I hope your well. When having responsibility for a class of children and being responsible for their development , it can be a daunting task to differentiate for all abilities. It is important to know that some children may not adapt to certain ways of teaching and may prefer to learn differently. It is important that us educators are allowing activites to be provided for children that are of all abilities and no children are missed out. Having this in place allows all children an equal opportunity to develop.
1) Picture Bingo Cards. Having the pictures in front of the children will help to play games by sight. SEN children may find it difficult to sit and listen to number Bingo. Having picture Bingo in place allows children to recognise objects by sight and adapt them to real life experiences. Visual pictures makes it easier to understand spoken words to pictures rather than having written words.
2) Emoji Fun. It is important that children are able to understand emotions as they grow and develop. We can talk about our feelings and what things makes us happy and what things makes us sad. You can encourage children to recognise facial expressions and use words to describe these facial expressions and body language that is being demonstrated. The adult can perform the facial expressions such as smiling , crying , gritting teeth and sad faces. Ask children to guess how you are feeling. You can also encourage children to act these emotions out too.
3) Show and tell time. Show and tell is a brilliant activity for all children to be engaged in. The adult can ask the child to bring in to school something that is special to them so they can share their thoughts with peers. Children can bring in phtographs of family , their favourite toy , a postcard from a holiday, a book they would like to share , a souvenir from a special place anything that the child associates with their happy place. The child can tell peers about their special object , building on confidence and communication and language and for the children who are sat not talking they are encouraged to listen. To make this activity SEN friendly you can pair children up and instead of talking to a whole group they are talking to just one child, as some children may not feel comfortable talking to a large group. Show and tell is a great starter activity for the day an settles children into class.
4) Clock faces. You can put children into groups and provide them with a clock face. Children can sit into groups and use their clock faces to practice how to tell the time and for number recognition. SEN children may struggle with sitting and listening to the teachers , having the clock infront of them gives them hands on experiences and they are ble to move the hands on the clock to the time being asked, rather than sit watching the teacher do it. Aside from teaching , for older children who can tell the time, they can have a clock on the desk and when it is at a certain point of the day such as break time , lunch time and home time they have this front of them so they know what to expect next. Having this in place allows a child to know what is happening and shows them its time to prepare for the next part of the day.
5) Outdoor Play. Children can release energy through outdoor play , physical exercises releases Hppy endorphines too. Climbing helps to strengthen muscles as a range of different motor skills are required to climb. Children will think logically about how to climb to the next step and where to put their bodies to require security. As well as muscles developing children develop hand eye co ordination. An adult can instruct children on actions and direction which develops the children’s ability to listen. Children can learn directions such as up, down , forwards backwards , left and right. Copying actions will develop listening and the ability to follow one or more instructions in a row. We can use nouns to our actions expanding on vocabulary and communication such as when you jump we can say ‘are you jumping?’
These are just a few ideas on how to make activities friendly for all abilities. All children need the opportunity to learn , grow and develop.
Love Mamma x