It was all about red, white, and green—the colors of the Italian flag— in our Sensory and Fine Motor Groups! In our Language Group we looked at words that start with the letter G.
Sensory Group—Italian Heritage
Cara’s book helped us learn about Italian heritage. Our students did such a great job activating the voice output device to read the repetitive line. With the switch we are working on timing of the hit and activating it just one time.
This addresses the access point of responding to familiar print media.
We included beads (large ones to avoid choking hazards, of course), chenille stems, pom poms, a big bow from a valentine wreath, package ties, finger puppets etc.
You name it—if it was the right color, it went into the box 🙂
The main idea of these boxes is to encourage exploration to compare and contrast the differing properties of materials and our students were definitely intrigued!
Most students dove into every box exploring the contents with equal enthusiasm. A few students, however, either did not engage or became overly excited with one of the color boxes. It appeared that the particular color was either over or under stimulating to them.
These boxes address a number of science access points, including identifying objects by one observable property and recognizing objects as the same.
As the cup is filled, the math access point of recognizing the differences in the capacity of containers is addressed.
We also taped an Italian flag to the bottom of the box—a little
surprise to find.
We used our heart shaped cookie cutter—-because we LOVE Italy 🙂
This addresses the math access point of recognizing two-dimensional shapes.
We practiced our pre-writing designs making
Most excellently done in
this picture, as you can see 🙂
Then we finished with some vanilla sugar lotion so we could leave the group smelling like delicious cannolis—yum yum 🙂
This activity addresses the science access point of recognizing and responding to different types of sensory stimuli.
Fine Motor Group—Italian Heritage
Our bolster swing is a huge favorite with our students and a really fun way to work on sitting balance!
We counted out 8 pieces of paper and wrote our names on the back.
Today we are doing spaghetti (well actually string, ha ha) painting.
We asked our students to choose which color they wanted to paint with first…..
…..sometimes its hard to make that choice 🙂
and got to work!
This activity addresses eye hand
Gotta love that smile 🙂
We counted out our paper plates and then used red markers to color some
red pizza sauce. A variety of markers were used including these
pipsqueak markers from Crayola.
Our students are spending more time engaged with scribbling and
we are very excited about their progress!
Eye hand coordination skills are addressed during this activity. Also, strengthening is addressed while squeezing the glue onto the plate.
The math access point of indicating a desire for more of an object is addressed.
Our circle cutters work great for making perfect pepperoni pieces and our students really like using them.
Identifying a 2-dimensional shape is a math access point.
This addressed the math access point of showing one-to-one correspondence.
Time for some pizza.
Language Group—-Letter G
Go dog Go!
Got to count them as well, to address math access
The texture of the foam was very helpful for our student with a visual impairment.
Glued them on to the back of the plate to make a……
And we finished by looking at some of the
G words we found today.
What an awesome week! Please come
back again, Group by Group.