The students in my classroom are learners with special needs. They qualify to receive special services in a preschool setting in order to help prepare them for their future school career. Many of the students come from a low income background. My students have not had a typical childhood with the challenges they face.
This classroom provides a safe environment for them where they can learn and grow.
Preschool is a place to learn many skills before entering into the big, demanding world of elementary school.
For those with special needs, the day is filled with challenges that exceed the challenges of a typical child. All of the students face developmental delays. This affects their ability to do day-to-day activities that many children their age can do independently.
My students all need to build their language skills and social-emotional skills. Playing dress up allows kids to build their vocabulary. It helps them problem solve when they have to decide what costumes and props to use. Playing dress up engages a child's brain and memory. It helps them make connections with what they see in real life when they need to imitate.
Students will use the dress up costumes to imagine real-life career roles.
They will pretend to be a mechanic, an astronaut, a construction worker, a chef, or a mail carrier. These costumes will be the perfect addition to our other ones of a police officer and fire fighter. While they dress up, we will be able to build vocabulary skills and social skills.
Kids who role-play are more skilled at judging how others might feel than those whose don't.
Having these materials will help students engage in valuable lessons, all while playing. These materials will help my special needs students take part in typical play that might not otherwise be fostered.
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