More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
My students need the Lakeshore Manipulative Library to learn how to work in three dimensions.
The students in my school come from impoverished and often unstable home environments that likely do not allow for the purchase of building toys. In my art room I dedicate one day a week for students to explore working in three dimensions.
We are a Title I distinguished school with a student population 98% of whom receive free or reduced price lunch.
We get funds from the government for reading, math and science but not for art. This year, even those funds were cut somewhat. I must find my own way to supply what I feel our students need to learn creative and multi-dimensional thinking.
Our students love to use manipulative building tools and I want to provide them with what they need for a successful experience with creative building tools. We need the Lakeshore Manipulative Library to learn how to work in three dimensions.
With this manipulative library, students can work alone or in cooperative groups. The larger projects I have documented were done with teams of three or four like-minded students, the lessons learned from cooperative working will be essential for their future employment value.
I challenge my older students to build a bridge for me, the younger students get challenged with a request for as house or a fort. One child even built a ship with Lincoln logs!
Our inner city children need all the advantages we can give them when it comes to competing for the better jobs in the future.
If, in my art class, I help create the mindset for a future architect or builder, I will have accomplished my mission.
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