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.

Here are photos teachers have sent of their students exploring the different sensory boxes during the month of May—–enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

We started the month with a Spring Fun theme that looked at some of the fun things that happen at our school in the spring.

The talent show is always a hit——we have TALENT!

We put some costumes and props in this box.

 

 

 

 

 

The FSU Marching Chiefs come to visit in the spring. They put on a great show and even let the students touch their instruments. This box contained a variety of toy instruments for the students to play.

There were also pom poms and other items in FSU colors.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring break means going to the BEACH for a lot of us!

The students had fun making sand castles and searching for shells in our mini beach.

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Day has lots of fun activities including water play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We represented Prom with sparkly glitter in our oobleck and Graduation with rice in our school colors.

There was a picture of the Class of 2017 to find under the rice.

 

 

 

 

May is Asian Heritage month so we learned about the country of Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students sorted pom poms in the colors of the Japanese flag.

We included some “training” chopsticks.

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo is a city filled with millions of lights.

The students really enjoyed our light box and light toys.

 

 

 

 

 

The light box popular but…..

 

…..the Godzilla light was especially fun 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

This box had a variety of Japanese symbols and items that represented things that are manufactured there.

We even found a little sumo wrestler!

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Kitty is from Japan.

Our pink rice was perfect for this box!

 

 

 

 

The students raked designs in our tea leaf zen garden.

There were also some letter J’s to find.

 

 

 

 

 

The students added snow to Mount Fuji.

Lots of fun here!

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in water that contained some play “ramen” noodles.

There were also some Koi fish.

 

 

 

 

 

One of our interns helped us come up with this next fun theme—-Sweet Treats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had colorful “circus” peanuts.

                                                                  Fun to scoop!

 

 

 

 

 

We used neon food coloring to make our “jelly” bean.

They really look like the real thing!

 

 

 

 

 

The students made candy hearts using Bubber.

We included 2 different sized cookie cutters.

 

 

 

 

 

Some candy is HARD and some is SOFT.

In this box the students were asked to compare and contrast items that were hard or soft.

 

 

 

 

Watermelon koolaide made our play dough a perfect bubble gum pink!

They really enjoyed both the aroma and texture.

 

 

 

 

 

Cocoa powder made our oobleck look just like chocolate syrup.

The students were pretty intrigued!

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in water that contained Mr. Bubble Bath Crackles.

These were super fun and made cool noises in the water!

There were some scoops and a funnel for added fun.

 

 

 

 

Our final theme of the year was Let’s Go to the Beach!

We had some fine play sand with a funnel and bucket.

Moon sand was used to represent the packed sand near the water.

Our black sand beach was made with kinetic sand.

 

 

 

 

Battery operated fans and a water spray bottle mimicked the feeling of the wind and ocean spray on the beach.

The fan with flashing lights was very popular.

 

 

 

 

 

The students made wavy lines in the the sea foam shaving cream then rinsed their hands in water that had some scoops and a little squirting fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our underwater ocean umbrella is always a hit.

There were dolphin and whale sounds recorded on our voice output device which really added to the underwater effect.

 

 

 

Well that is the last 2016-2017 After Party but we plan to be back next school year for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

 

Let’s Go to the Beach book

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We are all ready for the summer and have begun thinking about places we can go for vacation.  One pretty popular place is the beach!  There are lots of different things to see and do at the beach and our book covers some of these things, like playing in the water and seeing ocean animals.  It got us all wanting to go!  It looks like 2 of our students have visited the beach.

Make sure to check out their pictures in the book.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a link to the book: Let_s Go to the Beach

Let’s Go To The Beach

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Summer vacation is coming up soon so you know what that means—–let’s go to the beach!  The sensory groups explored boxes filled with items you might find at the beach. The fine motor groups made beach themed art projects out of paper plates and the language group made a beach inspired treat.

It was a fun filled week and a great theme to end this school year!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Play sand is a great medium to explore. Not only is it soft to the touch but so fun to watch stream down through the funnel we put in this box!

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Down near the water the sand denser and perfect for building sandcastles—–like our moon sand! In this box a plastic crab, toy sea turtle and 2 shells could be found. There was also a fun play dough toy. It could be used to make sand castles or rolled along to make footprints in the sand—-very cool!

Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

While we don’t have any black sand beaches here, we think they would be pretty cool to explore! Our black sand beach was actually kinetic sand—-always popular with both students and staff! Everyone loves the way kinetic sand feels but since it molds well, we put a cute starfish mold in this box.

The science access point apply a push to move an object can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Playing along the seashore means feeling a cool breeze and water spray. There were a variety of hand operated fans to mimic ocean breezes. We had some with whirling lights and others that did not have blades at all—-very cool!

The students found them fascinating.

The really fun part of this box was our misting water bottle! After we sprayed the water into the air, there were LOTS of giggles from the students as the water droplets fell down on them 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, with a beach unit we HAD to include our ocean umbrella! Both dolphin and whale sounds were recorded on a voice output device. As usual, this umbrella was a hit—-it really is one of our favorites 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

Since this is our last post of the year—–and our students are so VERY cute,

                                                here are a few more photos 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

For our messy play this week we asked the students to make wavy ocean wave lines in our “sea foam” shaving cream. A really fun way to work on pre-writing skills!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Our water play featured a fun little fish and some different sized scoops. Water is always fun for our students and a great way to rinse off messy hands 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

Sunscreen is a MUST for a day at the beach! Bath and BodyWorks aruba coconut bath gel in our water and its matching scented lotion left our students smelling like they had spent a day at the beach!

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students made paper plate sea shells. To make the plates look like shells we just freehanded a little curve along each side of a small paper plate—-pretty easy.

To start out we asked the students to identify the color of our paint using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students painted their sea shells PINK!

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

 

 

 

 

 

We added some glitter to give the shell a little sparkle!

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

Fabulous sea shells!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made crabs using paper plates. Paper plates were folded in half and stapled prior to the group. We also pre-made the crab pincers.

Using communication symbols, the students identified the color of the paint they were going to use to paint their crabs.

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

 

 

 

 

They also identified a semi-circle—–the shape of our crabs!

Recognize a half of an object as part of the whole object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

The students added 2 crab pincers (made with chenille stems and construction paper) by putting the chenille stem through holes punched in the plates. They did a really great job with this!

The math access point associate quantities with number names can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Then the students painted their crabs with bright YELLOW paint!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 glue dots were added for 2 googlie eyes! We pre-glued the googlie eyes on to paper circles to make for easier handling.

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

Such cute little yellow crabs!

 

 

 

 

They are super cute BUT…….

better watch out for those crab claws 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We did things a little bit differently today.  Instead of making something to eat, we made ourselves a nice cool drink!  We made a copycat recipe of Sonic’s Ocean Water drink.  Here’s the recipe we used: Let_s Make Sonic Ocean Water

We started out by measuring some sugar.  We talked about how we use measuring spoons rather than measuring cups.  We added some water and then microwaved the ingredients for 30 seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

While the ingredients were in the microwave, we talked about how things get HOT when they are heated up.  Once the sugar and water was finished, we stirred it up and let it sit for a bit to cool down. When it was safe, the students got to feel the warm bowl.

Recognize objects or materials as warm or cold is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

We counted out 4 drops of food coloring and then added some coconut extract.  We stirred it all up and watched as the color CHANGED.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We POURED 2 cans of sprite into a pitcher.

Then we poured the other ingredients in and stirred it all up and……

VOILA! We created our own Ocean drink!

The math access point associate quantities with number names is addressed here. The science access point recognize a change in an object is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

Our students got to request if they wanted any goldfish crackers to go with their drink.  They were only given a small amount and had to ask for MORE if they wanted more.

Both the drink and the crackers were hits 🙂

Indicate desire for more of an action or object is  math access point.

I think we’re all ready to visit the beach!

 

 

 

 

Well thank you for joining us! We hope you enjoy your summer as much as we plan to! Hope to see you in the fall for more fun and learning Group by Group!

Sweet Treats book

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We are talking about all different kinds of sweet treats this week.  We found out some pretty neat facts about chocolate, sweethearts candy, and jelly beans, among others.  Try not to get too hungry while reading the book!  There are some pretty “sweet” pictures of 2 of our students in the book too 🙂  Check it out!

 

 

 

 

Here is a link to the book: There Are Lots of Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

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Ms. Erika, one of our interns, loves candy and came up with this theme for us—–she did a pretty great job! Our sensory groups explored colorful, candy themed boxes. The fine motor groups made sweet art projects and the language group made a Sweet Treat of course!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Don’t you love how our dyed beans turned out—–so colorful and eye catching! They looked just like real jelly beans. We were a little concerned that our students would try to eat them but fortunately it did not turn out to be a problem 🙂 We put in 3 letter C’s for the students to find.

The math access point recognize two objects that are the same size or color can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Some candies are SOFT and others are HARD. In this box we put in a variety of items that were either hard or soft for our students to compare and contrast. There were lots of fun things for the students to explore and they really had a blast!

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

 

 

 

 

Watermelon Kool-aid made our play dough a PERFECT bubble gum pink—-it really looked like the real thing! The students used an oval shaped cookie cutter to cut out pieces of “gum”.

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

 

 

 

 

 

There were tons of colorful foam “circus” peanuts for the students to scoop and pour in this next eye catching box!

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

 

 

 

 

There were 2 different sized heart shaped cookie cutters in this box. The students used them to cut out Bubber “candy” hearts.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Cocoa powder was added to the oobleck this week to make “chocolate” syrup! It smelled REALL good and the students were quite fascinated with it.

The science access point track the movements of objects that are pushed or pulled can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Kim got us some packages of Mr. Bubble Magic Bath Crackles for our water play this week. These things were AWESOME—-like pop rocks on steroids. We could hear them crackling from across the room! Hard to photograph of course, but take our word for it—–this was cool 🙂

Recognize and respond to common sounds is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Vanilla sugar scent from Bath and BodyWorks was the perfect scent for this week. Our students left the group smelling just like sweet treats themselves 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students made some “chocolate” donuts!

First they identified a circle using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they painted their “donuts” with glitter glue.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Time to add sprinkles!

Solve problems involving small quantities of objects using language, such as enough, too much, or more, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Ta Da!!!!!!

                                                  These are SWEET!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made a bowl of candy using this: candy bowl template

First they identified the shape of our paper—–a rectangle!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next they identified the shape of the candy—-a circle!

Again, the math access point Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes, is addressed here.

 

 

 

Then they started stamping LOTS of colorful circles in their candy dishes. We used dollar store stamps with craft foam circles stuck to the bottom of the caps. They worked pretty well.

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

 

 

 

 

Ta DA!!!!

Time for some sweet treats!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week, we made some treats with one of nature’s candies: blueberries!  Here is the recipe that we used: Let_s Make Blueberry Delights

We started out by making vanilla pudding.  Each of our students felt the bottle of milk and indicated on their communication board that it was COLD.

Recognize objects or materials as warm or cold is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

We PUT 2 cups of milk into a bowl and then added the white chocolate pudding mix.  Before each item was poured into the bowl, the student helping had to indicate– either verbally, with sign, or with their communication board– that they wanted to help.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got to help MIX the ingredients using a switch.  Throughout, they had to indicate that the pudding had to be mixed MORE until it was all done.

Activate a device that uses electricity is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we added some blueberry pie filling to the pudding and STIRRED it around.  Then we counted out fillo shells for each student and added 1 spoonful to each shell.

The science access point recognize changes in observable properties of materials can be addressed here. The math access point associate quantities with number names is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

Last, each student had to indicate whether or not they WANTed whipped cream or if they just wanted to get started eating their sweet treat 🙂

 

                                                                   YUM!

 

 

 

 

We had a pretty SWEET time this week 🙂 Join us again for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

April 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.

Here are photos teachers have sent of their students exploring the different sensory boxes during the month of April—–enjoy!

 

 

 

 

We started the month with an original story about a character called Cinderella Monkey. The story was about her birthday celebration.

This box was filled with a variety of items associated with birthday parties.

 

 

 

 

We made some “funfetti” cloud dough which the students used to form birthday cake shapes.

There was also some funfetti rainbow rice….

….and funfetti oobleck!

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in lemonade scented water and we used the same scent for our lotion.

                                                             Yummy!

 

 

 

 

Our next unit celebrated National Siblings Day. Staff members submitted photos of their siblings and we dedicated boxes to them—-everyone had fun guessing which box went with which sibling 🙂

We made some UF Gator play dough for Ms. Thea’s siblings.

                                                                      Go Gators!

 

 

 

 

There was Iowa corn for Ms. Jen’s brother and a South Africa box for Ms. Cara’s sister!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students searched for space related items in our black kinetic sand.

Ms. Jane’s brother works for NASA!

 

 

 

 

 

Both Ms. Elaine and Ms. Caressa have sisters who are involved with music.

The students had a blast with the music themed box!

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Vicki and her sisters like to get facials together…..so we colored our shaving cream green and let the student give the cartoon drawing a facial.

                                         They had a lot of fun with this one 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in blue Miami water complete with the flashing lights of the big city.

                                             Ms. Joi and her sisters are from Miami!

 

 

 

 

 

Author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter was the subject of our next unit. This complimented the Unique Curriculum unit in which the students discussed how people earn money.

 

 

 

 

 

We made a little garden perfect for Peter Rabbit using coffee grounds as dirt.

There were a variety of vegetables to plant and pick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students stamped rabbits in moon sand.

We chose blue sand since that was the color of Peter Rabbit’s jacket.

 

 

 

 

Beatrix Potter was from England.

In this box we put a variety of British themed items, including a fun flag banner.

 

 

 

 

The students searched for the letters B and P in the colors of the British flag.

There was also a picture of Beatrix Potter to find underneath.

 

 

 

 

Beatrix Potter also raised sheep.

The students had lots of fun with our sheep puppet 🙂

 

 

 

 

Our shaving cream became “fluffy” clouds this week.

Lots of fun as usual!

 

 

 

 

Fun to push together, spread apart……

or draw lines in!

 

 

See you next month!

Japan book

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In honor of Asian Pacific month, we are learning all about Japan.  We found out lots of neat facts about Japan.  We found out that Japan has nearly 4000 islands, that they produce hundreds of different tea, and that they are the number 1 car manufacturer in the world!

There are lots of other fun facts in the book so check it out!

 

 

 

Here is a link to the book: Let_s Learn About Japan