My students are all Latino, their families came from Mexico and Central America. Some of my class is the second generation born in the United States and speak only English. The rest are the first generation in the United States and speak both languages. They are English Language Learners.
My school services low-income families.
My school works with a food bank that delivers 135 bags of food to needy families every week. One hundred percent of the school population receives a free breakfast and a free lunch.
Children learn through play! Floor puzzles are a great way for students to work together as a team. As they work together they practice taking turns, practice problem solving skills to get to the goal of putting a puzzle together.
Floor puzzles allow students to work with shapes and images that tie into every subject taught.
These puzzles are related to themes taught throughout the school year such as animals, their body coverings. They will also help them with counting by putting the puzzles in ordinal order from 1-30.
It's a great way to stimulate the brain! While working on jigsaw puzzles, it has been studied that there exists continuous activity involving all the brain cells and parts of the brain. The connections made in the brain increase our ability to learn, to comprehend, and to remember. In addition, completing a puzzle, or even just the successful placement of one piece, encourages the production of dopamine, a brain chemical that increases learning and memory.
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