My students need individual watercolor sets and brushes in order to illustrate poetry and other pieces that they publish.
Writing is one of my students' favorite subjects, and we are coming up to the end of our school year, which means my students get to spend time studying and crafting their own poems. For first-graders, writing poetry provides an opportunity to expand their potential to be creative and expressive.
My students this year are a diverse group of individuals, all moving along their paths towards becoming literate, open-minded, critical thinkers.
Each one of my students comes to school with their life story and experiences and contribute in important ways to our class family. Many are learning English as a second language and are the first to go to school in the United States. Many of them also come from households that struggle with poverty or other social issues. Despite the various challenges that my students' families contend with each day, they all have one thing in common: every parent of every student in my classroom wants their children to be successful in school, and to develop their strengths as individuals. I am fortunate to work at a small, urban school with a dedicated group of colleagues who support all students and their families. I know that the families I serve sense the dedication of the staff at my school and appreciate our commitment to their children.
I strive each year to incorporate the arts into my classroom and I see the arts as a critical element to my students' education. However, each year it seems that funding is cut more and more and I find myself compensating for these losses. Unfortunately, I have been without watercolor paints for over a year now and it's time to replenish my supplies. I intend to use watercolors as part of my poetry writing unit in order to provide an additional form of expression for my students. Poetry can be very literal or very abstract, but it is always unique to the individual that creates it. The sense of accomplishment and self-fulfillment that students experience when they see and share their well-polished piece of writing, accompanied by a beautiful image they created, is what brings me fulfillment in my work.
By providing watercolors for my classroom, my students will have a way to express their ideas and feelings, which will contribute to developing their understanding of themselves through art.
Illustrations allow a child's mind to speak in ways that words do not always allow, and giving students opportunities to express with images also makes the experience of success accessible to students who may lack skills in other areas.
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|PRANG WASHABLE WC/SET 16 OVAL • Blick Art Materials||$2.85||30||$85.50|
|CAMEL HAIR BRUSHES/SZ10 WC WOOD HANDLE • Blick Art Materials||$2.18||30||$65.40|
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