I teach preschool special education in Virginia to a diverse population of students. My preschool class includes students ages two to five years old with various disabilities, but the majority of my students are deaf or hard of hearing. They are all full of wonder and curiosity and love hands-on experiences. They also love learning new words and signs each day and applying them to their everyday interactions.
While each student learns differently and has different experiences and backgrounds, one thing is for sure - they all thrive in a language-rich environment.
They love to ask questions and to engage in conversations with one another. They aren't afraid to make mistakes and love learning language and literacy.
I also share my classroom with three other early childhood special education teachers, each with their own group of uniquely wonderful students. We have two morning classes and two afternoon classes - 40 students total. Our projects would help each classroom, as we share all our materials.
We love using books to help bring experiences and stories into the classroom and we want each child to be able to see themselves in our classroom library.
Help us grow our library and make coming back to school a little bit more comfortable and inviting to each child.
We want them to be able to have plenty of books that they can connect with. The books we need are directly related to our curriculum and are as diverse as our student population.
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg shares a story about being nervous about the first day of school. The Family Book by Todd Parr celebrates the love that all families have for one another. The White Swan Express is a story about adoption. Several of the books are in both English and Spanish. It is our hope that these books will become favorites in our classroom and each student will be able to see themselves on the shelves!
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