This week our Sensory and Fine Motor Groups explored the ocean Under the Sea. Our Language Group learned about the Sun.
Sensory Group—Under the Sea
Our students used a yes/ no visual support or verbalized their responses.
The students really loved watching the bubbles drift around.
Visual tracking is addressed in this activity.
We used cookie cutters shaped like starfish or round bubbles.
Comparing the different shapes addresses math access points.
Fine motor skills are addressed when manipulating the cookie cutters.
We put in some blue easter grass and some green chenille stems that reminded us of seaweed. We also included a variety of beads—white like the pearls that you might find, green and blue like the ocean colors. Green and blue pompoms added a contrasting textural component. Different koosh balls and kitchen scrubbers reminded us of sea urchin and other marine life. There were also some plastic fish and sea shells to discover.
…. and great fun to run fingers across to “squish” the gel in different directions practicing prewriting patterns.
We love the way it turned out, perfect for our fish shaped cookie cutter.
Counting the fish as they were cut addresses math access points.
Fine motor skills are also addressed when using the cookie cutter.
Vibration can be a pretty intense input and we made sure to respect our students responses to it.
just like ocean waters!
This yarn is soft and easy to grasp, our students just love the way it feels.
When shaken you get foam—just like waves in the ocean—so much fun!
Really, oobleck that glows in the dark—-how could you possibly make exploring science access points more fun :)
The outdoorsy scent reminding us of a day at the ocean.
Fine Motor Group—Under the Sea
We used our paper cutters to cut out fish. Counting the fish addresses math access points.
The fish were set aside and a staff member taped short strands of fishing line to them and to the inside of a tennis ball container lid.
Bilateral and grasp skills are addressed.
On Thursday we made an aquarium for a jelly fish! We got the idea from bhoomplay.wordpress.com just brilliant!
Squeezing the glue along the strip addresses visual spatial skills and hand strengthening.
sure the strip was fully covered.
Picking up the gravel promotes pincer grasp skills.
We set this aside to dry.
We had pre-made the jelly fish by cutting a square from a plastic grocery bag, gathering it up in the middle, and wrapping a rubber band about 1 inch from the middle–making a head. We snipped some “legs” along the bottom part. Then we held the “head” open under a faucet, leaving room for a little bit of air.
Eye hand coordination is addressed when placing the the jelly fish into the bottle.
Wrist rotation is addressed when tightening the lid—-
make sure its really tight!
You really have to try this!
Language Group—The Sun
Now that we have finished the alphabet, we are trying some new things with our Language Group so things may change from week to week—but always fun :)
This activity addresses math and science access points!
Counting the pompoms and comparing their shape and size to our stuffed sun addressed math access points.
Next we play Cara’s latest language game. We went over things we do when the sun is out during the day and things we do during the night. Then we categorized them. Each student looked at a picture like “eat breakfast” and pointed to a picture of day or night.
We glued on the pictures and discussed that we do more things during the day when the sun is out than at night.
The students chose either a light or dark blue sky.
We then passed out a yellow circle to each student and discussed its shape, then glued it to the paper.
Of course, we counted them as they were passed out— addressing math access points.
We also counted the rays….
never passing up an opportunity to address math access points!
We counted out 4 cotton balls (our non-verbal students used a voice output device) and added some clouds to our sky.
Wow, this week was fantastic—we had so much fun!
Come back next week for more fun and learning Group by Group!