My students need a wide variety of puzzles with multiple levels of difficulty in order to enhance their learning and visual motor abilities.
Our classroom is home to two half-day early childhood special education classes. With up to 12 children per class, they keep myself and my assistant on our toes. The children are all between the ages of 2 and 4 with developmental delays in the moderate to severe range.
Our students live in a community plagued with high poverty, high crime, and low graduation rates.
Our school district has very limited funds and high staff turnover. Due to budget restraints, the teachers rarely receive money for supplies or learning materials for our students.
In a world of virtual learning, YouTube, video games, and tablets, children still learn best with hands-on experiences. Puzzles provide all children with opportunities to use their hands and minds together to solve a problem.
Children with special needs benefit from many chances to practice and perfect their hand-eye coordination and visual motor skills.
As part of our daily schedule, the teachers provide our students with exposure to puzzles with adult facilitation. Having a wide variety of puzzles of different themes and different levels of difficulty allows staff to scaffold learning to all children for the entire year.
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