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For kindergartners, playtime can also be a time for learning

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 14:54 PM

Once schools fully implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), students will begin to acquire the knowledge and skills that will serve them throughout life the minute they enter kindergarten.

According to the CCSS’ website, kindergartners will learn how to ask and answer questions related to details and unfamiliar words within the texts they are reading. Of course, this is just an example of what young students will be expected to do in kindergarten. Pupils will also have an opportunity to place their classroom activities in a real-world context.

This is exactly what teacher Winter Curry talked about at a recent meeting of the kindergarten cadre at McKinley Elementary School in Oregon, the Statesman Journal reported. This professional learning community provides educators with a chance to talk about the different strategies they employ in their line of work.

Curry spoke about an opportunity she recently had to turn block building into a lesson about engineering. When the blocks students were playing with came crashing down, the teacher took a few moments to talk about an arch and how it can help with load bearing.

"Ask, imagine, plan, create," Curry told the news source. "We learn more in failure than in success."