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Graduation

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This is a bittersweet time of year for us—-the time we say goodbye to our graduating seniors. For our unit, we are focusing on all the fun aspects of graduation. The sensory groups explored boxes with lots of different textures and colors. The fine motor group art projects were all about shapes and the language group made a unique dessert!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

We put a lot of fun items in this box, including an actual graduation cap! Also included were mylar balloons, play money, toy camera, phone, sunglasses, etc.

Always fun to see what intrigues each student.

 

 

 

Pomp and Circumstance was recorded on a voice output device.

Science access point: recognize a model of a real object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The numbers 2 0 1 9 were found in colorful confetti rice.

 

 

 

 

 

At the bottom of the box was a picture of a cute owl in a cap and gown.

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This box was dedicated to our school mascot—–an owl!

 

 

 

 

 

There were 2 plush owls and a fluffy feather boa that reminded us of owl feathers.

Math access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some graduates go on to college programs, so we represented that choice with a box of colorful cheerleader pompoms in the colors of nearby Universities.

 

 

 

 

So much fun to shake—-go team!

Science access point: recognize the change in the motion of an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parties are a part of graduation events and when you have a party there is usually CAKE! Our cloud dough was made using strawberry cake mix and it smelled SO good!

 

 

 

We put a small spoon and a larger measuring cup as well as toy whisk.

 

Math access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping in the celebratory mood we added some colorful Mr. Bubble bath crackles into our oobleck.

 

 

 

 

The snap, crackle, and pop sounds were really fun!

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some lucky graduates might get to go on a cruise! We put in a couple of little boats to float around a mini ocean. There were also some fun fishy bath toys and pool noodle pieces.

 

 

 

Coconut scented bath gel made for some aromatic bubbles!

Science access point: match objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our scent this week is a follow up on the cruise experience and so we used a True Blue lotion called Tahiti Sweetie. We thought it would smell like coconut, but it turned out that it smelled like mango!

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday, the students made decorative banners.

First, they identified a triangle using communication symbols.

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they used paper cutters, switch operated scissors, and regular scissors to cut out triangles.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They used star stampers and glitter to decorate their triangles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little curling ribbon finished it off!

Math access point: recognize when an object or person is added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We celebrate our graduates!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, the students made graduation caps using paper bowls.

First, they identified the shape of their paper using communication symbols.

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they used markers to decorate their squares. We had previously cut the 8 inch squares out of poster board.

They could draw any design they wanted, but we did encourage them to use different colors.

 

 

Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

Time to add a little glitter! Of course, we rocked out to our glitter song—-“shake, shake, shake, your glitter”! It is sung to tune of that old KC and the Sunshine Band song.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize when an object or person is added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

The square was glued to a paper bowl and the adults helped attach a tassel (pre-made using scrap yarn) and……..

 

 

 

 

…………TA DA!!!

It’s graduation time!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week, we made some cute little edible diplomas!  Here is the recipe that we used: Let’s Make Diploma S’mores

We started by counting out how many plates we needed.  This recipe is a little different in that each student got to participate in each step of the recipe.

Each student had to request a small tortilla.  They PUT that on their plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they had to request some marshmallow fluff.  Once they said they WANTED some, they had to SPREAD it around with a spoon.  There were lots of comments about how sticky it was 🙂

 

 

 

 

Then, each student had to request some Nutella and they SPREAD that on top of the fluff.

 

 

 

 

 

We then had to ROLL up the tortilla to look like a rolled up diploma.

To finish it off, we used a strip of Twizzlers pull’n’peel and they had to TIE it around the tortilla.  This was a little bit difficult for our students, so they had to make sure and ask for HELP if they needed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TADA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A yummy (yet slightly messy) graduation treat 🙂

 

 

 

 

We still have an After Party post coming, but this is our last regular post of the school year. Hope you will be back in August to join us—–Group by Group!

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We Love Our Parents

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This week we are featuring parents, but with a twist——parents of STAFF members 🙂 Staff members sent in photos to include in the book and we enjoyed learning a little bit about their families! The sensory groups explored boxes related to the different people featured in the book. The fine motor and language groups made special projects to take home to their parents.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Ms. Kim’s father hosts a Kentucky Derby party each year—-how fun is that! We put in some fun Derby hats, a trophy cup, flowers, and lots of horses of course :)The voice output device in this box features a recording of an actual Derby race!

 

 

 

Our students totally rocked the hats 🙂

Science access point: recognize a model of a real object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Jessica’s dad is a Star Wars fan. We filled this box with multi-colored Star Wars pasta. We included some sorting trays.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, it was fun to just dive right in with hands and listen to the sounds the pasta made.

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was more color with beads representing the colors of the Colombian flag—-where Ms. Maria’s mom lives.

 

 

 

 

 

The yellow, blue, and red beads were very eye catching, especially when a handful are grabbed and shaken!

Science access point: track objects in motion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Joy’s mom lives in Ireland. Her box was filled with potato flakes and craft foam shamrocks.

 

 

 

 

 

There were 2 different sized scoops and a picture of Ireland to find at the bottom of the box.

Science access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 6 meatballs to find in this big box of “pasta and meatballs” is dedicated to Ms. Caitlin’s step-father who loves to make homemade pasta.

Ours may not be as tasty as homemade but it sure was fun to explore!

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little plane flying around in some shaving cream clouds represented Ms. Elaine’s parents——–

 

 

 

 

——-they loved to travel!

Science access point: recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The water play featured Georgia peach scent from Bath and Body Works. Ms. Zellanyne’s parents are from the peach state!

 

 

 

 

We added a sifting pot and measuring cup for added fun.

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The matching peach lotion was a big hit with the students and left them smelling really…………

 

 

 

 

………………….YUMMY!

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made pictures to bring home to their parents.

First, the students glued a silhouette of their hand (previously traced and cut out) on a piece of paper.

Math access point: recognize when an object is added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they identified a HEART shape.

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they stamped hearts with UP and DOWN movements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our hearts are in our hands…..

….we love our parents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made thank you notes for their parents. This time we used a template from the DLTK website.

First, the students chose the color they wanted to use.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

They used their markers to color their pictures any way they chose. Some of the students used a switch operated writer we made by attaching a marker with velcro to a switch toy.

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they added a photo of themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, parents, for taking care of us!

We love you!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We did something a little bit different this week.  Instead of making something to eat, we made a little gift to give to our parents so that they can pamper themselves.  We made sugar scrub!  We used this recipe: Let’s Make A Sugar Scrub Gift

We started out by PUTTING a cup of sugar into one bowl and another cup of sugar into a DIFFERENT bowl.

 

 

 

 

Two of our students got to HELP pour it in.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we put some coconut oil into one bowl and some olive oil into the other bowl.  We observed how each oil looked DIFFERENT.  The olive oil had more of a yellow tint to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our friends got to help STIR up the sugar and the oil until it was all mixed together.

 

 

 

 

We added some lavender essential oil to make it smell GOOD.

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got to request either the coconut oil scrub or the olive oil scrub.  Then they got to pick a color that they wanted their sugar scrub to be.

 

 

 

 

We didn’t use much food coloring but WOW!  They turned out super bright!  We were a little bit afraid that it might turn their parents’ hands all sorts of different colors, but we tried some out and the oil prevented the food coloring from sticking 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got a baby food jar to put their sugar scrub in.  We decorated them with some ribbon and bows.

Super cute!

 

 

 

 

 

We enjoyed learning about our staff families this week! Join us next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

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Prom

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The theme this week was inspired by our own school Prom which is highlighted in our book. The sensory groups explored fabulous boxes designed by intern Kaley! The fine motor groups made prom accessories, and the language group attended their very own mini prom.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

The letters P R O M could be found in blue and yellow rice—-our school colors!

 

 

 

 

 

Since proms usually happen at night, we put a picture of a star filled sky at the bottom of the box.

Science access point: match object with similar observable properties, such a shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This box was filled with a variety of prom “props” such as tiara’s, flowers, sunglasses, and a tie etc. We added some photo booth accessories such as a mask and magic wand.

 

 

 

The wand was especially cool because its flashing lights reminded us of those seen on the dance floor. Our students also got their groove on with  also a snippet of dance music recorded on a voice output device.

Science access point: recognize and respond to difference types of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We chose purple kinetic sand, because we thought the sparkly color went along with an enchanted evening theme—-and Prom is always enchanting 🙂

Students used crown and heart shaped cookie cutters to make impressions in the sand.

 

 

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver beads represented a disco ball—–the must have for every dance floor!

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the students loved to drape them over their necks, others loved to shake them in handfuls.

Science access point: recognize an action as fast or slow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of prom decorations, we made our own enchanted night umbrella complete with hanging stars, glittery lights, and sparkly beads!

 

 

 

 

This was a hit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our shaving cream was especially festive this week—-we added confetti to it! It really made the shaving cream eye catching!

 

 

 

 

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our water play this week represented a punch bowl—complete with floating fruit and a big ladle.

 

 

 

 

We also added a big funnel and Crayola bath tablets for color.

Math access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works moonlit path seemed the perfect scent for prom.

 

 

 

 

 

The students REALLY seemed to like this scent!

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday, the students made floral prom decorations.

First, they picked the color of their tissue paper. Of course, we used paper from presents past.

Science access point:identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they used their fingers to “scrunch” the paper together.

Science access point: recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adults helped the students twist a chenille stem around the middle and fluff out the tissue flower petals.

Science access point: recognize a change in the appearance of an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flowers were added to an empty tissue box “vase”……….

 

 

 

 

 

…………………..TA DA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are almost ready for…………

……………PROM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made prom crowns using bulletin board trim!

First, they let us know how many stickers they wanted—–3, 4, or 5.

After, we counted out the requested amount they could ask for MORE.

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they practiced their pincer grasp skills by peeling off the glittery craft foam stickers. They had to remember to put the sticky side DOWN on their crowns.

 

 

 

 

Math access point:

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our prom kings and queens are ready to hold court…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let the party begin!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We had so much fun during language group this week.  Since the older grades get to have prom during the year, we decided to throw a mini prom for a couple of our middle school classes.

Teachers and staff helped get our students all dressed up and ready to go.

Each student was given a sentence strip that was a compliment.  They had to hold on to their compliment until they got to prom so that they could find someone to give their compliment to.  Some examples of the compliments were “you look nice”, “I like your dress”, and “you have a nice smile”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, they had to arrive to the prom in style–so they took a limo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lighted arch led to room where prom was held—–so exciting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This also allowed each student to make a grand entrance 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Once inside the dance, our students got to partake in some snacks, making sure to request rather than just taking what they wanted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our seniors donated the left over decorations from their prom so we had lots of masks to go along with our masquerade theme.

 

 

 

 

The students got the choice to wear a mask or not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also got to take individual pictures or choose to be with their friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The backdrop was a pretty cool donation from the seniors.

 

 

 

 

Everyone had such fun posing for the camera………

………………………………………………Including the staff 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Then of course there was lots of dancing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Party lighting was great for dancing but made taking clear photos pretty tricky so sorry for the blurry photos 🙂

Everyone had a great time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was one of our best weeks ever! Join us again next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

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Who Stole The Cookies?

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This week we did a fun unit—-our take on the “who stole the cookie from the cookie jar” rhyme! Our sensory groups explored boxes with a sweet cookie theme. The fine motor groups made cookie themed art projects and the language group made a yummy cookie treat—of course 🙂

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Our little chefs had fun with this box which contained a variety of items associated with baking such as toy spatulas, whisks, and measuring cups.

 

 

 

 

We added a chef hat, bowl, and some brown pom pom “chocolate chips”.

Science access point: recognize a model of a real object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oatmeal raisin cookies were represented here. We mixed some black bean “raisins” in this box of oatmeal. Two play food cookies were included.

 

 

 

 

The oatmeal has such a soft touchable texture, so much fun to run through fingers.

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These candy colored beans reminded us rainbow chip cookies.

 

 

 

 

 

There were 5 letter C’s hidden in these beans!

Science access point: match objects with similar observable properties, such as shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our gingerbread scented play dough had a fabulous aroma and great texture!

 

 

 

 

 

A sweet little gingerbread man cookie cutter added to the fun here.

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, we had to include a nod to chocolate cookies so good old chocolate cake mix made for perfect cloud dough. The soft texture was great to sift fingers through or squeeze together and mold.

 

 

 

We also included a small spoon and a measuring cup.

Math access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cocoa powder was mixed with oobleck this week to represent chocolate fudge cookies—-yum yum!

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, there was quite a bit of clean up after this 🙂

Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were different sized measuring cups for scooping fun in our water play this week.

 

 

 

 

 

The students were pretty intrigued with the whisk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works gingerbread was the perfect scent for this week.

 

 

 

 

 

A sweet aroma that left our students smelling good enough to eat 🙂

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday, the students made craft foam gingerbread cookies.

First, they identified the number 2 and added 2 googlie eyes to their gingerbread man.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they added a mouth. The students got to decide whether to make it a “happy” or “sad” face!

Math access point:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they chose which shape they were going to add to the tummy.

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

These cute little gingerbread men

look good enough to eat!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, the students made paper plate cookies.

First, they identified the shape of their plates.

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they painted their paper plates.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they cut “chocolate chunks” out of dark brown paper strips. We used regular scissors, tabletop scissors, and switch operated scissors.

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

The chocolate chunks were glued on to the paper plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize when an object is added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our cookies look good enough to eat!

And we don’t plan on sharing 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made some edible cookie dough this week and it turned out pretty good!  It was Take your Child to Work Day so we had some extra helpers this week 🙂 Here’s the recipe we used: Let’s Make Edible Cookie Dough

We started out by talking about what “edible” means.  Our students located the EAT symbol on their boards.  We also talked about how regular cookie dough is not edible because of the raw eggs in it.

A student HELPED to PUT some salted butter into a BOWL.  We had the butter at room temperature but had to heat it up just a tad to get it a little more melty, but not totally melted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we PUT brown sugar into the bowl.  Some students had to locate the measuring cup that had 1/3 on it while others had to locate the measuring cup that was LITTLE when held up to 1 cup.

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

We put in some white sugar next.  Our students had to locate the BIG measuring spoon when presented with a tablespoon and a teaspoon.

Math access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We STIRRED that up until it was smooth and then added some vanilla extract.  First, we smelled the vanilla by putting some on a paper towel.  Students told us if they thought it smelled GOOD or BAD.  Then we added some milk and STIRRED the ingredients again until combined.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last ingredients, we added some toasted flour and some mini chocolate chips.  We read that it’s recommended to toast the flour in the oven on 350 degrees for about 5 minutes since raw flour may be contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli.

Math access point: recognize when an object is added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

Once our cookie dough was all mixed up, our students had to request some and had to also request a utensil to eat it with.  It turned out pretty good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed our sweet theme this week! Join us next time for more fun and learning—-Group by Group!

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Earth Day

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We celebrated Earth Day this week. The sensory groups explored boxes with a variety of colors and textures. The fine motor groups made some fun earth themed art projects and the language group made an earthy treat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Neon blue food coloring and green glitter made our play dough very eye catching this week! We think the yellow tray we used added to the visual impact!

 

 

 

 

The students used a circle cookie cutter to cut out their own little earth models.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students sorted blue and green pompoms into matching bowls. Some of the students were able to do this independently, others needed a little help.

 

 

 

 

It was also fun to just see how many they could stuff into one bowl 🙂

Science access point: match objects with similar observable properties, such as size, shape, color, or texture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used one of our space blankets for our aluminum recycling box!

 

 

 

 

 

The space blanket is a total multi-sensory experience—-it reflects light and makes noise when moved.

The students had a blast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a base of recycled paper on to which we added plastic leaves, a rain stick, blue and green beads, silk flowers, and a variety of toy endangered animals. We also added other symbols things that help save our earth such as a “turn off the light” sign and a little toy trash can.

 

So much to discover in this box.

Science access point: use senses to recognize objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our colorful blue earth day rice contained both upper and lower case letter E’s. The students had fun using the little rake we included.

 

 

 

 

There was also a picture of earth to find at the bottom of the box.

Science access point: recognize objects as the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluffy shaving cream clouds swirled around a large laminated picture of the earth.

 

 

 

 

 

Our students were really intrigued with the effects they got as they pushed the shaving cream around.

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in a little sea filled with “trash”.

 

 

 

 

 

We included a sifter so the students could scoop out the trash and leave it nice and clean for the cute little whale swimming in our ocean.

Science access point: recognize ways that people can help improve the immediate environment, such as cleaning up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We chose Bath and Body Works mahogany teakwood for our scent this week because with 2 trees in the name it was the perfect choice for Earth Day!

 

 

 

The students liked the scent, but we are not sure how much it smelled like trees 🙂

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday, we made earth pictures using homemade puffy paint.

First, the students identified the shape of their plates.

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they formed their own continents by dabbing a mixture of glue, shaving cream, and green food coloring on to their plates.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve got the whole world in our hands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, we made earth pictures using coffee filters.

First, we identified the colors of our markers and the shape of the coffee filter.

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students used both and green markers to color on a coffee filter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they sprayed their coffee filters with a water bottle—this was fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize a change in an  object.

 

 

 

 

 

We let the coffee filters dry a little bit and then glued them on to a black background and….

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

Let’s celebrate Earth Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made a tasty Earth Day snack using this recipe: Let’s Make The Earth In A Cup

We started out by PUTTING 1 cup of heavy whipping cream into a bowl.  We talked about how 8 oz equals 1 cup.

Math access point: compare quantities using language, such as more, less, or the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we added 10 drops of green food coloring to the whipping cream.  We had to STIR it up so the color would mix in.  We observed that it looked DIFFERENT after stirring in the green.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we added some powdered sugar to it  and used the MIXER to mix it together.  Each student had a chance to turn on the mixer since it took a bit to form.

 

 

 

 

Science access point: share objects with a partner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the whipped cream was done, we got out some pre-made blue Jell-o.  We talked about why we were using green whipped cream (the land) and blue Jell-O (the water). Then we layered the Jello-O and whipped cream.

Math access point: recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!  Earth in a cup!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yum!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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We Hatched Some Baby Ducks

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One of our teachers, Ms. Emily, hatched some baby ducks in her class last year. It was such a hit school wide, that she is doing it again this year—–how cool is that! The sensory groups explored duck themed boxes. The fine motor groups made baby duck crafts and the language group visited Ms. Emily’s classroom to see the duck eggs!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

We made our own duck egg incubator using some battery operated lights and some plastic  eggs.

 

 

 

 

It was a hit with the students!

Science access point: recognize a source of light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duck and egg cookie cutters were used to cut out shapes in yellow play dough.

 

 

 

 

 

We made the play dough using our favorite internet recipe and added food coloring to get the perfect “duck yellow”.

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were lots of plush ducks along, with a variety of plastic eggs in our “duck hotel”.  We even lined it with some bedding straw!

There was also a voice output device with some quacking ducks recorded on it.

 

 

So much cuteness to explore!

Math access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ducks have feathers so we HAD to include some! There were 2 colorful feather boas in this box.

 

 

 

 

 

Fun to touch, shake, or wrap around your neck!

Science access point: recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hid 2 little baby ducks in this box of birdseed. The birdseed has such a cool texture and is so much fun to bury your hand into.

 

 

 

 

There was a small rake included to add to the fun.

Math access point: recognize 2 objects that are the same size or color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One big rubber duck swam around our blue oobleck pond.

 

 

 

 

 

Cool, quacky, fun!

Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 4 colorful ducks floating in our water bin. We also included a measuring cup for scooping.

 

 

 

 

 

The ducks are actually alphabet ducks that when lined up, spell  D U C K!

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For our scent this week we used Bath and Body Works Into the Wild in our water play, then their country chic scent lotion—it was the best we could up with to represent ducks 🙂

 

 

 

The students really loved the aroma and feel of the lotion.

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday, we made paper bag baby duck puppets using this template: duck egg 1

First, we identified the color of our lunch bag.

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We glued the duck egg shell to the BOTTOM of the bag and then glued the duck beak to the TOP of the bag.

Math access point: recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the students glued 2 eyes and 2 feather wings on to their puppets.

 

 

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA-quack quack-DA!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such cute baby ducks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, the students made their own hatching duck using this template: duck egg 2

First, we identified the color of our duck.

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students glued a precut beak and 2 googlie eyes on a yellow oval piece of paper. Some of the students were able to do this independently but most of them needed a little help because the pieces were quite small.

 

 

 

Math access point: match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the students used a kitchen scrubber to stamp UP and DOWN to apply paint to their duck eggs.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship.

 

 

 

 

 

Adults helped assemble the project by attaching the bottom of the eggshell to a cup with a small hole cut in the bottom. An unsharpened pencil was pushed through the hole, then the duck head and eggshell top were taped to it.

 

TA DA!!!

Watch our baby ducks hatch!

We didn’t really catch the action with our photos but you can see by their faces, the students really got a kick out of sliding their ducks up and down to “hatch” 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We got to go and visit the new duck eggs!  After reading the book, we all walked to the Post Secondary building.  A nice little walk since it’s on the other side of the school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got to LOOK at the eggs.  Ms. Emily told us that it was important that we keep the incubator shut because it has to stay at a certain temperature on the inside.

There were 32 eggs in the incubator.  Our students thought they looked pretty comfy inside there 🙂

 

 

 

 

After we came  back from visiting the eggs, each student had to indicate whether they saw eggs or ducks by touching the egg or the duck.

We’ll definitely be going back to check on those little duckies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was another great week but unfortunately the one where we had to say goodbye to our AWESOME intern Ms. Alisia. We wish her the best of luck with her future career as an Occupational Therapist!

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Where We Go On CBI

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Our older students have the opportunity to go out into the community on a regular basis to practice independent functioning, communication, social, and academic skills. We call this Community Based Instruction. Our sensory groups explored boxes related to the different community locations. The fine motor groups made some fun art projects and the language group made frozen treats you might buy while out and about!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Students used cookie cutters to stamp B U S into school bus yellow moon sand.

 

 

 

 

School buses are used to transport the students to their various CBI destinations.

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue and white rice represented one of the most popular CBI locations—— Walmart! There was a picture of a bus and another of a Walmart store to find at the bottom of the box.

 

 

 

There were also two different sized spoons to use for scooping fun!

Math access point: recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another popular location is the Publix grocery store. Here the students purchase food/snacks for themselves or classroom activities.

 

 

 

 

We put a variety of fun food items—–some of which made noise when squeezed!

Science access point: recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When going shopping, the one thing you need is MONEY!

 

 

 

 

 

There were different play money coins to find buried in this box of multicolored beans.

Science access point: recognize coins as money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes our students get to participate in sporting events—-such as bowling or basketball.

 

 

 

 

 We thought that making balls out of bright yellow Floam would be a great representation of those activities.

Math access point: recognize a common three-dimensional object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messy play represented the Community Arts program. We put some drops of food coloring in the shaving foam and let our artistic students mix it together.

 

 

 

This was a lot of fun but made for some multi-coloring fingers when done 🙂

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of our parks have a lake or water feature. Our water feature contained the letters C B I to scoop up. We also included some fun scoops.

 

 

 

 

Messy hands sometimes made some very colorful rinsing water!

Math access point: recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works vanilla sugar scent reminded us of some yummy Publix cookies 🙂

 

 

 

 

It was definitely a hit!

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday the students made a CBI map.

First, they identified the shape of their paper and the color of their marker.

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

Science access point: identify objects with one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They used the black marker to scribble roads on their maps.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they used a paper cutter or scissors to cut out some of the most popular CBI stops.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They glued the pictures and a school bus (cut from the Ellison machine) on to their maps.

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize when an object has been added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are ready……..

……..let’s go on CBI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students made chicken nuggets—-a favorite treat to pick up on CBI.

First, the students identified the number 3 and the shape of our plate.

Math access point: associate quantities of number names.

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we mixed some rice krispies into our paint to give it texture and painted our 3 nuggets.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

Since it is nice to have a little dipping sauce, we tinted some corn syrup and dripped a little of that on to the nuggets 🙂

The corn syrup will dry to a glassy finish.

Science access point: track objects that fall to the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken nuggets—-YUMMY!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since shopping can tire us out, we made our own icees using this recipe: Let’s Make Strawberry Lemonade Icees

First we PUT 6 cups of ice into the blender.  We talked about the ice being COLD and why it was cold.

Each student got to HELP PUT some ice in the blender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we PUT some water into the blender.  We were going to TURN it on, but we saw that something was wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

Our students had to indicate that we needed the top on first.  We turned it on to crush up the ice some.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, we added some lemonade mix.  We observed that the color of our ice water was changing to a DIFFERENT color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we PUT some strawberries with sugar into the blender.  Time to mix it up!

Each student got to HELP press the switch to TURN on the blender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once it was ALL DONE, each student had to request an icee by indicating and/or saying WANT or DRINK.  They would also have to indicate that they wanted MORE.

Students told us if they thought the drink tasted SWEET or SOUR.

 

 

These were very tasty!  A good treat for all 🙂

 

 

 

It was a great week! Join us again next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

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