Welcome back! We hope everyone had a fun filled summer. Cara, our SLP had an especially wonderful one—-she welcomed the most beautiful baby boy to her family! With Cara on maternity leave, Joi and Joy will be doing a little scrambling to fill her shoes—-so bear with us for the next few weeks until she gets back 🙂 Thankfully Ms. Robin and Ms. Nancy are also helping us out with communication supports!
For our first theme we are chose to feature photos from some of our teachers who were lucky enough to go on a cruise over the summer! Our sensory boxes focused on places you might go or things you might see on a cruise. The fine motor groups made boat related art projects and the language group had fun comparing a cruise to Alaska and a cruise to The Bahamas.
With our vibrating massager and recorded cruise ship sounds on a voice output device our students got to experience some of the feel of being on a cruise. There was also a glittery ocean themed discovery bottle.
Tropical islands are popular cruise ship destinations. There were shells, a great big plastic foot for making footprints in the sand, some little palm trees, and a little crab hanging out on the beach.
The students found everything to be pretty intriguing!
The science access point track objects in motion can be addressed here.
Our Disney cruise box included a variety of Disney paraphernalia such as cartoon figures and a set of Mickey Mouse ears. We also put in some sunglasses, beads, and some play food! Lots to explore and discover in this box.
A little boat and measuring cup scoop added to the fun.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Wednesday we made cruise ship port holes using paper plates.
Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes is a math access point.
Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.
Recognize a change in the appearance of an object is a science access point.
On Thursday the students used corn syrup paint and this to make their art project: Cruise ship template
This week we asked the students to identify whether a presented item went with a cruise to The Bahamas or Alaska. The adults emphasized that in the Bahamas it’s HOT and in Alaska it’s COLD. In addition to visual supports we used actual objects or models. The social studies access point associate a picture with a place is addressed in this activity.
Here are some of the questions we asked:
Would you see polar bears or parrots in Alaska?
What kind of food would you eat in the Bahamas—-Alaskan salmon or bananas?
Our students needed a few prompts in order to correctly identify some of the objects, but they did a pretty great job overall. We think they’re ready to go on their own cruise!