Hands-On Learning Grant for Child Development & Psychology

High school teacher, Julie Gohman, applied for a SSEF grant last fall and was awarded $500 to purchase additional supplies for her Child Development & Psychology class. Here is what she had to say about how the supplies have impacted her class.

With these funds that SSEF provided I was able to purchase Legos, Mega-Bloks, wooden blocks, puzzles, Lincoln Logs, Art supplies, magnetic tiles, kinetic sand, puzzles, and books about social and emotional development. When I teach a lesson about the development of children ages one to three, my students have the opportunity to learn about how wooden blocks, Lincoln Logs, and other toys help children develop their fine motor skills and learn how to play cooperatively with other children. 

When I teach a lesson about social and emotional learning, my students have the opportunity to read children’s books that help children deal with their worries, fears, and gives them tools and strategies to stay calm, develop emotional awareness, and act appropriately.

When we are learning about the intellectual development of children, my students now have the hand-on opportunities to understand how puzzles, Legos, magnetic tiles, and other toys help foster cognition and contribute to healthy brain development. 

These items, made possible by SSEF, are used throughout the course, and greatly increase the engagement and achievement of the high school students. In addition, they enjoy learning - it’s a win-win situation for everyone. As a teacher, it is so gratifying to see students engaged, motivated, and happy to be in class learning with their classmates.

Thank you for seeing the value and benefit of these hands-on learning experiences for our students, and for being willing to invest in the supplies to make it happen!

Julie Gohman
FCS Teacher


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Early Childhood Movement Matters Grant

Equipment purchased from the Movement Matters! In Early Childhood SSEF grant has helped our Early Childhood team begin to provide expanded opportunities for our preschool students to run, jump, throw, balance, scoot, and crawl as they develop essential gross motor skills.  In addition, the recently added equipment has given teachers increased flexibility to incorporate gross motor skill development into classroom centers, whole group learning, and extended group collaborative play opportunities using the newly purchased equipment.