Let's Pretend: Using Dramatic Play to Improve Peer Interactions
My students need high quality dramatic play materials to enhance their imaginative and creative play.
Our classroom is home to two half-day Early Childhood Special Education classes. With up to twelve children per class, they keep me and my assistant on our toes. The children are all between the ages of two and four with developmental delays in the moderate to severe range.
Our school is located in a community plagued by high poverty, high crime, and low graduation rates.
Our school district has very limited funds and high staff turnover. Due to budget restraints, the teachers rarely receive money for supplies or learning materials for our students.
I'm requesting Pretend and Play Doctor set, play table, and New Sprouts Reel It, Styling, Farmers Market, Bake and Learn, Garden, Super Sandwich, and Tape Measure sets. Students will use these play materials to enhance their pretend play with their peers. Using shared materials they will practice sharing and turn taking.
By being able to vary the play themes in our dramatic play area, students will be able to act out real life experiences and take on different roles.
It is important that all children, but especially children with speech delays, be encouraged to pretend as a way to practice language.
These play sets will allow us to change the theme on a regular basis, from doctor's office, to grocery store, to restaurant, or to camping. So many exciting possibilities for children to interact with each other.
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