My students come from all different backgrounds. Many of them have experienced trauma. Low income households means that many of them take advantage of our free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch programs.
My students come to my classroom each day knowing I will provide them with a safe and loving, judgement free environment.
They each have their own personalities that shine through their work and determination to become better students and members of society. They let me teach them even if they had a bad morning or they had a rough night at home. They trust me to take care of their basics needs if they haven't been met yet that day.
They understand that I am on their team, rooting for them each and every single day they come into my classroom. I tell my students every single day how smart they are and how hardworking they are. They have their moments when learning isn't their priority, but I make sure to nurture those moments so that they keep coming back to me and continue to feel safe even if they don't always feel the same way at home.
These materials will make a difference in my students' learning by helping my students on a daily basis with their visual learning needs and their sensory needs. Many of my students excel with the use of sensory tools and visual manipulatives during the day to help with lessons and sensory overload. Many of them need help with self-regulating, and having the right tools for each kid helps them be even more successful in having a positive way to move on with their day when they get stuck.
Visual tools and manipulatives will be used during their math and literacy lessons while helping with sensory needs that come up.
Math manipulatives are beneficial because students can touch them and manipulate them with their hands to solve math problems they may be having trouble with. Visual tools like the alphabet and words can be used to spell words and write out sentences.
Sensory tools help my students who may need to move their bodies or their hands while learning. Sensory tools can also help them when their bodies are in sensory overload and when they need something to help them self-regulate.
Fidgets help with hands that need to move, and different sensors in their fingers need manipulation in order to focus their bodies and brains. Wobble stools help them move their bodies while still focusing on the work in front of them. Weighted items (weighted lap pads, shoulder pads and blankets) help when their senses are heightened, and they need help self-regulating in order to continue to be successful in their day.
Super Soft 7 Lbs Calming Weighted Blanket for Kids with Removable Cover - 41" x 60" Children Heavy Blanket for a Kids Between 60-80 lbs - Kid Comfort Sensory Blankets for Girls and Boys
• Amazon Business
RE322 - Lakeshore Sensory Ball Set
• Lakeshore Learning Materials
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