Our themes this week were Following the Rules from the Unique Curriculum for our Sensory and Fine motor groups and the letter E for our Alphabet group.
Sensory Group—Following the Rules
We read Goldilocks and the 3 bears asking “did she follow the rules”? We used a communication board to let the students answer yes/no during selected parts of the story where we changed our wording slightly from the original. For example, Goldilocks pushed her bowl off the table, knocked the chair down, walked in to a stranger’s house, and ran instead of walked, etc. One of our teachers (Alice) came up with this great idea.
We also had some props, including velcro pieces attached to our book pages and 3 bear finger puppets that Nancy made.
We mixed some of the oatmeal with water of a “just right temperature” and tried finger painting the letters G and B and the number 3. Practicing the movement patterns helps build motor memory for the letters and numbers. In addition, it was a different texture for our students who are tactile defensive to explore.
For our students who could tolerate oral tastings we made a separate bowl of oatmeal and encouraged them to communicate by facial expression, vocalization or voice output device if it tasted “just right”. One of our students who rarely verbalizes stated her opinion loud and clear saying “I like it”—-her class got to keep the box of oatmeal 🙂
Fine Motor Group— Following The Rules
First, we counted the 3 bear puppets and our students took turns wearing them, working on finger isolation skills. The puppets were a huge hit. After we finished our book we began our Goldilocks art project.
We used yellow ribbon to lace through the precut holes of our paper plate. We pointed out that the plate was a circle. Lacing works on bilateral coordination, eye hand coordination and sequencing skills. In addition, our students practiced their pincer grasps when pulling the ribbon.
We counted 2 eyes, 1 nose and 1 mouth while discussing the the concepts of over/under as our students glued them to the plate.
Doesn’t Goldilocks look beautiful!
On Thursday, after reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears, we made bear faces from paper plates.
We counted out 2 plates and discussed which one was big and which one was little. Our students used built up handle brushes to paint both plates brown. Some of our students are very enthusiastic painters.
While the paint dried, we cut a pink square in half to make 2 triangles for noses using an adaptive scissors. These squeeze scissors are excellent for students with beginning scissor skills. They can be purchased from a variety of catalogs.
WOW! We covered a lot of access points: shapes, colors, fractions, numbers, etc. We Followed The Rules!
The Alphabet Group—letter E
We revved our car Engines (purchased from Meyer Johnson catalog) to Erase an Eight shaped race track. We took it Easy, rather than going fast. Slowly tracing the line is great visual tracking, the large size it facilitated crossing midline and its vertical placement helps address shoulder stability.
All the students enjoyed the activity and really concentrated on “staying on the road”.
Next we counted out Eight (sneaking in a math access point into our literacy activity) Eggs and used a dinosaur grabber to pick them up and fill the Empty bowl. This activity works on pre scissor skills, eye hand coordination, shoulder stability and graded motor control—and its a lot of fun!
Assembling the Elephant let us work on sequencing, following directions, and spatial concepts.
Our students just loved them and some pretended they were masks!
Thats all for now, join us again next week for more fun Group by Group!