Our school is considered a Title I school. Many of the children live in low-income housing, hotels, and some are even in shelters. For some, English is their second language and some have experienced traumatic experiences that most of us can hardly comprehend. Some have special needs and each and every student at our school qualifies for free breakfast and free lunch. With that being said, they all love to come to school and want to learn. They deserve all the resources we can give them.
These five and six-year-old children are a group of fun-loving, excitable boys and girls who have joy and desire for learning.
They love to come to school every day curious to know what they will learn that day! I love teaching this age as they are sponges and are so much fun!
When we were in our classroom we used whiteboards and markers in a Phonemic Awareness/chaining literacy exercise called "Skills Build". We would start with a simple word such as "cat" then change one letter to make a new word IE "cap" then another, IE "map" ETC. We also did a blending exercise where they would write one letter of the word at a time blending as they went.
Skills Build was one of their favorite activities and they were making amazing progress until the this Pandemic closed out classroom doors.
I have continued these lessons virtually via my class Facebook page, my Google Sites Teacher page and the class instagram. However without the whiteboards and makers the effect isn’t the same. I would like to give each student a baggie that contains a whiteboard paddle and marker so that they may follow along at home. I see most of then each week as they drive through when we distribute work and daily meals. Those that I don’t, I can deliver them. I want to give my students every opportunity I can and these simple materials will be one way I can do that!
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