My kindergarten students are amazing, bright, inquisitive learners. Many of them face harsh obstacles, but they are always very eager to learn! The students in my school often face homelessness, food instability, family difficulties, and frequent school moves. Most of my students are second language learners.
All students are capable of great things when given the opportunity to learn in engaging ways.
I strive to provide my students with engaging, sensory-rich experiences that provoke learning in a variety of modalities.
My goal is to provide flexible seating options for the students in my classroom. I always strive to provide a classroom environment that is rich in sensory experiences, and I have presented at conferences for many years on "Creating a Sensory Rich Classroom," but due to the financial burden I've not been able to implement flexible seating as thoroughly as I would like.
Children learn EVERYTHING through their senses.
They need opportunities to move around. Traditional seating doesn't provide the sensory input needed to assist a child in engaging and focusing fully. Students who have a trauma history, which a high percentage of the students I serve do, are often especially lacking in their sensory development. Many of the items I've chosen (yoga balls, cushions, and wobble chairs) help students develop core strength as well. This in turn increases a child's ability to attend to a task with stamina. I've intentionally provided many different options for seating that students can choose, or I can suggest, based on their particular needs or deficits. Opportunities for working while seated, standing, and on the floor are presented.
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