Welcome to the land of learners. I share it with my sweet second graders. They come with a variety of backgrounds all of which help build our classroom community. My children love to share ideas and lend each other a helping hand. Their curiosity is endless and is ready to be sparked.
Worksheets don't ignite learners, but play does.
Play allows students to thrive in a non-threatening environment. Children can help each other acquire new skills and new ideas. Creativity must be cultivated. It is not something that just happens. It has to be played with and visited each day. A play centered morning ensures my children's creativity is being nurtured. They will grow their kindness, collaboration, communication, and creativity with playful spirits.
When I arrive at work I like to have casual conversations with my friends. It allows me time to build relationships and start my day with a peaceful heart and smiley face. I want to create mornings like this for my children. So often they are rushed to begin on a worksheet. Some finish in a flash. Some cannot complete it. All of them are quiet, bored and disengaged.
Albert Einstein said, "Play is the highest form of research." We owe children time to explore what they are learning in playful ways.
I want to make sure their playful nature is honored. Starting our day with play will allow my classroom to build community. This is why I have selected the products listed below. Tinker toys allow time to create worlds that they can then talk and write about. The yoga cards will allow my kinesthetic students a chance to move and calm themselves. Silly sentences allows for playful interactions with language and reading. I have chosen each item to reach a multitude of learners and morning moods. They will learn to share, collaborate, and communicate with all of the resources asked for in this project.
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