Saturday, October 19, 2013

How can Kindergarten Create Childhood Memories?

I've been working hard to bring as much fun and developmental appropriateness to my classroom while still following the Common Core Standards. To be honest there are times when I wonder if teaching ones and tens in math, or insisting on so much writing from such a young child, is missing the point regarding some of the more important things learned in kindergarten. I vividly remember my kindergarten experience with positive feelings, but the things I remember were finger-painting, having large pieces of paper continuously out to choose drawing and painting (to build fine motor skills).  Music, games, blocks, and lots of social time is what I remember the most (learning to work with others). I have been trying my best to keep the fun in learning, and allowing for social interaction as much as possible. I'm a true believer that many skills which may seem minimal are building blocks for success later in a child's life. I don't think I have gotten one comment on my blog -lol- But, if anyone is reading this and feels the same way, please comment. Anyway, recently I made changes to my "Word Work" station to make it more age appropriate, and I hope fun. One of my standards is keeping childhood memories alive in my students.
I plan to change the theme of this center each month.  This month it is our pumpkin patch.
I added some jack-0-lanterns that light up and various word activities that are inviting to try. 
These are pumpkins to pick with sight words.  There is floral foam inside so they will stand up and can be stuck in over and over again.  There are several pumpkin patches to choose from, some with higher level words.

There are plenty of word games and magnetic letters to use on the trays I attached in the area.  
 Also a pocket chart for sorting and matching, depending on the activity.  I have put pumpkin themes in many activities - some hand made.   The kids can't wait to come to this center.

My students decorated the bulletin board with many fall art projects.  They had so much fun and got plenty of fine motor practice.  

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