IMG_2053 (1)Since we honored Dr. Martin Luther King this week, we decided to learn a little more about his home state. We always enjoy finding out cool things about other states but this was especially fun because Georgia is our neighbor!

This week each of the sensory boxes represented a fun fact about Georgia. The fine motor groups made colorful “stamping” projects and the language group got cooking—–again 🙂






IMG_4114IMG_2056This box had lots of interesting things to touch, look at, and listen to!  A big shiny peace symbol reminded us of MLK’s message of peace. There were Thomasvile “Rose Festival” petals, play food peanuts, Girl Scout cookies and a cute Girl Scout teddy!

IMG_4126Honey bees, right whales, tiger swallowtails, and gopher tortoises are official state animals of Georgia so we included them in our box. We even recorded the official state song—–Georgia on My Mind—-on our voice output device.

The science access point recognize a model of a real object can be addressed here.





IMG_4276IMG_4283We filled this box with grits—— the official state food! A state map was taped to the bottom and it had pictures of other plants that are grown in Georgia. There were also 3 different size scoops for measuring fun.

Recognize differences in size of objects is a math access point.






IMG_4058Our moon sand made a perfect stand in for Georgia’s famous red clay and was very eye catching. We included a letter G and flower cookie cutters—-to make some of those famous Thomasville roses!

Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.







IMG_4327The students squeezed the orange Floam into “peaches” and other fun shapes.

Recognize that pushing or pulling makes an object move (contact force) is a science access point.








IMG_4088IMG_4330The sorting fun in this box was based on the fact that the honey bee and the tiger swallowtail butterfly which are official animals of Georgia are colored yellow and black! We had yellow pompoms, black pompoms AND pompoms with black and yellow stripes!

Match objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color is a science access point. Recognize a common 3-dimensional object is a math access point.





IMG_4297Jimmy Carter, our 39th president hails from Plains, Georgia! We used some patriotic red, white, and blue rice for his box. There were some letter G’s and a picture of President Carter to find at the bottom of the box.

The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed with this activity.







IMG_4315The Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the western hemisphere—–how cool is that!!! We made a mini version with lots of fun fish and dolphins swimming about. Lots of splashy fun that the students really enjoyed!

The science access point match common living things with their habitats can be addressed here.







IMG_4354IMG_2076We found peach and sweet tea scented lotion at Bath and BodyWorks so we HAD to buy it—-what could have been more perfect! The students really liked the scent and definitely left the group smelling like they had taken a trip to the peach state!

IMG_4365Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.








On Tuesday the students painted white cherokee roses—-the official flower of Georgia.

IMG_4140We started by discussing the shape of our paper and then asked the students to identify the color red using communication symbols.

Identify objects by one observable property, such as color is a science access point.






IMG_4143 (1)IMG_4166To paint our roses we used the end of a celery bunch with a fork stuck into it for a handle—-making it much easier to hold!

After we applied white paint we told the students to stamp UP and DOWN to make their roses.





IMG_4147IMG_4157Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down is a math access point.








IMG_4178IMG_4154Ta Da—-

IMG_4159                                                              —–it’s a rose garden!





On Wednesday the students made friendship posters that honored Martin Luther King’s wish for us all to join together in friendship. Each student ended up with a poster that had all their friends handprints on it!

IMG_4373We started by giving each student a different colored stamp pad and then asking them to identify the color of their stamp pad using communication symbols. We initially gave them a choice of 3 and took away incorrect answers if needed.

Identify objects by one observable property is a science access point.






IMG_4428The students then took turns stamping their handprints (with a little help from the adults) on their friends posters.

Then they glued pictures of MLK onto their posters.

Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.




IMG_4412IMG_4424TA DA—-thank you Dr. King

IMG_4439                                         for teaching us about peace and friendship!





Since Georgia is known as the peach state, we decided peach smoothies would be the perfect treat for this week!

IMG_20160121_131143IMG_20160121_131431We started by putting some yogurt into our blender. Frozen peaches came next but before we added them we asked our students to touch the bag and tell us whether it felt HOT or COLD.

IMG_20160121_131317Distinguish between hot and cold objects is a science access point.




IMG_20160121_131856IMG_20160121_131933The students really liked the aroma of our next ingredient—–cinnamon!

The science access point recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is addressed here.






IMG_20160121_132126IMG_20160121_132519After the cinnamon was added we put in some milk, sugar and ice and started the blender. Our students always love pressing the switch to activate the blender—–it was pretty exciting to watch all the ingredients whirl around 🙂


IMG_20160121_132603Recognize a way to stop an object from moving is a science access point that can be addressed in this activity.



IMG_20160121_133023IMG_20160121_133114Finally, time to sample our peach smoothie——-YUM!!!!!









IMG_4284Hope you enjoyed learning about Georgia as much as we did this week.  We would like to give a shout out to our awesome volunteer Ali—-she took most of the photos for this post 🙂

Join us again next week for more fun and learning——Group by Group!





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