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  • Sullivan Primary School
  • Sullivan, MO
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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My students often come into the classroom not being able to control their bodies and actions. The sensory materials listed below will help my special needs children gain control over their environment and help to calm them down so they are ready to join whole group learning activities. Once my students are calm, they are more likely to be able to sit and focus on their work for the day. The more the students are able to focus, the more learning can happen. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction. Sensory play is open-ended, meaning there is no clearly defined outcome of playing with or exploring the materials inside the bin. Children use their senses and creativity to explore the materials offered in a sensory bin on their own without the expectation of an end product. The snow, marbles, spaghetti, and other materials below are sensory items that I can put into my sensory table without it leaking all over the floor and causing students to slip and fall. The sensory table waterproof mat will also allow me to use small amounts of liquid in the sensory table when the children are craving a new feeling in the sensory table. Finally, the droppers, funnels, scoops, nets, etc. will give the students new ways to explore the sensory materials placed in the table. I can't wait to see the difference in my students from using the sensory materials!

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My students often come into the classroom not being able to control their bodies and actions. The sensory materials listed below will help my special needs children gain control over their environment and help to calm them down so they are ready to join whole group learning activities. Once my students are calm, they are more likely to be able to sit and focus on their work for the day. The more the students are able to focus, the more learning can happen. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction. Sensory play is open-ended, meaning there is no clearly defined outcome of playing with or exploring the materials inside the bin. Children use their senses and creativity to explore the materials offered in a sensory bin on their own without the expectation of an end product. The snow, marbles, spaghetti, and other materials below are sensory items that I can put into my sensory table without it leaking all over the floor and causing students to slip and fall. The sensory table waterproof mat will also allow me to use small amounts of liquid in the sensory table when the children are craving a new feeling in the sensory table. Finally, the droppers, funnels, scoops, nets, etc. will give the students new ways to explore the sensory materials placed in the table. I can't wait to see the difference in my students from using the sensory materials!

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