It got a little chilly this week, perfect for talking about Fall in our Sensory and Fine Motor Groups! In our Language Group we learned about words starting with Ms. Joy’s favorite letter—J. We hope you are enjoying seeing our students—we think they are awfully cute 🙂 One of our teachers, Ms. Bennett, has been projecting the blog onto a big screen and her students have been having so much fun looking for their pictures.
Is this fun or what!
Our students love both jumping into and burying themselves in the colorful balls. So much wonderful vestibular and proprioceptive input to help build body awareness!
This also helps address the science access point of recognizing one or more external body parts as we discuss which parts of their body are covered by the balls.
Now, back to the classroom…..
when we got to the page about the wind
blowing the leaves we turned on the hair
dryer (on “cool” setting of course). Each
student got a chance to hold the leaves
and feel the “wind”. They all loved it!
Lots of smiles all around 🙂
This activity addresses the science
access point of indicating awareness of
More leaves in our next box, along with a variety of fall related items. We put in a small football, scarecrows, squirrels, playfood apples and hamburgers (for tailgating at those football games), pine cones, pieces of yarn in fall colors, and LOTS of silk leaves. A lovely assortment of textures to feel and examine.
Finding objects in the box involves both visual and tactile discrimination skills.
This box also addresses the science access point of recognizing that plants have leaves.
It reminds us of nice warm sweaters that we
wear when it starts to get chilly outside!
We found this yarn at Michaels.
Its wonderfully soft and fun to pull apart
addressing bilateral skills.
of recognizing clothing worn by humans
in different weather (seasons)
Of course, its so great for draping over
and around you like a scarf or hat.
This, of course, addresses the access point of giggling at least once daily 🙂
of some yummy warm soup on a cool
autumn evening. Our students love to bury
their hands into the beans as well as
empty and fill the different containers.
You have to love the two fisted approach
shown here 🙂
This addresses the math access point of
recognizing differences in sizes of
Most of them even ignored the mardi gras beads in favor of the the shakers—and the beads are usually a favorite!
This box addresses the science access point of recognizing an action as fast or slow.
Wonderfully noisy, our students had a great
time with this box.
A few did try to sample
the “leaves’ but for the most part they just
enjoyed smashing and crunching them.
This activity addresses the science access
point of recognizing and responding to
We searched for the letter F as we sifted through it. A delightful tactile experience.
You can’t really see it in this picture, but a piece of paper with leaves was taped to the bottom of the box to be found as the oatmeal is cleared away. With these boxes being clear, we can tape pictures to the bottom of the box thus being seen without getting torn up as students explore the contents.
Our own little genius moment 🙂
that means s’mores! Yum Yum!
Our oobleck looks
just like melted marshmallow don’t
As the oobleck changes from a solid
to a liquid this addresses the science
access point of recognizing that the
appearance of an object or material
Smell is an important memory trigger, so we always end our group with some aromatic water and lotion activities.
Fine Motor Group—Fall
we had to make a colorful tree! First we
passed our our rectangular pieces of paper
and practiced writing our names on the
back. Then we used our assorted
adaptive scissors to snip colorful pieces
of paper. What a great way to practice our
emergent cutting skills.
This also addresses the math access point
of recognizing a common object with a
Those tiny pieces of paper are just perfect for facilitating a pincer grasp. In addition, eye hand coordination and spatial relationships are addressed in this activity.
Love how the artist added his
own touch by crumpling
some of the pieces to add
On Thursday, after reading Cara’s book again, we made some cute little scarecrows.
This addresses the math access point of using quantities to 4.
As the paper cutters are shared with classmates, the students address the science access point of sharing objects with a partner—-sharing and taking turns is a very important skill!
Here is 1!
They need to look just
like this 🙂
The science access
point of recognizing a
change in an object is
…..added a precut brown hat.
This addresses the math access point of recognizing common objects with two-dimensional shapes.
Next came an orange triangle nose and 2 googlie eyes!
More math access points!
…..you crows out there better watch out 🙂
Language Group—-Letter J
It had some really cute sounds this week.
This activity addresses the science access point of recognizing and responding to common sounds.
This addresses the
math access point of
movement that reflects
a spatial relationship.
……to find a Jungle animal.
Unscrewing the jar addresses bilateral coordination and wrist rotation.
Threading the pipe cleaner through the bell addresses bilateral skills.
Counting the bells also allows for the opportunity to address more math access points—-and we love that.
Jazzy and Jingly….totally fun don’t you think! These were a total hit with our students, they really loved shaking their arms and listening to the bells.
Join us again next week for more fun and learning—–Group by Group 🙂