Let’s Go On An Adventure book

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We had so much fun getting this book together for our adventure theme this week.  There are so many different adventures you can go on!  We have pictures of our students running with dinosaurs, going on a safari, and walking on the moon. There are several other adventures that they took as well!  Read the book to find out what cool adventures you can go on.

 

 

Here is a link to the book: Let’s Go On An Adventure

Let’s Go On An Adventure

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Our theme this week is a really fun one. The book features students dressed for a variety of adventures so be sure to check it out. The sensory groups explored boxes related to the different scenarios depicted in the book. The fine motor groups crafted some fun art projects and the language group went on an adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

With bright stars, planets, and a rocket ship, our outer space umbrella really let the students feel like they were in space!

 

 

 

 

 

Very eye catching!

Science access point: recognize a space related object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joining the circus would be big adventure—-even more fun if you could be a clown!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood shavings formed the base of this box and a rake to move them around to discover a clown picture at the bottom.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorful dinosaurs of different sizes roamed around in dinosaur eggs (turquoise beans).

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students loved the feel of the beans running through their fingers

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students searched for buried pirate treasure in black kinetic sand.

 

 

 

 

 

There were lots of coins to count!

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were lots of Safari themed items including a jeep, camera, compass, binoculars, and jungle animals to find and discover in this box.

 

 

 

 

We also included a voice output device with recordings of jungle animal sounds.

Our students TOTALLY rocked the sunglasses!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A toy Superman flew around shaving cream clouds in our messy play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soft and fluffy——- so much fun!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in a small mermaid lagoon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also included a funnel and measuring cups for scooping fun.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works ocean scent helped the students remember all the fun they had today.

 

 

 

 

 

Whether applied to arms, necks, or behind ears—-the students really loved the aroma!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday, the students made super hero pictures using this template: super hero

First, the students identified the shape and color of our base paper.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, using tabletop or switch operated scissors, the students cut “buildings” from paper strips.

Science access point: recognize a change in the appearance of object.

 

 

 

 

 

These pieces were glued down on to the base paper to make buildings.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they added a superhero to the scene.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!! It’s a bird, it’s a plane,…………

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………..it’s a SUPERHERO!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students became Mer-people 🙂

First, they identified our paint colors. We used regular paint and some colorful glitter glue (thank you Ms. Judy!)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they used kitchen sponges covered with bubble wrap to stamp fish scales on giant tails! We reminded the students to stamp DOWN and UP.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Say hello to our Mermaids and Mermen 🙂

Let’s go on an ocean adventure!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We went on our own adventure this week during the language group.  It was snow day at our school, so our language group had to figure out challenges in order to get to the snow.

We used these challenges on the way: Adventure Challenges

Our students were stopped several times and had to answer questions about the different adventures that were in our book.  They had a visual prompt to help them out.  For instance, the first question was “what does a knight ride on?  A horse or an elephant”.

 

 

 

If students had difficulty answering the question, they had to request HELP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we made it to the snow!  Students got to feel the snow.

 

 

 

 

 

They had to indicate if it was COLD or HOT.

 

 

 

 

 

They also got to choose whether they wanted to ride on a sled or an inner tube to get down the hill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once they were at the bottom, they indicated whether they LIKED it or did NOT LIKE it.

It was a really fun adventure!

 

 

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December 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

December started with a unit on Gift Bringers Around the World.

 

 

 

 

 

Our box dedicated to Santa was very popular.

The students totally rocked the hat 🙂

 

 

 

 

Sinter Klaus from The Netherlands leaves coins and candy in children’s shoes.

There were 5 shiny coins to find in our chocolate cloud dough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pere Noel from France rides a donkey.

The students had fun “feeding” the donkeys carrots.

 

 

 

 

 

The 3 Kings are the gift bringers in Spain.

Rice in the colors of the Spanish flag had numerals 1-3. There was also a picture of the 3 kings at the bottom of the box.

 

 

 

 

 

La Banana puts candy into children’s socks.

Colorful pasta represented candy.

 

 

 

 

 

The German Christkindl is always represented with long golden hair and wings.

Our box of golden garland was a hit with the students.

 

 

 

 

In the water play, the letter C could be scooped up with red and green measuring cups.

A great way to practice scooping skills.

 

 

 

Sugarplum swirl lotion was the perfect scent to go with the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December finished with a unit all about our favorite sensory items—-Oh What Fun We Had.

We don’t use slime very often but it is always a hit with the students.

The letters F U N could be found as the slime was pulled apart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinetic sand is another one of our favorites.

Since the new year is 2020, we put number cookie cutters in this box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beads are always a hit with the students.

This box contained lots of colorful ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have lots of different colored rice but this watermelon colored rice is especially eye catching!

As usual, there was a picture to find at the bottom of the box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beans are another popular item.

We especially like the tactile feel of these lentils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jello was sprinkled on top of shaving cream….

….to make our new favorite messy play item!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were spoons and measuring cups in the water play.

This made for lots of scooping fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter candy apple from Bath and Body Works made a perfect scent for this unit.

The students loved its sweet aroma.

 

 

 

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Hobbies book

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We’re talking all about the different hobbies that people can have.  Our book is filled with some of the hobbies that our staff participate in, like gardening, cooking, and reading.  It was lots of fun reading this book because our students would get so excited to see the familiar staff members.  Take a look and see if you have any of the same hobbies!

 

 

Here is a link to the book: There Are Lots Of Different Hobbies

Hobbies

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For National Hobby Month we let staff take center stage in our book this week. The sensory groups explored boxes related to specific hobbies. The fine motor groups made art projects using techniques from some of our hobbyists and the language group made a tasty treat!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Ms. Trenisha collects elephants—-how cool is that! There were lots of different elephant items in this box including a hat, plush toys, and a discovery bottle with floating elephant beads.

 

 

 

There was also an accordion tube the students could use to form their own elephant trunks.

The accordion tube was a hit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Laurie loves to cross stitch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students stamped letter X’s into purple Bubber——our version of cross stitching 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Noah and Ms. Betsy enjoy gardening. We put a variety of vegetables in our play dirt this week and let the students dig their own gardens.

 

 

 

 

We also included a small rake.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Kevin likes to golf in his spare time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students made golf balls with white Floam.

Math access point: recognize three-dimensional objects, such as balls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Kim enjoys reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since animals are always fun to read about, we put some cool magnets that spelled the animal words into a box of beans.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Brenda loves to bake! For her box we brought out some chocolate cloud dough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A variety of different sized scoops and spoons were used to fill up a small cupcake tin.

Math access point: recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In her spare time, Ms. Thea  likes to go kayaking and fishing.

 

 

 

 

 

The students had fun seeing how many fish they could catch in our pond.

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To go along with our gardeners, we chose a fruity scent this week.

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry guava was a perfect choice!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made a tissue paper collage on a paper plate!

First, they identified the shape of their paper plate.

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they tore colorful tissue paper into smaller pieces and glued them down on to their plates.

Science access point: recognize a change in the external appearance of an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made collages like Ms. Jessica!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students practiced their painting skills by painting with water! Thank you Ms. Jeannie for donating “paint with water” coloring books!

First, they identified the shape of of their paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the students dampened their paint brushes with water and began painting. It was so cool watching the paint appear!

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize a change in the external appearance of an object.

 

 

 

 

 

Glue was added to the back of the picture—-we followed the shape of the paper reminding the students that it was a RECTANGLE.

Then they glued their picture on to a BIGGER rectangle!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

We are artists like Ms. Judy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a great hobby!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made yummy banana pudding parfaits this week in the language group.  Here’s the recipe that we used: Let’s Make Banana Pudding Parfaits

We started out by PUTTING instant vanilla pudding mix into a BOWL.  The student who HELPED was given the box of pudding mix.  If they were unable to open it, they requested HELP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the pudding mix was in the bowl, we measured out 2 cups of milk.  We poured one carton of milk into the measuring cup and found that we needed MORE.  We found that 2 cartons of milk from the cafeteria equals 2 cups!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Each student had a change to HELP MIX the ingredients up.  Since each student helped out, they were asked “who’s next” after their turn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we crushed up some vanilla wafers.  Each time a student was finished HELPING, we observed the bag to see if they needed to be crushed up MORE or if we were ALL DONE.

 

 

 

We adapted our glitter song and sang “crush your cookies instead of shake your glitter 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student had to request a CUP.  Then they had to request the ingredients to build the parfait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, they requested the crushed cookies.  We PUT some pudding on top of that and then added 3 slices of banana.  Each student counted out 3 slices.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

Finally, we PUT some whipped cream on top.  Each student was only given a small amount, so they had to indicate whether they wanted MORE or they were ALL DONE.  When the parfait was all ready, they had to request a SPOON.

 

 

 

 

I think we can all agree with Ms. Brenda that cooking can be a very fun hobby 🙂

 

 

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1920s book

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We took a look back 100 years to see what kinds of things were happening in the 1920s.  We found out some pretty interesting things like women getting the right to vote, Charles Lindbergh flying solo across the Atlantic ocean, and the invention of sliced bread and bubblegum.  We have one of our students on the front as a flapper and one on the back as a child of the 1920s.  Take a look and see how much the times have changed!

 

 

Here is a link to the book: What Happened In The 1920s?

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Just into a brand new decade we decided to look back—–WAY back to the 1920’s! The sensory groups explored boxes related to different events of the decade. The fine motor groups crafted projects with paint and cardboard. The language group made a vintage recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Rice in the colors of the Suffragette movement, celebrated the ratification of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote.

 

 

 

 

 

There were numbers 1 9 2 0 and a picture of Suffragettes to find at the bottom of the box.

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 1920’s was known as the Jazz Age!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students enjoyed listening to some jazz recorded on a voice output device while exploring beads—-like the flappers used to wear.

Science access point: recognize objects that create sounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found out the traffic light was invented in 1923 by Garret Morgan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students had fun sorting red, yellow, and green pompoms.

Science access point: match objects with similar observable properties, such as shape or color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Lindberg completed the first transatlantic plane flight in 1927. A vibrating massager simulated the feel of an old-time airplane.

 

 

 

 

To add to the effect we included some goggles and a toy airplane—-the students had a blast!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The massager REALLY was a hit 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stock market crash, which led to the great depression, occurred in 1929. The students looked for coins hidden in dollar symbol pasta (mixed with some regular pasta).

 

 

 

 

The students had fun exploring the different coins or shaking the pasta.

Social studies access point: recognize an example of money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball was considered the “national pastime” in the 1920’s. We learned that Babe Ruth set a home run record that stood for 70 years—-how cool is that!

 

 

 

 

We had the students make circles, like baseballs, in shaving cream.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mickey Mouse first appeared in Steamboat Willie in 1928.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our water play this week featured a small toy tugboat and Mickey character.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bubblegum was invented in 1928 so we chose that as our scent this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used Mr. Bubble bubble bath in our water and instead of lotion we used bubblegum scented Chapstick (applied to wrists or behind ears—-not on lips, of course!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we made model airplanes using cardboard rolls and tongue depressors!

First, the students chose their paint color—they had a choice between red or blue.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they painted their planes.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our pilots are ready for their transatlantic flight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made trumpets using paper bowls  and cardboard tubes. We hot glued the paper bowls and valves to the cardboard tubes prior to the start of the activity.

First, the students identified the shape of trumpet’s opening.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they applied gold paint.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

Let’s  play some jazz!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week we made a recipe that people in the 1920s would eat: a Waldorf salad.  Here is the recipe we used: Let’s Make A Waldorf Salad

We started out by PUTTING a chopped apple into the bowl.  On the recipe page, the students saw what a whole apple looks like next to a chopped apple.  We saw that they look DIFFERENT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we measured out 1 cup of quartered grapes.  Students had to identify the measuring cup on their communication board.  They also had to observe to see when the grapes reached the 1 cup mark.  If there weren’t enough grapes, they had to indicate MORE.

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

 

 

 

 

 

We PUT 2 stalks of chopped celery into the BOWL and followed that up with 1/4 cup of raisins and 1/4 cup walnuts.  Students observed that 1/4 cup is LESS than 1 cup.

 

 

 

Math access point: distinguish parts of objects from whole objects.

 

 

 

 

Finally, we measured out some plain Greek yogurt.  Students HELPED by making sure it was measured out correctly before it was PUT into the bowl.

Each student had a chance to STIR the ingredients together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students had to request a PLATE and a SPOON.  They had to indicate that they WANTED salad.  Only a small amount was put on their plate and they had to request MORE.

We thought it was a pretty delicious healthy recipe!

 

 

 

 

 

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