This week our themes were The Beach for our sensory group, Cool School Tools for our fine motor group and the letter A for our alphabet group.
Cara made a super book (she will upload it later in the week) with a repetitive line. We recorded the sounds of waves and seagulls on one sequencer and the repetitive line “at the beach” on the other. Our students were able to add the auditory component by pressing the switch after the page was read. In addition, we passed around the “mer” smell from the Follow your Nose game.
We used coconut scented lotion as our “sunscreen”. We also had goggles and sunglasses for the students to wear.
We made salty sea water.
Cool School Tools
In our Fine Motor Group we talked about Cool School Tools. Cara made another wonderful book (uploaded next week) with a repetitive line. After we finished the book we got to work on our activity. Joy adapted an idea she saw in Family Fun Magazine to make a giant pencil.
Then they picked a marker and colored one half of their halves. We like markers because they have less “drag” than crayons and have vivid colors. They also have nice fat handles which make them easier to grasp.
The adults then folded the plate into a cone shape and taped it closed. We pointed out that it was a CONE shape, which is a math access point.
Students practice writing their names then turn the paper over. The pink rectangle is glued to the bottom of the yellow rectangle. Squeezing glue is great for hand strengthening!
Next we passed a precut blue strip that was then glued on top of the pink rectangle.
The finished product! Some of our students started pretend writing with their pencils—–very cute.
The Letter A
In our last group, our students practice their fine motor skills, literacy and communication skills reinforcing the “letter of the week”.
Joy has a variety of tongs for the students to choose from. Working with tongs is a great pre-scissor activity.
Students were given a choice of red, yellow or green tissue paper. When taking the Alternate Assessment our students have to pick from 3 choices.
The tissue paper was then torn into smaller pieces and glued onto their apples.
Tearing paper is a great pre-scissor/bilateral coordination activity.
Well that’s it for our first week. We hope you find some useful information and come back next week for more activities Group by Group!