My students are curious and excited learners. They enjoy project-based learning, hands-on materials, activities, songs, and games. The students in my class all have autism and benefit a lot from multi-modal learning (accessing materials using all of their senses) and predictable routines and structures. My students especially love visual materials and communication supports in all of our learning activities.
Students with special needs love being included with their same-aged general education peers in regular classes.
With enough resources and supports, my students can be successful in any environment. I am constantly trying to learn from them what they need to be successful. Personalizing learning to meet students' interests and motivation is usually the key to their success in any setting.
The first three years of school is key to developing foundational reading skills. My students beginning readers with limited access to books at home. These books will also be available to check out and take home so students can share their favorite books with family.
Having a large range of books to choose from will help them pick stories that they are interested in and practice beginning experiences with books that are high interest to them.
Reading is also a great brain exercise and helps improve concentration. Many of these books have repeated phrases and repetition gets memorized and kids can “read” the repeated phrases and refrains. This grows their identity as a reader as well as familiarizes them with these words. Being familiar with text helps build confidence and keeps students motivated to look at text.
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