Help me give my students additional tools to improve focus and create a calm learning environment. I am requesting sensory tools, a weighted lap mat, a weighted blanket, a resting mat, a spinning seat, and bubble timers.
Our school is an Artful Learning school with a focus on the performing arts. Our students access the curriculum and state standards through arts based strategies and projects. This year we have partnered with our local university to provide additional experiences in the arts which include dance, yoga, drums, pottery, tumbling, keyboarding, and violin, among others. Our students are excited about having the opportunity to participate in learning experiences they may not have otherwise.
Our students come from low socioeconomic households with a variety of challenges that often impede their ability to succeed in the classroom.
The basic needs of our student often go unmet outside of the school doors. Many students deal with behavioral issues as a result of trauma, stress, or other emotional disabilities. Our students deserve to feel the sense of pride that comes with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals.
Because my students often struggle with self regulation, the classroom environment can sometimes become stressful and overwhelming. I currently utilize a small corner of my classroom as a "break spot" for students who need a few minutes to reset.
Sometimes students need to rest because they aren't sleeping well at home.
Sometimes they need to fidget and get the wiggles out, or they may be upset and need to calm themselves down. My current set up could use some help to become a more useful space. I would like a sanitary mat and washable weighted blankets to allow students to rest when needed. I would also like some fidget toys and tools such as bubble timers for students to use when they need to calm themselves. I currently have two Bilibo seats in my room that are frequently used and I would like to add a third in my break area to provide an option to wiggle. Additionally, I have requested fidget bands for the classroom chairs to help some of my more active students stay focused while being able to move in a safe manner. Finally, I am in need of a small shelf to store these items and keep them organized for easy access by students when needed.
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