This week our theme for our Sensory and Fine Motor groups was Labor Day which tied in nicely to the Unique Curriculum unit on community workers. Our Language group looked at words starting with the letter B.
Sensory Group—Labor Day
We put in a variety of items representing different jobs, such as doctors, firefighters, a computer cord. We also put in other labor day related items such as a plastic hamburger (lots of people cook out on labor day). The burger made a squeaking sound when squeezed—-and it got squeezed ALOT!
Digging around for different items in the paper shred encourages figure ground perception skills and eye hand coordination.
Our next box was filled with white cotton balls and wooden tongue depressors—well, actually popsicle sticks since we didn’t have tongue depressors but we were going for the same texture and they look pretty similar 🙂 This, of course, reminded us of doctors and nurses.
The popsicle sticks were quite the hit with some of our students. This box allows addresses the science access points comparing the different properties (hard/soft) of the materials.
Shaving foam made a great stand in for the foam the firefighters use to put out fires. Its fun to practice prewriting patterns such as drawing up/down/across. It also allows our students to explore and respond to a “wet” texture which is different from the previous “dry” texture.
This addresses the science access point of recognizing
and responding to different types of sensory stimuli.
We used our soft sand and looked for the large letter L.
The shell made a great scoop, allowing our students to practice scooping skills or hold out their hands as the soft sand sprinkled down.
Fine Motor Group—Labor Day
Our students loved Cara’s book this week, community helpers are always a big hit—especially the firefighters! As our students look at and touch the different pages they are learning concepts of print which is one of their access points.
We started by talking about the color we were going to paint the hat and asked our students to show us the color “red”.
…….let the painting begin!
addresses hand strengthening and putting the
emblem onto the hat, eye hand coordination.
On Thursday after reading our book, we continued with the firefighter theme and made a fire engine.
Then we used our paper cutter to cut 2 strips of yellow paper.
We glued them down on the paper horizontally, telling the students to put the pieces in an across direction addressing spatial concepts. Recognizing a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is a math access point.
in an “up and down” direction to make the rungs of the
ladder. We made sure to have some additional precut
strips for those students who were ready to move onto the
Language Group—Letter B
We started By Blowing Bubbles. For our students who couldn’t blow, they practiced Bilateral coordination Bursting the Bubbles Between their hands. Our student with a visual impairment enjoyed the feel of them on his Bare arms:)
a large button, some ribbon and felt—found from the
crafty stash). What a fun way to practice fasteners!
Next we made some Binoculars. We cut along a line to make 1 piece of paper into 2 pieces (fitting in those math access points). We got the paper from a wallpaper sample book. Our students used a variety of adaptive scissors and paper cutters to complete this step.
We taped the paper around toilet paper rolls and
stapled them together.
……..as they looked for Blue Birds, Bison, Butterflies, Bees, Billy goats, Boxers, Black Bears, Bunnies, Bats, Bulls, Bullfrogs, and Boars.
We knew all those Beanie Babies we had saved would come in handy one day 🙂