My students need pastels & paper to have the tools to facilitate & reinforce learning through the talking & retelling of fiction and nonfiction with kinesthetic movement.
Do you remember what success felt like when you first learned to confidently, completely and correctly retell a story? Or convey information? Having the proper tools to give them an opportunity to make those connections when retelling information with movement and an end product would do just that!
At our Title I school in Nevada with approximately 650 students, 100% receive a free breakfast; statistics indicate 94% are on free or reduced lunches.
Additionally, about 59.4% of the students are LEP (Limited English Proficient,) where English is not their native language. Only 33 1/3% percent, or eight, of my students list English as their native Language; the other 66 2/3%, or sixteen, have another native language.
As our school recently added another kindergarten teacher, I now have twenty-six students in my class; twenty-four regular education and two special education students (for part of the day.) Most of the students have not had the early learning stimulation and opportunities that enables very young minds to develop and build the neurons and dendrites of the brain. This, in turn, aids in the growth of the brain connections and learning. Only three, or 12.5%, of my twenty-four regular education students went to prekindergarten. Also, the transiency (moving) rate is 49.5%.
The goal of "Chalk Talks Talking" is to use both auditory and kinesthetic learning to build the connections while giving the students an end product of their own creation that they can practice with. This practice of retelling and explaining both fiction and nonfiction will help the information "stick" so their knowledge base can expand by making and understanding the connections. The old saying, "the one that does the talking, does the learning," is certainly true here.
Currently, I do not have the resources, and pastels are another experience in addition to crayons. So, with the proper resources for my students, they will be able to participate several times a day. This will enable them to gain the most knowledge through active participation. Additionally, having an end product to take and practice on, both in class and at home, will reinforce their learning through retelling and reexperiencing the information all over again. This experience will help ALL students, not just the ELL.
Donations to this project will make a difference because it will enable my students to participate in another type of language building experience for which I do not currently have the supplies.
By using both the auditory and kinesthetic learning to build and make connections across both fiction and nonfiction makes this project versatile enough to be utilized across the curriculum. This will impact my students because talking and creating a working drawing will help them remember information.
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