It’s Children’s Book Week and we decided to go with the classic Mother Goose as our theme—-everyone loves a good rhyme after all Hope you enjoy reading about all our activities.
The Mother Goose box was filled with a variety of items representing different nursery rhymes.
There were some white feathers—-lost by Mother Goose herself no doubt—– Contrary Mary silk flower petals (as well as a cockle shell and silver jingle bell), Rock a Bye Baby leaves, London Bridge bricks (duplos), Jack and Jill’s pail, a mouse to run up a clock, a craft foam moon and….. a cow to jump over it.
The cow made a mooing sound when a button was pressed making it quite popular. Other students enjoyed filling up the little pail with the feathers and leaves. With all the different objects and textures, there was something for everyone!
The language access point of recognizing and responding to familiar objects is one of the access points addressed here.
Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was WHITE as snow! This box was filled with an assortment of items all colored white.
We put in beads, pompoms, a plush seal, plastic dog, pearls, a snowflake ornament, faux lambswool, hair scrunchies, and a dusting mitt—this was especially popular. Our students loved putting it on their hands.
In addition to lots of textures to compare and contrast, this box addresses the science access point of recognizing common objects in the natural world.
Our Little Boy BLUE box was filled with all things blue—blocks, beads, dusters, shakers, pompoms etc.
Like our white box this was filled with a variety of textures and shapes to explore. Especially popular were the shakers and the accordion tube.
The science access point of applying a push or pull to move an object is addressed here.
Students had fun using our dog and bone cookie cutters with the “Cow jumped over the Moon” sand.
Our students used the cookie cutters in different ways. Some of them pressed them into the sand to make impressions, while others used them like mini little shovels. Moon sand is a lot denser than regular sand so either way—–a great activity for hand strengthening!
As the moon sand gets dug up or smashed down into the cookie cutter the science access point of recognizing a change in an object is addressed.
In addition the language access point of communicating recognition of familiar objects is addressed when discussing the cookie cutter shapes.
Our Itsy Bitsy Spider bottle was also a huge hit, our students were really fascinated by it. We made the discovery bottle by putting some toy spiders in a bottle with water, cornsyrup, and some green glitter.
The students loved watching the little spiders scuttle back and forth as the bottle was tilted.
A totally fun bottle, one of our best ever!
This addresses the science access points of applying a push or pull to move an object and tracking objects in motion.
You can also count the spiders and discuss their colors for additional learning fun
Peas Porridge hot? Cold?…..Ok we were not sure what exactly ”peas porridge” was but lentils are a type of “pea” so figured they would work for this box
They really have a wonderful soft texture as you run your hands through them, very relaxing—this box was a hit with the students AND the adults!
Hidden amongst the lentils were 2 sets of Mother Goose’s initials for our students to find.
Matching the letters addresses the math access point of recognizing 2 objects that are identical to each other—-in addition to letter recognition of course!
We also including 2 different sized measuring spoons for scooping practice and to address the math access point of recognizing similarities and differences in the size of common objects.
Poor Humpty Dumpty We put a little yellow toy flying saucer in our oobleck and it looked just like an egg—pretty cool!
This addresses the science access point of recognizing and responding to different types of sensory stimuli—exploring the tactile aspects of the oobleck while observing the visual aspect of the yellow disc.
Of course, oobleck is always just flat FUN
After rinsing our hands in water from Jack and Jill’s well, we rubbed Ring Round the Rosies rose scented lotion on hands and arms to help us remember all the fun and learning of todays group.
This rose lotion had a pretty strong aroma—it brought back a lot of memories for the adults—-and our students loved it!
Rubbing the lotion on various body parts helps address the science access point of recognizing external body parts.
Fine Motor Group—
On Tuesday we made a picture of Humpty Dumpty. After writing our names on our BIG, rectangular piece of paper……we stamped LITTLE, red rectangles to make a wall. The stamp was made using thick craft foam attached to a kitchen scrubber using double stick tape.
We counted the paper as we passed it out and also counted as the students stamped their small rectangles. We also encouraged our students to stamp from left to right across the page—the same direction you take when reading or writing.
This activity addresses the math access points of recognizing a 2 dimensional shape and recognizing the differences in size of objects.
We cut oval eggs out of craft foam and let our students choose their color using picture cards.
Then we used our circle cutter to make Humpty’s face. Some of our students drew their own faces while others needed some help.
The circle was glued onto the oval and then Humpty was glued onto the wall.
Again, we are addressing the math access point of recognizing 2 dimensional shapes but we are also addressing the math access point of recognizing a movement that reflects a spatial relationship.
The language access point of effectively communicating wants to a familiar person using symbols is also addressed.
Eye hand coordination is addressed as the various pieces are assembled to make the final product.
A very happy Humpty Dumpty on his wall before his fall—-hey its Mother Goose time and we are ready to rhyme
On Thursday in preparation for our art project Ms Barrett’s class had watched a video of nursery rhymes including Hickory Dickory Dock in preparation for our second art project which is all about shapes again!
We started our activity by counting the sides of our BIG rectangular piece of paper and then practiced writing our names on it. A LITTLE rectangle was glued to the BOTTOM.
This addresses a lot of math access points including recognizing a 2 dimensional shape, recognizing the sides of a square or rectangle, and recognizing the length of real objects, such as big, little etc.
Then we glued a circle clock face onto a square piece of paper—that was then glued to the top of our little rectangle.
This addresses the math access points of recognizing 2 dimensional shape and recognizing a movement that reflects a spatial relationship.
Next we used our paper cutter to change our square into 2 triangles—addressing the science access point of recognizing a change in an object.
We glued the square onto the rectangle at the top and put the triangle on top.
Pat pat pat!
Again addressing the math access point of recognizing a movement that reflects a spatial relationship.
Add one cute little pink craft foam mouse (complete with purple yarn tail) and our clocks are complete——
Our language group especially enjoyed Cara’s book this week because 2 of the models in the book are instructional assistants in the class! The students had so much fun pointing them out.
One of the things we focused on today was sequencing. We picked 4 different nursery rhymes; Jack and Jill, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, and Little Miss Muffet, and printed out sequencing cards found on EnchantedLearning.com. Using the PIXON picture symbols for “first”, “second” and “last”, we had our students put the cards into order.
We said the nursery rhymes line by line so the students could find the card that matched with the line read. They would then have to place the card under the correct PIXON to show first, second, and last.
This activity addresses the language access point of effectively communicating information using referent objects, gestures/signs, pictures, symbols, or words.
It also addresses the math access point of recognizing the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities.
For our students with visual impairments, we adapted the activity by using a voice output device. The phrase “that’s the one” was recorded on it for our students to press as we read the choices aloud.
After completing this task, we turned off the lights and brought out our light up moon—-so cool, we love it!
We then presented 3 different cows to our students. One was plush, another was a large inset puzzle piece, the third was a small plastic model. We deliberately chose these to make them very easy for our students with visual impairments to differentiate. The students got to pick which cow they wanted and practiced having the cow jump over the moon.
The students again used their Pixon symbols to say “I want” and then pointed to the desired cow. Addressing the language access point of effectively communicating wants using referent objects, gestures/signs, pictures, symbols, or words.
This activity is great for promoting shoulder stability and crossing midline as the cow jumps from one side of the moon to the other.
It also addresses the science access point of recognizing a model of a real object and the language access point of listening for informative purposes.
This was such a great week, all our groups were so fun and our students are making so much progress—-we are so proud! Join us again next time—-Group by Group!