Hailed by renowned educator Deborah Meier as aa rare and special pleasure to read, a Kindergarten explores a year in the life of a kindergarten classroom through the eyes of the gifted veteran teacher and author Julie Diamond. In this lyrical, beautifully written first-person account, Diamond explains the logic behind the routines and rituals children need to thrive. As she guides us through all aspects of classroom lifeathe organization, curriculum, and relationships that create a unique class environmentawe begin to understand what kindergarten can and should be: a culture that builds childrenas desire to understand the world and lays the foundation for lifelong learning. Kindergarten makes a compelling case for an expansive definition of teaching and learning, one that supports academic achievement without sacrificing studentsa curiosity, creativity, or development of social values. Diamondas celebration of the possibilities of classroom life is a welcome antidote to todayas test-driven climate. Written for parents and teachers alike, Kindergarten offers a rare glimpse into whatas really going on behind the apparent chaos of a busy kindergarten classroom, sharing much-needed insights into how our children can have the best possible early school experiences.ABC books. We make labels; the children draw the pictures and I write the words. The books go in the baskets, and the baskets go on the shelves. ... Sometimes a child insists we need a new basket: Lila asks for a basket for Dr. Seuss books. ... I draw the outlines of upper- and lower-case letters on shiny fingerpaint paper, and the children color the letters with markers: some children make neat patterns ofanbsp;...
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