I am a teacher in a Title 1 school which means many of my students are at-risk, high poverty homes. This means many of my do not get a good start in academics at home. This means I need to provide as many hands on creative learning experiences for my children because they do not have those opportunities at home.
Many of my children have low attention spans and are very active.
Many of my children are set in front of a TV with no interaction so they come to school not even knowing how to play or interact with other children. Fine motor skills are serverely behind with most of the children we work with.
In pre-k we put a lot of focus on the letters of the alphabet. Many of my children have no idea what a letter is much less what they are used for. I try to give my students a variety of letter manipulatives and activities that will build letter awareness and recognition but will also help improve fine motor and social skills as well.
With the magnetic letter builders children can work together or alone to create letters and form names, or simple words.
These are a hands on creative way that also provides critical thinking to form letters.
The light up Alphabet centers can be used in so many different ways. They will be used to trace letters of the alphabet but they can also be used as individual light up tables for our clear plastic letters or our clear glass stones I painted letters on. I also plan to use these for math (numbers, shapes) and science (colors and color mixing) activities because they are like small light up desks.
I believe these will be wonderful tools for all of my children even the children I serve with special needs. Both of these will be a great way to teach literacy skills in a hands on, fun and active way.
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