This week our theme complements the Unique Curriculum healthy living unit our students are studying. In Cara’s book, the characters make a healthy snack and the sensory group boxes relate to some of the different snacks in the book. The fine motor group made some fun food related art projects. In the language group, the students got to make a healthy snack—–YUM!
This first box was filled with a variety of play food, puzzle pieces etc—-some of it healthy and some of it not so much 🙂 While the students explored the contents we asked them to indicate which ones were the healthy snacks. The students enjoyed exploring the different contents and especially liked the squeaky cupcake!
The science access point recognize a model of a real object.
Healthy snacks are colorful—-just like our rainbow rice! As the students ran their fingers through the colorful grains there was a cute picture of a bowl of happy little fruit and 2 letter H’s for them to find, lots of fun!
Some of them were especially fascinated by the hidden picture 🙂
The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed here.
Bubber has such a cool texture and it comes in so many great colors. It is always fun to bring out for the students to explore. This time we asked them to squeeze it into big “plums” and little “grapes”.
This activity was an opportunity to explore the math access point recognize differences in size of objects.
Using the circle cookie cutter the students could make their own slices of swiss cheese. A mouse stamper added to the fun.
The math access point recognize a 2 dimensional shape, in this case a circle and the science access point recognize a change in an object are both addressed here.
A little brown owl was the title character in this weeks book so we wanted to dedicate one of the boxes to her. The students had a blast with the “owl” feather boa. Either wrapping it around their necks or shaking and waving it around was total fun—-how can you not have fun playing with a feather boa!
Use senses (in this case touch and vision) to recognize objects is a science access point.
The science access point track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled can be addressed here.
The science access point observe and recognize that people need water is certainly addressed in this activity!
To finish, we gave the students a choice of banana scented (found at World Market) lotion or apple scented chapstix to rub on the their wrists/hands. Both scents were pretty popular and a fabulous fruity way to remember all we learned about healthy eating this week!
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday we got back to basics with a simple coloring project.
We printed out a variety of fruity coloring pages from the internet and let our students choose which one they wanted to color. Of course, we discussed the paper’s shape—-addressing the math access point recognize a common object with a 2 dimensional shape!
On Tuesday we made a really fun art project——a cute pineapple made out of cardboard, yarn, and scrap paper!
We started by discussing the color of our paper leaves and asked the students to show us the color “green” using communication symbols. Three choices gave the students practice choosing an answer from an array of three which is the format used on the state alternate assessment.
The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color.
The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed with each snip!
Brown yarn was wrapped around a precut cardboard shape—–a great way to practice bilateral skills! The students needed some help with this step but they really concentrated very hard and did a wonderful job!
The math access point solve problems involving small quantities of actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more.
Since we were talking about eating healthy, we HAD to make a healthy snack that the entire class would be able to eat—–applesauce! Judy, one of our other speech therapists wrote a book outlining the recipe we used. This also helped the class with the focus for this week: following directions. Here is a link to the book: Lets make Applesauce!
All the students really got into the lesson…food seems to be a great reinforcer for learning 🙂 We began by counting how many apples we needed and then the adults sliced and cut them. We put the slices into the blender and had some of our students help pour in some water and lemon juice.
Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point addressed here.
Next came the fun part: activating the blender! We plugged the blender into a Powerlink so our students could activate the blender using a switch. Although some of them jumped at first, they all enjoyed blending the apples.
Solve problems involving small quantities of actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more is a math access point addressed in this activity. In addition, the science access point recognize a change in an object is also addressed.
Recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities is a math access point that can be addressed when following recipes.
It was a healthy snack success 🙂
Join us again next time for more fun and learning——-Group by Group!