A couple of our DonorsChoose.org projects got funded towards the end of November, therefore a lot of exciting things arrived in December. Making the Top Ten Plays Through Play! and Pre-K Printing Press! has brought in great resources for our kids and has made an immediate impact.
Making the Top Ten Plays Through Play!
The four sturdy jump ropes are being used very creatively. Our jungle gym does not have swings. We've been able to utilize the jump ropes in a way to create our very own swings. Our children love swinging from them.
The wagon and trikes are the MVP equipment of this project. Students are riding in the wagon, taking turns, and coordinating how to navigate through the playground. The trikes are helping our students develop their gross motor skills as for some, it's their first time on the trike. They are learning vocabulary such as tricycle, bicycle, pedal, and handle. They are learning to take turns and work together. This could not have been possible without the help of our wonderful donors. This project is really making MVPs of our students. A big thanks to ESPN for cutting the project cost in half!
Pre-K Printing Press
This use of the printer has evolved into something unexpected. Our pre-k students are making their own books and telling stories! It started with one child and that's all it took to blow up. Now every child wants to create a story, draw or photograph the pictures, and publish their own book.
They are developing early literacy skills as they are telling stories and drawing pictures. After scanning their pictures and adding the dictated words of their story, the pages are printed, laminated and bound together. The books are shared with family and friends and inspire others to become authors and illustrators. Their work is livening up the classroom and inspiring them to become story tellers.
Afterwards, all of our students were invited to engage in using their fine motor skills to lace their own mitten together and decorating them. Ms. Chin worked in small groups with the students to help guide them as they were in the art center. After they finished, we displayed their mittens above our classroom meeting area. Our kids were proud of their work as they would announce which mitten was theirs as people came into the room.
Picture Perfect Frame
Every child had the opportunity to create and take home their framed pictures. The day before winter break, the pictures were displayed outside our classroom for parents to take before leaving.
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