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Mrs. Janoff from Las Vegas NV is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Promoting Social Communication for Non-Verbal Students

My students need Scholastic Magazine subscription for consistent vocabulary and structure to promote social communication.

  • $569 goal

This project expired on November 19, 2018.

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My Students

My students are my life. I love them more than anything. My students have taught me more (and continue to teach me more) than any of the universities I have attended. The bond I have made with each of them is extraordinary and the long-lasting relationships I’ve developed with their amazing parents make is incredible ! My students and their families have made me a better person, and I’m blessed to be a part of their lives. I’m grateful for them!

When I witnessed one of my non-verbal students advocate for himself and use a form of functional communication (PECS) to speak, It was at that moment, that I knew I was meant to be a special education teacher.

I watched my student walk over to another student and hand him a PECS card that said "my turn please" with a picture of a child passing a toy over. All I could do at that moment was cry because at that very second, all the hard times I struggled to help him find his mode of communication had just disappeared. He got McDonalds for lunch that day with an award for "using his words." He was so proud.

My Project

Classroom magazines are an important part of our morning routine. My students look forward to this part of circle time. When we sit in front of the Smartboard and listen to the magazine, there is 100% engagement. My non-verbal students begin saying words, my students with behaviors sit and watch the videos, and my students who are tactile learners wait their turn to play the magazine game.

Most of my students may not be able to communicate using speech or language, and have very limited speaking skills.

Often, children with ASD who can speak will say things that have no meaning or that do not relate to the conversations they are having with others. For example, one of my students has echolalia. Echolalia occurs when the child repeats words someone has just said. My student will count from one to five repeatedly amid a conversation that is not related to numbers during a math lesson. When we are learning about our weekly class magazine theme, my students begin answering questions without repeating what I'm saying because the magazine's vocabulary is consistent which helps me facilitate the discussion.

Some of my students will do anything to "avoid" doing classwork. To create true reciprocity, it is detrimental for me to engage a student on his/her terms. Having my student watch the Scholastic Magazine videos teaches appropriate social behavior and keeps them engaged. The videos keep my students active and wanting to participate in new experiences because they are watching the children in the videos have fun! When we watched the video of the penguins waddling in January, we got up and waddled.

When the classroom magazine game comes on, my students get a "sensory break." They can connect with games and activities Scholastic provides and incorporate problem-solving skills and hands on learning.

Mrs. Janoff
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 8 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
SuperScience, Grades 3 - 6 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 8 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grades 3–6 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $7.49 10 $74.90
Let's Find Out, Kindergarten (min. 5 subscriptions per order) - 32 Issues / Min. 5 Subscriptions / Kindergarten • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $5.75 10 $57.50
Scholastic News, Grade 3 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 24 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grade 3 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $5.75 10 $57.50
Scholastic News, Grade 4 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 24 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grade 4 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $5.75 10 $57.50
Scholastic News, Grade 2 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 32 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grade 2 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $5.75 10 $57.50
My Big World with Clifford, Preschool - Pre-K (min. 5 subscriptions per order) - 18 Issues / Min. 5 Subscriptions / Preschool–Pre-K • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $5.50 10 $55.00
Science Spin Grades 3–6 - 8 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grades 3–6 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $0.99 10 $9.90
Science Spin Grades K–1 - 8 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / K–1 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $0.99 10 $9.90

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