Sixteen 3-5 year old students with various disabilities from low income families come together daily to learn through movement and play as we build language and strengthen our skills through differentiation while meeting each and every child's needs. Our school is a Title I school where 100% of the children receive free breakfast and lunch.
When our sensory needs are met, learning can take place!
We like to look at our children like flowers, blooming at their own pace with the encouragement of developmentally appropriate teaching and learning strategies. In order to implement and benefit from these strategies, we require our sensory needs to be met. Each and every child will benefit from these sensory materials to bloom!
My budget is minimal yearly for a class of 16 children with various disabilities 3-5 years of age. The small budget I have is used for classroom materials such as crayons and construction paper. Without generous donors, we can not afford to give our students the sensory materials they need to achieve optimal learning.
Students with various disabilities have many needs, including sensory needs which can make learning in a traditional manner difficult.
Specific materials are needed to assist our students with their sensory needs. Our students get overwhelmed easily, have higher anxiety levels, and respond to touch, sound, and noises differently than typical children.
A crash pad and large bean bag chair will assist students who need pressure to calm themselves. Some of our students calm with swinging motions which gear them up for learning, thus the need for a safe swing inside the classroom. Various items for calming using visual stimuli and touch are needed for calming and for students who at times get frustrated and/or angry: Bubble tube, glow in the dark track with cars, set of sensory manipulatives, ocean wave projector with sounds, soothing pat mat, mermaid sequence pillow (which can also be used to stuff small weights in for deep pressure on lap), thera-putty (think stretchy playdoh), stress relief squeeze balls, spiky bracelets, pin art, and motion bubble tubes. Some students require movement as their sensory need and the following items will assist in these areas: crash pad, vibrating pillow and tube, peanut exercise balls (just their size), bouncy ball with legs that are safer than regular exercise balls, and straps for chairs to keep legs busy during learning activities. Finally, smells such as Lavender are calming. We would love to have a diffuser to introduce calming smells within our environment.
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|UMR Sensory Bubble Tube Floor Lamp w/10 Fish, 20 Color Remote, & 3.3ft Water Tower Tank is Best LED Aqua Night Light for Kids Bedroom, Autism, or Fake Aquarium Column Stand for Living Room Decor • Amazon Business||$107.94||1||$107.94|
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|Kick Bands Bouncy Chair Fidget Bands (10-Pack) - Improves Focus For School Kids and Classroom Students - ADHD ADD SPD Autism Sensory Needs - Bounce & Stretch Foot Band For Chairs by Solace • Amazon Business||$29.99||1||$29.99|
|Vibrating Tube • Amazon Business||$29.95||1||$29.95|
|Mindscope Twister Tracks Trax 360 Loop 15' (feet) of Neon Glow in the Dark Track with Two Light-Up (Pulse LED) Vehicles Emergency Vehicle Series • Amazon Business||$29.90||1||$29.90|
|Nasco SN02929 Silly Sensory Set of 12 Manipulatives • Amazon Business||$29.83||1||$29.83|
|URPOWER 500ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Humidifier with 4 Timer Settings, 7 LED Color Changing Lamps and Waterless Auto Shut-off • Amazon Business||$21.99||1||$21.99|
|Milliard Anti-Burst Peanut Ball Variety Pack - Approximate Sizes: Orange 23x12" (60x30cm) & Blue 31x15" (80x40cm) Physio Roll • Amazon Business||$20.99||1||$20.99|
|Ohuhu Remote Control Night Light Ocean Wave Light Projector 7 Colors with Bulit-in Speaker, Black • Amazon Business||$19.99||1||$19.99|
|Soothing Pat Mat • Amazon Business||$19.99||1||$19.99|
|CanDo TheraPutty Standard Exercise Putty, 6 Piece Set (Tan, Yellow, Red, Green, Blue, Black), 2 oz • Amazon Business||$18.94||1||$18.94|
|DNA Stress Ball by YoYa Toys- 3 Pack- Squeezing Stress Relief Ball- For Kids & Adults- Stress Squishy Toys For Autism, ADHD, Bad Habits & More- Risk-Free Sensory Rubber Ball • Amazon Business||$17.97||1||$17.97|
|Vibrating Pillow • Amazon Business||$17.95||1||$17.95|
|Inflatable Sensory Tray • Amazon Business||$16.98||1||$16.98|
|Champion Sports FitPro Ball with Stability Legs, 42cm • Amazon Business||$15.94||1||$15.94|
|16x16 Mermaid Pillow with Insert Sparkling Mermaid with Flip Sequin Throw Pillow Mermaid Magic Glitter Reversible Color Changing Decorative Pillow Shams Dorm Room Decor for Sofa Comfy • Amazon Business||$14.99||1||$14.99|
|Spiky Slap Bracelets / Slap Bands (3 Pack) - Great Sensory Toys / Fidget Toys - BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free • Amazon Business||$8.99||1||$8.99|
|Toysmith Pin Art (Black Frame 3.75-Inch x 5-Inch) • Amazon Business||$8.32||1||$8.32|
|Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business||$5.99||1||$5.99|
|7 inch Knobby Balls - 5 Pack • Amazon Business||$5.85||1||$5.85|
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