Mrs. Glucksman from Tarzana CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.
Help me give my students more STEAM outdoor equipment to play with. We need large blocks for our outdoor area and a cart to put them in.
My students range in age from 3-5 years old and for many of them this is their first school experience. I believe that my job is to lay the foundation for learning and make them fall in love with school. I do this by offering a range of activities to allow for learning to take place for all types of learners. I also believe that children learn best through play at this age.
Children need to play outdoors everyday and that play should reflect what they are learning in the classroom; science, technology, art, engineering, and math!
Our students need more toys to keep them busy during our daily outdoor time. Playing with blocks provides children with opportunities to learn about math, problem solving, imagination, self-expression and many other skills.
These materials will help my students have more play options outside. My students really love to play with blocks inside and research has shown that block play has many benefits for young children. The National Association for the Education of Young Children says, "science and mathematics are the main pillars supporting the STEAM initiative. Science and mathematics concepts and processes are the content areas children engage in during STEAM activities (see “Technology, Engineering, and Art Activities for Young Children Within the Contexts of Mathematics and Science,”). However, technology, engineering, and the arts can all take place within science (biology, physics, etc.) content and mathematics (algebra, geometry, etc.) content.
For example, when a child builds a high tower during block play, she uses engineering principles that directly lead to understanding the scientific concept of gravity.
It is through the use of art and technology, however, that young children may begin to grasp the concept of number or shape. For example, children could build and design symmetrically and then count the number of each shape on either side, or they might try to replicate a structure from a photo of a past creation by noting that the structure started with seven red rectangles for the base.
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