make it a fun experience. There is a growing trend towards the concept of a play-based curriculum. Play-based curriculum is embraced in my room. Through play, students are able to navigate through social skills, while immersed in core content. My classroom encourages social interaction among each other. Good social skills make good contributors to the workplace and society.
My English Language Learners (ELL) are expected to meet the same Common Core Standards as their native English speaking peers.
With advances in teaching strategies and tools, my ELL students thrive! Kindergarten is a magical time where differences are not scary. My ELL students share their home language and background to a captive audience (me and their peers).
Kindergarteners, and their willingness and enthusiasm for everything, restore my faith in humanity. If we adults could just observe these open-minded, innocent 5 and 6 year olds and learn from them, the world would be a magical place!
My students use headphones in everyday learning. I have a listening center, where students read along with a narrator. I also use headphones with my computers. My students use an online reading program which allows them to listen to a story, read the story, and answer comprehension questions from the story. Listening is an important skill in kindergarten, and it is included in the Common Core Standards.
Listening and hearing content is also important for other activities in my classroom.
I use my laptop to play songs that go with our focus letter, skill or theme. I have a projector hooked up to my laptop, but I rely on my laptop's speakers for sound. This makes hearing the songs difficult for many students. A portable speaker system I can plug into my laptop would be a great support for my students' ears.
I would like to start the school year off on the right foot, or ear, and provide my students with the necessary tools for listening. The headphones would ensure my students can listen to a story on CD as a group, as well as allowing students on the computer to complete necessary tasks on the reading website. The speakers will help my students hear and enjoy the content being played on the screen. Your generosity would be greatly appreciated!
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