Welcome back everyone! We are so excited to start the school year but first we want to share some summer memories. Our staff members did a lot of traveling over the summer so be sure to check out Cara’s book and take a look at their fabulous photos!
For our groups, the sensory group explored boxes related to the various vacation spots. Our fine motor groups made some colorful art projects and the language group made a yummy beach dessert.
In Florida you are never that far from the beach so for most of us, summer means lots and lots of beach trips! This first box was a little mini beach filled with lovely soft sand and some shells. There was also a hidden picture to discover at the bottom of the box.
Counting the shells addresses the math access point associate quantities with number names.
As shapes are cut out of the play dough the science access point recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is addressed.
Disney was also a popular vacation destination and this box gives a nod to Minnie Mouse with these colorful red and white pom poms. We also included a cute Minnie Mouse Hat and an adorable little mirror—— so the students could check our how cute they looked!
The science access point match objects by one observable property, such as color can be addressed here.
We filled this box with popcorn kernels then added some pieces of play food and the word “corn”. Velcro enabled the 2 piece corn cob to be taken apart, then reattached—-addressing bilateral coordination!
The math access point recognize parts of whole objects can also be addressed here.
Our Appalachian Trail umbrella habitat was a nod to North Carolina—-another favorite vacation spot. There were birds and butterflies to find amongst the leaves—-including a cardinal, the state bird. Ambient woodland sounds were recorded on a voice output device and there was a cute plush black bear to cuddle. This was a hit!
Its yummy aroma made us think we were on the island——ALMOST 🙂
Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.
The math access point solve simple problems involving joining or separating sets of objects to 3 can be addressed in this activity.
Our students thought the scent was pretty yummy!
As the lotion is applied the science access point recognize one or more external body parts is addressed.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
Our Tuesday fine motor group made great big Minnie Mouse bows!
Identify objects by one observable property is a science access point.
The math access points recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship (such as up and down) and recognize an object with a 2 dimensional shape are addressed here.
For our Wednesday fine motor group art project, the students made a fantastic cruise ship poster!
The science access point identify objects by one observable property such as color NAILED here 🙂
The science access points track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled and recognize a change in an object are addressed in this activity.
Prior to our group, Ms. Joi and her staff cut out, colored, and added the students faces to these figures using this template: people for cruise ship.
We asked the students to choose THEIR figure, then they glued it onto the cruise ship using a glue stick.
Using the glue stick addresses the science access point apply a push to move an object.
We decided to start this year’s language group out with a sweet treat, so we made Edible Beaches using this recipe: Let’s Make an Edible Beach.
Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.
Once all of the ingredients were in the bowl, each of our students got to activate the mixer using a switch. They had to indicate whether or not the ingredients needed to be mixed “MORE” or if it was “ALL DONE”.
Lots of giggles with this part of the activity 🙂
Solve problems involving small quantities objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more is a math access point.
The crushed cookies were sprinkled over 1/2 of the pudding——giving us an opportunity to discuss fractions! Distinguish half from whole using objects is a math access point.
Despite the green water when we asked the students if it tasted “good” or “bad” and the consensus was YUMMY!!!!!
Thank you so much for joining us this week. We are off to a great start and have so many great themes planned for the year……