Hurricane Harvey came and left our community and our school flooded. Our school is the heart of a small rural community located along the Texas coast. My counseling room was a favorite spot for students to come to calm down, discuss social, emotional, and/or educational problems, and work on study skills. I serve 750 students ages 3-11 years or 4th grade. Many of our students are now homeless or living in substandard housing as we all try to rebuild after the storm.
Hurricane Harvey came last August right after Meet The Teacher at our school. It flooded my room destroying all my centers and stations. One of the most loved stations I had was the Sensory Station.
Children learn best using their senses.
Sensory play helps children to grow both socially and emotionally. If you can put just the right toy or object into a child's hand, they will open up immediately and begin to talk.
The Sensory Table and sensory toys will be a much needed asset for my counseling room. These toys will give my struggling students some new choices to use when working through their struggles.
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