This week we decided to take a look at some of the characters of ancient myths and legends around the world. The sensory groups explored boxes dedicated to different characters. The fine motor groups made some inspired headdresses and the language group made a not so mythical snack!
Zeus is associated with weather—-especially thunderstorms. In this box, we put a fan for wind, a fiber optic toy for lighting, a rainstick, and a SUPER COOL thunder tube! This is the first time we got to use the thunder tube and it really did sound like the rumbling sounds of thunder. This box was a hit!
In addition to a couple of ancient Egyptian figures, there were some pyramids, a rake, and 2 giant carrots in our play dirt box dedicated to Osiris who supposedly taught the world about farming. The play dirt feels similar to kinetic sand and the students had lots of fun with it.
We think Venus would be tickled with all the hearts and valentines to discover in this box. There was red and white paper shred, heart beads, red bows, a valentine bear, and lots of other heart shaped items. Lots to explore and discover!
We also included a measuring cup for scooping fun.
Thor was associated with lots of different things including the oak tree so we used Bath and BodyWorks oak scent for our water this week. Since we didn’t have a matching lotion, we used their mahogany scent which we figured was close enough—-both truly heroic scents 🙂
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
On Tuesday we made headdresses inspired by Venus. We found the supplies on the give away table—–one man’s trash is another’s treasure 🙂
On Wednesday we made headdresses inspired by those worn by the ancient greeks and romans.
Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.
Then they also chose how many leaves they were going to put on their headdress.
Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.
The science access point recognize the appearance of an object has changed is addressed here.
Since Osiris was a god who helped man learn to farm, we decided to make a smoothie made with ingredients that need to be farmed. Here is the recipe we used: Let_s Make A Blueberry Spinach Smoothie. Don’t let the ingredients trick you into thinking this isn’t going to be good!
We started out by putting some frozen blueberries into a blender. Each of our students got to touch the bag. They communicated that the bag felt COLD. We talked about how we needed to use a measuring cup in order to measure out the blueberries.
Recognize objects or materials as warm or cold, is a science access point.
Milk and vanilla Greek yogurt were also added to the mix.
Recognize when an object is added to a situation, is a math access point.
Our students took turns pressing the switch to activate the blender so we could blend all of the ingredients up. We counted out how many cups we needed (thank you to grandma for showing the kiddos how many cups we needed!) and poured some for each student.
Associate quantities with number names is a math access point. Solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more is another math access point addressed here.