I work in a Title I school where all of our students receive free breakfast, lunch, and a healthy snack daily. Students also receive support from reading teachers, a language teacher, paraprofessionals, and foster grandmas. All of these professionals work together to offer the best education that we can to our students.
Every day, my students come to school eager to learn, but because they are considered to be at-risk, they do not always have the tools to help them be successful!
My students love coming to school and love to learn!
Often, especially when the weather is nice, I tell my students that their homework is to go home and go outside to play. This year, one my students said, "I can't. I don't have a yard." I am a firm believer in the importance of playing outside, and while I know that many of my students live in apartments or live in areas where going outside is not safe, it never dawned on me that my request to play outside was not something that they could do.
Einstein once said, "Play is the greatest form of research." By not being able to play outside at home, I feel as though my students are missing out on a large part of this research.
We live in Michigan and I want them to experience outdoor play during all four seasons.
My project is intended to help my students enjoy playing outside. In the winter, my students will use the block molds to build snow forts. They will use the shovels to clear paths and make trails through the snow. As a class, we will use the snowman kit to build and decorate a snowman. In the fall and spring, they will use the ball toss sets and the swinging ball to interact with friends.
This project will help my classroom build our supply of outdoor toys and will build a love of playing in Michigan's great outdoors.
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