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Beatrix Potter book


We are learning all about Beatrix Potter, the author of children’s books like the Tale of Peter Rabbit.  Our book takes a look at some of the history of her life, such as where she grew up and how she became an author/illustrator.  We have one student featured on the back of the book holding a Peter Rabbit stuffed animal.  Read the book to find out some facts about Beatrix Potter!





Here is a link to the book: The Magical World of Beatrix Potter

National Siblings Day book


National Siblings Day is April 10 so our theme is all about siblings!  We have some of our own students in the book, but instead of it being focused around our students, we found out some pretty neat things about some of the staff’s  siblings.  One of our staff members has a sister who is a scientist, another staff member has a sister who is a music therapist, and our very own principal has a brother who works for NASA!  Find out more about our siblings in our book and make sure to celebrate your own siblings 🙂




Here is a link to the book:   We Celebrate National Siblings Day!

Cinderella Monkey’s Birthday book


We came up with our own original book this year due to a confusion about the themes that we had gone over.  We are celebrating Cinderella Monkey’s Birthday this week!  We have several of our students in this book dressed up as all different kinds of animals–from alligators to bats to ladybugs.  They are all coming to help their friend, Cinderella Monkey, celebrate her Birthday.  Check it out to see what everyone brought their friend!





Here is a link to the book: It_s Cinderella Monkey’s Birthday!

The History of Basketball book


March Madness is here!!  Lots of people get hyped up around this time of year due to all of the basketball games being played, so we decided to do a some research and find out a little more about the game of basketball.  The book talks about WHO invented basketball, what the first pro game was, and how March Madness originated in the first place.  We learned so many interesting things about the game of basketball!  We do have one student featured in our book on our “THE END” page, so make sure to check it out!







Here is a link to the book: The History of Basketball

Israel book


We are taking a trip and learning all about Israel this week.  We were lucky to get some authentic pictures of Israel taken by one of our nurses, Jill, who just recently visited the country.  Our book tells about some of the things you can see in Israel, such as the Dead Sea and the Negev Desert.  You can also find out what kind of produce is grown and distributed out of Israel.  Check out the book and see some of the great photos from Jill!





Here is a link to the book: Let_s Learn About Israel

Youth Art Month book


The theme for this week is Youth Art Month, which is observed during the month of March.  Our book takes a look at several different artists like Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Salvador Dali (just to name a few).  Each page shows a picture of the artist along with one of their pieces of art.  It’s so neat to see all of the different types of art!  The front page features one of our students visiting a muesum while the back page features one of our students painting.  Read the book to find out about these amazing artists!




Here is a link to the book: We Celebrate Youth Art Month

Dr. Seuss


img_4681img_4551Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! We celebrated his birthday this week for Read Across America! Our sensory groups explored colorful boxes inspired by Dr. Seuss books. The fine motor groups made Seuss inspired art projects and the language group made a yummy snack to finish off the week. It was tons of fun and everyone LOVED the book we made to go with this unit—–be sure to check it out!







img_4612img_4255This box was filled with lots of Seuss (or Seuss like) items including the ABC book and a fabulous hat! The base of the box was shredded paper—-because Dr. Seuss wrote books back when they were all paper!

img_5148The language access point attend to familiar literary forms (ex. picture books) can be addressed here.






img_4226img_5103The Grinch is one of our favorite characters! The students used green float to form their own Grinch figures using a plastic ornament and some hands from a play dough set. Ok so the Grinch didn’t have purple hands in the original story but we still think they worked pretty well 🙂

img_4244The science access point recognize one or more external body parts can be addressed here.






img_4530img_4207We used some sawdust as the base of our Zoo box. There were a variety of animals and a little zookeeper to help take care of them. In addition, we put a picture of a lion at the bottom of the box and asked the students to find the animal that was the same as the picture.

img_5122Match animals based on a given shared characteristic is a science access point that can be addressed here.






img_4671img_4715We thought our shaker pom poms kind of looked like the tops of Truffula trees! Colorful, eye catching and so much fun to shake! We haven’t brought these out for a while and the students were pretty excited to see them again!

img_5060The science access point distinguish between objects in motion and at rest can be addressed here.






img_4193img_4166The students also got a little goofy and had fun pretending to be Truffle trees by putting the pom poms on their heads.

img_4209                                                                               Pretty fun stuff 🙂





img_4160img_5099The students found the letters A B and C in colorful pasta. We put in 2 of each letter so the students could match them. Of course, it was also fun to just put hands in too!

img_4214Match objects by on observable property, such as shape is a science access point.






img_4190img_5037With a Dr. Seuss unit, you HAVE to have oobleck! Gooey, drippy, always fun!

img_5130Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move, is a science access point.






img_4698img_5033There were 2 blue fish to find in our bubble filled water play. These fish were especially fun since they squirted water when squeezed—-there were lots of giggles with this 🙂

img_4548Recognize two objects that are the same size or color is a math access point.






img_4272img_5161We used Bath and BodyWorks apple scented bath gel in our water play and again for our lotion this week. This was a perfect scent to help us remember all the fun we had this week and was a hit with the students.

img_5187The science access point recognize one or more external body parts is addressed here.







On Tuesday, the students made their own puff balls and became little Who’s to dance on them!

img_4290After discussing the circle shape of the puff ball and identifying it using communication symbols we mixed together shaving cream and glue.

The math access point recognize when an object or material is addressed here.








img_4293img_4300The students painted the mixture onto a purple circle. This thick gooey mixture dries like puffy paint—-so cool!

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








img_4303img_4333We added a little glitter and then each student put a cutout pictures of themselves to the puffball.

The math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down, is addressed here.







img_4345img_4351Ta Da———- super cute!!!!!!











On Wednesday the students made a Horton inspired elephant!

img_4834img_4849First we discussed the shapes we were using and asked them to identify a circle using communication symbols.

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








img_4870img_4862The students cut their circles in half using a paper cutter addressing the science access point recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes it move.

Then we looked at how the 2 half circles could be put back together to make a circle.

The math access point recognize parts of common objects can be addressed here.






img_4895The elephant’s trunk started as a RECTANGLE which the students then folded an crumpled to give it some dimension!

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









img_4918img_4943Then the students began assembling their elephants—-a big circle face, 2 half circle ears, a rectangle trunk AND 2 big, round googlie eyes!

img_5017Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point.





img_4932img_4983TA Da!

img_4960Some of Horton’s cute relatives!








We made an apple treat today in honor of the book 10 Apples up on Top.  Here is the recipe that we used: lets-make-an-apple-delicious-dessert

img_5210img_5208We used Pixon communication boards throughout that had fringe vocabulary focusing on cooking.

img_5277We also used super large symbols such as the symbol “turn” when it was time to turn the page of our recipe book.





img_5223img_5218We started out by crushing up graham crackers using a rolling pin.  We broke this part up between a couple of students, so after the first student crushed them a bit our students had to indicate that we needed to crush them up MORE.








img_5235img_5243Once the graham crackers were finished, we put them in a bowl and POURed melted butter on top.  Our students helped STIR the ingredients together then we PRESSed them into a baking pan.

img_5270Next, we combined some whipped cream and cream cheese.  Again, our students helped STIR the ingredients together.  When finished, we SPREAD half of the mix over the graham crackers in the pan.





img_5280img_5296Then, we put some apple pie filling on top of the whipped cream mix!  We ended up pureeing the apples since some of our students have special diets.

We finished it up by SPREADing the rest of the whipped cream mix on top of the apples and sprinkling some graham crackers on top.







img_5303img_5310Our delicious apple dessert was a hit——–YUM!!!!!











img_5111img_5141We all had a blast this week! Join us again next time for more fun——– Group by Group!