My students are creative, energetic, and wonderful kids. We have a diverse population and over 95% of my students live below the poverty level, with some families experiencing being homeless at sometime during the school year. Many are missing basic essentials at home with art supplies not a high priority for many families. I want to make sure that I expose my students to as much as I can while they are at school. I feel it is important to incorporate as many different supplies and experiences as possible, to give an "art studio" feeling as much as I can. My students never disappoint in their creative, inventive, and unique ideas! They appreciate art supplies and come to art ready to engage in the creative process. After years of teaching I am still amazed at the creativity of my students (best job ever!)
Art is such a great way to integrate so many learning elements into a child's day. I want to include these building materials in my classroom for my students to be able to explore, design, build, and learn. These materials will allow choices for students and give hands-on opportunities to build and create.
With these materials, we can learn and explore sculpture as well as how engineering and design can all work together.
It is always amazing to see what a child creates when they are fully engaged in what they are creating, these materials will open up many opportunities for engaged learning.
Collaboration will be a natural benefit to adding these materials to the art room. They will open opportunities for students to work together and collaborate on what they are creating, become problem solvers, and members of a team.
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