If there is one word I could use to describe my students, it would be resilient. Despite having the odds stacked against them, my students show up every day with a willingness to learn. They are brave, insightful, and eager. The majority of students in my classroom have autism, which impacts their ability to communication and process sensory information. We often tell our students that they have autism, but autism sure doesn't have them. We know they can thrive with the correct school supports!
In addition to their unique learning needs, most of my students live at or below the poverty line and speak a language other than English at home.
They attend a neighborhood public school in an urban area. Unsurprisingly, funding is limited for special education programs. These circumstances set up a variety of barriers to my students' education. They have less access to high-quality curriculum, extracurricular activities, and basic classroom supplies. It's my goal as an educator to break down these barriers for my students.
My students deserve a high-quality education, but unfortunately our school and district lack the funding to make that happen. This is where you come in!
These materials will be helpful for my students during hands-on, fine motor, and art activities in the classroom! Having a variety of art supplies will provide my students access to art when they would otherwise struggle to manipulate traditional art materials.
Items such as pompoms, foam shapes, and peel and stick shapes will allow my students to participate in art activities when it would otherwise be a challenge to do so!
Having different shades of paper and crayons that match the variety of skin tones of my students will allow them to see themselves in the artwork they create.
We will use these items weekly during art lessons to engage all of my learners, motivate them to create, and provide different options for engagement for students with fine motor difficulties!
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