Empowering the students is our main goal in the first few days of starting preschool. We accomplish this objective by keeping things simple and personal. Our preschool children bring the following school supplies:
- 1 package of 8 Crayola Washable Markers
- 1 box 24 count Crayola Crayons
- 1 rounded tip pair of scissors
- 1 package #2 pencils
- 1 big pink eraser
Ms. Trisha and Ms. Michelle put each child’s supplies in a one gallon size Zip-Lock-Bag.
Each child also brings their own special pencil bag. The pencil bags only hold a pencil and the treasured, big, pink eraser. The children use their pencil bags during journal writing time. The school provides each child with an inexpensive spiral notebook, 20 cents each, for journal writing.
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The children learn a sense of ownership and responsibility as they care for their individually unique pencil bags.
All of the pencil bags are stored in one crate and the Zip-Lock-Bags are stored in a second crate. Each teacher first models how to pass out the pencil bags and Zip-Lock-Bags. Then she hands-over these responsibilities to selected students; of course, everyone gets a turn throughout the year. Students as young as three-years-old can easily pass-out the pencil bags and Zip-Locks. This frees-up the the teacher to tackle more important tasks, while at the same time, giving the children an important opportunity to build their self-esteem.
With all of their supplies easily at hand, the children were instantly ready to get to work, creating their self portraits.
This week We’re GIVING AWAY I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson. Come win I Like Me! and join our preschool children as they draw their self portraits.
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