Our school is located in West Sacramento in a high poverty area. I have a very diverse group of students in my classroom. I have 24 students, 11 girls and 13 boys. Nine of my students are English learners and four different languages are spoken. 96% of my students receive free or reduced lunch. For many of my students their kindergarten year is their first year in a classroom environment.
Despite all of our differences we come together in the classroom as a community that encourages and supports one another.
We work hard from day one to build this community that fosters learning and independence. I find that this type of community helps not only with their social skills but academics as well and caries on with them throughout their educational career.
My students come to the classroom with very different and unique needs. In order to meet these needs we do a lot of small group work. These materials will help provide independent centers in which students can practice skills we are learning while I am teaching a small group of students.
I work hard to establish a classroom community that encourages working collaboratively and learning through doing.
The materials requested are items that are engaging and fun and are used to make learning memorable. Students will work together as they learn numbers, letters, sounds, and sight words. Many of these materials I adapt to focus on the specific skill the student needs practice with. Wiki sticks and the Mad Matter can not only be used to practice letters but also numbers and sightwords. Giant cards can be used for practicing addition or greater than or less than.
Not only will these materials provide academic learning opportunities but also help my students develop fine motor skills they desperately need.
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