Kindergarten is truly a magical year in the school life of a young scholar. When they enter the classroom on the first day of school, they truly are babies -- unaware of the norms and routines that guide any classroom. Over the course of the year, the transformation that they all go through is truly remarkable and is a product of the multi-tiered teaching that guides their instruction. By the last day of school, they leave as scholars -- ready to continue their learning journey for years to come.
Kindergarten instruction goes far beyond foundational skills and content standards. As teachers, we must focus our efforts just as diligently on social-emotional learning, motor skill development, phonemic awareness, classroom norms and routines, language development and so much more. We rely on a number of different curricula and teaching tools to incorporate this integrated level of instruction for all of our students. At Glenshire Elementary School, our Kindergarten team prides itself on the rich learning experiences we bring to our students everyday in the classroom, and are always seeking new, engaging and innovative ways to enrich our students' learning.
With the support of an Excellence in Education grant, we hope to purchase a Light Table, as well as a number of accompanying manipulative accessories. The accessories include a Manipulative Center, Translucent Magnetic Blocks, Magna Tiles, Crystal Building Blocks, Crystal Climbers, Alphabet Tracing Tiles, Simple Words Tracing Tiles and Counting Trays. Collectively, these tools are highly engaging and can be used in a multitude of ways for all of our students. They enhance some of the foundational skills and social-emotional development that are an indispensable aspect of our curriculum -- writing,vocabulary development, literacy development, peaceful play, scientific inquiry, fine motor skill development, phonemic awareness and more.