Do you know what makes our school the best place in the world? Other than the rock star teachers and creative little learners, it's the community that surrounds us. It's our classroom community, our school community and our small little community where we all live and support each other. My students come to school excited to learn about and explore their world every day! Our school is the only elementary school in our small town, so we really are a tight-knit family. That means if they need something, we work for it. If they make a mistake, they learn and grow from it. And if we can make our learning more meaningful and fun, we do it! Our students come to school excited to learn about and explore their world every day! However, back in August, many of our students and staff were exposed to a world they've never seen. Our community slowly began to disappear under water. Hurricane Harvey impacted many of our lives, but you wouldn't know the loss by my kiddos’ bright and shining faces you see each day, or the perseverance they show, or the kindness and friendship they pour from their hearts!
My little learners need a defined space to access their math and literacy manipulatives. I have worked very hard to teach my students the importance of keeping their work spaces organized to eliminate their frustrations of searching for misplaced papers, or wrinkled projects. My class has really taken a sense of pride and gained so much independence in our classroom by having their very own space to be responsible for; however, their cute little stacks are turning into piles. They really could use separate cubbies - a set to hold their manipulatives (learning tools such as counting cubes, number/shape makers, and sight word builders), and a set to hold their project-based work.
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