I teach 3rd grade at a small, rural school in Merrill, Michigan, the same elementary school I attended myself. I have fond memories of elementary school as being fun with my teachers providing opportunities to complete different projects and crafts. Fast forward more than 30 years, and unfortunately, I feel we have lost the "fun" in elementary school. Teaching has become data-driven, and we are always pushing students to prepare for the next assessment. However, despite the pressures, my students still come to school with positive attitudes and smiles ready to take on the day.
My third graders love doing a variety of arts and crafts.
During the 5 - 10 minutes of choice time after recess, most of my students would be coloring, drawing, cutting, or constructing with craft sticks, Play-Doh, blocks, etc. I was often amazed at their unique creations. It was also wonderful to see their sense of accomplishment and pride. Without a square inch left to tape another project, the front of my desk was a testament as to how much they loved to be creative.
I would love the opportunity to supply the 3rd graders materials to make crafts during the holidays this school year ahead. Unfortunately, with teaching in a small district, my classroom allowance is limited and often doesn't even cover the essentials required for day to day teaching. I have picked out crafts for students to complete during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas that I would truly appreciate help in purchasing for them. The crafts will give students an outlet to be creative, provide them with momentos from their third grade year, and most importantly, will allow them to have lots of FUN!
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