Early Learning Teaching Tools

Every child should feel confident in his/her ability to learn! These teaching tools were requested/inspired by the classroom teachers and can be used for years to come.

Etch-A-Sketch Freestyle

Forget the two white buttons – that is now retro. The Freestyle Etch-A-Sketch comes with a handy stylus that’s easy to grip and move. Each kindergartener and first-grader can write/draw, shake to erase, and write/draw again. Teachers report this is an engaging way for kids to learn to hone their fine motor skills while learning their alphabet and spelling.

Kindergarten Initial Sponsor: CSX Transportation

First Grade Initial Sponsor: Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Yearly* Sponsors: Roger Mann and Linda Brunson, Board members

Sight Word Flashcards

Re-invented for the 2023-24 school year!  Every kindergarten classroom has seven sets of sight word flashcards for small group work.  The same words in the weekly Sight Word Pads are bound by the quarter.

Volunteers print, cut, punch, and ring the flashcards.

Sponsor: Walmart, River City Marketplace

Math cubes

All kindergarten and first-grade classrooms now have colorful, easy-to-interlock cubes!  Each child has a set of ten colorful cubes to help them see and solve math problems.  The teachers wanted – and received – the same two colors for all students in their classroom.

Sponsor: Sam’s Club, Busch Drive

3-D geometric solids

Every first-grader now has three-dimensional shapes they can hold and explore when they learn about cubes, cylinders, cones, pyramids and prisms. Geometry is part of their math curriculum. Being able to hold and compare the shapes develops spatial sense.

Initial Sponsor: CSX Transportation

Yearly* Sponsor: Linda Brunson, Board member

Generation Genius science videos

All first-grade classrooms have access to science video lessons. Generation Genius videos were made in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association to engage, educate, and inspire kids in science. We are proud we could fund this subscription teachers were paying out-of-pocket.

Sponsor: General donations

Secret Stories®

All first-grade and kindergarten classrooms can now enjoy learning with Secret Stories®. Know & Grow proudly provides:

  • Phonics Book
  • Phonics Posters
  • Musical “Sound Skill” Phonics Songs Download
  • Phonics Flashcards
  • Porta-Pics for Writing Folders

Thank you Mrs. Thomas for sharing your “find!”

Sponsor: General donations

*Every summer, these early learning teaching tools are cleaned and any broken – or missing – ones repaired/replaced.

  • Delta Education Weather Vane (4)
  • Delta Educational Barometer (4)
  • Classifying Clouds Photo Cards (4)
  • Didax Plastic Anemometer (2)
  • Delta Education Solar Hot Air Balloon (4)
  • NewPath Weather and Climate Learning Center (4)
  • Taylor Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer, Dual Scale (4)
  • V-Back Metal Thermometers, Dual Scale (60)