Kindergarten is a place of introduction and transition into the school system. It’s our role as educators to help, guide and instruct students to interpret and assimilate into this new environment; to instill definitive attitudes, behaviours, and skills essential for success.
Having children learn early the interconnectedness and purpose of a community is foundational. Within a classroom community, there is an interwoven sense of mutual support and responsibility. Students should come to understand that their classroom is a place where they are able to count on others and others are able to count on them.
The “what we do” in our classroom community and the “how we do it” are key at this age and stage; however, the most important piece for kinders to understand is the “why we do it”.
The stages and tenets below will help with the what, how, and why when it comes to establishing and building community in a Kindergarten classroom.
The Five Areas Involved in Solidifying Skills Necessary for a Kinder Classroom to Function: Modeling, Explicitly Teaching, Practicing, Recognizing, and Celebrating!
These are done both individually and as a group (important to model, reinforce, recognize and celebrate publicly!)
All five are ongoing and overlap.