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Mrs. Irwin from Santa Ana CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

H is for Hands-On

Help me give my students hands-on supplies such as watercolors and Play-Doh to practice making words. A nonfiction bee book and a matching bookmark will be used so we can practice reading together via Google Meet.

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My Students

March 13, 2020, is a very unlucky day for the KinderBees! We found out at noon and had to start preparing packets and materials for 2 weeks to be sent home with the students at 2:00. It was like running a marathon! Had I known then that the building would be closed for the rest of the year, I would have sent home hands-on activities to help build their fine motor and their confidence.

Tapping and swiping are great technology skills; yet, six-year-olds need cutting, building, pinching, and writing to build their fine motor and problem-solving skills.

Currently, they have packets I have sent home, devices, and receive a daily Google Slide presentation which includes teacher videos, read aloud, and messages. While I would like to continue this method, I would also like to equip the students with hands-on materials, books, and something fun to cheer them up!

My Project

Learning from home NEEDS to be fun! Sitting in front of a screen all day is not only unhealthy but can be boring. My KinderBees need to have hands-on materials to keep their brains and bodies strong! As part of my online teaching, I am providing videos, songs, slide shows, and Seesaw activities to help solidify previously taught skills and help teach new skills. However, it can be difficult to assign hands-on tasks because not all homes have learning materials. These project materials will help even the playing field for all my 31 students!

"Using Play-Doh, make the -at word family words!" After students receive playdough and watercolors, I will be able to do the math, language arts, science, and writing lessons with the students using those materials.

Since we are the KinderBees, I thought our last theme could be all about bees and their life cycle. Therefore, I would like our students to all have the nonfiction bee book and, of course, a bee bookmark to boot! Then, during small group video conferencing, we can practice our reading and comprehension skills together!

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This project will reach 32 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
National Geographic Readers: Bees $4.99 32 $159.68
Keebor Basic 12-Colors Washable Watercolor Paint Bulk Set of 24 with Wood Brushes for Kids $29.98 2 $59.96
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 3-Ounce Cans (Amazon Exclusive) $24.99 1 $24.99
Creanoso Book Reading Bee Bookmarks for Kids (60-Pack) – Fun and Inspiring Words for Book Reading Sessions – Premium Gift Stocking Stuffers for Boys, Girls, Young Readers $12.79 1 $12.79

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