Students enter my kindergarten classroom ranging in age between 4 years old to 5 or 6 years old by the end of the school year. While some children have had previous experience in a preschool setting, not all students enter kindergarten with the same background knowledge. Creating a classroom community that allows for the physical and academic growth these little ones will surely experience is a top priority.
Our students deserve the best education we can provide them every day!
I want to provide my students every opportunity to learn in ways that are the most meaningful and engaging; this involves a combination of whole group lessons, small group lessons, partner collaboration and independent learning.
Our school is a Title I school in New Haven, CT and almost all our students receive free or reduced lunch. Many students receive food for the weekends through a backpack program that is offered to ensure they have food to eat so they can return to school focused on learning. These children arrive each day with a smile on their face because they are happy to be in school. Let's make their learning experiences as special as they are.
In kindergarten a lot of our learning is done as a whole group on the rug. We use this space during morning meeting, phonics instruction, partner reading and just stretching out to do some independent reading and writing as the year progresses.
Just like travelers on an airplane, kindergarten students are most comfortable when they have a little extra room for their growing bodies.
When kids feel they have their own personal space they are more likely to focus on the activity or lesson and not little Johnny who is pushing up against them. Students who are focused on their learning will be more successful in school.
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