My students need an incubator to fully grasp the idea of patience, animals and their babies, the miracle of life and caring for others.
The students in my class are a very special group. They all face the difficulty of poverty, single family households and on top of that, they all have special needs.
Our school is a Title 1 elementary school in California, which means that most of the children in our area are experiencing poverty.
Many of my students live in apartment buildings and are unable to have pets and experience the joy of caring for an animal. Most live in a single family home where the parent is working two jobs to support them and their children. They, unfortunately, are not having the experiences that all children should have, such as visiting museums, farms or even the zoo. On top of these challenges they face, every student in my class has been diagnosed with unique special needs. To qualify for my class, they all have to be developmentally delayed in more than one area and are struggling to learn the concepts of the preschool curriculum. They are all wonderful children who just need a little extra help, a little extra love and someone to be compassionate.
For the past four years, I have received chicken eggs from a wonderful farmer in our area and put them in our incubator. The children witnessed how, if patient, we can be a part of the miracle of life in our very own classroom. The children were there to see the eggs hatch and cared for them until they were sent back to the farm to live a happy life with their friends. The children were able to follow up with their chickens through pictures as they grew up. Last year, our very old, very fragile incubator broke and it is not able to be fixed. I have already had many students ask me if we are going to have chickens again this year and it breaks my heart to tell them I am not sure. Through this process the children are able to learn about the miracle of life, caring for (loving, feeding and watering) baby animals and how a family can be unconventional (students and babies) but still work!
It brought tears to my eyes one day when a little boy without a father said to me, "Teacher, these chickens do not have a daddy, like me.
I can be their daddy." This process of hatching eggs has been such a emotional learning experience for these children that I am hoping you agree so we may continue it. Lastly, our class works closely with the three other preschool classes on our campus, this incubator will be enjoyed and used by over 130 students each year for many years to come!Read More
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