Welcome to the Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) Moderate/Severe program! We work with students at various levels and abilities. All students in the program have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). The SAI setting allows all students to excel with additional support and a higher staff to student ratio. Other pluses to the program include a greater variety of teaching methods and service options that allow all students to be successful.
Ms. Benbrook is an experienced teacher who truly enjoys working with the variety of students that can often be found within the SAI setting.
Academic expectations: All students will meet both their IEP goals and work towards meeting modified California State Standards.
Behavior expectations: All students will learn how to become positive and contributing members of society. Respect, responsibility, and resiliency are a key focus for all students here at Carver Elementary.
WHAT I TEACH
I am teaching many new and practical concepts this school year. My focus is to get ready for the C.A.P.A. (California Alternate Performance Assessment) test.
In literacy we are learning the following: upper and lower case letters; letter sounds; identify, sort, match, classify/objects, pictures, words; following one/two/three step directions; ask/answer questions about text; write left to right, top-bottom; sharing information and ideas; staying on topic when sharing; and asking questions.
In science we are learning: compare, match, sort by one attribute; use 5 senses; positions of objects; describe properties of objects; properties of water; plants and animals; and weather both day to day and through
In math we are learning the following: count, recognize, represent, name, and order numbers 0-40; more/less; add/subtract #’s 0-10; compare sets of #’s 1-10; coins identify and value; identify, sort, classify; time; days of the week; geometric objects; patterns in size, shape, and color.
In social studies we are learning: sharing and turn taking; consequences; national and state symbols; jobs; California history; calendar skills; and traffic and map signals.
In physical education we are learning: how to move and position our bodies; balance; ball skills; how to play games with others; toss and catch balls; strike a stationary and moving ball; aerobic activity; move in relation to obstacles; and strategies in games like rules and turns.
In health we are learning: how to maintain positive relationships with others; communicate appropriately; show our feelings; clothing skills; hygiene; food preparation; healthy food choices; changes in body; avoid self-destructive behaviors; and avoid risk of personal abuse.
Within the designated instructional services such as Speech, Adapted Physical Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Vision Services, and Music Therapy, the SAI providers reinforce the skills they are working within the school environment.
Students arrive at school
Breakfast in the classroom –Inclusion in General Education
Opening activities – Calendar, Pledge