My students regularly deal with trauma in many forms: poverty, homelessness, hunger, abuse, imprisonment of family members, etc. Their young minds often find it difficult to concentrate on their studies for any length of time.
All of my students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.
Often, school meals are the only food they eat in a day. Concentration and putting forth the energy needed for learning is difficult, although they are curious. My students crave new experiences and information.
My students like to experiment with different types of technology and media. I love watching them make connections in our ELA center activities.
We have an art/literacy center in our first grade classroom. The students are asked to create a picture based on a text they read that day. Currently, we are using fancy crayons and paint markers for our pictures. We would like to move forward with additional media in the center. Water color paints are a natural next step.
We need water color paints to offer the students more media choices in which to express themselves.
Media choices are imperative for creating successful final products.
Using water color paints will help my students make connections to the texts they read. Painting will give them a final product of which they can be proud.
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