Help me give my students hands-on manipulatives to assist them in developing effective communication skills during social skills instruction.
This project expired on January 29, 2019.
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This year has been full of changes for both my copartner and me. Although, this is our second-year teaching together we had to move to a different classroom with 2 new paraprofessionals and a brand-new roster of students. To draw a picture of our classroom this year we have 2 teachers, 2 paraprofessionals and 12 students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the 2nd and 3rd grade. There are 9 students in 2nd Grade and 3 students in 3rd Grade. Of the 12, 4 are girls and 8 are boys, whom all have Hispanic backgrounds.
Every child is gifted, they just unwrap their packages at different times.
Our students this year differently keeps us on our toes. They are our box of crayons each of them unique, but when they get together the picture is complete.
All students in my class are on a modified curriculum for students performing below grade level. With the varying levels of exceptionalities and academic abilities, finding ways to maximize student learning and teach effective communication skills to use both in and out of the classroom is the priority in our classroom this year!
The materials requested for our classroom will assist my co-teacher and I in giving our special group of students the resources they need to teach them effective communication skills needed to express their want/needs, how they feel and what they like/dislike both in and out of the classroom setting. Pretend play is a great way to teach our students how to effectively communicate with one another in an unstructured setting. Most of the supplies requested, such as the Let’s Go Shopping Food Baskets, Multicultural Food Assortment, Kitchen Playset, Lakeshore Grocery Set and Real-Working Cash Register will be used in our kitchen area where the students will engage in home living pretend play. They will make a grocery list, go shopping for food and cook us a delicious meal all while learning how to use their words correctly. Other supplies like the LEGO(r) Classic Large Boxes and Building Brick STEM Challenge kit with help our students’ practice following directions and working with a partner.
Academics is not the only important part of a school day.
Pretend play is a critical part of a child’s development. When a child pretends, they are building many different skills including language skills, social skills, and problem-solving skills to name a few. Children with ASD often don’t pretend play so adults must take some extra steps to provide them with the opportunities and encouragement they need to learn.
With all these materials, “Learning Through Play” will provide my co-partner and I the necessary supplies we need to create a more realistic dramatic play area for our students to practice their communication skills. My goal as a teacher is to provide my students with opportunities they need to succeed in our classroom currently, as well as in the future where their skills can be applied.
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