I have a classroom of 18 students in a high-poverty school in New Mexico. Our school receives 100% free breakfast and lunch and has a basic school supply bank for students. My students love to learn, explore, get dirty, sing songs, act out stories, and work together. Every day, I see the excitement, energy, and the light in their eyes when they have mastered a concept or are introduced to new ideas. Together, we learn from each other, we grow both academically and mentally, and have created a home away from home in our classroom.
We are often focused on curriculum and instruction in the classroom. We forget how important play and activating student creativity can be. Students need the opportunity to practice what is taught in the classroom without the pressure of failure and judgement. Peer interaction is the best way to learn and grow.
Help me support student creativity, social, emotional, and vocabulary skills through play.
With items like the kinetic sand, bricks play set and the animal set, my students will have the opportunity to create and share. With the butterfly set my students can observe, discuss and predict what happens in nature.
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