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Ancient Myths and Legends

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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!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Our starry night umbrella was very eye catching and worthy of Nott the Norse goddess of the night! With some twinkle lights, a moon,  and silver stars this really captured the students interest.

 

 

 

The science access points recognize that there are many stars in the sky and recognize a full moon as a circle can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

With glitter and sequins which made our play dough even more eye catching, the students used a butterfly shaped cookie cutter to make colorful wings like those of Egyptian goddess Isis.

 

 

 

 

The science access point recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

The math access point recognize similarities and differences in the size of objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

Yellow food coloring and gold glitter made our oobleck dedicated to Apollo pretty “sunny” this week.

 

 

 

 

The science access point track objects in motion can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Since Sedna was an Inuit sea goddess, we put some animals that might be seen around the arctic ocean regions. The students were able to scoop out toy animals such as a whale and walrus.

We also included a measuring cup for scooping fun.

 

The science access point recognize objects related to science by name, such as animal, can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

 

 

Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

We started by identifying the color of supplies using communication symbols.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we cut pieces of bulletin board trim using switch operated scissors or paper trimmers.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students glued a large heart on to their paper strip.

 

 

 

 

 

The math access point recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Ta DA!

We are spreading the love!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we made headdresses inspired by those worn by the ancient greeks and romans.

First the students identified the color of the leaves using communication symbols.

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 students twisted paper to make “grapevines”. Some of them could do this independently but most needed a little help. It was a great activity for bilateral coordination!

The science access point recognize the appearance of an object has changed is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

The students squeezed glue on to their leaves and then glued them DOWN on their grapevines.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ta—- toga—- DA!

 

 

 

 

 

Our students are legendary!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we added some frozen bananas to the blender.  Our students had to request if they wanted to help by raising their hand or indicating “help” on their communication board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We added some baby spinach to the blender next.  This got a few funny looks, both from the students as well as the staff!

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.

 

 

 

 

Finally, we added some honey.  Each of our students got to taste test the honey before we put it in the blender.  We talked about how it tastes SWEET.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

All the students and adults thought this smoothie was pretty delicious, despite the ingredients being so deceiving 🙂

YUM!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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

New Years

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It’s been an interesting start to the year for us—–we had an actual SNOW day! Snow is a pretty rare commodity around here so there was quite a bit of excitement as you can imagine. Due to the start of the semester and the snow day our week has been pretty short but we did manage to have 3 groups for our New Year’s themed unit. Happy 2018!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

In the south we eat black eyed peas for luck on New Year’s day. This box of dried peas contained the numbers 2-0-1-8 for the students to find.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Chinese New Year, 2018 will be the year of the dog—–how cool is that! Since red is a considered a lucky color we used red moon sand to go with our dog shaped cookie cutter. Moon sand has a soft texture but is moldable which makes it perfect for this activity.

Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students had fun scooping and sifting sand using the tools we included in this “sands of time” box. It was also a great opportunity to practice bilateral skills!

 

The science access point track a falling object can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of people have parties this time of year so we had a box of colorful party beads for the students to wear and explore. Also, lots of fun to shake!

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fireworks are a big part of the New Year’s celebrations. Our fireworks light show toy was a hit with the students. It made some pretty authentic fireworks sounds and projected small pictures—-very cool!

 

 

Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

There was some shiny and colorful confetti to swirl around in shaving cream this week.

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students had fun scooping the numbers 2-0-1-8 from our “bubbly” (from Philosophy) scented water.

 

Identify objects by one observable property (in this case floating or sinking) is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and BodyWorks has a scent called “midnight”—-perfect for a New Year’s unit! The students really liked the scent.

Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

We finished our group we some bubble wrap fireworks—-so much fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

We made some fireworks pictures this week!

First, we identified our paint color using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dipping our paint tool in the paint, the students stamped UP and DOWN to make their fireworks. Our tool was made by fringing a piece of craft foam, folding it in half, rolling it up, and then securing it with a rubber band.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then they added some gold glitter—–got to have some sparkle 🙂

Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA——– ooh aah——– Da!

 

FIREWORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We started out the group by re-reading a book that we had made a couple of years ago.  It’s a book that looks at some of the New Year’s traditions that other countries have.  Here is the book we read: It’s New Year’s Around The World

We talked about how, in the south, people eat different kinds of foods that are thought to bring good luck.  One of those foods is black eyed peas—-so we decided to make some! While the peas were heating up, we counted out six bowls for the students.

Associate quantities with number name is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

We talked about how the bowls felt warm after the beans were heated. Not everyone was impressed by the peas, but everyone took at least 1 bite 🙂

Recognize objects or materials as warm or cold is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also had some Nilla Wafers for our students. It was a party after all so we HAD to have something sweet ! The students had to communicate how many cookies they wanted.  They could choose to have 1, 2, or 3 cookies.

Associate quantities with number names is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since this was a party, we brought out some Sprite as a drink.  This was the first time we brought soda to the group so it was interesting to see the faces our students made!  They certainly weren’t expecting anything bubbly 🙂

Indicate desire for more of an action or object, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After our snack, we had “fireworks” using bubble wrap.  This is always a hit and so much fun!

 

 

 

 

 

We are now ready to take on the new year—–even with snow!!

Happy New Year from Group by Group!

Colonial America

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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!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

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.

Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

A typical breakfast consisted of porridge, which is often made of oatmeal. We haven’t done an oatmeal box in a while so this was the perfect time to bring it out.

The soft oatmeal had a great tactile feel that the students loved as they searched for the letters U-S- A.

 

The science access apply a push to move an object can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

The science access point recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point that can be addressed here.

They really had a blast with them

—-lots of giggles here 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For our messy play we went all patriotic—-red and blue glitter in some white oobleck. Total glittery, gooey fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

For our water play we put in a water wheel, which is something that was in use during colonial times. The students were pretty fascinated with it!

 

 

 

 

Recognize one way people use water is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

We used Bath and BodyWorks peach tea scent because tea, apple and peach cider were popular things to drink in colonial america. Everyone loved the peachy scent!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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!

We started by identifying the color of our tissue paper using communication symbols, including tactile symbols for our students with visual impairments.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

The students tore the tissue paper into small pieces. This was a great opportunity to practice bilateral coordination and pre-scissor skills—-and it is totally fun to do 🙂

 

Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Then they put their pieces into a small plastic peanut butter jar.

 

 

 

 

Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

With the tea light turned on, we closed it up, used chenille stems to make the handle, and…….

 

 

 

TA DA!!!! We made a lantern!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made George Washington puppets using this: George Washington puppet

First we discussed the shape of the paper bag and George’s face.

Recognize an object with two-dimensional shapes is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students used paper cutters and scissors to cut out the  face—-counting the sides, of course!

 

 

 

Recognize the sides of a square is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

The students glued the face and precut hat onto the TOP of a blue paper bag.

 

 

 

 

Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

To finish they pulled apart fiberfil stuffing into TWO pieces and glued it on each side of the face.

Match an object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence and associate quantities with number names are math access points.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

By George, these are some pretty cute puppets!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, each of our students felt the milk.  They indicated that it felt COLD.  We measured out the milk and POURED it into the bowl.  Then we put it in the microwave to heat it up.

 

 

Recognize objects or materials as warm or cold, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

While our students waited, they got to play with the oatmeal box from the sensory group.

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.

 

 

 

 

Before the porridge was put in individual bowls, our students got to touch the side of the porridge bowl.  We talked about how it felt WARM.

Recognize objects or materials as warm or cold, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We counted out how many bowls we would need.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

FINALLY, they got to eat their colonial snack.  YUM!

This was a hit!

 

 

 

 

Thanks again for joining us this week and we also have some exciting news! You may have noticed a new badge on the right side of our page. We were named one of the top 75 Occupational Therapy blogs by Feedspot—–how cool is that!

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

On Old MacDonald’s Farm

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September 16-23 is Farm Animal Awareness Week and we thought what a perfect time to do a unit on Old MacDonald! The sensory groups explored boxes with a variety of farm related tactile experiences. The fine motor groups used paint to create their art projects and the language group made yummy edible mud pies!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

In a base of raffia “hay” we put a variety of farm related items including play animals, fruit, vegetables, and a toy tractor. We also included a colorful red bandana and a dog puppet that sang when its muzzle was pressed—–too cute!

Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

This box of corn contained the letters F, A, R, M for the students to find. Of course, they also had fun pushing their fingers and hands through the kernels. Visual and tactile discrimination skills can be addressed with this activity.

The science access point match objects by an observable property, such as shape, can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

It was all contrast and compare with our fur and feather box! There were a variety of fake fur swatches along with some feather boas. A great opportunity to talk about which farm animals had fur and which had feathers. They made some great fashion statements also lol.

Sort objects by an observable property, such as texture, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

We put some play food for the students to plant and harvest in our coffee grounds “dirt”. There were also pictures of fruit to find at the bottom of the box.

The science access points match plants that are the same and recognize that plants grow, can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Wheat flour was used  to make our play dough and this gave it a slightly grittier, more crumbly texture. Another interesting tactile experience!

We put in some farm animal cookie cutters (turkey, sheep, and duck) to add to the fun.

Recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes it move, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

This week we put cocoa powder in the oobleck to make MUD. The students had fun helping our little foam piggy get a mud bath. It really smelled much better than the real thing too 🙂

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Our duck pond contained 2 rubber ducks—–1 big and 1 small. There was also a measuring cup for scooping fun!

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

 

 

 

 

 

A fruity scent seemed the perfect choice for a farm unit so we used Bath and BodyWorks pearberry scent this week.

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made “hay” using a rolling pin wrapped with some rubber bands.

We started by discussing the color of our paint and asked the students to identify it using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

The students needed to hold the rolling pin with both hands in order to make it roll properly—–great bilateral coordination practice!

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

To finish, they got to choose some farm animals (cut from the Ellison machine) to put on their pictures. Of course we  counted how many each student added!

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ta Da!

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On Wednesday the students used a craft foam tractor stamp. We hot glued a plastic thread spool to make it easier for them to hold.

First the students drew ACROSS lines on their paper using a pencil. These lines were the “furrows” in the field. They really did a great job with this!

Recognize the change in appearance of an object, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Then we discussed the color of our paint and asked the students to identify it using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next the students stamped UP and DOWN to put 1 tractor on their fields.

Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

TA Da!

                                                         Look at our cute little farmers!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made a very tasty dessert this week!  We made Animal Cracker Caramel Mud Pies.  Here is the recipe that we used: Let_s Make Animal Cracker Caramel Mud Pie

During the recipe, we focused on the following words that were located on each of our student’s cooking communication boards: make, put, turn, more, all done, like/don’t like.  Each week, these are the most frequently used words.  Other words located on the boards are fringe vocabulary words such as the different ingredients used as well as the utensils and appliances used.

We started by making our chocolate pudding.  Our students helped put the pudding mix and 2 cups of milk into a bowl.  Then they took turns pressing the wireless switch used to turn the mixer on.  Our students helped to indicate if we needed to mix MORE or if we’re ALL DONE.

Solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

Next, we melted the butter talked about how it changed from a solid to a liquid. We put our -already-crushed-up animal crackers in the butter and added some sugar.  Then we stirred it up and put it in the pan

Distinguish between water as a solid or liquid is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Then we put cream cheese and powdered sugar into a bowl and mixed it up with the mixer, giving each student a turn.  We were SUPPOSED to add caramel to this part, but I missed that page so we added it at the end 🙂  You can do it any way you’d like!  We added some whipped cream and mixed it up again.

Solve simple problems involving putting together and taking apart small quantities of objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

We put that mixture on top of the animal cracker mix in the pan and added the chocolate pudding to the top.

Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

A little caramel sauce and we were ALL DONE!

We counted out how many bowls we needed and then ALL enjoyed eating these yummy mud pies 🙂

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for joining us on Old MacDonald’s farm! Join us again next week for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

The Netherlands

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img_0210img_0828We are a little late in celebrating Dutch-American Heritage Day (it was November 16) but we still had a lot of fun learning about the Netherlands this week! Our sensory group explored boxes related to facts about the country. Our fine motor groups made art projects of Dutch symbols and the language group made a traditional snack!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP 

img_0725img_0236If you took a trip to the Netherlands you would need to fly in an airplane! We recorded the sounds of a jet plane taking off on our voice output device and used a vibrating tube to simulate the feeling of being on an airplane.

The vibrating tube was a real hit with the students!

img_1115Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_0182img_0302The Dutch use orange as their symbolic color so we used orange paper shred as the base for this box. There were some little bicycles—it is the world biking capitol of the world—and an authentic wooden shoe! A hand held fan made a pretty good windmill stand in. We also included some felt cheese slices, play people, oranges, and the word “home”.

img_0730The science access point recognize a model of a real object is addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

img_0718-1img_1045The Netherlands is the official name of the country, but sometimes it is referred to as Holland so we included some letter N’s and H’s to find in a box of ORANGE pasta.

The dried pasta made noise when shaken or moved which added to the fun!

img_0120Recognize two objects that are identical to each other is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1166img_0732Although we associate orange with the Netherlands, the flag is actually red, white and blue!

There was a picture of the flag to find at the bottom of our rice box. We included 2 different sized spoons for scooping practice.

 

 

 

 

 

img_0717img_0030The math access point solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0716img_0342Lots of colorful flowers are grown in the Netherlands—-especially tulips! The students used a tulip shaped cookie cutter to make some beautiful flowers in red moon sand.

img_1012Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0137img_0076The Netherlands is known for its beautiful skies so we made fluffy white clouds out of shaving cream to float around our sky blue plastic tray!

 

 

 

img_0692 The students had a blast, as usual 🙂

img_0721img_0705Track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0703img_0967Since pumps are used to help keep the country from flooding, we added a little pump to our water play this week.

It was great for promoting bilateral coordination and the students had so much fun with it!

 

 

img_0172The science access point observe and recognize a predictable cause-effect relationship related to a science topic can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1173img_0751As a reminder of the Netherlands beautiful flowers, we used “plumeria” from Bath and BodyWorks for our scent this week.  The students used the picture symbols “like” and “don’t like” to communicate their opinion on the scent—–it was a hit with most of them!

img_0399Use senses to recognize objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

We loved the pictures of the colorful wooden shoes we found on the internet. So on Tuesday the students stamped some colorful shoe pictures of their own. We used this: wooden-shoe-template

img_0455img_0464The students used communication symbols to identify the stamp pad colors (red and green) used for this project.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0532img_0483Then they used a BIG swirl stamp and a SMALL flower stamp to decorate their “wooden” shoes. We also reinforced the concepts of UP and DOWN here.

The math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down is addressed here. Recognize similarities and differences is size of common objects is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0599img_0495The students glued their shoes onto a rectangular piece of paper——orange of course 🙂

Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0613img_0524TA DA——some pretty colorful shoes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made wind mills! We used this: windmill-template

img_0755img_0762We started by asking the students to identify a rectangle.

The math access point recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes is again addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0792img_0823Then the students used a paper cutter to cut out the base of the windmill.

img_0782Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0804They rolled this piece of paper around a paper towel roll.

Track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0772The windmill blades were attached using a brad—-most of the students needed a little help with this step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0788img_0773Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point.

img_0834                                                                      Ta DA—–wind power!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week in our language group we made a traditional Dutch recipe called stamppot.  Because this is a mashed potatoes dish, all of the vegetables used had to be cut up and boiled the night before.

img_1206 Our students started out by putting the potatoes (3 had been boiled) into a bowl.  Our students had to indicate that there were MORE potatoes after a measuring cup had been filled once and there were some more potatoes left over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1208img_1210We added GREEN kale (1 cup boiled). Some of he students weren’t so sure how tasty this was going to turn out to be 🙂

Our students then put the carrots (4 had been peeled and cut up) into the same bowl.  We talked about the color ORANGE.  Boiled carrots have such a vivid color!

 

 

 

 

 

img_1221img_1219We shook some salt into the bowl and added a bit of butter and milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1226img_1225Finally, the students got to help MIX the ingredients up by activating a switch that controlled a mixer.

img_1239                                                              This is how it turned out!

 

 

 

 

 

img_1241img_1244Once it was all mixed up, we counted out bowls for each of the students and dug in………….ok, so some of the students (and adults lol) weren’t so sure how tasty this was going to turn out 🙂

img_1246But once tasted, the universal opinion was——–YUM!

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed learning a little about the the Netherlands this week, we sure did! Join us again next time for more fun and learning——-Group by Group!

 

 

Jobs at School

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img_7729This week we looked at some of the jobs at our school. We have done this theme before, but looked at different jobs this time. The sensory group explored boxes related to the people in those jobs at our school. The fine motor groups made thank you cards for the people in our book and the language group had a special guest help them make a tasty treat.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_7746img_7780Ms. Latoya, our assistant principal, graduated from FAMU. This box is dedicated to her alma mater. It is filled with the colors and symbols of the university. There were shaker pom poms, beads, and a football—-go Rattlers!

img_7135Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point that can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

 

img_7103img_7588Nurse Caitlin likes the beach and Nurse Linda likes the color pink—–so their box is a pink beach 🙂 Pink rice and some seashells to make up this fun filled box.  We also added their initials and a big pink scoop!

img_7563Scooping up the rice and watching it fall back into the box addresses the science access point: track a falling object.

 

 

 

 

img_7039img_7897This box was filled with purple kinetic sand (Ms. Alexis’ favorite color) and the letter R for “registrar”. Ms. Trenisha loves elephants and we think she would really like the cute pink one we included here.

img_7927Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_7087img_7595The fun box was filled with birdseed and there were 3 little birds to find hidden in it—- Ms. Courtney’s favorite animals are birds! We haven’t used this box of birdseed in a while and the students really enjoyed feeling it on their hands.

img_7613Associate quantities with number names is a math access point that can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

img_7623img_7575Ms. Lorry is from Chicago, also known as the “windy city”. Our students had breezy fun with a little hand held fan. Ms. Lori is from New York, which is filled with bright lights—-sort of like our little light toys!

img_7096Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_7865img_7610We put our fake spaghetti strands into oobleck this week to make our version of fettuccine alfredo—-Ms. April’s favorite dish! This was a lot of fun and our students were really intrigued with the differing textures.

img_7639Recognize that pushing and pulling an object (contact force) makes it move, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_7107img_7755Hands were rinsed in our little water garden, complete with watering can—-Ms. Leslie loves to garden. The fact that the little floating flowers in it were lighted, made it even more fun!

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_7154img_7667Ms. Jane has been involved with Girl Scouts for years. We found these Girl Scout cookie scented lip balms—-perfect to leave our students smelling like yummy cookies! The students got to choose between Samoa, Tagalong, and Thin Mint scents. Turned out that Samoa was the most popular! Of course, we used the balm on wrists NOT on lips 🙂

img_7651Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

We wanted to thank all the staff who appeared in our book this week so the fine motor groups both contributed to the making of the thank you cards for them.

img_7172On Tuesday, the students identified the rectangular shape of the paper we were going to use.

Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_7198Each student squeezed pink, purple, and turquoise paint onto their paper and folded it over.

Distinguish between objects that are wet and objects that are dry is a science access point that can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_7187img_7228Then they rolled over the paper with a rolling pin—-great for bilateral coordination!

img_7215Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_7195img_7218Ta DA!!!

img_7229Some pretty magical results!!!

 

 

 

 

 

img_7672On Wednesday, the students again identified the rectangular shape of the paper used for making our cards.

Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_7680img_7690The students used a paper cutter to cut each piece of the previously painted paper into 4 pieces! They also cut green pieces of paper in half to make the base of the card.

Recognize parts of whole objects and parts of sets of objects, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_7706img_7711Then the students began assembling the cards by gluing a colorful front onto the green card bases.

Recognize a change in an object is a science access point. The math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

img_7735img_7723TA DA—-a colorful thank you to our wonderful staff members!

img_7721Thank you for helping us grow and learn 🙂

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week’s language group was extra special today!  One of our nurses here at school, Jill, came in to bake some of her Blonde Brownies for us!

Here is her recipe: jills-blonde-brownies

img_8030img_8031She started out by talking about what we always do first before cooking, which is to wash our hands!  Next, she measured out a cup of Bisquick.  Our students had to indicate that they wanted to HELP by raising their hand, by touching the symbol for HELP, or by verbalizing.  Since we needed 2 cups, our students indicated that we needed MORE to put in the bowl.

img_8034Then, we added the brown sugar.  Again, our students had to tell us if they wanted to HELP.

 

 

 

 

img_8037img_8040One off the most fun parts of putting all of the ingredients in the bowl was using the EZ Cracker Egg Cracker!  Since the recipe called for 2 eggs, 2 different students got to use the Egg Cracker.  Once the egg was placed, our students had to SQUEEZE the handle which broke the eggs without getting it all over the place!  Super cool!

 

 

 

 

 

img_8042img_8046We added 1 cup of oatmeal and 1 cup of chocolate chips and then STIRRED it all together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8077img_8089While it was baking, we had another surprise guest, Ms. Maureen, the music intern.  She stood in for our music therapist (Brenda) since she was teaching another class at the time.  Maureen played several songs for our students and gave them shakers so they could participate as well.

img_8071They had SO MUCH FUN!!!  And not just the students but the adults as well!

 

 

 

 

img_8101When the music was done it turned out the brownies were too so we all enjoyed our special treat from Jill!

THANK YOU so much to Jill and Maureen!!!  You made our day 🙂

 

 

 

Another great week! Join us again next time for more fun and learning Group by Group!

Happy New Year!

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IMG_3225Happy 2016 everyone! To welcome the new year we thought it would be fun to take a look BACK at some things that happened in past “new” years.

Each of the sensory group boxes related to one of the historic events. The fine motor groups made art projects celebrating 2016 and the language group—-well they had a party 🙂

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_3035IMG_3170The marriage of Prince Ferdinand and Queen Isabella united the country of Spain. The red and yellow of this colorful box were a nod to the colors of the Spanish flag. In addition to sorting by color, the students were able to sort by texture since we included soft pompoms and hard beads.

Of course, the beads were also lots of fun to wear or shake 🙂

IMG_3162Identify objects by one observable property, such as color is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3165IMG_2790In 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed and in celebration of that historic event we made some red, white and blue play dough! We added snipped pieces of an old star garland and some glitter to give the play dough a patriotic sparkle 🙂

The students cut out stars using two different sized cookie cutters.

The science access point recognize differences in size of objects is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2827IMG_3012At the turn of the century, people were thrilled with the construction of the Statue of Liberty. We thought our green Bubber looked pretty similar to the color of the statue as we see it today.

Bubber’s texture is a little like circus peanut candy so it is drier than play dough but it still sticks together really well.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2980IMG_3122 We also included a souvenir  hat just for fun——thanks Kira!

While making sculptures with the Bubber, the students addressed the science access point recognize a change in an object.

Trying on the hat addressed the “let’s have fun” access point 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3146IMG_3021In 1955 the hit song Rock Around the Clock was released. Our students used finger drums and a maraca to rock out to the song we recorded on a voice output device.

The finger drums were a HUGE hit 🙂

IMG_2990The science access points recognize an action as fast or slow and recognize objects that create sounds are addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_2857IMG_3030The movie Footloose was hugely popular in 1984 and we thought this neon rice perfectly represented the decade!

The little funnel and spoon made for lots of scooping fun and the students were especially fascinated as they watched the grains stream out the bottom. At the bottom of the box was a piece of paper with the numbers 1984—–written with neon markers, of course!

Track a falling object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3139IMG_3033The psychedelic 1960’s rang out with the Woodstock concert held in the summer of 1969. In homage to the fashion of the day, we made some tie dye oobleck! Watching the colors swirl around was just GROOVY 🙂

IMG_3013We got the tie dye effect by mixing the different colors in separate bowls and then pouring them onto a tray.

Track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_2839IMG_3157Another musician made history in 1977 with his concert in Hawaii—–the king himself, Elvis! Since lei’s are made from plumeria flowers we used that scent from Bath and Bodyworks for our water play scent this week. There was a “plumeria” blossom floating in the water and a bulb syringe to “water” it with.

IMG_3123Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3180IMG_2866The students really liked the aroma of the matching lotion rubbed on their arms and hands.

IMG_3046Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students decorated signs made from paper plates and popsicle sticks.

IMG_2879We started by discussing the shape of plate and asking the students to identify it using communication symbols.

Recognize a common object with a two-dimensional shape is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2886IMG_2919Then they painted the plate with GOLD paint—-this looked so cool!!! By having the students hold onto the popsicle stick handle we also addressed bilateral coordination with this activity.

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_2910IMG_2900We added even more sparkle with some glitter confetti and topped off the sign with a piece of paper with “2016” printed on it.

The paper stuck easily to the paint so we didn’t  have to use glue!

Recognize that objects can stick together is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_2896TA DA—–Happy 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we used the numbers 2016 again, but this time we put them on a SHIELD—-kind of like the one Henry VIII might have used!

IMG_3060We started by identifying the number 6 on a number line—-the students did a really great job with this!

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3081IMG_3064Then we got out some BIG brushes and painted the shields with silver paint. Some of the students are still learning to use paint brushes but most of them  got to work without any help from us!

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_3095IMG_3110We used the Ellison machine to cut out the numbers 2-0-1-6 and the students placed them on their shields.

To make it easier to hold, a toilet paper roll was hot glued to the back of the shield by an adult, then…….

IMG_3105                                                                Time for a 2016 royal TA DA

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

In our language group this week, we made some yummy cornbread. It is a traditional Southern food eaten for good luck because it’s supposed to resemble gold!

IMG_3186We started by counting out the cupcake liners while placing them in the cupcake tin.  We used a visual of the number 6 to help reinforce number recognition.

The math access point match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3191Then, we followed the directions on the Jiffy cornbread mix box and put all of the ingredients in a bowl.  We made sure to talk about the COLOR of the cornbread mix and also how it was DRY.  When we cracked the egg in, we talked about how the mixture was now WET.

Distinguish between items that are wet and items that are dry is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3199IMG_3202When it was time to pour in the milk, noting that it was a LIQUID, our students got to feel the temperature—-it was COLD!

IMG_3206Recognize the temperature of items, such as food, as cool or warm is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3210IMG_3215We mixed up the ingredients and counted out how many spoonfuls we needed to put into the cupcake tin.  Once finished, we put them in the oven to bake.

Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3240IMG_3234While we were waiting, we had a small New Years party of our own.  We got out party hats, boas, and princess crowns.  Our students then got to make some “fireworks” by walking or rolling over bubblewrap-IMG_3262                                                               —they had a BLAST!

 

 

 

IMG_3278IMG_3268Finally, we got to eat our “gold”.  Cheers to a lucky 2016!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3135Well, it was back to school with a blast and we had tons of fun welcoming in the new year! Join us again next week for more fun and learning——Group by Group!