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Students will: develop/improve their social skills, develop/expand their vocabulary & language skills, develop/enhance their creativity, develop a greater understanding of self and their world, develop problem solving skills, cooperate with peers, develop planning skills, develop classification skills, apply prior knowledge to new situations (generalize), develop positive self-image, improve eye-hand coordination, and improve fine motor skills. My personal goal as their teacher is to have the hands on activities that we need.

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Suncoast - Excite - Engage - Learn - Generalize - Retain

School:
Sawgrass Lake Elementary School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Rita Petrino 
Students Impacted:
Grade:
Pre-K 
Date:
October 14, 2019

Investor

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Suncoast Credit Union - $500.00

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Goal

Students will: develop/improve their social skills, develop/expand their vocabulary & language skills, develop/enhance their creativity, develop a greater understanding of self and their world, develop problem solving skills, cooperate with peers, develop planning skills, develop classification skills, apply prior knowledge to new situations (generalize), develop positive self-image, improve eye-hand coordination, and improve fine motor skills. My personal goal as their teacher is to have the hands on activities that we need. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will have daily opportunities to "play" in the dramatic play, math, science, literacy, and construction centers under the direct supervision of the teacher and assistants. Teaching social skills and communication skills are the priority in this classroom. They are kids first and need all the same opportunities to learn as typically developing children. Different choices of activities in all the centers where they need to share and can pretend, discover, and explore different and yet similar activities in different situations will help them learn about roles we play in life and how life relates to us. While in the centers, staff is observing skills children have and the absence of those they need to learn. The staff assist them in learning problem solving skills in many different situations as they come up. Later, in different areas (cafe, classroom, PE, etc.), children can be reminded of the problem-solving skill they learned in a center (they can better relate if it's something they've experienced) and apply the knowledge to the new situation. All the while they are playing in these centers, staff describe, label, and model, to help children learn new vocabulary. 

 

Benefits to my students

The most important outcomes kids on the spectrum can learn in center activities are improved social skills, developing language skills and vocabulary, and problem-solving skills. Many opportunities for conflict arise while children play, and with proper supervision and guidance, children learn to "fix" their own problems - skills that will benefit them and teachers for their whole time in school. Teachers benefit by being able to spend more time teaching in small groups or one-on-one rather than to constantly being available to "fix" problems the children encounter. Students benefit by experiencing self-confidence in being able to resolve conflicts, peaceably, when there are no adults around.

Having a variety of hands on activities to teach same or similar skills will help the children generalize easier in other situations (home, church, public places). This is very difficult for kids on the spectrum, so learning lots of situations that are similar helps.

While in the all the centers they are being wired to be successful in math, science, and literature to continue learning in the grades ahead. And of course, getting along with others is important for all children. 

 

Describe the Students

This is a self-contained classroom of 3 to 5-year-old children on the autism spectrum. Their range of functioning is at about 1½ years old to 5+ years old. Some are verbal, some are not - yet. Some are very low functioning and some are higher, and in my class, my expectations are the highest for all of them. I came into this classroom supplied with bits and pieces of all kinds of things. We just don't have enough math manipulatives, science equipment, or hands-on activities that these kids need so badly to learn and achieve what is possible for them. The school does have some riding toys to help develop gross motor skills, but my kids have such low muscle tone (as is typical) that they are way too difficult for them to handle and learn from. I have a specific reason for each item chosen and would be happy to provide it. I just don't see where to add it in this request. Thanks so much! 

 

Budget Narrative

I understand this is a large amount and some items may seem unnecessary. I recently pulled everything out of the closets to see what we had and was hoping to find more than I did.

I assure you every item has at least one skill outcome in mind - most have more than one - all will assist us to help them develop vocabulary and social skills. Almost all the items can be used in several different centers for different reasons/activities and in large group activities. I chose good quality items that should last nearly forever if taken care of properly.

Most of the items I found on Amazon for the best prices - some prices could change.

I respectfully submit this grant request! 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Jumbo Tweezers $12.99
2 Twisty Droppers $13.49
3 Melissa & Doug Construction Worker Role Play Costume Set $24.99
4 Melissa & Doug Doctor Role Play Costume Set $23.88
5 Kid K'nex $20.34
6 Handy Scoopers $12.97
7 Jumbo Magnifiers $27.99
8 Sand & Water Fine Motor Set $14.99
9 Primary Science Lab Activity $23.94
10 Color Mixing Lenses $9.59
11 Little Tykes Push & Ride Racer $24.99
12 Step 2 Ride on Motorcycle $36.46
13 Playskool Sit 'n Spin $29.99
14 Little Tykes Cozy Coup $48.02
15 Exercise and Play Cardboard Building Blocks $29.99
16 Florescent Light Covers (Sensory Issues) $34.97
17 2 and 4 Column Double Sided Pocket Chart (for sorting picture cards) $34.23
18 Social Skills Matter (Curriculum) $27.99
19 Jumbo Forest Animals $21.67
20 Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Set $24.95
  Total: $500.00

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