Hi, I am the special education teacher in a kindergarten inclusion class in Brooklyn. We are a Title I, early-childhood center. Approximately seventy-five percent of our students receive free lunch. My class consists of 16 children. Several of these students have been diagnosed with a speech or language disorder. These disorders often lead to delays in many other areas, including social skills, cooperative and creative play, and self expression through language. One way to help students overcome these delays would be to create opportunities for dramatic play. Materials to be used in our housekeeping center would allow many moments for these students to engage in dramatic play and overcome certain delays they may have. Our housekeeping center is a place where the classroom can feel more like home, where many students are more comfortable in speaking to others. All children have background knowledge as to what happens in their home. This knowledge creates a "safe" topic that children can speak about in the classroom. When they feel like they are at home, they are more likely to use language in a meaningful way with their peers. This center creates the opportunities needed for my students to gain experience in playing with others, cooperating, and expressing themselves through language. I have noticed that my students like to play roles in this center, such as the "mom" or "dad." However, we do not have dolls to play the "baby," or a crib to put them in. I actullay watched a student place a frog puppet in a storage drawer near the housekeeping center and say "Ok baby, it's time for bed." Although this shows a great imagination, I would like to give my students the opportunity to use actual dolls and a hardwood crib in this center. I am sure it will create more situations for these children to feel comfortable enough to practice their language, which is something so important at this age. Please help me create the comfortable environment that students with speech and language disorders need to flourish in the classroom setting. Thank You.
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