My new classroom consists of 26 very active and rambunctious kindergartners that are beginning to learn what it means to be in school for a huge chunk of the day (full day kindergarten, not am and pm schedule). My students live in a high poverty community and school is their safe place to come and be themselves. Our school is a Title I school that has 90% of our students receiving free or reduced cost lunch. Most of my students come from a Spanish speaking home and are now thrust into a classroom where they are learning how to do everything in English.
Despite the language difference, these kids are ready to build relationships, social emotional skills, and absorb as much learning as they can in these 180 days.
These students aren't just looking to me to learn their abc's and their 123's. They are relying on me to teach them how to make friends and to show them how to manage the many emotions they go through on a daily basis. My goal is to make these sweet little kids better all around people before they move on to first grade.
My students learn the most when they are allowed to play! They learn communication skills, social emotional skills, and have fun while they do it. I requested more play equipment for my students so they have more ways to be creative.
The materials on my list will let my students interact with each other and their environment while they are learning and having fun.
On my list I requested some book bags for my students to store the amazing books they find so they can continue to practice their reading every day. I also put a set of hand puppet and career costumes for my students to use throughout the day to expand their imagination and ELL skills with their peers. I put some legos on my list so that my students could practice their fine motor skills while being creative builders. I added some abc bean bags and a bean bag tossing game so they can practice their gross motor skills. And lastly, I added some animal play toys for my students to use and play with during our animal units.
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