My students need a learning environment that offers opportunities to choose and practice responsibility, resources to self-soothe, and alternative lighting conducive to emotional/social success in Kindergarten.
In a time that Chromebooks, STEM bins, and flexible seating are booming, my Kinders simply need an Early Childhood Environment that promotes a sense of community and mindfulness: a classroom without assigned seats or a sole source of fluorescent behavior-altering lighting and with plenty of sensory support for multiple students.
I want to ensure that my upcoming and future students have what they need to experience not only academic, but also emotional and social success in Kindergarten.
Years ago, I may have had one student with intense emotional needs. Currently, I see that several students in my class have difficulty coping with overwhelming feelings throughout the day. I want to provide multiple objects and techniques for students to calm down and feel ready to learn and I need the resources to help more than one student at a time.
Please understand first and foremost that my school district provides many resources needed in public education. However, as a Kindergarten Teacher, my needs are far different than any other grade. Trying to explain that I need bath mats, squeeze toys, and a mini trampoline… well, they may not realize how important these things are and these items certainly don’t fall under the category of ‘technology’ or ‘standardized objectives’.
Children have their whole academic life to sit in a chair at a desk, so why am I spending countless hours arranging seating charts when I could be creating fun and amazing hands-on learning stations?
Inspired by Mr. Greg and Kindergarten Smorgasboard, I chose bath mats and lunch trays to define personal work space and laundry baskets for storage. Students will experience the freedom of choosing where to sit, whether they want to sit alone or with a friend, and taking ownership of their choices daily. Learning the procedures of using our mats and trays will create opportunities to be responsible, patient, and flexible. I also chose a variety of sensory tools and storage baskets to model, practice, and help students cope with overwhelming emotions and redirect themselves in a time frame based on individual needs.
I know and believe as an educator with an Early Childhood Degree, the positive effects all of these things can have in my classroom. If funded, my summer will be well spent planning, arranging, and problem-solving a new environment. Thank you for reading and considering donating to my project. I appreciate your support!
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