My students come from diverse backgrounds and that provides us with wonderful learning opportunities. Some of my students have special needs, and others are gifted learners. We also have children from military families, as well as some who speak English as a Second Language or English Language Learners (ESL/ELL). We are very fortunate to have such a beautifully diverse classroom community.
Although our school is faced with an increasing number of students from low-income families, my students are highly motivated to solve problems and make the world a better place.
My students are the scientists, artists, engineers, and mathematicians of the future. They care about others and want to make a difference in the world. I can't wait to see the amazing things they accomplish in their lives!
As children get older, we sometimes forget about the importance of play in their lives. Play enables children to learn social skills, perseverance, explore their creativity, increase fitness and skills...all while having fun. Play provides children with a safe environment for facing new challenges and exploring their abilities.
“A child loves his play, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.” ~ Benjamin Spock
Each year, our students have a school visitor who does a demonstration and shares artifacts from the American Revolution. In addition to sharing information about this historic event, he teaches the children about clothing, tools, and other materials from daily life in Colonial America. One of the items the students find especially interesting is a game where a ball is attached to a cup by a string. The object of the game is to try to catch the ball in the cup. I had a similar game as a child, so this one has stood the test of time. Finding success in this game requires motor control, hand-eye coordination, and patience. The students love it!
The Swing & Catch games I've requested are sure to be a big hit with our students this year. I would like to provide each of our 4th grade students with one of these games to keep and play at home. The extra ones will be kept at school to play with during recess.
The stacking cups will be used at school and can also be checked out for students to use at home. These games are challenging, but will serve as fun, skill-building activities for our students. With your help, our children will play games that do not involve sitting in front of a screen and can be played in any kind of weather.
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