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Hands-On Reading in Kindergarten


2021 - 2022


Classroom Tools




Traci Wood


Our students need various hands-on and engaging

opportunities to gain and practice early reading skills.

Kindergarten students are continually being challenged

to become little readers and work independently. They

need multiple ways and materials to practice and

explore, in order to gain those skills. Our dream as their

teachers is to provide numerous opportunities and

expose them to various types of materials that allow them

to develop those early reading skills, while also being

able to work independently in developmentally

appropriate ways, all while they enjoy learning. Research

shows the best ways for students to learn is through

hands-on experiences, as it stimulates growth on both

sides of the brain. We want to help them learn skills

through experiences, instead of just telling them about

things. Our goal is to make learning fun and give them a

Kindergarten experience that they will never forget! With

your help we can provide those various ways of practice

and the manipulatives needed on a daily basis.

Manipulatives are objects and tools that teachers employ

in developing the reading abilities in all children, but for

many children with disabilities manipulatives are

essential. These are also used for providing hands-on

learning solutions for word building skills in early learners

of language.Thank you so much for considering funding

our grant that will help equip Cottonwood Kindergarten

with the best educational experience possible!