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Every day, I have the joy of creating memories of success, failure, and perseverance while teaching kindergartners the joys of learning. My kindergartners want to be the best that they can. They are full of questions, from the iconic "Why is the sky blue" to the question I was asked the other day, "Why do apples come in different colors?" I want my students to further their curiosity by giving them the greatest tool of all- the ability to read- so they can find their own answers. It is upsetting that many five year olds come to school already with a "can't do" attitude. The supplies I am requested will the culture into a "can do" by providing engaging learning experiences for my trauma-filled students.
My kindergartners need classroom basics to succeed. The lined chart paper will be used for shared writing (writing in front of my class, modeling not only ideas but proper penmanship); whereas the blank chart paper is used daily for thinking maps as students expand their brains about books. The red and green stickers will allow 5-and-6-year-old scholars to move through the lunch line and a quicker pace, leaving more time for learning. The office labels will be used to print word stickers for tricky words to write (because, said, beginning, middle, end, etc.) to not slow our creative flow during independent writers' workshop. Finally, the sentence strips will be used as students make silly alphabet hats to remember letter sounds and complete poetry centers (practicing vital pre-reading skills such as beginning sound and rhyming).