I work with special needs children ages 3-5. They are an extremely curious bunch and I enjoy finding new and interesting things to peek their minds. They can become intrigued by even the smallest of things such as magnets. Today we had small plastic balls with magnets inside of them. They were able to take a magnet wand under the table and twirl them in a circle. Just this small stem activity put smiles on their faces and opened up their minds to many scientific possibilities.
My goal is to give my children as many activities as possible to inspire their minds to divergent thinking.
I believe a light table would be a benefit to my kids. Children are naturally drawn to the gentle glow of a light table and tend to stay there for long periods of time, which is great for stretching their attention spans. A light table in my room would be used to enhance literacy, math, and writing skills in fun and playful ways.
The children in my class will be able to discover ways to make new colors and shapes using geometric shapes. They will be able to spell words by using see thew rocks with letters on them. They will be able to place items, like leaves, feathers, and grass on it to see through them for a greater understanding of how they are made.
I would use a light table in my room for open-ended play, experiences in arts and crafts, and teaching academic concepts.
There is no telling how much my children will grow with this unique experience to use.
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