For the 2019-20 school year, I have the privilege of teaching PreK. This is my first time teaching PreK in an ICT classroom setting and I am very excited to be apart of their first learning experiences. My classroom is made up of 20, curious, PreK students who range in the ages of 3-4. My students reside in a low poverty area where they are not able to access technology which can be used to enhance their curiosity and activate their thoughts about the world and things around them. I want to create an environment where they become critical thinkers and problem solvers, develop different forms of communication, develop leadership skills, and improve motivation and productivity through the use of technology. One of the biggest challenges to teaching students in PreK is their need for individualized visual schedules and adapted learning materials. I will have small groups daily to improve reading, language, math, and social skills.
For preschool children, play is such an important part of learning. Some of the richest learning opportunities in my classroom happen when my students have the chance to choose materials to engage with in a creative way. Play centers give my students opportunities to practice their language skills and enrich their vocabularies through hands-on, child-directed (but adult supported) activities. This time of our day can be somewhat magical in the way that it turns students into leaders of their own learning, and allows students to learn from each other while practicing those social and emotional skills that are so crucial to their later success.
Unfortunately, young children hard at work in learning are hard on toys, and many of the toys in our classroom are nearing the end of their life expectancy and becoming unsafe.
Help me give my students some basic items that can help with their craving for sensory input. The "what's inside box" will help my students be able to reach in and grab a object out and they will also be able to squish the object. Everything is about their hands and what they can touch, feel, squeeze, pinch and more can help them fill their sensory cravings that they have. Soft balls, soft activity book, soft touch and see mirror. I appreciate all the help to get these items for my special friends. Thank you!
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