Despite coming from one of the poorest counties in California, my students are happy, enthusiastic, and energetic. We work on academic skills, socialization, communication, and managing behaviors. I have four paras assisting with the day to day activities. My class loves to garden and cook, some also enjoy singing and dancing. All of the students have moderate to severe learning disabilities but that doesn't stop them from working towards their goals. These students, all at varying age and ability levels, are working to become independent, productive adults.
This year, our class was split up and half of us moved to a new school with other students who were also moved.
A move like this is challenging for any student. For those who don't do well with change, it is particularly challenging. However, they are all working to overcome the anxiousness of the unknown and the sadness of leaving some of their friends behind.
When my class was moved to a different school this summer, I discovered that the new school has no kitchen for us to use. Our classroom doesn't have space for the full-sized range and oven we had last year. So, we must make due with the space we have. Cooking is an important part of our program and we really want to keep it going.
As part of our program last year, we cooked every Friday.
We learned about reading and following directions, different types of measurement tools, gathering ingredients, and collaboration skills. Our plan for this year is to also go shopping once a month for our supplies and continue to cook one day a week. We also want to sell our goodies during lunchtime recess to continue with our learning about money.
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