Our school is an Artful Learning school with a focus on the performing arts. Our students access the curriculum and state standards through arts based strategies and projects. This year we have partnered with our local university to provide additional experiences in the arts which include dance, yoga, drums, pottery, tumbling, keyboarding, and violin, among others. Our students are excited about having the opportunity to participate in learning experiences they may not have otherwise.
Our students come from low socioeconomic households with a variety of challenges that often impede their ability to succeed in the classroom.
The basic needs of our student often go unmet outside of the school doors. Many students deal with behavioral issues as a result of trauma, stress, or other emotional disabilities. Our students deserve to feel the sense of pride that comes with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals.
My students often come into first grade with limited fine motor skills, which greatly impacts their handwriting ability. First grade standards require paragraph writing by the end of the year, and this is very challenging for students who struggle with pencil grip, fine motor strength, letter formation, and spacing. My students often have lots of great things to write about, but their lack in fine motor strength hinders them when they want to put their ideas and words on to paper. They often get fatigued easily and lose motivation to write. I would like to incorporate extensive handwriting practice at the end of this school year and the start of the next so that my students can improve their handwriting skills.
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