My students need large crayons, markers, picture story writing paper, and individual boxes to keep their unfinished work in!
Five little fingers all the right size are waiting for the right size materials! Young children love to write stories! It's a great way for them to express themselves!
I teach Kindergarten in a dual language school in an inner city in Connecticut.
Many of these children come from severely underprivileged homes where little or no school type resources are available. Most of my students live with a single parent and have multiple siblings. They come into my class with no pre-school experience and many have never ever seen a crayon, marker,or held a pencil. They are eager children who want to learn everything and anything about their world around them!
Because these children are very young and so small, their fine motor control has not been developed all the way. They need the right size materials to be able to develop those skills and have control over their work. The students need appropriate size writing utensils and materials to help them learn how to write. If they had jumbo crayons and markers, picture story writing paper, and a way to keep their writing organized it will motivate them to want to tell stories and give them confidence to know that the work they are doing is their very best! Writing is also important when learning how to read! If these children can say what they are thinking, then they can write it down! If they can write it down, they can read it! I would love for my students to have the opportunity to be great writers and write stories about what they see and their experiences. Using the right size materials for their little hands can only help them to become great at writing!
I know that my students would benefit from these materials.
They have such a sense of pride when they are able to put ideas onto paper! Writing their own stories that they have worked hard on is a fantastic accomplishment! Having well developed fine motor skills and control will give them a solid foundation in knowing how to write. This is an important step in learning!
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