Help me give my students engaging sensory experiences such as the Sand and Water Adjustable Activity Play Table Center where the children will love to play! (Sensory pop-tubes and Liquid Motion Bubblers rock!)
My students have special needs and are in small class. Most are from low-income households. Few are verbal. These wonderful children need a lot of sensory input to keep them focused and on task. Most of them are on the spectrum. I do everything I can to make the classroom lively and keep their attention. Music and movement time is a favorite! They love to get the Maracas and ribbons and dance!
My beautiful students are in a place where they can begin a life-long love of learning.
Their faces light up when they are engaged and focused on something.They learn in many different ways. Some are auditory learners. Some need to be moving. Most of them are visual and tactile Learners. They enter the classroom in the morning full of energy, and often run over to their favorite toys. Some enjoy numbers. Some are fascinated by wheels and rolling.
Our classroom is a safe-haven where each child is free to be themselves. They learn at their own speed. They dance to the beat of their own drummer. They are like a family to each other. I want to give them the best classroom experiences possible for them to remember.
Bringing more sensory-related materials to my classroom will offer the children hands-on learning opportunities. This will help the many different types of learners to all have something to draw them in to participating fully in the classroom experience.
My amazing students will use the materials in the sand/water table to explore and understand elements in their environment.
When we cover the unit on water, the children can test out what sinks and what floats. How much water can a sponge hold? We will fold paper and make boats that set sail on the water! Children will work together and problem-solve!
The sensory tubes will be great for learning "Big" and "Small". Stretching them will improve their manual dexterity. The sound the tubes make will give the activity an aspect of sound. Quiet and Loud. The colorful liquid in the Bubbler Tubes will refract the light in different ways. Holding it up to the sunlight will give them different perspectives on the colors. All of these examples will employ sensory aspects to keep the children focused and engaged. They will be having so much fun, they will not realize they are learning!
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