My students come to me at a variety of levels, but all are eager to learn in Kindergarten. Many of my students will be attending school for the first time and are new to a school environment. They are excited for their first year of school and also nervous about new people and routines.
I teach at a Title I school in Tampa where over 90% of students are on the free lunch program.
Most of our student population is Hispanic/Latino, and our families typically have multiple students. Since many of my students are still new to the English language, they are mostly visual learners and need more exposure to vocabulary.
My students want to learn. My families want the best education for their children. I want to allow my students the same opportunities as any other kindergarten class while still accommodating their different needs and preparing them for the ever changing 21st Century jobs they will have.
I have a class this year with special needs students as do other classrooms in my hallway. Many of these students fall under the Autistic umbrella and there are times when "regular" class life can feel overwhelming. I am making this project with my special needs students in mind, however these sensory items can prove beneficial to all students in our hallway (or school with a short walk).
I would like to give them the materials to be able to self soothe and self regulate so they can continue to be successful in the classroom.
Students would be able to request the use of these tools and be escorted/supervised by an adult when they need to. I think this would help my students with their ability to focus on tasks and complete work since they know there is a break should they start feeling overwhelmed.
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