The students in my class love to learn new things. Most are very high energy students who need to learn hands on. They like to figure things out on their own so they can get the answers themselves without someone telling them the answers. Most of my students are very interested in building this year. They use blocks, Lego’s, sticks, and anything else they can use to build. They love to make things that last. We hang projects from the walls and ceilings so they can see their hard work.
They have made me realize there are many ways to do things and trying different ways might help you come to a better solution.
This year I have many students who love doing puzzles. I have bought many puzzles this year to keep them interested and engaged. Many of my students this year will be returning to my class next year since they just turned four. They are a good group of kids this year who try their best to please the adults in their lives including their teachers. They work hard on projects that engage them.
We are asking for different magnetic building kits to make vehicles, buildings and other items. We are also asking for a table to store the magnetic building kits in so that they will not have to take their hard work apart, this way the children can save their work to work on later or the next day. The children currently use our classroom tables during work time. The magnetic building pieces will help my students improve their fine motor development and strengthen their fine motor muscles while building new things and using their imagination. The magnetic blocks will also help improve their socialization skills as they work together with other students. This will also make it possible for four or more students to work together making projects.
We are also asking for STEM kits to help the students to learn how to use their critical thinking skills while working together.
The STEM kits and smaller kits we have picked out all require critical thinking, planning, and imagination to come up with an end project that works. Our classroom loves to build things. The projects we have chosen all focused on building. They will learn how to problem solve while building and learn what and how to do things differently. Most of the items can be used to build alone, but it will be more fun working with a friend. This will help the students to improve their socialization skills with their classmates through sharing pieces and deciding where to put them. This will help the students increase their language and communication skills with one another in the classroom. The students will also learn math, science, sorting, patterns, shapes, colors, balance, and counting.
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