What are some of the best ways to involve kindergarten students in learning through active participation and movement?
Young children, such as those who are attending kindergarten, learn best through opportunities to become actively involved with opportunities to experience first-hand the concepts that are being taught. For this reason, some of the best educational strategies for kindergarteners often involve role-playing - allowing the children to learn about family dynamics by giving them dress-up clothes and kitchen props and providing situations where they can discover the need to help each other clean the house, go grocery shopping, or whatever. Students can learn about math concepts while building with blocks - counting the number used, comparing sizes, measuring how big the structure needs to be to hold a certain object. Planting seeds and creating graphs, tables, photographic collages to record the growth process and how different conditions affected the growth allows very direct instruction in scientific investigation.