We have a very diverse group of kindergartners in our small town school. Our students are five to six years old and range in capabilities. We have a student that can read on a sixth grade level and some that have special needs. As diverse as they may be in their educational needs, they all share a desire and love to learn.
One common thread between them is that we do not live in a community with a lot of money.
Many have lost their jobs either in the coal mines or the steel mill. As a result of the coal mines and steel mills shutting down, our school system has also lost a lot of funding. As educators, we spend a lot of money out of our own pockets to meet most of our classroom needs. Even though its been rough in our community, in our classroom, we are one big, upbeat, happy, positive learning family in our kindergarten room. In this room, the students and learning always comes first.
We are in need of replenishing random supplies in our classroom. We have everything from construction paper, Pom poms, paint and googly eyes in this project. We use these items for crafting things like making letters of the alphabet, counting and teaching seasonal lessons.
We have bulletin boards outside and inside our room and we use them as “brag boards” and “wow work” boards to show off our students' best work.
It’s a way to brag on every level of learning in our room and the kids are very proud to be able to show off their work. We use a lot of borders, different papers and name tags to really make this a special place for the students to feel accomplished about what they have learned and reward them for working hard at learning. The students are very interactive about decorating their bulletin boards and often ask people in our hallways to come down and look at their “wow work”! It’s truly a place of pride in our classroom.
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