My students need interactive learning materials to support their literacy needs, like alphabet sorting kits, Sound-Sorting Phonics Trains, and various teaching tubs.
In response to the large class sizes and the need for more individualized instruction, our school created the Thunderbird Resource Center (TRC). The TRC is a volunteer run program that provides one-on-one reading instruction to at-risk students or students reading above grade level.
Our students come from a school of 739 students in kindergarten through 5th grade.
Our average class size is 28 students per class. Our teachers are wonderful, skilled, and committed to creating strong readers. However with decreasing budgets and increasing class size our students are not always able to receive the one-on-one instruction they need to be strong readers or reach their highest potential.
Manipulatives, games, and activities allow students to use a multidisciplinary approach to learning - tactile, visual, and auditory learning styles can be utilized. Hands-on activities also bring an intrinsic value to the learning process and help students feel more engaged and excited about the information being presented to them. That means having each student understand the process of reading - how letters create sounds, blends, and how letters and sounds are joined together to make words. Students who participate in their own learning, using a variety of senses, can acquire and apply knowledge much better than those who just use visual cues.
Some of the materials requested will help students with alphabet identification such as the Alphabet Pointers and Alphabet Sorting Kit. Some of the materials requested will help with phonics such as Alphabet Sounds Teaching Tubs, Vowel Teaching Tubs and Sound Sorting Phonics Trains.
The materials sought will address many of the state standards in kindergarten through second grade, specifically in the areas of phonics, phonemic awareness, print concepts, and vocabulary.
It will help students learn letters, letter sounds, and word building skills that will provide them the self-esteem and tools to become confident readers.
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