This week our theme was The Ocean and we had so much fun learning about it in our various groups.
We started with a box filled with blue basket grass, a shipwreck figure from a long ago aquarium, a piece of netting, sea shells, green chenille yarn that looked like seaweed, blue beads, pearls and a variety of sea life including a shark, dolphin, fish, lobster and a big spiky ball that looked just like a sea urchin.
This was a great box with interesting things to explore and discuss…..
…or just act silly with 🙂
Reach and grasp skills are promoted as the students explore the boxes contents. In addition visual and tactile discrimination skills are promoted.
This box addresses the language access point of responding to new vocabulary that is introduced and taught directly.
This also addresses the science access point of recognizing a model of a real object.
Since our moon sand is pretty dense, you have to push a little harder to make an impression—great for hand strengthening!
This box addresses the math access point of recognizing 2 dimensional shapes—a circle and a star.
Math access points can be addressed as the number of impressed shapes are counted.
Doesn’t this pink Floam look just like coral! This is the first time we used this material and everyone was pretty fascinated. It looks sticky but doesn’t FEEL sticky. Its pretty cool and can be molded or squished easily—lots of fun.
It is non-toxic but we made sure to watch for any exploratory “tasting” and made sure to re-direct any motions in that direction 🙂
This is great material for promoting reach and grasp skills.
The science access point using senses to recognize objects is addressed as students touch and squeeze the “coral”.
In addition to being pretty to look at, it could be rolled or shaken making a satisfying noise.
The science access point of applying a push to move an object is addressed here.
When shaken to produce the foam, the science access point of recognizing an action as fast or slow is addressed.
When holding the bottle the sub can be tracked, again addressing the science access point of tracking moving objects.
Discovery bottles are so easy (and cheap, which you know WE love) to make and are endlessly fascinating—-we love them!
In fact, some of them got just plain silly with it—-kids will be kids after all 🙂
The yarn is touchable and soft, perfect for our students who might have tactile aversions.
It also addresses the science access point of tracking objects that are pushed or pulled.
We used Ocean scented products from Bath and Body Works—-with a name like that we HAD to use it! In our water we put 3 fish: 1 big one and 2 little ones. The little fish are also squirters so they made for lots of splashy fun.
The fish can be counted and since the fish are different sizes, the math access point of recognizing differences in the size of objects is also addressed.
The little fish squirt water when squeezed so they are great for increasing grip strength.
As you can imagine, there were lots of giggles with this activity 🙂
On the inside we hung curling ribbon, beads, and some fish.
It turned out really great—-we were actually quite proud of ourselves 🙂
—-we taped whale and dolphin sounds (found on Sound Bible) onto our voice output device……….SO COOL!!!!!!
Did we mention how much fun our students had 🙂
This activity addresses the science access point of recognizing and responding to one type of sensory stimuli.
After our students have a chance to smell the scent we give them the opportunity to communicate their desire to have some lotion rubbed on their hands or arms. This addresses the language access point of adjusting body movement or nonverbal expression to communicate wants and needs.
What a lovely aroma to help us remember what we learned about the ocean today.
Fine Motor Group
We started by passing out and counting our circular paper plates.
After writing our names on the back we painted them purple (hmm—isn’t that Jeannie’s favorite color!)
Identifying objects by one observable property (in this case color) is a science access point.
Recognizing a common object with a 2 dimensional shape is a math access point.
Asking the question “is that enough?” addresses the science access point of solving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much or more is a math access point—-
—-of course, with glitter the answer is always “MORE” 🙂
Nice pincer grasp and eye hand coordination practice!
As the plate is folded in half it changes shape—-addressing the science access point of recognizing a change in an object.
Honestly, can our students be any more adorable 🙂
The pieces were dipped in glue and applied to the fish.
Tearing and crumpling the paper again addresses the science access point of recognizing a change in an object.
Lots of fine motor skills addressed including eye hand coordination and pincer grasp.
We cut it out of an old cardboard box and painted it green earlier in the week.
This activity addresses eye hand coordination and spatial relations skills.
As the various sea creatures were “caught” we wrote the names down on our sticky notes and put them onto the table—-giving the students the opportunity to address the language access point of responding to new vocabulary.
This is also a great activity to promote shoulder stability and eye hand coordination.
After using the adaptive scissors to cut off a square…
they told us whether it went “over” the water or “under” the water and glued it in the appropriate place on our picture.
That wraps up another week. Join us again next week for more fun and learning, Group by Group 🙂