I teach special education preschool students ages 3 to 5. Besides working on their IEP goals, we are trying to prepare the children to be successful in kindergarten since most of them will go into regular kindergarten classes with support.
They are struggling to learn basic math concepts, counting, two and 3 d shapes, one to one correspondence, patterning, etc.
which are part of the STEM curriculum and an important part of the goals for kindergarten math. I would like to purchase materials to aid them in becoming familiar and skilled in these and other math areas. I feel that hands on materials helps them learn better and retain the information because they are actively involved in learning.
I am asking for math resources including a starter set of Magna-Tiles, two sets of Magnetic Fishing Poles, Let’s Go Fishing Sorting and Patterning Centers, three Write and Wipe Lapboards, and some Number-Bots. These manipulatives and materials will make a huge difference in my students' learning because they provide hands-on, concrete materials so my students can better understand the concepts being taught.
Using hands-on manipulatives increases the students' learning because they are excited to use the manipulatives and it also increases their memory of the concepts learned.
They are active participants while they are learning. It makes the learning fun for them if they are actively participating.
My students are all special education preschool students ages 3 to 5. They come from all over the Mesa School District. We work on their individual IEPs but also teach them the typical preschool skills they need to know to be successful in kindergarten.
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