My students need tools that help teach them how to form letters and write, including 4 of the Leapfrog Scribble & Write, the SMART paper, Writing Motor Skills, and the Circle Express.
I remember when I first wrote my name; do you? Every day I have students who struggle to write their name. A simple task but it consumes them; so much that they frequently give up. My students have multiple learning disabilities; coupled with fine motor delays and overall Developmental Delay.
We are a self-contained emotional impairment class.
My students are considered special needs and reside in a high-poverty school district. Most of my students come from broken homes. But in spite of all that seems to be going against them; they are resilient and want to learn. They are so proud to accomplish tasks such as remembering the sounds a letter says and making simple shapes. But when it comes to writing their names, the very first step when given a written assignment, they cringe. I hear "I can't" or "I don't know how." Tracer pages only go so far. After modeling, practicing in the air, writing with our "finger pencil" on the table and just holding their little hands to show them the way. We need more help. My students are hard workers and are in need of some extra care to continue working so diligently.
You've heard, "Practice Makes Improvement" right? Well that is just what my students will get with the Leapfrog Scribble and Write. They will be highly interested in trying over and over to form those letters and numbers. The motor boards will give them the practice and help build upper body strength and movement that they will need for writing with pencil and paper. The perfect start here is the SMART paper that helps students learn about the ground (base line) and the sky when it comes to letter formation. Once letter formation is mastered; written content can be perfected. Learning to write for young students is the foundation of a brighter future! Learning to write early on will give our students opportunities for a successful education.
The boys and girls in my classroom will have the writing skills they need to keep up with their peers now and be competitive as young adults in the future.
Many have developmental delays but that does not mean they won't learn! They can do it with help from wonderful people like you and me! Help me to help them and I promise to do what it takes to insure their maximum growth and give them a fighting chance for a good quality life.
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