Cuba Book

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Here is the link to the bookLet’s Learn About Cuba-current 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week our book this week features photos that Ms. Judy took on her vacation to Cuba. There are photos of the historical buildings, statues, and areas that she visited. She even included photos of some fabulous colorful vintage cars——be sure to check it out!

Cuba

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It is Hispanic American Heritage Month ! Ms. Judy, one of our SLP’s, recently visited Cuba and this inspired us to learn more about the country. The sensory group explored boxes related to facts about Cuba. The fine motor groups made art projects portraying symbols of the country and the language group made a yummy dessert that Cuban children might eat.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

This box contained a variety of items related to Cuban symbols or culture. The base of the box was filled with paper shred in the colors of the flag—-red, white, and blue.

Everyone really enjoyed the authentic Cuban music that we recorded on a voice output device!

 

 

 

Some of the items we included were a guitar (playing music is a popular pastime), a baseball glove (favorite sport), mariposa petals (the national flower), orange (citrus is one of the crops), and a picture of Fidel Castro.

The social studies access point associate a picture with a place can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuba gained independence in 1898. Those numbers could be found in our red, white, and blue rice box.

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a map of Cuba to find at the bottom of the box.

Associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location is a social studies access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuba is known as very colorful country and we wanted to come up with a way to represent that, so we decided to use our multi-colored pasta.

 

 

 

 

 

The students practiced their fine motor skills by threading the pasta tubes on to chenille stems.

The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as shape, can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the country of Cuba resembles a crocodile from the air, in Spanish it is nicknamed El Cocodrilo” or “El Caimá”. Using our crocodile cookie cutter, the students made their own versions of the island in green kinetic sand.

 

 

Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

In Cuba, most meals contain rice and often beans as well. Our box of black beans and rice contained a 4 letter C’s for the students to find. Running hands through sifting beans is always fun!

 

 

 

 

Identify objects by one observable property, such as shape, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We tried to make our messy play resemble Dulce de leche by adding some cocoa powder to oobleck. Not an exact match but as close as we could get, and the students still had a great time!

 

 

 

 

So much drippy, goopy fun 🙂

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a fishing boat and fish to catch in our water play. Fishing is one of Cuba’s industries.

Both the big and little fish could squirt water which added to the fun!

 

 

 

Recognize similarities and differences in size of objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Sugar cane is Cuba’s biggest crop, so Bath and Body Works vanilla sugar seemed the perfect scent for this week. The students really seemed to like the sweet, yummy aroma!

 

 

 

Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday the students made a map of Cuba using puffy paint. Our homemade puffy paint was made with shaving cream, glue, and green paint. We pre-cut the islands out of cereal boxes using a map we downloaded as a guide.

First, the students identified the color of the puffy paint using communication symbols.

Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students used foam brushes to apply paint. We found that dabbing the paint rather than spreading it around worked best. When the paint dries it will add a nice texture and 3-dimensional aspect to our project.

 

 

Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

The island was then glued to a piece of blue paper and we added a pre-printed title.

Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Republic of Cuba!

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students made a Cuban flag.

First, the students identified a triangle—-one of the shapes found on the flag.

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes, such as a rectangle is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

The students glued a pre-cut star  to a red triangle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Then they cut 1 piece of white paper into 2 pieces using standard scissors, paper cutters or switch operated scissors.

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

The 2 white strips were glue ACROSS a sheet of blue paper.

Then the triangle was added to the flag.

 

 

 

 

Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

Ta DA!

Let’s visit Cuba!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We decided to make Flan, a dish many Cuban children might like to eat! We used a Jello box mix picked up at the grocery store.

The students used communication symbols to indicate their desire to HELP pour the syrup into small cups.

 

 

 

 

 

We counted out how many cups we needed. There were enough for students AND staff—–of course! 🙂

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

We found the MIXING BOWL on our communication board and then PUT the dry Flan mix into a mixing bowl.

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point.

 

 

 

The students felt the measuring cup containing milk. It was COLD!

Recognize objects or materials as WARM or COLD is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The milk was poured from a MEASURING CUP into the mixing bowl and we began stirring it up so the dry powder was absorbed.

 

 

 

 

 

Since the next step was heating the mixture up on the stove top, we left that to the adults!

The science access point distinguish between items that are wet and items that are dry can be addressed here.

 

 

 

We carefully poured the cooled mixture into the small cups and then put it in the refrigerator to set.

The math access point solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally the Flan was ready! Fortunately we didn’t have to wait long—-Ms. Joi had actually whipped up a batch the day before. Just like they do on tv cooking shows 🙂

The cups were turned upside down into bowls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our tasters all agreed——-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flan tastes very good——–YUM!!!!!!

 

 

 

We so enjoyed learning about the colorful country of Cuba this week and hope you did too!

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Star Spangled Banner Day

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September 2 was Star Spangled Banner Day so, we are celebrating with everything red, white, and blue! The sensory groups explored colorful boxes. The fine motor groups made flag themed art projects and the language group made a star spangled treat!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

This box was filled with RED objects with a variety of textures. We tried to put either a flag or something with a flag in each of our color boxes. Here the cute little plush fox had a flag patch on its body.

 

 

 

There were lots of fun textures to explore—-hard, soft, rough, smooth!

Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our BLUE box had items in various shades of blue. We included soft pompom yarn, some fun textured shapes, and a fluffy duster.

 

 

 

 

 

Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

More fun textures and shapes filled our WHITE box. We also included a little snowman toy that made noisy crinkly sounds when squeezed!

 

 

 

 

 

The students really had fun exploring this box!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And again, the science access point identify objects by one observable property is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Students used different sized star cookie cutters to cut shapes in to blue moon sand.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to being eye catching, moon sand has a wonderful soft texture that our students love!

Recognize differences in size of objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were different patriotic shapes to sort in this box. The shapes included stars, bells, and flags. We also put in the letters U S A for the students to find.

Of course, they pasta was also fun to swish around the box 🙂

Match objects with similar observable properties, such as shape, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red and blue glitter swirled around fireworks style in shaving foam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always so much fun!!

Apply a push to move and object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our water play contained the letters U S A and a strainer scoop.

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids is a math access point.

Of course, it was also fun to just splash around 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works apple scented bath gel and lotion was the perfect scent for this patriotic unit.

The students really loved the yummy scent!

 

 

 

Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday the students made a US flag.

The students used communication symbols to identify the shape of their blue paper.

Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students stamped stars on to their paper.  They needed to stamp UP and DOWN.

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Then they cut strips of red paper using paper cutters or scissors.

 

Recognize a change in the appearance of an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The red strips and starry rectangle were then glued down on to a large piece of white paper.

 

 

 

 

Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA! Oh say can you see….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a star spangled banner day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students made fire crackers using cardboard tubes.

First the students identified the shape of their paper.

Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes is a math access point.

Then they used communication symbols or vocalizations to indicate whether they wanted to start with RED or BLUE markers.

The science access point identify objects by one observable property is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

The students had fun decorating their papers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize a change in the appearance of an object is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

The paper was then rolled and taped around the cardboard tube. Most of the students needed a little help with this part.

 

 

 

 

 

Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glittery chenille stems were threaded through holes in the top of the tube.

 

 

 

 

Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snap! Crackle!

Pop!!! Pop!!! Pop!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

In keeping with our star spangled theme, we decorated cookies in patriotic colors—–RED, WHITE, and BLUE!

The students identified the shape of their graham cracker.

Recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our first step was to  PUT white frosting on the cookie. The students used spoons to apply white frosting to the tops of their cookies.

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students identified the color of their cookie sprinkles using communication symbols.

Then it was time to SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE, SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE, shake the sprinkles, shake the sprinkles!! Our apologies to KC and the Sunshine Band 🙂

 

 

Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, the good part—–the students got to EAT their cookies!

YUM!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our star spangled week was a blast! Join us next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

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Let’s Go On A Cruise Book

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Since lots of people go on cruises during the summer, we decided to start the year out with a theme about them!  Some of our teachers were lucky enough to go on cruises this past summer so our book features some of the photos they shared with us.  It also looks at different things you might see and do while on a cruise.

Check out all the awesome photos—–they will make you want to go on a cruise too!

 

 

 

Here is the link to the book: Let_s Go On A Cruise

Let’s Go On A Cruise

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Welcome back! We hope everyone had a fun filled summer. Cara, our SLP had an especially wonderful one—-she welcomed the most beautiful baby boy to her family! With Cara on maternity leave, Joi and Joy will be doing a little scrambling to fill her shoes—-so bear with us for the next few weeks until she gets back 🙂 Thankfully Ms. Robin and Ms. Nancy are also helping us out with communication supports!

For our first theme we are chose to feature photos from some of our teachers who were lucky enough to go on a cruise over the summer! Our sensory boxes focused on places you might go or things you might see on a cruise.  The fine motor groups made boat related art projects and the language group had fun comparing a cruise to Alaska and a cruise to The Bahamas.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

With our vibrating massager and recorded cruise ship sounds on a voice output device our students got to experience some of the feel of being on a cruise. There was also a glittery ocean themed discovery bottle.

 

Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

The vibrating tube was a big hit with the students 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical islands are popular cruise ship destinations. There were shells, a great big plastic foot for making footprints in the sand, some little palm trees, and a little crab hanging out on the beach.

The students found everything to be pretty intriguing!

 

 

 

The sifter spoon we included was especially fun!

The science access point track objects in motion can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Disney cruise box included a variety of Disney paraphernalia such as cartoon figures and a set of Mickey Mouse ears. We also put in some sunglasses, beads, and some play food! Lots to explore and discover in this box.

 

 

The language access point communicate recognition of familiar objects can be addressed here.

The Mickey Mouse ears were especially popular….

 

 

 

 

 

our students totally rock a hat 🙂

 

 

 

 

There were 2 polar bears ( thank you Ms. Caressa) and a little seal playing in the snow of our Alaska cruise box. There was also a small shovel for scooping fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neon food coloring made this bright ocean blue play dough really eye catching! The students cut out boats and dolphins using cookie cutters.

 

 

 

 

Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

This was an especially popular box this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We encouraged the students to make wavy motions in our shaving cream “ocean foam”.

 

 

 

 

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Different animals might be spotted from a cruise ship, so we included a seal, dolphin, whale, and fun penguin strainer in our water play.

A little boat and measuring cup scoop added to the fun.

 

 

The science access point match common living things with their habitats can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works coconut scented lotion was a perfect end to our group this week. The students really liked the aroma.

 

 

 

 


Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday we made cruise ship port holes using paper plates.

First the students identified a circle using communication symbols.

Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They chose which color marker they wanted to use.

Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they used dot markers to decorate the front of their port holes. We asked the students to stamp UP and DOWN.

 

 

 

 

Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

They identified their photos and glued them on to paper plates.

Recognize a change in the appearance of an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adults stapled the 2 paper plates together and……

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA! Time to set sail!

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students used corn syrup paint and this to make their art project: Cruise ship template

First, using communication symbols or AAC devices, they identified the color of the paper.

 

 

 

 

 

Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.

 

 

 

Next, they glued their ship DOWN on to the paper.

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is a math access point.

 

 

 

We poured some corn syrup (tinted with blue food coloring) over the paper and the students used their brushes to spread it around the paper.

 

 

 

 

Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anchors Aweigh!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week we asked the students to identify whether a presented item went with a cruise to The Bahamas or Alaska. The adults emphasized that in the Bahamas it’s HOT and in Alaska it’s COLD.  In addition to visual supports we used actual objects or models. The social studies access point associate a picture with a place is addressed in this activity.

Here are some of the questions we asked:

If you went to The Bahamas would you need a parka or a bathing suit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you went to Alaska would you need a hat to shade your eyes or to keep your ears warm?

Would you see polar bears or parrots in Alaska?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you went to Alaska would you have a snowball fight or play in the sand?

What kind of food would you eat in the Bahamas—-Alaskan salmon or bananas?

 

Our students needed a few prompts in order to correctly identify some of the objects, but they did a pretty great job overall.  We think they’re ready to go on their own cruise!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a great start to the school year so join us next time for more fun and learning—-Group by Group!

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Update

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Hi everyone, we just wanted to let you know that we are planning to start up our first post of the year on September 2! We have had some inquiries and wanted to reassure everyone—-we haven’t gone away 🙂 It just takes a while to gather photo permissions and for support staff to set up daily schedules and this usually takes a couple of weeks.

See you soon!