This week our Sensory and Fine Motor groups had a Thanksgiving theme while the theme for our Language Group was the letter L.
We started our session by reading Cara’s book “On Thanksgiving Day” using the voice output device to say the repetitive line.
Our first discovery box was filled with all sorts of Thanksgiving themed objects such as leaves, felt pilgrim faces, a scarecrow, big and little turkeys, soft orange and yellow yarn, hard gourds AND a plastic turkey leg 🙂
Math access points were addressed when discussing big and little turkeys as well as counting them.
Science access points were addressed comparing the hard gourds with the soft yarn.
Its amazing how much you can fit into one little box!
Our students really enjoyed searching through the box
to find their favorite things. Others got more creative and started dropping leaves on their teachers head as she was bending down to pick something up 🙂
Finding the letters and turkeys among the beans also addresses visual and tactile discrimination.
The beans were a huge hit in one of our middle school classrooms and as 3 students gathered around the box, one young man made sure to note “look we are sharing”. How sweet!
We were also able to work on some visual tracking by picking up the boas and moving them around.
It was fun to squish while talking about the properties of materials, a science access point.
Our students also enjoyed being draped with the yarn or working on their fine motor skills by pulling the strands up.
absolutely delicious but our students resisted the temptation
to sample it 🙂
Hand strengthening was addressed when squeezing the play dough and using our turkey and leaf cookie cutters.
The texture was a little challenging for our students with tactile issues but most of them at least got a finger in.
Between the pumpkin pie playdough, scented water and lotion, it was quite the aromatic delight for lovers of all things pumpkin!
Fine Motor Group—Thanksgiving
On Tuesday we read Cara’s Thanksgiving book. Our students especially loved the pages with food and loved pointing to their favorites. After our story we made a little turkey that Jeannie designed.
First, we colored a an index card brown. As we passed out the index cards we counted them and discussed their shape, addressing math access points.
The index card was then set aside for a moment (after 2 holes were punched in the middle).
staff using a small pompom, tiny googlie eyes, a small piece
of pipe cleaner, and a small piece of craft foam) and began
stringing folded (with a pre punched hole in the middle
near the fold) cupcake liners.
Our students had so much fun picking out and counting
the colorful liners.
A quick twist of the pipe cleaner secures everything in place. Then the pipe cleaner is threaded through the holes in the index card to give it a base to sit on. A very cute turkey–sorry, no picture of it finished 😦
On Thursday after reading “On Thanksgiving Day” again, we made pumpkin pies!
them into their bowl. Tearing the paper addresses bilateral
coordination and is a good pre-scissor skill building activity.
Our students worked on hand strengthening by squeezing glue onto the plate.
Then they practiced their pincer grasps by picking up pieces of torn paper and placing them on the glue.
We presented 3 spices (nutmeg, cloves, and pumpkin pie) and let our students smell them. After smelling each one they chose their favorite by either pointing or smiling and then got to shake it all over their plates.
Thanks to Laurie B. for this idea. Also the choice of 3 items correlates to our alternate assessment.
Language Group—-letter L
Holding the wand over the puzzle helps build shoulder stability. Picking up the puzzle pieces addresses following directions and eye hand coordination.
We also counted the puzzle pieces, working on math access points.
Squeezing this finger fidget works on strengthening pincer grasp.
We counted them as they were passed out and discussed the circular shape of the plate.
Then our students were asked to make a choice of 3 markers to use when coloring both the lion’s face and paper plate.
Our students have different ways of communicating their choices, these include pointing, vocalizing, facial expression, or eye gazing.
Putting the toy in a box lid helps keep the toy contained.
As usual, everyone wanted to use the switch to color also their pictures—and of course we Let them 🙂
We finished as usual, by playing Cara’s listening game.
Lots of Laugh’s as usual!
Its sometimes hard to collect all of them for our pictures, as our students really Like to examine them 🙂
What an awesome week! We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and we will see you afterwards for more fun and learning Group by Group!