More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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My students need books, glue, color printer ink, personal cubbies to store their work, and dramatic play activities like costumes since we do not have a playground.
Do you remember the freedom you felt as a child running around the playground outside? My kindergarten students do not have a playground or recess. That is why I am asking for dramatic play activities for our daily indoor recess.
I have a classroom full of 23 kindergarten students, who are energetic and curious about the world around them.
Our urban, title one school is in a renovated parking garage. Nearly 70% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and live in poverty. Our school is a part of a charter school district, striving to close the achievement gap, and to send 100% of our students to college. Out of my 23 students, we have 16 boys and 7 girls. Eleven are English language learners, and one struggles with an intellectual disability (the replacement term for mentally retarded).
Their nearby public school districts are inadequate, and our school hopes to provide the quality education that every child deserves. The world is vast to a five year old child. A meaningful education will provide them with the resources and excitement for learning to be successful in the world.
Although we do not have a playground for outdoor recess, we do have an indoor recess that we call "choice time." However, the children do not have much to choose from or play with, and only play with small plastic blocks. That is why I am requesting "community helper" costumes. Imagine a five year old putting on a chef costume or a doctor costume and letting their imagination run wild. Experiences and dramatic play are also vital learning opportunities for a five year old. Not only will it aid their imagination, but develop their higher level thinking skills, and teach them about careers. Even though we do not have a playground, these costumes can make the best of "choice time."
I am also requesting some classic children's books, like "Rainbow Fish," "Silly Sally," small cubbies to store the kid's work in, crayon organization, stickers, a white board to have on my desk when I work with small groups, and ink to print in color.
Your donation will help my classroom come to life, and make learning active for these children.
Kindergarten is a grade introducing kids to school, and therefore learning is interactive and fun! These exciting materials will impact my students' daily. Help me make learning positive and playful!
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