I teach a full-day class of twenty, pre-k children who are four and five years old. Included in my class are mainstreamed special education children. I teach in a Title 1 school with ninety percent of the students receiving free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches. Our school is a high poverty school.
My students are very curious and eager to learn but they are only able to sit still for short periods of time.
Pre-K students learn best by being able to work in active centers where they can manipulate materials.
I want to purchase a kitchen set consisting of a kitchen sink and refrigerator for my dramatic play center. My pre-k students all love to play in the pretend center. "Play is the highest form of research." - Albert Einstein.
"Play is the work of childhood." Jean Piaget.
Play is a very important part of the day when students get to use their imaginations as they practice their language, literacy and social skills. This is also a significant time for learning social cues, getting along with others and problem solving, as my regular ed and special ed children interact and work together cooperatively to learn the skills of play.
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