Holiday Gift-Bringers Around The World book

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Our students learned this week that Santa is not the only gift-bringer!  Different countries have different gift-bringers.  We learned about who brings gifts to children in Spain, France, Italy, and the Ukraine, along with several others.  Our students got to help with the book by posing as each of the gift bringers.  The background of the book was made by our art teacher, Judy, and her awesome art students.  It’s really beautiful!  This is a book to not miss!

 

Here is a link to the book: Holiday Gift-Bringers Around The World..

Holiday Gift Bringers Around The World

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We had a lot of fun learning about different traditions this week! Our sensory groups explored boxes related to the different characters. The fine motor groups made holiday themed art projects and the language group made a tasty treat that any of the gift bringers would like to sample!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Children in France leave out carrots for Pere Noel’s donkey! There were 3 carrots to feed the donkeys—-ok so ours are actually horses, but that is all we had on hand 🙂

 

 

 

 

We put a picture of Pere Noel to find at the bottom of the box.

Science access point: identify basic need of animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our box of garland was gold just like the Christkindl’s wings and hair!

 

 

 

 

 

The students had a lot of fun with the garland—-whether shaking OR wearing it!

Science access point: distinguish between objects in motion and at rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Reyes rice in the colors of the Spanish flag was very eye catching. There were numbers 1, 2, and 3 to find.

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a picture of the 3 kings at the bottom of the box.

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We put a whole bunch of Christmas things in this box——lots to explore and discover!

 

 

 

 

 

In a base of green, white, and red paper shred there was a mini kaleidoscope, mini sweater and scarf, reindeer, Santas, and other symbols of the season.

 

 

 

 

Of course, we included a Santa hat 🙂

Social studies access point: associate a celebration with an event, such as a holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

La Bafana fills children’s socks with candy. We thought our colorful pasta resembled candy and put in a small sock for the students to fill.

 

 

 

 

It was also fun to run hands through pasta to listen to it rattle.

Math access point: solve problems involving small quantities of objects using language such as enough, too much, or more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sinterklaus put coins and candy into children’s shoes! Chocolate cloud dough was perfect for this box and was so much fun to run fingers through. It smelled really good too!

 

 

 

 

Five colorful coins were hidden in the dough.

Social studies access point: recognize coins as money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our water play had 2 different sized scoops to use for scooping up foam letter C’s.

 

 

 

 

 

We used Bath and Body Works sugarplum swirl which gave the water a lovely holiday aroma!

Math access point: recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The matching sugarplum swirl lotion was the perfect reminder of all the fun we had in group.

 

 

 

 

 

Whether placed on hands or behind ears 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we made Los Reyes Magos crowns. We used craft foam crowns we found at the craft store.

First, the students identified the color of their crown and glitter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they squeezed glue on to their crowns.

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to add glitter and sing our glitter song—–shake, shake, shake, that glitter 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

Our Kings and Queens like their crowns!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are ready for 3 Kings Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, the students made ornaments for their families—-so they could become gift bringers!

First, the students identified a circle—-we used circle shaped embroidery hoops with fabric for this activity.

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes, such as a circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they glued precut felt trees to their ornaments. To attach the tree, they had to turn the tree to put the glued side down.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they  added pompoms to decorate their trees.

Math access point: match one object to a designated area to show one to one correspondence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our gift bringers…..

……with their fabulous gifts!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made a holiday sweet treat today.  After we made it, we figured out a way to make it more appealing to the eye, but here’s the recipe for how we made it this week: Let’s Make A Sweet Holiday Snack Dip

We started by touching the milk.  Students identified the COLD symbol to describe how it felt.

Science access point: recognize objects or materials as warm or cold.

 

 

 

Students who wanted to HELP pour the milk in the bowl had to locate the symbol HELP.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we added 5 drops of green food coloring into the bowl.  Students helped by counting out each drop.  We observed the bowl to see that there were 2 different colors–green and white.  We talked about how it would look DIFFERENT when we were done mixing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got to HELP turn on the mixer using our wireless switch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Next, we crushed some Oreos.  Our students HELPED by using a can to crush the Oreos.

 

 

 

 

Once they were crushed, we mixed them into the pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

We added some red sprinkles to the mix by singing our “shake shake shake the sprinkles” song we love so much 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student had to request a PLATE by indicating WANT and then the picture of the plate or by verbalizing “I want plate”.  They then had to request some pudding and Teddy Grahams (which were supposed to be for dipping, but this turned out to be a little bit difficult, so we used some spoons as well.)

 

Sooo…this turned out to look PRETTY interesting to say the least lol. We think this might be a better suggestion as to how to put this snack together:  put the crushed Oreos in cups first, then put the green pudding on top and then top with the sprinkles.  Much more appealing to the eye; however, our students didn’t seem to mind too much about how it looked as it tasted really yummy 🙂

 

 

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Utah book

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We learned lots of neat facts about Utah this week in honor of Take A Hike Day which was November 17.  We found out that every county contains at least a part of a national forest, why it is called the Beehive state, and what their official state food is.  The book also contains some pictures that a retired staff member, Jeannie, graciously let us use from her trips to Utah.  Take a look and learn about this amazing state!

 

 

Here is a link to the book: Let’s Learn About Utah

Utah

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Utah has 5 National Parks so we thought it would be a great place to learn about for National Take a Hike Day which was on November 17. The sensory group boxes highlighted facts about Utah. The fine motor groups made art projects related to symbols of the state and the language group made a tasty treat featuring  the Utah state fruit!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

We used plastic pine branches as the base for this box which contained objects and symbols related to Utah. There was a plush elk (state animal), allosaurus (state dinosaur), and honey bees (state insect). There was a black ball representing coal mining.

 

 

 

We also included a little wooly hat, scarf, and snowflakes—-Utah is famous for its snow!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold and silver are mined in Utah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our gold and silver beads may not be the real thing, but they were certainly eye catching and a hit with the students.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arches National Park is famous for its rock features. We put some laminated photos of arches and a letter U cookie cutter into this box of moon sand.

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a dinosaur mold so the students could make their own fossils.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were more letter U’s to find in yellow and black “honey bee” rice.

 

 

 

 

 

A picture of one on the national parks could be found at the bottom of the box.

Science access point: recognize objects as the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utah may have the “greatest snow on earth” but Insta Snow is pretty great stuff too!

The students had a blast!

 

 

 

 

 

We stored it in the refrigerator which kept it even colder!

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jello is the official state snack of Utah so we sprinkled some on top of our shaving cream this week!

 

 

 

 

 

The Jello gave the shaving cream a fabulous texture that was so COOL!!! Everyone was fascinated!

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite it’s salinity, the Great Salt Lake does contain some fish, so we put one in our mini version.

 

 

 

 

 

We also included sifter scoops and measuring cups.

Science access point: recognize different containers that hold liquids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherries are the official state fruit of Utah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students liked the fresh fruity scent of Bath and Body Works cherry scented lotion and bath gel.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students decorated a map of Utah.

First, they identified the color green.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they stamped 6 trees (representing the National Forests found in Utah) on their maps. We hot glued a thread spool to a foam stamp to make it easier to hold. The students had to stamp UP and DOWN to make the trees.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The maps were glued to a background.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s visit Utah!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we added snow the letter U!

First, we identified the color of the cotton balls.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, the students squeezed out some glue.

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They added cotton snowballs to their U.

Math access point: solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love Utah!

Let’s hit the slopes 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made a treat using the state fruit of Utah: cherries!  Here is the recipe that we used: Let’s Make Mini-Cherry Cheesecakes

We started by measuring out 2 cups of milk.  We used milk cartons, so whoever said they WANTED to HELP was given an unopened milk carton.  If they were unable to open it, they had to request HELP.

Once we measured out 2 cups, we PUT the milk in a BOWL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we added some instant cheesecake pudding mix.  Again, a student was given the unopened box of pudding mix and had to request HELP if they couldn’t open it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started to mix it up using a mixer and a wireless switch.  After a couple of students HELPED TURN it on, we observed how it looked.  Since it still looked like we could DRINK it, we PUT the mixer on AGAIN until it was firm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We counted out plates for each student.  Then they had to request a mini graham cracker pie crust by saying they WANTED one.

Each student got a small amount of pudding at first.  If they wanted MORE, they had to request it.

Finally, each student had to request cherries.  They were only given one at first, so again they had to request MORE if they wanted more.

Time to eat!

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Celebrate Sesame Street Day book

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National Sesame Street day is on November 10 and this year is also their 50th anniversary!  We had so much fun celebrating this incredible television show.  Our book features students on each page.  They like to do some of the things that the Sesame Street characters like to do, like eat cookies, wear a tiara and wings, and be friends.  Take a look at this super cute book!

 

Here is a link to the book: LET’S CELEBRATE SESAME STREET DAY

Lets Celebrate National Sesame Street Day

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November 10 was National Sesame Street Day and the show’s 50th anniversary—–how cool is that!!!! Our sensory groups explored boxes dedicated to some of the shows characters. The fine motor groups made projects with circles and the language group made a tasty treat!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Abby Cadabby is cute pink character, so we used pink sand for her box. Between its eye catching color and soft texture, this box was a huge hit with the students!

 

 

 

 

 

A scoop and sifter made for fun explorations.

Science access point: track a falling object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oatmeal with some black bean “chocolate chips” made a perfect Cookie Monster box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were  3 play food cookies to find!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were numbers to find in our box dedicated to The Count.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We put them in a box of lentils which were really fun to run fingers through!

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students had fun making Grover’s face in a box of blue moon sand. Of course, there were some Picasso versions 🙂

 

 

 

 

We also included some scooping tools.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our chenille stems are just like the colorful stripes in Bert and Ernie’s shirts.

 

 

 

 

 

The students had fun wrapping the chenille stems around the toys or themselves 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaving cream was tinted Big Bird Yellow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students pushed the yellow shaving cream and a yellow Big Bird figure around a yellow tray—when we go with an idea, we go all the way 🙂

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oscar the Grouch and Elmo bobbed along in water this week.

 

 

 

 

 

We found a cute little garbage can that made a perfect scoop!

Math access point: recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works hot cocoa lotion left our students smelling like yummy chocolate chip cookies.

 

 

 

 

 

Thankfully Cookie Monster wasn’t around 🙂

Science access point: recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made Elmo!

First, they identified a circle and the color red.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they painted their plates!

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, eyes, a mouth, and a nose were added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence.

 

 

 

 

 

Ta DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Elmo!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we made some paper plate cookies!

First, we identified the shape of the paper plate.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, the students chose how many chocolate chip circles they wanted to cut out using a circle punch. They could choose to cut 3, 4, or 5.

We discussed that these circles were SMALL and the paper plate was LARGE.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

The small circles were set aside while the students painted their plates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they glued their chocolate chips on to their plates.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA—-chocolate chip—– DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Cookie Monster……….we’ve got the cookies!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made a treat that we think Cookie Monster would really love to have.  Here’s the recipe that we used: Let’s Make A Chocolate Chip Cookie Shake

We started out by talking about how the ice cream felt COLD.  Then we PUT 6 cups of ice cream in the BLENDER.  Our students had to indicate that they wanted to HELP.

Science access point: recognize objects or materials as warm or cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we had to count out 8 chocolate chip cookies and we PUT those in the BLENDER.

We then added some milk.  Our students observed that one milk carton equals one cup of milk!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We PUT in a little bit of vanilla extract and then PUT in one cup of frozen cool whip.

Each student got to HELP TURN on the blender by pressing the wireless switch.  Our blender was super full, so this took a minute 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the milk shake was SMOOTH, each student had to request that they WANTED some.  If they were not given enough, they had to request MORE.

 

 

 

These were pretty delicious!

 

 

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JK Rowling book

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Since National Author’s Day is November 1, we decided to have our theme be based around one particular author, J.K. Rowling.  We found out some neat facts about her that have to do with her Harry Potter series of books.  Read the book to find out some facts about when she came up with Harry Potter, how she came up with the word “quidditch”, and why King’s Cross train station is so important to her.  We also have a few off our students as Harry Potter and one as Hedwig!  Check them out!

 

 

Here is a link to the book: Let’s Learn About JK Rowling