So, as I was gearing up to go for the summer, my principal posed the question/suggest of me getting rid of the kitchen area in my classroom. She said with the common core the place of a kitchen/play area has run its course.
Since we are only half day kindergarten, we don't get recess. So I view my play area as an important center in my classroom. They only go there once every 6 days. Sometimes I pick the activity for them blocks, legos, puzzles, kitchen etc. But most of the time they decide on the activity themselves.
I feel like if I let it go, then our only opportunity for them to socially interact without my direct instruction is gone. Plus, they love it there.
Am I wrong in my thinking? Is the place of play out in our day and time in the K classroom? HELP!