This week our Language Group looked at words that start with the letter F. Our Sensory and Fine Motor Groups learned about animal habitats which tied into this month’s Unique Curriculum theme.
Sensory Group—Animal Habitats
We started out in the rainforest. Joy twist tied some green garland, curling ribbon, and twisted paper strips to a black umbrella to make the rainforest “canopy”. We added jungle sounds to a voice output device, a water mister, and a stuffed monkey.
Simple idea but very effective—our students were enchanted! We prompted them to activate the voice output device then brought the rainforest over their heads. They got soooo excited when it was their turn!
Pressing the voice output device after cessation of the sounds addresses the math access point of indicating a desire for more of an action or object.
We couldn’t get the shot but she was using the monkey to
activate the voice output device—could that be any
more adorable 🙂
We used about 5 boxes of instant tapioca granules which look just like snow crystals. They have an interesting, slightly coarse feel. We put in a polar bear and some white felt bunnies which blended into the background—just like they do in the arctic! Our letter A’s being different colors really contrasted well.
This box addresses visual discrimination skills. It also addresses the math access point of one to one correspondence—counting 2 bunnies and 1 polar bear.
scorpions, and lizards.
Again lots of opportunities to count things and to
compare the different properties of the
soft sand and hard rocks.
Using the finger puppets addresses bilateral coordination as the student places them on their fingers and also finger individuation as they animate the animals.
Comparing the differing colors of the leaves and differing textures the other materials addresses the science access point of comparing objects by observable properties.
Its strong aroma immediately engages the students! It contained
some spiders, bugs, worms, and centipedes.
Our students loved running their fingers through the soil
and glimpsing the word “soil” taped to the bottom of the box.
Of course, it was also so much fun to pick up and examine all the different bugs to be found hidden in the soil.
Pincer grasps are promoted when picking up the small animals and math access points are addressed when counting them.
The cold jello added another sensory dimension and
allowed us to discuss the science access point of
recognizing materials as warm or cold and also the
science access point of recognizing objects that are
identical to each other when counting the frogs.
…..but others dived right in 🙂
“Into the Wild” body wash from Bath and
Bodyworks—it seemed perfect for our habitat
Grasping skills were promoted while
reaching for the floating fish or ducks.
In addition, one to one correspondence and the
concepts of large and small which are math
Our students loved the aroma and feeling it rubbed on their arms—or back of the neck, for students who do a lot of hand exploration.
A lovely scent to help us remember all the wonderful animal habitats we visited today.
Fine Motor Group—Animal Habitats
We started as usual by reading Cara’s book and using the voice output device to help read the repetitive line.
On Tuesday we jumped like rainforest monkeys in the sensory room.
What a fun way to get some proprioceptive and vestibular input which is so important for our students to help build body awareness and gross motor skills.
art project—-paper plate fish!
We counted out our plates as they were handed out
and we discussed the plates color (white) and
Then we cut out a triangle shape using our adaptive
scissors. Discussing the different shapes addresses
the math access point of recognizing
Pincer grasp, finger isolation skills are
addressed here in addition to visual
spatial relations and math concepts.
We started by counting out our poster board turtles and then our
egg carton shells—working on the math access point of rote
counting yet again 🙂
We asked our students to put the shells ON TOP of the turtles,
addressing spatial concepts and eye hand
While the adults hot glued the shells to the bodies, our students put on their paint shirts—working on dressing skills.
gives our students practice with writing tools and
addresses eye hand coordination.
They really got into this!
we LOVE it!
Language Group—Letter F
which blew air into our Faces.
Can you see that dimple, just too cute 🙂
YIKES, we didn’t get a picture of all the fish but to give you an idea: a Fantail one from a Fishing game, a Fat ball shaped one, a Felt one, a water squirter that blew Fresh air.
We dropped them into a Fishbowl, addressing eye hand coordination and the math access point of rote counting.
Our Favorite was the Fidgity Fish —it vibrated!
Cara’s latest sound game.
Ms. Robin’s Fabulous intern Julie.
get the salsa back in the jar.
Join us again for more fun and learning next week, Group by Group.