With the help of my tech savvy daughter, I now have a blog! I am old school, so I am feeling my way around the blog world.
I am a special education teacher (SEIT) with 30 years experience and a strong art background. My favorite thing to do, besides working with my students, is making materials for them. I give workshops to teachers demonstrating how to make materials, then we create together. One of the things I will be showing on this blog is how to make materials and the applications for children with special needs particularly those with social difficulties as well as sensory and language challenges. I actually use my materials with all children and you will find that kids are drawn to hand made games, books, puppets and puzzles.
I love to play! Play with kids, experiment with materials and customize my handmade games, books, and puzzles to meet my students' interests and areas of challenge.
Since Halloween is approaching, I will be sharing ideas about how to help children cope with the "scary" aspects of the season and empower them with fun activities. The fears that children have about monsters, darkness or natural disasters are exacerbated during the Halloween season. By helping them manage the fears, it frees them to fully enjoy the holiday and their daily experience.
I am excited to start this new venture and share decades worth of project ideas and experiences with my own three daughters as well as the many children I've worked with over the years. Please feel free to ask questions, share ideas of your own and suggestions for topics you would like to see discussed on the blog, SEIT to Believe It. Thanks.
Early Childhood Special Educator