I teach wonderful children who are learning to self-regulate in a Social Emotional Behavior Support Classroom (SEBS). The students in my program are in grades 1-4 and require specialized instruction aimed at developing coping, decision-making, problem solving, interaction, and self regulation skills. The school is a suburban neighborhood elementary school and the students all qualify for free breakfast and lunch. They majority of families are considered at poverty level.
Students receiving services within the SEBS classroom require a highly structured learning environment and will receive direct specialized instruction in academics as well as social/emotional skills.
Instruction is provided within this setting until the students have demonstrated the ability to return to the general education classroom for some instructional periods. Transition to the regular education setting will be done with fading support to assist with the application of learned social/emotional skills.
While we are remote teaching/learning, I am finding the students need materials at home to support them in their success. In the classroom, we use Lego bricks for many different learning activities, such as math, science, mindfulness, executive functioning, and even reading. However, these can be expensive and many cannot afford these. I am looking for Lego set donations.
Lego bricks are an excellent way for students to learn math concepts, to build social and communication skills, as a self-regulation strategy, to learn to problem solve, and to simply exercise imagination and creativity while building confidence. Bricks can be used in math centers and in small groups for addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, and measurement. During social groups and interactions, Lego bricks are an integral part for learning to play with others, to cooperate, and to build conversation skills. Also, social-emotionally, building with Lego bricks can be a quiet mindful activity that many students choose to calm. Additionally, they are used in STEAM and science for engineering challenges which require problem solving. Finally, the benefits of creating and using your imagination is proven to be positive on growing minds.
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