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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!

Louisiana book


image003img_2948We’re taking another trip this week and finding some cool things out about the state of Louisiana.  The book includes some facts about Louisiana such as what it’s nickname is, the state flower, and one of the state songs.  Of course we had to include a little bit about Mardi Gras in there!  One of our students is featured on the front next to a cool looking parade float while the back features one of our teachers with a student from her class.

img_3560Find out some new things about Louisiana by reading the book!




img_3750Here is a link to the book: lets-learn-about-louisiana

The Grammys book


img_9786img_0301The theme this week was lots of fun!  We are getting ready for the Grammys, which comes on this weekend.  Our students really love music so this is a great topic!  Some of our students dressed up as musicians who have been to the Grammys, like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Michael Jackson.

img_9439                                         Check it out and see who else has been to the Grammys!






img_9452Here is a link to the book: who-has-been-to-the-grammys

Minnesota book


img_8744img_8598We are learning about the state of Minnesota this week!  The book has lots of different facts like the state insect, the state candy, and some famous people who are from there, like Judy Garland and Prince.  The front of the book features one of our students who is actually FROM Minnesota while the back of the book features a staff member who visits family in Minnesota, both when it’s FREEZING and when the weather is nice.  So sit back and enjoy reading about the Land of 10,000 Lakes!





img_8802Here is a link to the book: lets-learn-about-minnesota

Super Heroes book


img_7921img_7745We are celebrating literacy week this week and the theme is super heroes.  There are so many super hero costumes out there, how could we NOT do a book featuring some of our super students!?  In our book you’ll see Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Ninja Turtles, to name a few.  The costumes were donated by one of our family and we are so grateful!!! Since it was literacy week, one of our high school students dressed as Batman and read to some of our elementary students. You know there was lots of excitement when he walked in!

img_7203Our students really are super and so is this book 🙂 Enjoy!






img_8053Here is a link to the book: look-at-all-the-superheroes

Winnie the Pooh Book


img_6174img_6173Since Winne the Pooh Day is January 18, we decided to do a theme on the characters!  Some of our students got to dress up as the characters and pose in front of the amazing background that our art teacher, Judy, and her students painted.

img_6584We included the main characters like Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger, and added a couple of characters that aren’t as widely known, the Hufflelumps and the Woozels.  It is really a cute book!





img_6658Here is a link to the book: the-characters-in-winnie-the-pooh