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.

Every kindergartener and first-grader can now practice writing, easily erase, and practice again.

Kindergarten Initial Sponsor: CSX Transportation

First Grade Initial Sponsor: Dollar General Literacy Foundation

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

Bananagrams letter tiles

We converted the My First Bananagrams game into bananas for classroom use. We included just the right number of letters for first-graders to tile their spelling words. With the bananas less full, the kids do not spill them all over the classroom. But it wasn’t just a matter of removing tiles as we didn’t have enough of some letters. Tiles that come attached for game purposes had to be cut to have enough single letters. Every first-grader can now practice spelling with their own banana.

Initial Sponsor: Barbara Willson

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

3-D geometric shapes

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

Math manipulatives: Legos

A first-grade classroom needed “math manipulatives.” Instead of providing the standard interlocking math cubes available at teacher-supply stores, we provided the real thing, Lego bricks! This first-grade teacher is testing a two-color, stack of 10 Legos. Each child in this classroom has a set of Legos bricks to help them see and solve math problems.

Sponsor: Linda Brunson, Board member

*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)