More than half of students from low‑income households
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Ants in Their Pants!
My students need the movement activity mats to help them focus during instruction. They also need the glue sticks and writing mat to enhance their focused instruction.
Have you ever heard the expression "Ants in your pants"? Well I have a group of students who have "ants in their pants". We take a brain break (wiggle time) every 7 minutes during the day to keep their bodies moving and their brains focused on the task at hand.
In our Title I school, we are focusing on brain breaks.
Brain breaks are a unique time where the students get to complete a movement task allowing them to move before getting back to work. These brain breaks take 2-3 minutes. Brain breaks are essential to my classroom. These brain breaks have allowed my 10 kindergarten "wiggle worms" to become more focused and excel academically in their own ways.
Some of my students are living in a homeless shelter, some students come from military families, and others live in low income housing. A few of my students can read on a second grade level while others are struggling to learn their letters. It does not matter the environment in which they live or their reading or math abilities; all of my students are wiggle worms and need brain breaks.
Imagine being in a meeting and being asked to sit still even when the discussion is something you do not understand or have heard many times before in life. As adults, people will shake their leg, twirl their hair, tap their pencil, or chew on their pen when these scenarios happens. However, kindergarten students have not learned to do these things to focus their attention and actively participate in their learning. The movement fun activity box and let's go moving mats will allow my active kindergarten students to get their "wiggles" out and focus on learning even if there is a substitute.
The magnetic writing map will help me to move writing instruction to different areas of the classroom to keep their interest. The glue sticks are needed since many of our glue sticks have been left uncapped because my students got distracted.
Your generosity will allow my students to participate in new brain breaks and have new materials to work with during instruction.
These amazing tools that I am asking for will give my students new techniques and tools to use in their focused instruction. Please help give my students new techniques to use when their attention begins fade. Robert Fulghum says, "All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten!"
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