This week we are looking at life during Colonial times. This theme compliments the Unique Curriculum unit our students are studying this month. Our sensory groups explored boxes related to different aspects of colonial life. The fine motor groups made some colonial themed art projects and the language group made porridge!
We put a lot of different items in this box from farm animals, pictures of historic figures from the time, and even a piece of wood flooring! There was also a discovery bottle with some jacks and dice to represent old time toys. Lots to explore and discover.
The soft oatmeal had a great tactile feel that the students loved as they searched for the letters U-S- A.
We found this patriotic pasta on clearance at World Market. The shapes and colors are pretty and perfect for sorting. The box also made a cool noise when shaken. To add to the fun, we put numbers 1 and 3—–for the 13 original colonies!
Colonial Americans drank a lot of tea, so we filled this box with tea leaves and a little cup and spoon. There was also a picture of colonial Williamsburg to find at the bottom. The tea had a pretty strong aroma that our students found intriguing and they had lots of fun exploring it.
Puppet shows were a popular form of entertainment back in the day so we thought our students would have fun with this box of hand puppets. We chose some that represented animals that might be found on colonial farms.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday the students made lanterns—-kind of like the ones people used long ago, except ours had battery operated tea lights from Dollar Tree!
Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.
On Wednesday the students made George Washington puppets using this: George Washington puppet
Recognize an object with two-dimensional shapes is a math access point.
Match an object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence and associate quantities with number names are math access points.
We made some good old fashioned porridge this week in the language group–although we used more advanced technology to heat ours up 🙂
We used this recipe to make our porridge: Let_s Make Colonial Porridge
We started out by measuring the oats using a measuring cup. Only a little bit at a time was poured in, so our students had to indicate that we needed MORE. Once we got the correct measurement, we PUT it in a bowl.
Solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions, using language, such as enough, too much, or more, is a math access point.
They seemed to really like the texture!
We had to re-heat the porridge a couple of times, so the students got to pick out their toppings while waiting. They chose by indicating a picture of what they wanted. There choices were banana, cinnamon, Greek yogurt, and honey.
Communicate preference for objects or actions is a language access point.
Recognize objects or materials as warm or cold, is a science access point.
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