My students need 4 sets of magnetic letters, 28 magnetic write-and-wipe boards, and 2 magnetic board holders in order to manipulate letters and sounds in phonics and word study lessons.
I teach second grade special education in a collaborative model classroom. Otherwise known as inclusion, my classroom services a range of children, from special needs IEP-driven students, to general education students, as well as ELL students. The school I have worked at for the past 3 years is an early education school (PK-2) that houses the one of the largest special education program in New York. We service one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods around. Many families here are unable to provide financially to support children's educations.
Many of my students are still struggling with basic reading skills, especially my special needs and English Language Learner students, since they are working with a handicap, but are still held accountable to the same standards as their English-dominant, general education peers. In order to scaffold for these students, our classroom environment strives to be print-rich, with multiple resources for children to experience language. The problem remains: we do not have necessary resources available to students who need visual and tactile reinforcement to grasp phonemic concepts taught in order to support and scaffold their reading.
As a solution to this problem, I would like to set up word study and phonics centers in my classroom. Students will be able to work with magnetic letters to say, spell and write sight words they need to work on in order to improve their reading scores. The magnetic boards will also help teachers to model and demonstrate mini lessons. Students will be able to use these materials to also create complete sentences, work on short and long vowels patterns, and inflicted endings, all of which continue to be a huge area of need for my Special Ed and ESL children.
The disparity between high poverty classrooms and their suburban counterparts is transparent, and serves as a nagging reminder that the achievement gap has a whole lot more to do with dollar signs than we admit. Please, please, please do your part help provide amazing resources to children who need them!
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|RR657 - Lakeshore Lapboard Stand • Lakeshore Learning||$4.95||2||$9.90|
|RR621 - Magnetic Write & Wipe Lapboard • Lakeshore Learning||$6.95||28||$194.60|
|JJ518 - Classroom Magnetic Letters Kit • Lakeshore Learning||$39.95||4||$159.80|
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