First-grade students love school and love to learn, but sometimes we need creative ways to use our minds when the weather does not cooperate. Imagine a classroom where the excitement of learning is so contagious, they even want to explore learning indoors during center time or recess. In my classroom, I promote learning social skills along with academics daily!
Social skills are one of the most important skills children can develop, and is essential for future success.
Social skills include things like initiating conversations, making friends, having good sportsmanship, and handling bullying effectively. I want my first graders to interact and build these skills, and indoor recess materials will help!
My student population ranges from below grade level to gifted, which is a large variety to differentiate. Some of my children are used to playing independently and struggle with playing with one another. Taking turns, sharing, and being open to each other's ideas should come naturally, but needs exposure. Gaining a solid foundation of social skills when students are little, and my hopes are with a wide range of materials they will be able to adapt and work together to achieve these goals.
I want a classroom that provides an avenue to explore and create! These materials will give my students the opportunity to do just that. First grade is a foundational year for students in so many ways. Learning to work together and use your imagination is a key component that will set the foundation for future writers, readers, mathematicians, and scientists.
Help me, help my students to prepare for the future.
By gaining these skills at an early age, my students will be able to confidently work with peers, take turns, and help others. These are skills that need practice, just like academics.
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