Pets and Learning Responsibility and Compassion in Preschool
Help me give my students books and counting manipulatives related to our Pet Unit. My students love looking at books during our "Book Browse" time everyday and it is important for these books to be durable!
Preschool is full of firsts for our little friends: first experience in a school setting, first adventure with children their age, and potentially the first time they're away from their primary caregivers. It is important for our classroom environment to be calming and homey, this decreases children's initial anxiety and encourages them to begin to explore their new learning space.
Children are curious by nature and play is the perfect form of learning for all students, young (and old).
Our classroom is blended which means my team and I have the pleasure of teaching both typically developing children and diverse learners together! Everyone learns differently and we encourage that here in our learning space. We base our units of study off the children's interest which makes every school year different and fun!
We are about to embark on a unit all about pets. Pets are an important part of any family that own one (or 2 or 5)! My students have recently been expressing an interest in animals, specifically pets, so much so that my co-teacher and I have decided to dive deeper into this subject with our kiddos. We recently set up a veterinarian office in our dramatic play area and the children are going wild, it is a high interest area in our classroom.
To further their exploration, my co-teacher and I are hoping for this project to be funded so our students can have access to pet specific books.
These books will be used for students to explore independently as well as for the teachers to read to the students. Within this unit we will be exploring which animals can be pets and which can not, the manipulatives and puzzle of wild animals will help demonstrate to the students why certain animals can not be pets and live in our home! The animal manipulates will be used for all sorts of learning objectives, everything from counting and sorting to retelling a story about animals/pets.
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