Help me give my students dry erase boards with black dry erase markers to help kindergarteners improve their penmanship.
Our elementary school is located in SE Washington, DC; where 97 percent of all students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and free breakfast; and 25 percent of all students receive special education services. In my general education kindergarten classroom, seven of my 15 kindergarten students have Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) addressing their various needs (ie., developmental delays, speech and language impairments, autism, and/or behavior challenges).
Most of these students have academic challenges in either reading and/or mathematics or have behavioral challenges; and would benefit tremendously from additional writing in the classroom.
It should be noted, however, that all of my students are amazing, full of energy, and enthusiastic about learning! They come to school every day ready to learn something new, and they have shown so much growth and potential for excellence since their very first day of school back in August, which seems so long ago!
My students participate daily in Fundations, a reading intervention program, which provides students with a systematic program in foundational skills for reading and spelling, emphasizing phonemic awareness, phonics-word study, high frequency word study, fluency, vocabulary, handwriting, and spelling. Fundations serves as a prevention program to help ensure reading and spelling success in our kindergarten students.
Another key component of Fundations, is the writing and/or penmanship, which research says goes hand-in-hand with early reading success.
In a whole group setting, my students practice daily their letter formation and/or writing their high frequency words; and they use a surprisingly high number of black dry erase markers. Frequently, students remark, "I need another marker because my marker isn't working and I want to work!" Needless to say, this is music to any teacher's ears.
In addition, my kindergarten students participate daily in literacy centers that includes a guided reading station. In this station, my kindergarten students use their dry erase boards and markers to practice writing sentences using their high frequency words; and to play word games. At the penmanship center, kindergarten students use the dry erase markers to practice writing their first and last names.
Finally, my Special Needs' students have various disabilities, often coming from different backgrounds or single head of households, and frequently have specific individual needs based on both academic and social emotional learning. These students, specifically, would benefit tremendously from dry erase boards and markers because they are notorious for being kinesthetic learners. Your generous donation to our kindergarten classroom is most appreciated!
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|Expo Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Fine Point, Black Ink, Pack of 12 (1905754) • Amazon Business||$7.19||30||$215.70|
|Dry Erase Boards [30pc Double Sided] Lapboards with ClearWipe Coating! Small White Boards - 9" x 12" Mini White Boards for Students, Classroom Teacher Supplies • Amazon Business||$27.95||1||$27.95|
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