I teach children from six years old to 8 years old with severe special needs in the city of Milwaukee. My school is located in a very high poverty area with 98 percent of the students qualifying for the free breakfast and lunch program. My school has over 550 students enrolled in it from the K3 level to eighth grade.
I ensure that the students learn as much as possible every day at school.
They gain not only knowledge but also life skills. Because of my efforts, I can be confident my children will develop into productive members of society.
With the use of a mini-trampoline and balancing balls, the students will be able to work on their Gross motor skills. Practicing these skills will be very helpful for things such as walking and running and playground skills. Gross motor skills are also crucial for everyday self-care skills like dressing (where you need to be able to stand on one leg to put your leg into a pant leg without falling over) and climbing into and out of a car or even getting into and out of bed. The balance ball will strengthen the children's legs and improve Gross Motor skills. These abilities have an influence on everyday functions. For example, a child’s ability to maintain appropriate tabletop posture will affect their ability to participate in fine motor skills (e.g. writing, drawing, and cutting) and sit upright to attend to class instruction. My students will be able to work on these skills daily using a mini-trampoline and the balance balls.
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