I'm slightly disappointed with myself. We recently just finished our first kindergarten screening in many years. I feel that for the parents who showed up that thing went pretty well. They asked great questions, they seem engaged, they were nodding their heads etc. BUT I feel like I failed. It's my 5th year teaching and I feel like i'm a robot. I feel like with the way that learning has become that in all of my discussion I never mentioned that the students would be able to learn through play... in fact its true the way that things are set up, there is very little time and opportunity to create it unless its done through centers. I graduated from a program that emphasized and pushed the concept that students learn best when they are happy, engaged, playing in a meaningful environment. As I look at my classroom I am working hard to bring play back to the classroom. I am on a personal mission to bring the dramatic play kitchen set back to the classroom as well as a possible block center. I will incorporate all of the important aspects into the centers, sight word matching, beginning sound matching etc. BUT our students need the opportunity to learn valuable social skills that can only be taught as students have more independent time to structure their own conversations without teachers leading every conversation that they have. What do you all think? Are there other kindergarten classrooms that have a kitchen set? How do you win admin and possible parents over after I just discussed with many of them how they would not see a dramatic play center?