I am a first-year teacher, teaching an Autism specific preschool class at a Title 1 school in Northern California, in which many students come from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
I have 7 sweet, loving, and fun 3 and 4-year-old students - They walk into the class every morning with a big smile on their faces, and also absolutely love to be silly, sensory play, art projects, and listening to stories.
As a first-year teacher, I am limited to various classroom supplies and funds to provide my students in order for them to succeed and achieve their educational goals. Supplies such as colored ink cartridges to print visuals, alphabet sounds teaching tubs, sing-a-long books, social-emotional tools, and many more. I would love to have more learning materials to optimize my students' learning in class.
As a first-year teacher, I was fortunate enough to get tons of donations for my classroom, however, I am still lacking various of important learning materials for my students. I am in need of colored ink cartridges to print various visual icons.
Visuals can help teach social skills and to communicate; visuals can help decrease children's frustration and decrease challenging behaviors that result from difficulty communicating.
They are also a big advantage to my students who are non-verbal because they can use visuals to communicate to me about what their needs and wants are. Lastly, visuals serve as a wonderful representation of different tasks/activities in the classroom, as well as making it easier for students to communicate, follow routines/directions, and understand expectations.
Barefoot Books: Listening to sing-a-long books is a wonderful way to keep my students focused during story time.
Alphabet Sounds Tubs: My students are still in the beginning stages of learning and identifying the alphabet and its sounds. These tubs are wonderful and age appropriate to teach my students the different items that begin with a certain letter and assist in identifying letters. These tubs will help my students gain the pre-academic skills they need to be successful.
Adaptive Scissors: My students are learning to cut with scissors, however, regular kids scissors are very difficult for them. Thus, these scissors are appropriate for them and an excellent alternative to help them gain the skill they need to cut.
Time Timer: Having a visual of when an activity will be done is very helpful for my students. They are very receptive of knowing when the bell goes it, it is time for them to transition. This big timer will allow them to check independently to see when the activity is done.
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