We had so much fun in our Sensory and Fine motor groups with our Valentine theme this week. The letter T was the theme for our Language Group.
Sensory Group—Valentines Day
We read Cara’s Valentine book and used our voice output device for the repetitive line “Its Valentines Day” and then began exploring all our sensory boxes.
The letters gave us the opportunity to pick out the individual letter V for valentine as well as make the word “love” and discuss the concept as related to Valentines day.
We found some cute heart shaped measuring spoons, which helped us work on shape identification (a math access point)——- and they were just so darned cute 🙂
We searched for some heart shaped rings and letter V’s in cloud dough sprinkled with red glitter (it doesn’t show up that well in the photo but it really sparkles in person). We found the recipe online and it has this super soft feel that is both powdery and moldable. Pretty awesome stuff that even the adults can’t resist!
Searching for the rings and letters addresses tactile discrimination skills. Counting them addresses math access points. Squeezing the dough promotes grip strength.
The paper is fun to grasp, crumple, shake, wiggle fingers in, and watch drift down when dropped. It also provides some auditory stimulation as it rustles and crackles.
Of course, we discussed the color of the paper addressing color identification skills.
We filled a couple of bottles with foam hearts, beads, sequins (and a little red glitter). These were all tiny valentine related items too small for our explorers but great for visual discrimination skills. We glued the caps back on to make sure they were safe for our students.
The bottles could be rotated adding an interesting movement component encouraging visual attention and tracking. Of course, they were also fun to shake promoting motor skills and adding auditory stimulation!
Reaching and exploring encourages fine motor skills and properties of materials discussion, a science access point.
Our final box was filled with large, soft pink and red pompoms and small pink and red mardi gras beads (we do love those beads). More opportunities for discussion of properties of materials! We also discussed the shape of the pompoms and beads, addressing math access points.
We gave our students the opportunity to taste the pudding but kept it as a separate activity. It also allowed them to practice their language skills, requesting “more”—-they got lots of practice 🙂
We rinsed our hands in cinnamon red hots scented body wash. Then we rubbed strawberry scented lotion on our students right arms and chocolate scented lotion on their left arms for increased body and language awareness. Lots of yummy valentine scents to remind us of Valentines Day!
Fine Motor Group—Valentines Day
We started our Tuesday group by reading Cara’s book. Our students had so much fun looking at the pictures and everyone pressed the voice output device independently!
This is a great activity for strengthening hand intrinsics and eye hand coordination. For students who can hold the bag themselves, bilateral functions are addressed.
We really do try give them as many chances as we can to practice selecting choices! In addition, we encourage our students to verbalize their choices when possible.
The heart was then glued onto the bottom of the bag.
Squeezing the glue promotes hand strength and picking up the small items helps strengthen pincer grasp. Placement of the items build spatial relations skills.
And with lots of Ta Da’s, our students help their bugs fly. As they wave their bugs, our students help strengthen their shoulder stability.
Here is a little bug spreading the love 🙂
On Thursday we continued our Valentines theme, reading Cara’s book again. We had such fun discussing all the different symbols of the holiday and different ways to say I love you.
Our students all have different skill levels in the area of writing but we were especially proud of this one. Today he picked up his pencil and “signed” his name independently.
Needless to say he got a huge round of Ta-Da’s 🙂
By adding the words to the color squares, we increased the literacy component.
We discovered that its best to make heavy, wide marks with the crayon and that the paint needs to be thin, watercolor consistency.
For our visual impaired student, we wrote with white glue to give it a raised surface.
Looks like we ready for Valentines Day 🙂
Language Group—Letter T
Great for building eye hand coordination skills, social skills, and math skills.
This is a great activity for Tactile discrimination, for our students who can identify the object before removing it from the sock. For our other students, we asked them to match their object to a model after they had removed it.
This was really a lot of fun and our students really enjoyed seeing if they were “correct”.
Our students used a variety of scissors, depending on their skill level.
The Tails were Taped to the bottom of the plate, continuing to work on spatial concepts.
We really Targeted spatial concepts today!
Then we Turned the plate over and glued Them To The back of the plate (still working on those spatial concepts).
This is just one of our Totally Terrific Turtles 🙂
Our students loved the turtles and were so excited to show them off.
There were some pretty cool sounds this week.
It was a great week, we had such a good time!
We hope you can join us again next week for more fun Group by Group.