As a teacher of students in low income/single-parent family homes, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to keep things simple and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences.
The students in my classroom are students with learning and emotional disabilities.
They like to move, they love to read and love lots of positive attention. Many are students with a range of disabilities, emotional disturbance and specific learning disability. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may deprive them of life experiences many of us see as "typical". From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom, I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day. By doing this in a creative and positive way, I am hopeful to inspire even our earliest learners to continue on a path of academic excellence.
Building with blocks provides one of the most valuable learning experiences available for young children. Block play stimulates learning in all domains of development- intellectual, physical, social-emotional, and language. The current research shows that block play is fundamental for later cognitive success for learning math and numbers.
With your generous donation of transportation toys and blocks, my students will have more opportunities to build with blocks and be creative in the block center.
Studies have shown children who play with blocks when they are three, four and five years of age will do better in math, especially Algebra in middle school.
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