My students need math manipulatives, such as a large magnetic board, clocks, dice, number line slider boards, individual ten frames, magnetic base 10 set, and more to have interactive learning experiences.
My classroom consists of twenty-five transitional bilingual Kindergarteners, many of which are attending school for the first time this year. In our classroom, we have a strong sense of community and it is truly a place where my students feel safe, respected, and cared for. They look out for each other, help each other, encourage each other, and build each other's self esteem as people and as learners.
My students are some of the most energetic, eager, caring, and lovable children I have had the privilege of working with.
They love to be challenged and approach new learning experiences with optimism and wonder. They are so curious to learn and explore the world around them. They have big imaginations and even bigger hearts. They are welcoming, understanding, and are a group of truly wonderful kids.
As a classroom of mini mathematicians, we are striving to find ways to make sense of mathematics: what it means and why it is important in the real world. For our students, many of which are entering school for the first time this year, it is often difficult to understand math because of the unknown symbolic concepts it involves. Yet, math is absolutely critical to understanding our world and how it functions. Mathematics makes our lives orderly and prevents chaos in a variety of ways. Most importantly, mathematics nurtures important qualities such as the power of reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving abilities and even effective communication skills. In order to develop these skills in young children, it is imperative to have the proper materials.
My students often struggle with math due to difficult symbolic concepts but by using these special tools (manipulatives) every child will be provided with rich learning opportunities.
The manipulatives included in this project are physical items that students can touch, handle, and count to help them learn and develop numerous mathematical skills. These items include a magnetic Write & Wipe board, Write & Wipe clocks, Magnetic Pattern Blocks, Double Dice, Number Line Slider Boards, a class set of Ten-Frames, a magnetic Base 10 set, a Giant Magnetic Rekenrek, and a Super-Fun Marble Run.
Mathematical teaching practices have taken a major shift in recent years and are geared towards creative, interactive, and engaging learning experiences rather than memorizing facts and completing worksheets. Studying mathematics will not only develop more engineers and scientists, but also produce more citizens who can learn and think creatively and critically, no matter their career fields. These mini mathematicians can reach their full potential of being influential future leaders with your generous donations.
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