My students need Lego pieces, a table to work on, and storage for Lego.
Do you remember the countless hours you spent playing with your Lego? Think about the endless building potential of just a few pieces of Lego at your fingertips. The use of Lego would benefit my students' spatial intelligence as well as their much needed expressive language skills.
My students come from a community of close knit families of first and second generation Hmong-Americans.
Many of them have never been exposed to the world outside of their immediate community. Some of them did not learn to speak English until they started to attend school. They like to use their hands to work with manipulative, build things, and learn through play. Their parents oftentimes do not have the means to provide the educational resources that can benefit them in this way. The school my students attend is a charter school geared towards teaching peace and preserving their culture. These students love colorful things, singing and learning through technology. This school is a place where parents feel safe sending their children to each day. They trust the teachers, administrators, and staff to teach and lead their children to a successful and culturally educated future.
I will use Lego bricks in my kindergarten classroom in many ways. My students will use the bricks to sort between sizes, colors and shapes. They will use the bricks to make letters as well as to aid in practicing counting. The big Lego bricks will be used to build up towers of all the sight words they can read and spell. In spelling and writing, they will use the Lego bricks to build words and make sentences. This will help them see that sentences are made up of different words and that words are made up of different letters. There are many uses for the Lego bricks in my room, but I think one of the most important will be to foster the love of learning through a hands on approach. My students will also get the opportunity to use their language skills to tell about their creation as well as read their sentences.
As a newly formed charter school, our school does not always have funds to purchase the little things that can make a big difference in the lives of our scholars' everyday life.
One center time working with Lego bricks to learn letters and sounds can mean the difference between a student gaining the love of learning or checking out. Lego are the building blocks of every subject area and can be used in a versatile way.
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|Tot Tutors CT599 2-in-1 Round Plastic Construction Table and 2 Chairs, Primary Colors • Amazon||$59.99||1||$59.99|
|LEGO Ultimate Building Set - 405 Pieces (6166) • Amazon||$25.49||2||$50.98|
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