Have you ever heard, "everything you need to know you learn in kindergarten?" Well, in our class that includes learning to work as part of a team and alone. Imagine a classroom designed so 5 year olds know just who to work with, where to go, and where to put supplies... independently!
My 26 kindergarten students are an energetic bunch of 4, 5 and 6 year olds in rural Louisiana.
They are creative, loving, and capable of WAY more than adults sometimes give them credit for. Amongst many other topics, my students especially enjoy scientifically observing and documenting things like insects, weather, water, and plumbing. They use their imaginations to act out many different scenarios, their words to solve problems with kindness and respect, and their hands to climb, count, write and create many works of art. Reading and hearing stories is a favorite activity along with outdoor play and center time (when I pull small groups to teach to individual levels while my remaining students may choose activities to complete alone or in teams). They are knowledge sponges!
My school is a small, close-knit elementary. Most (98%) of our students receive free or reduced lunch. We all work hard with the resources we have and have made lots of academic improvements in the last few year
The resources you provide by funding this grant will be used by these students daily. Each student will have a name plate to reference when writing letters and numbers or recalling shapes and colors. Each child will have his or her own seat sack to store work in progress, materials for our hands-on math lessons and other supplies. We do not have cubbies so personal storage space is especially necessary. Everyone is different so having a personal spot allows each child to store work for later if he or she needs more time. We use white boards to practice, even while waiting in line at the bathroom!
The color coding supplies will make it easy to assign jobs and divide students into small groups. For example, "if you have a red seat sack, please collect the papers today!" The lanyards will hold necklaces used to create choice within limits at center time. Students are free to choose any station (painting, imaginary play, counting games etc.) with a necklace left and switch at any time.
These donations will not only improve my classroom by helping me give students more free choice and individual instruction, but also by contributing to an organized, neat, and low-stress environment that facilitates the development of meta-cognitive skills.
When everything has a place and everyone has a space, the students can run the room and keep it neat and functional. What a valuable skill that is for life!
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