Hello Summer

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Cara, Joi, and Joy would like to thank our parents, teachers, volunteers, and other staff members who help make our groups such a success week after week. We have had a blast this year and made lots of fun memories.

We are off for the summer but hope you join us again in the fall for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

April/May After Party

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Welcome to the After Party! Each week after the weekly blog featuring activities in the elementary department is posted, our sensory cart is parked in the media center where it is available for check out by the rest of the school.

 

 

 

 

We started April with Where We Go On CBI. This was a fun unit with the book featuring our students in various CBI locations.

Students used cookie cutters to stamp B U S into school bus yellow moon sand.

Blue and white rice represented one of the most popular CBI locations—— Walmart!

 

 

 

 

Another popular location is the Publix grocery store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were different play money coins to find buried in this box of multicolored beans.

We thought that making balls out of bright yellow Floam would be a great representation of sports activities.

 

Messy play represented the Community Arts program. We put some drops of food coloring in the shaving foam and let our artistic students mix it together.

 

 

 

 

Many of our parks have a lake or water feature. Our water feature contained the letters C B I to scoop up.

Bath and Body Works vanilla sugar scent reminded us of some yummy Publix cookies 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Hatched Some Baby Ducks came next.

We made our own duck egg incubator using some battery operated lights and some plastic  eggs.

Duck and egg cookie cutters were used to cut out shapes in yellow play dough.

 

 

 

 

 

There were lots of plush ducks along, with a variety of plastic eggs in our “duck hotel”.  We even lined it with some bedding straw!

Ducks have feathers so we HAD to include some! There were 2 colorful feather boas in this box.

 

We hid 2 little baby ducks in this box of birdseed. The birdseed has such a cool texture and is so much fun to bury your hand into.

 

 

 

One big rubber duck swam around our blue oobleck pond.

There were 4 colorful ducks floating in our water bin. We also included a measuring cup for scooping.

 

 

For our scent this week we used Bath and Body Works Into the Wild in our water play, then their country chic scent lotion—it was the best we could up with to represent ducks 🙂

 

 

 

 

Earth Day 2019!

 

 

 

 

 

Neon blue food coloring and green glitter made our play dough very eye catching this week.

Students sorted blue and green pompoms into matching bowls.

 

 

 

 

 

We used one of our space blankets for our aluminum recycling box!

 

 

 

This was a hit!

 

 

 

 

There was a base of recycled paper on to which we added plastic leaves, a rain stick, blue and green beads, silk flowers, a toy trash can, and a variety of toy endangered animals.

Our colorful blue earth day rice contained both upper and lower case letter E’s.

 

Fluffy shaving cream clouds swirled around a large laminated picture of the earth.

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in a little sea filled with “trash”.

We chose Bath and Body Works mahogany teakwood for our scent this week because with 2 trees in the name it was the perfect choice for Earth Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Stole The Cookie was our take on the familiar rhyme.

Our little chefs had fun with this box which contained a variety of items associated with baking such as toy spatulas, whisks, and measuring cups.

Oatmeal raisin cookies were represented with a mix of some black bean “raisins” in this box of oatmeal.

 

Candy colored beans reminded us rainbow chip cookies.

 

 

 

Our gingerbread scented play dough had a fabulous aroma and great texture!

Of course, we had to include a nod to chocolate cookies so good old chocolate cake mix made for perfect cloud dough.

 

Fun to scoop or mold.

 

 

 

Cocoa powder was mixed with oobleck this week to represent chocolate fudge cookies!

 

 

 

Messy fun for sure!

 

 

 

There were different sized measuring cups for scooping fun in our water play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prom was our first May theme.

 

 

 

 

This box was filled with a variety of prom “props” such as tiara’s, flowers, sunglasses, and a tie etc.

 

 

 

We added some photo booth accessories such as a mask and magic wand.

 

 

 

We chose purple kinetic sand, because we thought the sparkly color went along with an enchanted evening theme—-and Prom is always enchanting!

 

 

 

The letters P R O M could be found in blue and yellow rice—-our school colors!

 

 

We made an enchanted night umbrella complete with hanging stars, glittery lights, and sparkly beads!

 

 

 

Silver beads represented a disco ball—–the must have for every dance floor!

 

 

 

Our shaving cream was especially festive this week—-we added confetti to it!

 

 

 

Our water play this week represented a punch bowl—complete with floating fruit and a big ladle.

 

 

 

We celebrated the parents of staff in our next unit. It was fun learning about staff members families!

Ms. Kim’s father hosts a Kentucky Derby party each year—-how fun is that!

 

 

 

We put in some fun Derby hats, a trophy cup, flowers, and lots of horses of course!

 

 

 

These colorful beads represented the colors of the Colombian flag—-where Ms. Maria’s mom lives.

 

 

 

Ms. Joy’s mom lives in Ireland. Her box was filled with potato flakes and craft foam shamrocks.

 

 

 

 

There were 6 meatballs to find in this big box of “pasta and meatballs” is dedicated to Ms. Caitlin’s step-father who loves to make homemade pasta.

 

 

 

Ms. Jessica’s dad is a Star Wars fan. We filled this box with multi-colored Star Wars pasta.

 

 

 

A little plane flying around in some shaving cream clouds represented Ms. Elaine’s parents—

 

 

 

——-they liked to travel.

 

 

 

The water play featured Georgia peach scent from Bath and Body Works. Ms. Zellanyne’s parents are from the peach state!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We finished the year with a unit celebrating our graduates!

We put a lot of fun items in this box, including an actual graduation cap!

 

 

 

Also included were mylar balloons, play money, toy camera, phone, sunglasses, etc.

 

 

 

The numbers 2 0 1 9 were found in colorful confetti rice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This box was dedicated to our school mascot—–

 

 

 

 

—–the owl!

 

 

 

 

Some graduates go on to college programs, so we represented that choice with a box of colorful cheerleader pompoms in the colors of nearby Universities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parties are a part of graduation events and when you have a party there is usually CAKE! Our cloud dough was made using strawberry cake mix and it smelled SO good!

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping in the celebratory mood we added some colorful Mr. Bubble bath crackles into our oobleck.

 

 

 

This was fun!

 

 

 

 

Some lucky graduates might get to go on a cruise! We put in a couple of little boats to float around a mini ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

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Graduation book

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It’s always so sad to see our students leave us when they graduate, but also such a happy time for them and for us to see how far they’ve come.  We are celebrating our graduates this week.  You get to take a look at the graduates taking their cap and gown photos and see what kinds of things they may do after graduation.

Congrats to all the graduates!!!

 

Here is a link to the book: Let’s Celebrate Our Graduates

Graduation

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This is a bittersweet time of year for us—-the time we say goodbye to our graduating seniors. For our unit, we are focusing on all the fun aspects of graduation. The sensory groups explored boxes with lots of different textures and colors. The fine motor group art projects were all about shapes and the language group made a unique dessert!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

We put a lot of fun items in this box, including an actual graduation cap! Also included were mylar balloons, play money, toy camera, phone, sunglasses, etc.

Always fun to see what intrigues each student.

 

 

 

Pomp and Circumstance was recorded on a voice output device.

Science access point: recognize a model of a real object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The numbers 2 0 1 9 were found in colorful confetti rice.

 

 

 

 

 

At the bottom of the box was a picture of a cute owl in a cap and gown.

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This box was dedicated to our school mascot—–an owl!

 

 

 

 

 

There were 2 plush owls and a fluffy feather boa that reminded us of owl feathers.

Math access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some graduates go on to college programs, so we represented that choice with a box of colorful cheerleader pompoms in the colors of nearby Universities.

 

 

 

 

So much fun to shake—-go team!

Science access point: recognize the change in the motion of an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parties are a part of graduation events and when you have a party there is usually CAKE! Our cloud dough was made using strawberry cake mix and it smelled SO good!

 

 

 

We put a small spoon and a larger measuring cup as well as toy whisk.

 

Math access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping in the celebratory mood we added some colorful Mr. Bubble bath crackles into our oobleck.

 

 

 

 

The snap, crackle, and pop sounds were really fun!

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some lucky graduates might get to go on a cruise! We put in a couple of little boats to float around a mini ocean. There were also some fun fishy bath toys and pool noodle pieces.

 

 

 

Coconut scented bath gel made for some aromatic bubbles!

Science access point: match objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our scent this week is a follow up on the cruise experience and so we used a True Blue lotion called Tahiti Sweetie. We thought it would smell like coconut, but it turned out that it smelled like mango!

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday, the students made decorative banners.

First, they identified a triangle using communication symbols.

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they used paper cutters, switch operated scissors, and regular scissors to cut out triangles.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They used star stampers and glitter to decorate their triangles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little curling ribbon finished it off!

Math access point: recognize when an object or person is added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We celebrate our graduates!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, the students made graduation caps using paper bowls.

First, they identified the shape of their paper using communication symbols.

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they used markers to decorate their squares. We had previously cut the 8 inch squares out of poster board.

They could draw any design they wanted, but we did encourage them to use different colors.

 

 

Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

Time to add a little glitter! Of course, we rocked out to our glitter song—-“shake, shake, shake, your glitter”! It is sung to tune of that old KC and the Sunshine Band song.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize when an object or person is added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

The square was glued to a paper bowl and the adults helped attach a tassel (pre-made using scrap yarn) and……..

 

 

 

 

…………TA DA!!!

It’s graduation time!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week, we made some cute little edible diplomas!  Here is the recipe that we used: Let’s Make Diploma S’mores

We started by counting out how many plates we needed.  This recipe is a little different in that each student got to participate in each step of the recipe.

Each student had to request a small tortilla.  They PUT that on their plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they had to request some marshmallow fluff.  Once they said they WANTED some, they had to SPREAD it around with a spoon.  There were lots of comments about how sticky it was 🙂

 

 

 

 

Then, each student had to request some Nutella and they SPREAD that on top of the fluff.

 

 

 

 

 

We then had to ROLL up the tortilla to look like a rolled up diploma.

To finish it off, we used a strip of Twizzlers pull’n’peel and they had to TIE it around the tortilla.  This was a little bit difficult for our students, so they had to make sure and ask for HELP if they needed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TADA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A yummy (yet slightly messy) graduation treat 🙂

 

 

 

 

We still have an After Party post coming, but this is our last regular post of the school year. Hope you will be back in August to join us—–Group by Group!

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We Love Our Parents book

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Mother’s day is coming up and we always miss Father’s day since it occurs during the summer, so we decided to celebrate all parents!  We asked the staff here at school to send in some pictures of themselves with their parents.  They also provided a little tidbit of information about them.  Check out what we learned about our staff’s parents!

 

 

 

Here is a link to the book: We Love Our Parents.

We Love Our Parents

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This week we are featuring parents, but with a twist——parents of STAFF members 🙂 Staff members sent in photos to include in the book and we enjoyed learning a little bit about their families! The sensory groups explored boxes related to the different people featured in the book. The fine motor and language groups made special projects to take home to their parents.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Ms. Kim’s father hosts a Kentucky Derby party each year—-how fun is that! We put in some fun Derby hats, a trophy cup, flowers, and lots of horses of course :)The voice output device in this box features a recording of an actual Derby race!

 

 

 

Our students totally rocked the hats 🙂

Science access point: recognize a model of a real object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Jessica’s dad is a Star Wars fan. We filled this box with multi-colored Star Wars pasta. We included some sorting trays.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, it was fun to just dive right in with hands and listen to the sounds the pasta made.

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was more color with beads representing the colors of the Colombian flag—-where Ms. Maria’s mom lives.

 

 

 

 

 

The yellow, blue, and red beads were very eye catching, especially when a handful are grabbed and shaken!

Science access point: track objects in motion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Joy’s mom lives in Ireland. Her box was filled with potato flakes and craft foam shamrocks.

 

 

 

 

 

There were 2 different sized scoops and a picture of Ireland to find at the bottom of the box.

Science access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 6 meatballs to find in this big box of “pasta and meatballs” is dedicated to Ms. Caitlin’s step-father who loves to make homemade pasta.

Ours may not be as tasty as homemade but it sure was fun to explore!

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little plane flying around in some shaving cream clouds represented Ms. Elaine’s parents——–

 

 

 

 

——-they loved to travel!

Science access point: recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The water play featured Georgia peach scent from Bath and Body Works. Ms. Zellanyne’s parents are from the peach state!

 

 

 

 

We added a sifting pot and measuring cup for added fun.

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The matching peach lotion was a big hit with the students and left them smelling really…………

 

 

 

 

………………….YUMMY!

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made pictures to bring home to their parents.

First, the students glued a silhouette of their hand (previously traced and cut out) on a piece of paper.

Math access point: recognize when an object is added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they identified a HEART shape.

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they stamped hearts with UP and DOWN movements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our hearts are in our hands…..

….we love our parents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made thank you notes for their parents. This time we used a template from the DLTK website.

First, the students chose the color they wanted to use.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

They used their markers to color their pictures any way they chose. Some of the students used a switch operated writer we made by attaching a marker with velcro to a switch toy.

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they added a photo of themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, parents, for taking care of us!

We love you!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We did something a little bit different this week.  Instead of making something to eat, we made a little gift to give to our parents so that they can pamper themselves.  We made sugar scrub!  We used this recipe: Let’s Make A Sugar Scrub Gift

We started out by PUTTING a cup of sugar into one bowl and another cup of sugar into a DIFFERENT bowl.

 

 

 

 

Two of our students got to HELP pour it in.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we put some coconut oil into one bowl and some olive oil into the other bowl.  We observed how each oil looked DIFFERENT.  The olive oil had more of a yellow tint to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our friends got to help STIR up the sugar and the oil until it was all mixed together.

 

 

 

 

We added some lavender essential oil to make it smell GOOD.

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got to request either the coconut oil scrub or the olive oil scrub.  Then they got to pick a color that they wanted their sugar scrub to be.

 

 

 

 

We didn’t use much food coloring but WOW!  They turned out super bright!  We were a little bit afraid that it might turn their parents’ hands all sorts of different colors, but we tried some out and the oil prevented the food coloring from sticking 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got a baby food jar to put their sugar scrub in.  We decorated them with some ribbon and bows.

Super cute!

 

 

 

 

 

We enjoyed learning about our staff families this week! Join us next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

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Prom book

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We just had prom here last week, so we decided to dedicate our theme this week to the prom!  Prom is only for highschoolers and students in postsecondary, so our elementary and middle school students don’t get to experience it just yet.  They got to find out a little bit about what goes on by reading the book.  They found out that the girls get their hair, makeup, and nails done.  They also saw that there are snacks and drinks.  Don’t forget the dancing!  Take a look and see our older students having fun at the prom.

 

 

 

Here is a link to the book: Let’s Go To The Prom!