Sunnyside Elementary School teacher Anna Horton believes using hands-on techniques can help improve students' reading abilities.
That's why she's using this week's One Class At A Time grant to purchase sensory materials that will help her kindergarten students learn their letters.
Horton said her class is trying a program called 'Recipe For Reading' by Francis Bloom and Nina Traub, which has students write out letters in sensory sand as she sounds them out loud to the class.
The class has attempted to use paper plates with sand in the past with limited success and now, Horton said the $250 will secure legitimate sensory sand and trays for the class.
She believes engaging her students in this interactive way improves their letter knowledge, which can help them develop fluent reading skills.
"By using the multi-sensory, I've noticed that the kids, their reading, their scores have gone from I want to say 25% to maybe 85% more success," Horton said.
One Class At A Time is a partnership between the Montana Television Network and First Interstate Bank.
If you're an educator and would like to apply for a grant, or for more information on the program, visit here.