My students need language-based activities for group learning stations, such as Colors & Shapes Bingo, Comparing Sizes Kit, and Life Cycles Instant Learning Center.
In the inner city, every child needs extra support to succeed in school. My goal is that by the end of the year, every kindergartner will have grade-level receptive language skills. Please help me purchase the materials to achieve this goal.
The children I service are typically African-American and Hispanic, from low-income families.
They are bright and eager to learn, but poverty limits their access to experiences and resources that most other kids enjoy. As a result, their language skills, vocabulary, and the ability to understand and put together words and sentences are behind. Many struggle with labeling everyday items, asking questions, and having simple conversations. I gave each kindergartner a basic language concepts screener this October and only 8 out of 24 students demonstrated age-level language skills. The majority of the class needs extra language help, and early intervention is critical.
Starting this October, I have integrated a language-learning center into the kindergartners' usual learning center routine. On a weekly basis, I work with the kids in groups of 3 to 5, teaching them a basic language skill. Over the course of the year we will cover these concepts: comparative (e.g., big, bigger), quantitative (e.g., whole, half), spatial (e.g., above, away from), and temporal (e.g., first, next). The kids need language-based materials (games, activities, etc.), related to these concepts, that can be used in small groups, in order for them to acquire and practice their new skills. My goal by the end of the year, when I screen their language again, is for every kindergartner to have age-level language skills (or at least demonstrate significant progress).
Please help me acquire the materials necessary to deliver high-quality response-to-intervention services to every kindergartner.
The extra language support will help them learn much-needed language skills to succeed in school and improve communication overall.
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