Teaching kindergarten is simply amazing. Many students, at this age, are experiencing school for the first time. They are excited and eager to learn. They want to explore, create and build. It is important to provide them with opportunities where they take the lead in their learning.
Last year, one of my students yelled out, as she was re-potting one of our sunflower plants, "I can't believe I am a real gardener!" She was filled with pure joy at her accomplishment.
I pride myself on giving my students hands-on experiences to help them learn and grow. I know that children learn better when they are actively engaged and excited about school. I work hard to make my classroom a fun, active and student-driven learning environment.
I love being able to give my students engaging hands-on experiences in the classroom. I know that there is power in play and that providing little ones with opportunities to use their imaginations and be creative during the school day allows them to learn and grow in a developmentally appropriate way.
This is the first year that our school has had such high numbers of kindergarten students.
This increase in class size as created various obstacles for us, as educators, to get over. I used to have students working in centers with a partner, but this year, many are in groups of three. This isn't a major problem but for the past 7 years, I have purchased items in pairs.
For this project, I am asking for donations to purchase additional items for my science center and dramatic play center. I would love to add an additional set of a lab coat and goggles to my science center. Put another apron and chef hat into my dramatic play center and a pair of doctor/vet scrubs and astronaut suit into my social studies center (jobs in our community). These items would be used in our daily centers. And if I receive the funding, each student in those centers can be just engaged as the others.
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