My students are growing up in a very small, tight-knit community. They are rich in love and support but not so rich in resources to match that love and support. After coming from a place where more resources are readily available, I'd like for these students to have the same opportunities. We are a title 1 school where about 75% of our students receive free or reduced lunch.
I have a first grade class of 16 students.
Lucky me! With a small amount of students, I am able to get to know all of them! They are so happy to come to school every day, ready to learn and full of hugs to give! I see them being PONO (kind) to one another. I also have students with lots of energy! Energy that can be put to being creative!
For the first month of school, I had my first graders creating with PlayDoh. I gave them challenges such as: create a house, a game, a maze, etc. Through PlayDoh, students were strengthening their fine motor skills as well as problem solving and creativity. I can't do PlayDoh all year long and it's time to change it up. I taught a summer school program that focused around building with LEGOs.
As we all know, most available jobs currently and in the future have a lot to do with engineering and creativity.
I want to get these keiki headed in the right direction AND EARLY! I would like to do challenges such as who can build the tallest tower, create a maze, build a bridge that can hold 5 pounds, etc. Please help me make this possible for our kids!
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