This week we celebrated Dr. Seuss in our Sensory and Fine Motor Groups. We looked at words that started with letter X in our Language Group.
Sensory Group—Dr. Seuss
We started with Cara’s latest book which was a pretty special one. We got the idea to make our own illustrations from Sharon (one of our followers)—-thanks so much! It was so much fun to see our students faces as they recognized some of the models!
The theme of our first box was “The Cat in the Hat”. It was filled with soft red, white, and black pom poms and chenille stems. We really liked these black and white ones! This was such a fun colorful box that was very eye catching for our students!
We asked our students to find pom poms that were the same, discussing their colors.
The math access points of recognizing a common 3 dimensional object and recognizing two objects that are identical to each other.
We filled our “If I Ran the Zoo” box with straw and a variety of animals you might find at the zoo—including our cool sound producing elephant and tiger found in the dollar section at Target last year. There was also a little duplo zoo keeper, fences, play food for the animals and houses. Our students enjoyed the animals and had a lot of fun waving and shaking the straw.
Pressing the buttons on the sound producing animals was an opportunity to address finger individuation skills as well as addressing the science access point of recognizing and responding to common sounds.
This box also gave the students an opportunity to respond to new vocabulary which is a language access point.
Playdough is such a great tactile medium and great for building fine motor skills as it is squeezed and pressed into shapes.
The science access point of recognizing a change in an object is addressed here. Also, the math access point of recognizing a 2 dimensional shape (oval) is addressed.
We used our large alphabet cookie cutters and they really stood out in contrast to the rice.
Tactile and visual discrimination skills in addition to letter identification are addressed in this box.
These are such a great pictures, the student really enjoyed having it dripped on his hand—so much so that he used his PIXON communication board to request more.
He effectively communicated his needs using picture symbols which is a language access point—this made Cara VERY happy 🙂
These were totally fun and the students had a blast shaking them—applying a push or pull to move an object is a science access point.
There were a lot of different colors helping address the science access point of identifying objects by one observable property.
“One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” was the theme for our water play. The math access point of associating quantities 1 and 2 with number names in addition to the science access point of identifying objects by one observable property, such as color.
Our little blue fish squirts water when squeezed helping strengthen hands.
Our students let us know whether they liked our choice by body gestures, vocalizations or in the case of the student pictured—facial expressions.
Guess you can’t please everyone 🙂
Fine Motor Skills—Dr. Seuss
On Tuesday we were lucky enough to have 3 of our “models” while we read our book and our students really enjoyed pointing them out—communicating recognition of familiar persons is a language access point!
For our art project we made Cat in the Hat masks, so much fun! We started by cutting a red rectangle into two pieces—cutting it in half.
Recognizing a change in an object is a science access point. Identifying 2 dimensional shapes, another math access point, is also addressed.
Then we took the 2 red pieces along with a precut white strip and glued them to the top, middle and bottom of a a white rectangle. It was actually 2 pieces of white cardstock stapled together to make it firmer—since we didn’t have any poster board 🙂
Matching 1 object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence and associating quantities 1 and 2 with number names are math access points.
How about that—-
a cat in a hat 🙂
On Thursday we continued with our seussical theme by reading Cara’s book again. We also showed the students the book One Fish Two Fish in preparation for our next art project which we found on Pinterest!
Painting gives our students practice using writing tools and while we encourage “proper” grip patterns, it is more important to us that our students are actively INVOLVED in the process.
This activity addresses spatial relations and eye hand coordination.
Recognizing when an object is added to a situation is a math access point. Identifying objects by one observable property ( such as color) is a math access point
Doesn’t it look great—you can’t really tell in the picture but the syrup dries shiny so it looks just like water. Totally cool!!!!
Language Group—Letter X
When all the beads were on the string we helped the students count them.
Our students had so much fun opening up the box and looking inside 🙂
Fine motor skills are addressed as the box is opened and the plush animals are pulled out.
Counting 1-3 objects is a math access point.
Next we glued 2 craft sticks together to make an X. We made it eXtraordinary by sprinkling on some glitter. This activity works on letter identification and prewriting skills in addition to fine motor skills.
The students had fun choosing which color glitter to choose. We gave them 3 choices—to practice for their alternate assessment.
That wraps up another really fun week, hope you will join us next time….. Group by Group.