The themes this week were Hanukkah for our Sensory and Fine Motor Groups and the Letter N for our Language Group.
We learned about Hanukkah by reading Cara’s “Happy Hanukkah” book and then started our explorations!
Our first box contained an assortment of Hanukkah goodies. We used smooth gold mardi gras beads for the “gelt”, soft big chenille stems in the colors of blue and white, small rough gold chenille stems, curly white and blue ribbons—all these allowed us to compare properties of materials (science access points).
Other Hanukkah symbols included the Star of David and dreidel cookie cutters, play food donut, and wooden driedels.
Our students loved exploring this box, the curly ribbons being a particular hit!
Either scooping or sifting—so much
They have a soft, yet crunchy feel which our students really enjoyed.
A plastic “latke” was fun to find and also use as a scoop. Visual tracking was addressed as the light flakes drifted down.
So soft and nice to grab a hold of, shake or drape over shoulders.
Such fun to swirl around and practice pre writing patterns and letters.
So proud of this young lady, her writing is really improving—look at those perfect letters 🙂
scented water and then rubbing vanilla sugar
scented lotion—leaving the yummy aroma of
doughnuts wafting through the room.
Fine Motor Group—Hanukkah
On Tuesday we started by reading Cara’s book, using our voice output devices for the repetitive line then proceeded to make a handprint menorah.
First, our students chose the color of their paper. To help increase literacy, the color choice cards also have the color names written on them.We discussed its rectangular shape and counted them as we passed them out.
Some of our students pressed their
hands into the paint tray, for others
we painted their hands using a foam
Squeezing the glue is great for hand strengthening but glitter glue is really hard to squeeze! For some of our students, we used brushes instead.
Asking the students to place the glue “on top” of the fingers addresses directionality concepts.
Such cute little hands!
After reading the book we began our project—dreidels!
Cara printed the symbols on blue paper.
We found this idea on a number of websites (some people are so creative!) and adapted it to fit our needs.
squares (math access points are just
These paper cutters work well for cutting
straight lines and our students really have
fun using them.
We also discussed the meaning of each symbol and how the game is played.
Happy Hanukkah 🙂
Language Group—letter N
turning on and off the switch to the
The students loved draping this
around their Neck and shoulders.
Picking up the yarn works on pincer grasp skills.
We didn’t have to be Neat.
Paint samples are of a heavier weight card stock that make them easier for beginning cutters. Its also nice that they come in varying widths and pre printed lines.
and used our electric stapler to hold it
There are is always a New sound to listen for. Some of them are Noisy!
Fun, fun, fun this week! Please join us next week as we finish up our holiday unit and learn about the letter M—-Group by Group 🙂