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My students are in a low-income area in Southern Idaho. It is the only preschool, that teaches academics, in a 25-mile radius. The students are a mixture of both typically developing students and those with special needs. For some of the students, this preschool is the first exposure that they have to the English language. With all of these disadvantages, the students are still expected to be learning on the Kindergarten level when they enter Kindergarten at the end of the year.
Teaching preschool students involves teaching occupational therapy skills, such as using scissors, glue sticks, and paint. Most of the students are not taught those skills at home, so the school has to do it. Many projects in preschool involve scissors and glue sticks. Painting is also necessary for a child's motor development. Many of my students are not able to afford to buy individual school supplies. Due to the pandemic, we will not be able to share supplies this year and individual supplies will be needed. In the advent of distance learning at home, the students are going to have to be able to do the work at home.