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Mrs. Grueneberg from Avon IN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning With Morning Tubs

My students need engaging materials for our Morning Work Tubs to start each day with collaboration, communication, and creativity!

  • $264 goal

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My Students

Here come my First Graders! They are bouncing down the hallway, huge grins across their sweet faces. They are so eager to share the simple yet incredible details of the night before. I am so lucky to be their teacher.

"The future belongs to the curious." They are filled with questions and inquisitiveness--always finding ways to challenge one another and themselves.

They are problem solvers too. Their willingness to help a friend solve a problem impresses me daily.

They are independent. They love to explore on their own and find new ways to use our classroom materials. They are so clever and creative!

My Project

Do you walk into your job every morning, go straight to your classroom/office/cubicle, sit down and immediately start working? Or do you take a little time to greet your coworkers and make that cup of coffee before you start your day? I noticed my first graders were dragging their little feet some mornings because the expectation was to sit down right away and get started on their morning work...paper and pencil morning work. After reflecting on our mornings and revisiting my philosophy of teaching, along with some light reading and research, I've decided our mornings need an overhaul.

"Let them be little".

There's a lot to learn and master in first grade, but I always remind myself to take a step back and remember that my first graders are just 5 and 6 years old! They need time throughout their school day to just be little. Research shows us that play-based learning allows students to actively explore which allows pathways in the brain to build and strengthen. The morning tubs I plan to introduce will provide that play-based opportunity for them each morning to explore materials in a non-threatening way, converse with other learners, build relationships, and imagine and create.

The resources I have chosen for this project will be used by students every morning. Using the CVC Unifix Letter Cubes, Phonics Dominoes, and Word Family Dice students can make their weekly word work words. TinkerToys, Magnet Tiles, and Interlox Squares will encourage students to create and collaborate. Silly Sentences and Rory's Story Cubes are fun ways to create and write stories. Fun With Magnets and the Fun Express Dice provide experiences with science and math. Morning Tubs will be a great beginning to our day in First Grade!

Mrs. Grueneberg
Grades PreK-2

This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
New And Improved Connectics Magnetic Play Tiles 3-D Tiles 100 Piece Set With Durable Carrying Case Educational, Inspirational, Recreational • Amazon Business $49.97 1 $49.97
TINKERTOY ‒ 100 Piece Essentials Value Set ‒ Ages 3+ Preschool Education Toy • Amazon Business $26.60 1 $26.60
Rory's Story Cube Complete Set - Original - Actions - Voyages • Amazon Business $24.50 1 $24.50
Guidecraft Interlox Squares - 96 Piece Set Interlocking Construction Toy • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Educational Insights Phonics Dominoes - Blends & Digraphs • Amazon Business $18.59 1 $18.59
Lauri - Fun with Magnets • Amazon Business $16.75 1 $16.75
Reading Dice, Word Family Dice, Phonics Game • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Didax Educational Resources CVC Unifix Letter Cubes (Set of 90) • Amazon Business $10.04 1 $10.04
DK Games: Silly Sentences • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Fun Express 853031060587 Dice • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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