Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Importance of Dramatic Play in the Learning Process

Dramatic play is such a vital part of a child's learning process.  Through dramatic play, young children up to students of all ages with special needs enhance their development in major areas such as language, social/emotional, cognitive, and physical skills.

Incorporating dramatic play into the school day can be as simply offering a play area that is open for children to actively initiate play with materials provided to spark their imagination, and it can be done by incorporating materials for dramatic play that correspond with lesson plans and themes.

Below are three of my newest products that work well to develop the major areas as listed above. Children learn to be social, follow direction, incorporate math skills, and learn valuable life and vocational skills as well.

These products work well for food theme, cooking, community service, etc...
Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant Dining Out Activity
Italian Restaurant
Italian Restaurant Dining Out Activity
Mexican Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant Dining Out Activity

Monday, June 15, 2015

Reinforcement Tasks Used In Various Environments

Making tasks and activities to meet the needs of students of various age and ability is what I enjoy doing. I make products to reinforce learning in the early education, home school, and special need classrooms but never thought of uses beyond these settings until a customer of mine enlightened me.

I make a variety of tasks to include English language arts, functional curriculum, life skills and vocational skills. I found out that they are working well in rehab of a skilled nursing facility! I never really thought of this environment and the importance of the need for these types of tasks when working with speech and occupational therapy.

I will continue making tasks to meet needs in all of these environments and am now inspired to create things that will meet the needs of rehabilitation teams that work with guests individual needs.

Here is a sample of tasks that help with life skills including laundry, categorizing products, and meal presentation/food recognition:

Life Skill Bundle #4
Life Skill Bundle #4