For most of my students, kindergarten is their first experience in a classroom. With limited exposure to academics most students come in well below grade level. In addition, most of my students are English Language Learners. The transition from home to kindergarten can be very challenging. Students not only need to learn core academics but they must also learn how to follow classroom rules and interact with other children in a respectful and peaceful manner.
In addition to academic struggles our students are faced with external challenges including poverty.
However, living in a high poverty community has not limited our students' potential. Our school community instills high academic and behavior expectations that are reflected in our school core values. Each day they come to school excited about learning and show immense progress socially and academically.
With limited prior exposure to an academic environment most of my students are lacking fine motor skills which makes writing and coloring a difficult task. With the development of these skills, a child is able to complete important classroom tasks such as writing and manipulating scissors. The classroom supplies that I am requesting will help strengthen my students hand muscles and develop control over the fingers.
Play dough, Alphabots and tear art are not only fun, but they can also be used to work on a whole host of developmental skills, such as hand strength, finger isolation, bilateral coordination and imaginative play.
Play dough is sticky and will take some strength for students to pull their fingers apart once they squash the dough between their fingers. Tearing paper is an amazing fine motor activity for kids. Tearing paper requires strength and endurance of the small muscles in the hand. With Alphabots students change ordinary letters into extraordinary robots with just a few twists and turns all while promoting fine motor development.
Through the funding of this project these skilled activities noted will promote the use of the tripod fingers, which will help develop pencil control and better handwriting.
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