TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
A few kindergarten students at an East Texas school got some very special mail from three head football coaches from various Texas universities. Miss McWain’s kindergartners, at Jones Elementary in Tyler, wrote letters to six different college football coaches as part of a writing assignment.
Miss McWain’s team is ready to learn and their classroom is their playing field.
“It makes it more real world to them,” she said.
It’s football theme in room 113 and these students are cheering, but they weren’t always so spirited. They all struggle with speech and language, but with their coaches help, they’re learning.
“It’s always great to have as many venues to use our language as possible, whether it’s written language or spoken language,” she said. “We just look for as many opportunities as possible to get the children as many exposures as possible to language skills.”
In preparation for the Super Bowl, Miss McWain decided to have her team write letters to college football coaches around Texas, asking them questions.
They asked questions like, “do football players go to school?” And others asked, “Do football players get band aids when they get hurt?”
Miss McWain never thought they would respond, but just a few days later, the letters started arriving in the mail.
Responses like, “they learn to read, write, and to help out their classmates. Thank you for the question!” From coaches at Texas A&M, Texas Christian University, and more.
“It was really fun to see their reaction to the letters and logos on them,” she said. “And they were excited. Their faces lit up.”
Now, it’s all they can talk about.
“To increase vocabulary, to increase sentence length, and to increase our knowledge of the world around us, and to work together and just have a great time doing it,” she said about the exercise.
Working together—a lesson learned from great coaches.
The students are getting even more writing practice. They have already begun writing thank you notes to those coaches who did respond. Miss McWain plans on doing this again with her next class since it was such a success this year.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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