We are starting a new Pre-K program, one of the only in New York State that features an all-inclusive playground for students with disabilities. We are excited to cater to the needs of our diverse population, which includes 60% economically disadvantaged, 14% of students with disabilities, and 12% English Language Learning students. Our school district benefits from a diverse population, and energetic and professional educators who truly believe in helping students at the earliest ages possible to become life-long learners.
We will be using a recently-refurbished school solely for the Pre-K program in order to meet the needs of our youngest learners by being able to concentrate on their learning, as opposed to a school with multiple grades.
My diverse students will explore STEM with hands-on materials that engage kids and make learning fun! With these materials, our young learners will actively become scientists, mathematicians, technologists, and engineers. They will control their learning as they explore the wonders of STEM. Kids will build, create, observe, and connect STEM concepts through literature.
Students will learn for themselves how to solve problems by thinking critically and finding new solutions to complex tasks.
Because our school population is comprised of 60% of students who are economically disadvantaged, their opportunities to learn with these materials is limited. With your help, my classroom will include a STEM learning center filled with literature for ALL students. This project will provide my students with center materials where they can learn about engineering through building with blocks, magnetic building tiles, and tunnels and ramps. They will become scientists by observing nature up close with the help of technology with microscopes and magnifiers. They will use slides and animals and insect specimens to learn about the world around them. This project will also give my young learners a chance to incorporate literacy into their STEM learning.
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