This week the theme for our Sensory and Fine Motor Groups was the London Paralympics and our Language Group looked at words starting with the letter C.
Sensory Group—London Paralympics
You have to get on an airplane to travel to London!
When we got to the page in Cara’s book about riding in an airplane, we all took turns with the massager to simulate the vibration you would feel on the plane. Some of our students really like the feel of vibration, others not so much.
Recognizing and responding to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.
Our first box contained so many cool things. We included a double decker bus and british mailbox, wheelchair, a bag with the british flag, an athletic medal, strips of black fake fur (the soldiers guarding Buckingham Palace wear bearskin hats), some miniature sport balls, and a keychain with the 2012 logo among the rose petals (the british national flower).
We are addressing the access point of responding to new vocabulary that is introduced and taught directly. We are also addressing the social studies access point of recognizing the cultural characteristics of a population.
The British flag banner was so much fun to drape around our students or to grasp and wave around. It also gave a chance to talk about the different colors. This box also included some British coins we placed in an old spice container—-fun to shake and listen to them rattle.
Reach and grasp skills in addition to visual tracking as the objects move are addressed here. We are also targeting the science access points of pushing and pulling an object to make it move and tracking objects in motion as well as the social studies access point of recognizing coins as money.
Look at this colorful collection— our next box filled with pompoms, yarn and ribbons in the colors of the Olympic flag. A great opportunity to work on color identification as comparing and contrasting shape, color and texture.
The pompoms have such a nice soft texture and are easy to grasp. Picking up the ribbon and yarn strands encourages pincer grasp skills.
This targets the access point of identifying objects by one observable property.
The British love their tea and our students loved exploring the aromatic tea leaves.Wonderful tactile input as hands slide around and sift through it. We put in some circular puzzle pieces, again in the Olympic colors. We are working on the access point of recognizing objects with 2 dimensional shapes.
Fine Motor Group—London Paralympics
After reading Cara’s book and taking turns reading the repetitive line on our voice output device we began our art project—we’re going to make an olympic flag!
Then we took a toilet paper roll and stamped a ring. We emphasized stamping just 1 time before passing to the next student.
After we stamped a ring with all 5 of the olympic flag colors we glued a strip with the 2012 logo at the bottom. We helped our students place glue in an “across” fashion addressing pre-writing patterns.
This also addresses the math access point of recognizing a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down.
Perfectly done as you can see here 🙂
We passed around 7 pieces of rectangle paper—bright neon!
We always practice writing our names.
Again working on the math access point of recognizing a common object with a 2 dimensional shape.
We dipped the pieces into glue and placed them onto the top of the triangle.
Look at that concentration—-love it 🙂
let the games begin!
Language Group—letter C
So darn Cute
Sssh—its time to listen to Cara’s sound
“C” you next time—Group by Group!