Bringing some groovy social skills into our class!
Help me give my students "Pete the Cat" books and materials to help them learn positive social skills. Eric Litwin and James Dean have created wonderful books and I want to share them all with my students.
My new ESE PreK class (iPEEPS) is located in one of Hillsborough County's Achievement schools. 100% of my students receive free or reduced lunch. Children are placed into my class for a variety of reasons. My class size, the age of my students, and the disabilities my students have varies every year. My class currently has 3 students (and grows throughout the year with short notice), but I also work with the two other ESE classes. Our students have disabilities ranging from Autism, Down Syndrome, visual impairments, and other developmental, social/emotional and language/communication delays. Their personalities and needs are different. With the age and learning gap, it’s important to have differentiated instruction, engaging activates and to provide one on one or very small group instructions to teach based on each students needs.
Our main goal is to teach them how to love school.
We also aim to improve their Communication Skills, Independent Functioning Skills and most importantly Social/Emotional Skills. We want our students to learn how to be loving, kind and independent members of society. We don’t create excuses for them but give them (and the people they interact with) the tools and skills they need to be successful.
Pete the Cat is one of my favorite story characters and my Pre-K students adore him. This is my sixth year teaching, and my materials are needing to be replaced and updated to fit my current students needs. I need more visuals and hands on materials for my ESE students.
Pete the Cat stories help me teach my students social skills in a fun and exciting way.
With the help of Pete, we are able to teach my students how to handle their emotions when things upset them ("Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons", "Pete the Cat and His Cool Blue Magic Sunglasses"), how to welcome new friends into their classroom ("Pete the Cat and the New Guy"), how to solve problems ("Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes")and learn other academic skills (Pete the Cat and His White Shoes"). His stories allow me to create fun, hands on activities that my students can do as I read or sing along with when using the "Pete the Cat" website. The wireless speakers will allow me to bring Pete's fun songs and stories all over the school campus!
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