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!
What happens in Vegas doesn't always have to stay in Vegas because it's time to tell all about our amazing experience,.... But first we must give thanks to our wonderful hubbies for holding down the fort while we were away. Each of us has young children (Cindy has 2 under five, Cessy has 2 under six, Yisel has 3 under eleven), and we could not have done it without a lot of support- thanks daddies, grandma's, and tias.
"They said it couldn't be done," explains TPT founder Paul Edelman. Once a teacher himself, he had the vision to start this teacher revolution that we now find ourselves in. Paul had the audacity to believe that a teacher's intellectual property was NOT worth ANY LESS than a text book publisher's, an artist's, or a musician's. Thank to Paul for believing in us! So here we are having our "gaa gaa" moment with Paul Edelman. We didn't know what to expect from the first ever TPT Conference,...but we certainly NEVER imagined meeting this man!
Paul was presented with this inspirational piece of art and Kinder League's profile pic is somewhere on it!
Because of you, our knowledge, creativity, and ideas can extend far beyond our classrooms.
Because of you, thousands of teachers and millions of students have benefited in ways we cannot imagine.
Together, we have changed the very world in which we teach and the world in which we live.
With insane amounts of gratitude,
The Sellers of TPT
The impact of this profound statement fits the emotional sentiments that Paul shared with us in Vegas. We are extremely proud to be a part of this journey.
You dream about moments like these. And then they start to become a reality. As dedicated teachers, we pour ourselves into our classrooms every year. And after many years in the classroom, we still get excited about improving our craft. We get inspired and follow ladies like the ones above (and countless others), and then we get to meet them?! So honored...
What's Vegas without a few YOLO moments?! We sure had some of those...
And remember, even super heroes need to recharge their batteries.
Here We Come to Save the Day!
We are three energetic kindergarten teachers who want to share our kinder experience with you!