Yup! The kindergarten classroom has certainly transformed into a different beast since we were in it last- half day schedules, teacher piano time, and endless painting sessions (and don't forget about nap time!)... For better or for worse, over the past few decades certain things have been eliminated from the kindergarten classroom to make room for others. Yes, today's kindergarten student now reads, writes, and computes simple equations. But let's not forget that one thing remains constant: the kindergarten student is still 5! And the 5 year-old mind requires Pretend Play.
I am interested to know how many of you make time for these important interactions to take place in your classrooms? How many of your administrators acknowledge the importance of this developmental stage?
Well, one way that I manage to squeeze Pretend Play into my classroom schedule is during "choice" (as part of our Workshop Time) using this theater stage. Actually, I've been using an old cardboard cut-out for the past 10 years and this year a colleague surprised me with this,...can you believe it was left abandoned in a storage closet?! With Pretend Play students test their leadership skills, find their voice (and humor), and practice their English language skills. I do have to admit that this center tends to get rowdy & loud at times but I can't bring myself to squash all of the student interactions. So, I simply move the stage right outside the classroom, with the door open of course. More power to the playful kinder classroom!
Here We Come to Save the Day!
We are three energetic kindergarten teachers who want to share our kinder experience with you!