Virtual learning is great but many students need to see and feel math and science. Manipulatives allow them to see the things in different ways. I would like to something similar to ETA's Hand2Mind Primary Math Manipulative Kit that contains materials they would use the whole year such as: Cuisenaire rods, pattern blocks, tape measures, calculator, geoboards, balance, beakers, and much more. It would allow me the opportunity to have stations in the class while I work one on one or small groups.
I would also like to build a small classroom library for students to use in the class or at home as well as having an audio center which includes a cd player with recording capability, and head phones for up to six students. Children should be exposed to multiple types of literature and genre to become well rounded readers and students. Although the school library is available we will be participating in centers in our classroom which will require students to read/view books for at least ten minutes during the rotation. As a new teacher I have limited library resources available for students to use in the classroom.