Do you remember being five years old? My students still feel like they are the center of attention. Being in a classroom with so many other young children, a small group setting will help them learn how to work with each other and still feel like they are the center of attention.
I teach kindergarten in a neighborhood where it is not uncommon for students to be homeless or in foster care.
The school population is primarily Hispanic. The parents are generally working more than one job to make ends meet but some are still willing to come and volunteer in my classroom.
Students generally work in groups at their desks. I do not have a table to pull small groups, so I generally go and work with a group at their desks or on the carpet. Having a kidney table where the students can meet with me in a small group will make the transitions easier. I would also be able to pull small groups from different tables when students are doing independent work. I have parents that want to come and volunteer and having a kidney table will enable the parents to come and work with a student that needs extra help, while I work on other activities. Having a place where the teacher invites a small group would make the students feel more special. During small groups I can work with students on reading, writing, math, science, and art. Also the kidney table will be the place where students can cooperate when they are working on a "very important project."
The kidney table in a kindergarten class is a must.
The students invited to work in a small group will be better able to concentrate on what I am teaching because they will know that this area is designated for important learning time. The kidney table area will be the place where they will feel more important and much closer to the teacher since five year olds love to be the center of attention.
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