My students need watercolor paint sets, paper, air-dry modeling clay, for use in creative learning activities. Additionally, they need fidget tools and picture books about mindfulness for use while building awareness and mindfulness practices.
My students are fun, energetic lovers of learning. Their curiosity is avid, admirable, and inspiring. They attend a suburban public school, grades 1 through 5, in the western part of the state. All students receive free breakfast and lunch and many come from families who are considered at poverty level.
The students in my classroom are from many different countries; this diversity is embraced and honored.
Many of my students speak more than one language. Others have been identified as learners with special academic, communication, social, and emotional needs. These dynamic students bring their skills and stories to my classroom each day. They spend their time on academic tasks, thoughtfully busy: thinking, reasoning, collaborating, listening, talking, and problem solving.
Students continue learning to embrace the ideas of accepting and appreciating others and to be actively involved in their education. Time is spent helping students discover their strengths and needs as learners, developing self-advocacy skills.
Every day my students amaze me with what they have to say and share with each other. They are capable, competent learners.
These materials will allow students a myriad of creative learning opportunities. They will work to create products reflecting their learning in all academic areas. Additionally, students will learn how to cooperate, focus, listen to others, express ourselves, and problem solve.
Through the use of these materials, we will cultivate the understanding of others' perspectives, encouraging each other, being flexible, communicating in a positive manner with others, and problem-solving.
We create lasting connections in which we develop a sense of belonging and understand the importance of making choices not just for ourselves but for those around us as well.
This project is about building social-emotional skills through art and mindfulness.
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