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Johnny Appleseed

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Johnny Appleseed Day is September 26 so we decided to learn a little more about him this week! Our sensory groups explored boxes that were all about apples. The fine motor groups made apple themed art projects and the language group made a yummy apple snack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

We turned one of our umbrellas into an apple tree this week and it was a total hit with the students! There were 3 different apples to find and a voice output with the song “Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me”—–an oldie but a goodie!

The math access point associate quantities with number names can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

As we said, this umbrella tree really captured the students’ attention.

So we couldn’t resist adding a few more super cute photos 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

A is for APPLE——the students searched  for letter A’s in green rice with black bean “apple seeds”. There was also a map of his home state to find at the bottom of the box.

Identify objects by observable properties, such as shape, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Apples come in lots of different colors but mostly RED, YELLOW, or GREEN. In this box the students sorted colorful “apple” pompoms into matching plates.

The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color, and the math access point recognize objects with three-dimensional objects, such as balls (spheres) can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

The students used apple shaped cookie cutters to make BIG and LITTLE apples in red moon sand. We didn’t actually have apple cookie cutters so we used the pumpkin cutters we had on hand since they are a pretty similar shape—–sometimes you just have to make do with what you have 🙂

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Apple seeds are kind of black and brown so we thought these small beans would work as a nice stand in for them. There was a little dish to fill and a measuring spoon for fun scooping practice.

 

 

The math access point recognize when an object or person is added to or is taken away from a situation, can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

We added some green food coloring to shaving cream this week. We encouraged the students to draw apple shaped circles or straight line stems.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in apple scented water with a floating plastic apple, watering can, scoop, and an apple shaped sponge. Lots of different things to interact with here and the students had a blast.

The math access point recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids, can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

The watering can was especially fun and

the students were fascinated by the streaming water!

 

 

 

 

 

Our apple scent this week was country apple from Bath and BodyWorks.

It was a pretty yummy scent that left our students smelling like delicious little apples 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On ‘Tuesday we made apples using this template: apple

We started by identifying the color of our paper shred.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next the students painted glue (watered down a little bit to make it easier to spread) with a sponge brush.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then came the fun part—–dropping handfuls of paper shred onto their apples! They really liked this part.

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

 

 

 

 

 

A little green leaf was added and ………..Ta DA!

                                                                   Just delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made apple trees. We used green plates from the Dollar Tree (a whole stack for $1, how can you beat that!) and leftover corrugated cardboard for the tree trunks. This was a really cheap craft—–and we like that 🙂

First the students identified the shape of the plates and the color of our “apple” pompoms

Recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape such as a circle, is a math access point.

 

The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Then they practiced eye hand coordination skills by dipping red pompoms into glue and then gluing them onto their “trees”. Of course, we counted the number of apples on each tree!

 

The math access points recognize when an object is added to a situation and associate quantities with number names, can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Ta Da!

 

 

 

 

                                                        Look at our apple orchard!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week we made our own applesauce!  We also learned a lot about patience since the food processor was acting up a bit during group.  Here is a link to the recipe we used: Let_s Make Cinnamon Applesauce

We started out by peeling the apples.  We got to use an apple peeler which was pretty cool to our students.  They helped us turn the handle to make the peeler work.

 

 

 

We found that the peeler also cored AND cut the apple so we got to skip that step 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

We checked out the string of apple peel!

Some of the students thought it was pretty fascinating but others weren’t quite so sure about it.

 

 

 

 

Next, we had to add some lemon juice.  Each of our students got to try a little taste of the lemon juice.  We talked about how it tasted SOUR.

 

 

Then we added some lemon juice to the food processor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our students helped turn the food processor on.  We found that we had to add a little bit of water to help get the mixture going.

Recognize a way to stop an object from moving is a science access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

We poured the mixture into a bowl.  Next, we added some sugar and cinnamon.  Our students smelled the cinnamon and we talked about how it smelled sweet.

We stirred everything up and voila!  No-cook applesauce!

 

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

 

 

 

 

Yummy deliciousness

this was a hit 🙂

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Johnny Appleseed.

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

How We Make Money

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IMG_1290This week our theme compliments the April Unique Curriculum unit for our students. They are learning about money and what we do with it. Our focus is on how we earn it! The sensory groups explored boxes related to specific jobs. The fine motor groups painted job related art projects and the language group got real time job experience—–they made a dessert 🙂

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_1681IMG_1244Helping people get an education as the President of a University would be a pretty important job to have! If you were the president of FAMU you would cheer on the Rattlers. Our box featured the team colors of ORANGE and GREEN and the little egg shaker we included made rattling sounds when shaken.

The science access point recognize objects that create sounds can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1685IMG_1456Paleontologists study dinosaur bones—–how cool is that! There were four little bones to find buried in our sand and we included a small scoop so they could be buried again.  Of course it was also really fun to watch the sand sift through fingers. This box was lots of fun 🙂

IMG_1292Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1480IMG_1674Veterinarians take care of our pets. There were lots of “medical” supplies in this box for fun pretend play. There were soft cotton balls and gauze as well as a fun stethoscope to try out. Our little vets took good care of their patient!

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1268IMG_1506One really cool way to earn money would be as a Rock Star! In addition to finger drums and a tiny toy guitar, there were some star worthy sunglasses and feather boas in this box.

IMG_1679The science access points recognize objects that create sounds and the science access point recognize one or more external body parts can be addressed with this activity.

IMG_1697IMG_1236Everyone got in on the fun……..

IMG_1256…..looks like we have some future superstars in the making 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1525IMG_1299We brought out our underwater umbrella for our budding Marine Biologists. To add to the experience there were orca and humpback whale sounds recorded on a voice output device. Everyone found it fascinating!

IMG_1668Match living things with their habitats is a science access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_1220IMG_1631Our little Chefs had fun icing the play food cupcake with whipped (shaving) cream. Great messy fun!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1454IMG_1281Our students got to play Lifeguard by scooping swim rings (made out of water noodle slices) and a little toy figure out of the water. This activity is great for counting and eye hand coordination practice!

IMG_1693Recognize 2 dimensional shapes in the environment is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_1723IMG_1720We chose Bath and BodyWorks vanilla sugar scent for our water play and lotion this week because the aroma reminded us of some of the yummy treats that Chefs might make! This is always a popular scent with our students 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we talked about Beekeeping and our students made some bees using this: honey bee template  We used yellow poster board for the base so it was a little sturdier and just regular white paper for the wings.

IMG_1322IMG_1323We started by discussing the shape of the bees body—-an oval—-and asked the students to identify the color yellow using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1326IMG_1331Next the students painted black stripes on their bee.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1342Then they used a glue stick to apply glue to the wing and put it on their bee. We encouraged them to put the wing DOWN onto the bee’s body.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1350With a little help they added a googlie eye by placing in ON a glue spot.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1346IMG_1353Ta Da!

IMG_1337                                                                 BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday like Paleontologists, we discovered some dinosaur fossils! To prep this an adult traced this: dinosaur bones template  Instead of making copies of our template, we took another piece of paper to trace over it with a pencil and made copies of that. By doing it that way the outline was very light. One of our fantastic volunteers then filled in each template with glue—-all 7 of them! She used a paint brush and it actually went really fast!

IMG_1561IMG_1562The students identified the shape of the paper using communication symbols—-they did a really great job and we were SO proud 🙂

Recognize 2-dimensional shapes in the environment is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1563IMG_1577Then they dipped their sponge brushes into VERY watery brown paint. You need your paint to be pretty translucent for this project to turn out correctly. As the students brushed the paint over the paper, their fossils appeared—–this was super cool!!!

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_1574IMG_1566Ta Dino DA

IMG_1580                                                            Fabulous fossil finds!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We tied in a couple of the jobs we talked about in our book because we made an edible treat (chef) with honey (beekeepers)!

IMG_1767IMG_1773We started by going around the room and letting our students look at and smell some real honey comb that Joy brought it.  We talked about how it smelled SWEET.  We also talked a lot about looking with our eyes and smelling with our noses, not with our hands!

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_1777IMG_1780Next, we counted out cups for all of our friends.  Each of our students got to indicate how many spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt they wanted by pointing to the numbers 3, 4, or 5.  When scooping out the yogurt, we counted out loud to make sure that we put in the correct amount.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_1800IMG_1807Our students then got to indicate if they wanted strawberries on top by verbalizing yes/no or by nodding/shaking their heads.

Once the strawberries were in, our students helped SQUEEZE the honey onto their yogurt and strawberries.  Finally, we topped the mix with some granola.

 

 

 

 

IMG_1838IMG_1815We think this job was a successful one for our students!

IMG_1822They thought it was a pretty a delicious one as well 🙂

 

We had an absolute blast this week! Join us again next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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IMG_6613We turned to the classics this week and what better source than Shakespeare for a tale about love—–Valentine’s Day coming up and all!  Our students had an absolute blast dressing up as characters from the story so be sure to check out our powerpoint book.

The sensory group boxes were particularly bright, colorful, and fairy like. The fine motor groups did fairy art projects and the language group made a fairy garden.

It was a truly magical week 🙂

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_6455IMG_6600Since the story takes place at night, we turned off the lights and spritzed LoveSpell cologne (from Victoria’s Secret) around the room. Then the students took turns checking out the “twinkling” stars of our woodland umbrella.

IMG_6621It was almost like being in the woods on a midsummer night!

Recognize a source of light energy is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_6221IMG_6505With the lights back on, the students started exploring our boxes. This box was filled with leaves, plastic pine branches, and flowers—-things you might see in the woods. We also included some toys to represent some of the characters from the book.

IMG_6674The science access point match plants that are the same can be addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_6211IMG_6675Since a Midsummer Night’s Dream is all about LOVE, we had to include a box filled with hearts! There were beads, shiny paper shred, garland, and hearts of all different textures and sizes—–we even included a discovery bottle filled with them. There were also some fabulous pink and glittery letters to form the word L-O-V-E.

IMG_6193The science access point match objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_6200IMG_6646The students loved these swirling discovery bottles—–filled with fairy dust, of course! Since the bottles were filled with different liquids, some of the glitter moved really fast while in other bottles it moved more slowly.

IMG_6477Recognize an action as fast or slow is a science access point.

IMG_6470IMG_6481We called this box our “fairy vision” box 🙂 because we also filled it with squares of fabric of different colors and textures—– but all transparent. The students had a lot of fun draping the different pieces over their faces and using their “fairy vision” to look around the room.

IMG_6685Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_6664IMG_6641There were lots of letter “F”s (for Fairy) to find buried in our colorful purple beans. We used neon food coloring to get this fabulous color!

The students really loved the watching the beans shift around as they ran their fingers them.

IMG_6216Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_6640IMG_6157Neon pink food coloring and pink glitter certainly made our oobleck totally pop this week! It was really eye catching and absolutely irresistible. Our students—–and most of the adults 🙂 loved it!

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_6162IMG_66383 different sized heart shaped scoops were included in our water play. Lots of opportunities for measurement exploration——and splashy fun—- with this box.

IMG_6633The science access point recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids is addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_6705Twilight Woods (Bath and BodyWorks) was the perfect scent for this week.  Whether rubbed on hands, arms, or behind ears its sweet, floral aroma was a perfect reminder of a midsummer’s night in the woods.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students painted a fairy woodland. To complete their picture we used this:fairy template

IMG_6241We started by discussing our paint color and asked the students to use communication symbols to identify the color green.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6264IMG_6275After discussing the shape of our paper and counting its sides, the students began painting leaves and shrubs.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6277When they had finished painting they added some fairy dust—–also known as green glitter 🙂

Track a falling object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6305For a final touch, we had added each student’s face to a fairy made with our template, complete with wings made with some craft foam butterfly shapes picked up at the dollar store.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6272IMG_6309TA DA

IMG_6263                                                                       Just dreamy!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made some fairy crowns!

IMG_6521We started by discussing the shape of the crown—-it was a circle!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6527IMG_6540To prepare their paper the students crumpled and twisted it into a “vine”—-with a little help of course 🙂

Then they glued on leaves and flowers cut from the Ellison machine. We used some wallpaper samples for the flowers and the patterns added an extra colorful touch.

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

 

 

 

IMG_6555IMG_6577TA DA!!!

We do believe Shakespeare would approve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We took a break from making food this week and decided to put together a little fairy garden since this week’s theme incorporates a lot of fairies!  Now that the weather is getting a LITTLE bit warmer, we thought flowers would be even more appropriate.

IMG_6706Our students first got to vote on which flower pot they wanted to use for the fairy garden.  Once the voting was finished, we started putting our garden together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6721IMG_6717The first thing we did was get out the dirt.  We passed it around so our students could smell it.

We think the consensus is that they enjoy smelling things that are food related more than dirt 🙂

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

 

 

 

IMG_6725Our students then got to help POUR the dirt into the pot.

After each student had a turn we would ask “is this enough?”

This addresses the math access point solve problems involving quantities of objects or actions, using language, such as enough, too much, or more.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6738Once the dirt was ready, we talked about the colors of flowers that we had.  Our students then got to dig a hole so we could put the flowers in.

We found that some of our students have a little bit of an aversion to touching dirt but all in all they did a great job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6760When the flowers were all in, we decorated the rest of the pot with some fish tank pebbles, a wheelbarrow, AND……..

a cute little fairy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6772TA DA!  Our sweet little fairy garden is complete!

What fun we had this week,  join us again next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

North Carolina

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IMG_3793Well it is almost time for the annual pilgrimage when many Floridians head for the cooler mountains of North Carolina 🙂 so this week we decided to learn more about that fabulous state. We would also like to give a shout out to our North Carolina friend at teachezwell.me (a great blog you should check out) who gave us some ideas for this unit! Our sensory group explored boxes related to some very interesting facts about the state. The fine motor group made art projects related to state symbols and the language group used the official state drink to make a tasty treat!

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_3639This box contained tinsel and beads in the colors of the state flag—–red, white, and blue!

There were also some gold beads representing the state mineral and the state song recorded on a voice output device.

The state reptile (turtle) and tree (pine) could also be found. There was a little propeller plane for the Wright brothers, a plush black bear, a sea shell, and some of Blackbeards treasure in a discovery bottle!

The science access point recognize a model of a real object is addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_3764Underneath our red, white, and blue rice was a colorful map of North Carolina. There were also 2 sets of letters N and C.

The science access points recognize common objects as the same and track falling objects can be addressed here.

The social studies access point associate a picture with a place is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3510The North Carolina state flower is the dogwood and the state insect is the bumble bee. Yellow and black pompoms made perfect little “bumble bees” to buzz around our dogwood petals! There were 2 dishes included so the students could sort the items.

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

Match objects by one observable property, such as size or color is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3539IMG_3537Our students had a BLAST with our Wright Brothers box! Little battery operated fans spun around like the propellers those early planes—-there was also the “wind in the face” experience like those pilots had! There was a lot of vibration on those early planes so we included a little vibrating massager. Finally we included some “aviator goggles”. You can see by the smiles we had LOTS of fun with this box 🙂

IMG_3642Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_3503A really fun thing to do when visiting North Carolina in the fall is to go apple picking and there were 2 to pick in our box of corn (another NC crop).

Our students love dry fluids such as this corn. It feels really nice to bury hands into and searching for objects in it addresses visual and tactile discrimination.

The math access point associate quantities with number names can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3581IMG_3815So there is a tale about Sir Walter Raleigh that says he once pulled off his cape and spread it over a mud puddle so that Queen Elizabeth would not get her shoes dirty—–what a gentleman! Even though the story isn’t true we made some Sir Raleigh mud anyway since we certainly couldn’t pass on the opportunity to make MUD again 🙂

IMG_3522                                   Apply a push to move an object is a science access point addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_3609Those muddy hands were rinsed in water as the students went fishing for trout—-the state fish! This is a great activity for improving eye hand coordination.

It also addresses the science access point recognize a model of a real object .

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3673IMG_3679We used Bath and Bodyworks vanilla sugar gel in our water and then used the matching lotion to leave our students smelling like sweet, YUMMY Krispy Kreme donuts—-first served in North Carolina!

IMG_3675The science access points recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli, in this case scent, and recognize one or more external body parts is addressed here.

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

Since North Carolina is the number one producer of sweet potatoes we thought it would be a lot of fun to do an art project with them on Tuesday!

IMG_3686We started by counting the number of papers we needed and discussed their rectangular shapes. We also used communication symbols to identify the colors we were going to use—-blue and red!

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

Recognize objects with 2 dimensional shapes is a math access point.

 

 

 

IMG_3723Then we began SWEET POTATO stamping! A fork was put into the potato to make it easier to hold for our students as they stamped with UP and DOWN motions.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3693IMG_3735TA DA!

IMG_3705                                                                                              Just fabulous!!!!!

 

 

 

On Thursday we made a cute little grey squirrel—-the state mammal—-for our art project! Here is the template for the squirrel which we cut out of poster board:squirrel

IMG_3935IMG_3946We started by painting a mixture of grey paint and glue. The students needed a little assistance now and then but they really did a pretty good job!

The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_3956Then little pieces of yarn were sprinkled on the tail and a googlie eye was put on—–now you know why we added GLUE to the paint 🙂

We found this fuzzy chenille yarn at a thrift store and knew it would be perfect for our project. The students had a great time picking handfuls of this stuff and dropping it onto the tail. Picking up the stray pieces was a great activity for practicing pincer grasp skills.

The science access point recognize a change in an object can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_3963IMG_3975Ta DA—–better hide your peanuts!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Did you know that the state beverage for North Carolina is milk?  We decided to make milk the focus of language group for this weeks’ language group and made MILKSHAKES——-yum!!!!

IMG_3839IMG_3844To begin the group, we had our students vote on what kind of milk they wanted in their milkshake.

Their choices were  white milk, strawberry milk, and chocolate milk.  We had 2 votes for white milk, 2 votes for chocolate milk, and 3 votes for strawberry milk so we talked about which milk had the MOST votes.

 

 

 

IMG_3854After we confirmed that strawberry milk was the winner, our students helped us pour it into the blender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3873Next, we got ice cream out and asked our students to predict how it would feel: COLD or HOT.  We passed the tub around to each student and let them feel how cold it was.

Some of them liked it and some definitely did not!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3875We scooped out 2 cups of ice cream and put it in the blender as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3886Then came the fun part!  We hooked the blender up to a power link and used a wireless switch so each of our students could turn the blender on.

They all absolutely LOVED having POWER in the palm of their hands 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3912IMG_3928Finally it was time to pour the milkshake into cups.  We counted out our students and cups and poured a little bit in each.  Then our students got to choose if they wanted whipped cream and a cherry on top.

IMG_3922                                                                                     DELISH!!

 

 

 

IMG_3656IMG_3526Well now we really want to take that trip to North Carolina 🙂

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

Kentucky

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IMG_3054In honor of the Kentucky Derby we learned about the state of Kentucky this week. All our sensory boxes were related to details about the state! The fine motor group made some fun art projects and it was derby day in the language group. We sure learned a lot about our 15th state!

We also want to brag a bit this week, we were selected as “one of 20 blogs to grow your OT practice” by the people at otpotential.com—–SWEET!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_2821IMG_2998Since the derby inspired our theme this week we HAD to have a box dedicated to it.

The champion horse is usually draped with a wreath of roses, hence the term and so we put rose petals as the base of our box. Then we put a variety of horses including ones that were big, little, soft, hard—–lots of things to compare and contrast here!

Recognize similarities and differences in size of objects is a math access point that can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_2963IMG_2815This box of “bluegrass”  was such fun to explore! We included Lincoln Logs (the president was born in Kentucky) and cars (a leading industry in the state).

There were also symbols of the state such as fresh water “pearls” and a cardinal. The very first cheeseburger was served in Louisville so we put a little play food one in our box!

IMG_2797The science access point recognize a model of a real object is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2837IMG_3136A voice output device with the happy birthday song (2 Louisville sisters wrote it) had our students dancing!

The Kentucky Derby is also home to the worlds biggest fireworks show—-ours was a little smaller but our students sure had fun with our little light up toy (found at Target).

Use senses to recognize objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3097This box was filled with GOLD just like Fort Knox! It may not have real but our students thought it was a lot of fun—-really, who wouldn’t love diving into a box full of gold beads 🙂

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2812The University of Kentucky basketball team is the winningest NCAA team ever—–how cool is that! The team colors are blue and white just like our rice. Four blue K’s could be found in the rice and a picture of a basketball player could be found under the rice.

Recognize objects that are identical is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2807Coal is the state mineral and coal mining continues to be an important industry in the state of Kentucky. In this box 2 different size spoons were included for scooping fun in our black bean coal.

The math access point associate quantities with language, such as many, a lot, or a little can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2989IMG_3158If you have a MAMMOUTH umbrella you can make a Mammoth Cave! We made our cave by taping garbage bags around the edge of the umbrella. Animal coloring pictures were taped inside and some toy bats hung down. Our students had a blast using a flashlight to search for animals in the cave habitat.

IMG_2893                                Match common living things with their habitats is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2864The happy birthday song was the inspiration for our scents this week. We figured birthday songs and birthday cake go together and since Philosophy makes a cake scented bath gel—-PERFECT!

There was a big scoop and a little melon baller for fun water play. The melon baller had a little hole at the bottom of the bowl—–so much fun to use that to use that to fill the scoop!

Recognize different containers that hold liquids and track objects in motion are  science access points.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2877Continuing a birthday party theme, we asked our students to choose between 2 different soda scented lip balms—-applied to WRISTS NOT LIPS of course!

Their choices were Sprite and Fanta, both very yummy scents, however Sprite turned out to be the overwhelming favorite!

The language access point effectively communicate wants and needs using gestures/signs, pictures, symbols, or words.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we made some Derby Day decorations!

IMG_3004IMG_3007We started by asking the students to show us the color red using communication symbols. Then we gave them a piece of red tissue paper and asked them to tear and crumple it up—-to make red roses! A great activity for bilateral coordination.

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

 

 

 

IMG_3057After they finished making their roses they dipped them in glue and attached them to a horseshoe, using this template: horseshoe.

This activity addresses eye hand coordination and pincer grasp skills.

The horseshoe was then glued onto a rectangular piece of paper AFTER we discussed the SHAPE of the paper!

Recognize an object with a 2 dimensional shape is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3070IMG_3047Lets celebrate Derby Day—–

IMG_3027                                                                                          TA DA!!!!

 

 

The red cardinal is the state bird of Kentucky. Since they also live in our state, we decided our Thursday art project would be to make bird feeders for the cardinals around our school! Recognize that animals need food is a science access point addressed with this activity.

IMG_3278Our students did a really great job spreading peanut butter on a pine cone—-although it was a little hard to resist the temptation to sneak a taste for themselves 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3267Then they put their pinecones in a tray, practicing pincer grasp skills as they picked up and sprinkled birdseed on top of the peanut butter. This activity was pretty messy but the students had a BLAST!!!!

The science access point recognize a change in an object is again addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3313TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3350After everyone had finished their bird feeders we brought them outside and hung them up—–there are going to be some pretty happy cardinals around here soon 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

IMG_3185It was a race for the roses in the language group!  The focus for group was to follow the directions. In addition to verbal prompts we used picture symbols to help our students follow the directions. The students raced 2 at a time holding a hobby horse (some of them needing a little help, of course).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3191The racers had to make sure to watch and listen for the directions to “GO” and “STOP”.   Everyone got a turn to race and it was all very exciting 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3177IMG_3206For our student “spectators”, we provided some fun hats to wear—–everyone knows that when you’re at the Kentucky Derby, anything goes!

IMG_3200                                                                                    Even pizza hats!

 

 

 

IMG_3219IMG_3225Once a jockey won, their horse received a floral wreath, just like the ones received by the real winners of the race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3230This was such a fun activity, filled with so much fun and laughter——because that is just how we roll Group by Group 🙂

 

 

Earth Day

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IMG_2502Well we are a little late celebrating Earth Day since it was on April 22 but then again, EVERYDAY should be earth day 🙂 Our sensory groups explored boxes related to our planets natural resources which complimented the Unique Curriculum thematic unit for some of our students. The fine motor group turned trash into beautiful art projects and the language group baked some fun Earth Day treats.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_2264IMG_2362Earth day is all about recycling, conserving our natural resources, and protecting the living things on our planet. We used paper shred—-something that can be recycled—– as the base of this box.

IMG_2341Then we filled it with items such as endangered animals and things such as “cans” and “bottles” that can be recycled.

Cars were included to remind us of ways we can conserve energy. Finally little people since WE are the ones that need to take care of our HOME!

The science access point recognize a model of a real object can be addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_2310IMG_2410Our earth day rice was filled with blue colored rice and green split peas. We included the letters to spell out the word earth. There was also a picture of the earth as seen from space and could be discovered as the rice was pushed aside.

IMG_2248Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2327IMG_2414Ok, so we are just a LITTLE partial to beads around here 🙂 and  continued with our blue and green theme with this box of beads.

Fun to sort, wear or pick up by handfuls!

IMG_2581Identify objects by one observable property, such as color is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2283IMG_2419Flowers make our earth extra-special so we wanted to include a box just for them. There were BIG flowers, LITTLE flowers, flowers to count and flowers to wear! We also included some leaves which could be sorted from petals. Super colorful and super fun!

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

 

 

 

IMG_2370IMG_2379We had 2 discovery bottles this week. One was filled with blue and green glitter—-like the colors of our earth.

The other bottle had some clear marbles in a slurry of hair gel and water to remind us of what we DON’T want to happen to our polar ice caps!

Track objects in motion and recognize that ice can change to water are science access points that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_2306IMG_2291What better day than Earth Day to make some oobleck mud! We made it by adding cocoa powder to our regular oobleck mixture.

Fabulous oozy gooey fun with the added bonus of a pretty sweet smell!

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is the science access point addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_2277IMG_2456We had more interesting aromas with our water and lotion play. Bath and Bodyworks oak scent was added to our rinsing water. Also found in the water were 3 aluminum foil “trash” balls that our students scooped out for “recycling”.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2631IMG_2609Of course, splashing in the bubbles was kind of a blast also 🙂

A great activity for eye hand coordination it also addresses the math access point associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2625Bath and Bodyworks country chic wildflower scent was the perfect scent to remember the beauty of our earth.

Our students told us if they like the aroma by vocalizing or smiling. Then we asked them to indicate where they wanted the lotion applied.

The science access point recognize one or more external body parts and the language access point effectively communicate wants and needs are addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_2475On Tuesday we made a super cute project using some discarded coffee filters.

We started by asking the students to identify the colors of our markers, blue and green, using communication symbols.

Match objects by an observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2527Then the students used blue and green markers to scribble on a coffee filter. When they had finished coloring we used a water bottle to squeeze water onto the filters.

Squeezing the handle of the water bottle is a great hand strengthening activity and really FUN 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_2518IMG_2466After we folded over, patted it to blend the colors then opened back up, we put the coffee filter on the table beside the piece of paper we were going to glue it onto and asked the students to show us the CIRCLE.

Recognize an object with a 2 dimensional shape is a math access point—–NAILED 🙂

 

 

IMG_2514TA DA—-welcome to planet earth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday we continued our Earth Day celebration with another trash to treasure project—–we made cute planters using plastic butter containers! The labels were particularly stubborn to remove so we just covered them with scraps of pretty contact paper.

IMG_2721The students started by choosing a selection from our collection of “paper from presents past”—–used wrapping and tissue papers. It’s free and perfect for upcycing!

They crumpled up the paper and stuffed it into the butter containers. This is a great activity for promoting bilateral coordination and also addresses the science access point apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2708We gave the students flowers with their pictures on them which they then glued onto a popsicle stick.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2734IMG_2714Ta Da!

The flowers look so pretty planted in the pots and our students were pretty tickled with their art project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

IMG_2648This week in the language group we made Earth Day Globe cookies!  Instead of the typical cookie dough, we used Funfetti cake mix that was blue (for the water) and made cake mix cookies.

Our students helped us pour in the cake mix—-we think the blue really popped out to them and was a nice contrast to the white bowl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2666Then we measured out 1/3 cup of water and poured that in as well.  2 eggs were cracked (by an adult of course!) and were put in the bowl as well.  Then, each of our students got a turn stirring the batter.  We talked about how the cake mix had been DRY but was now WET.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2669IMG_2676Once all the ingredients were mixed up, we spooned dropfuls out onto a cookie sheet, making sure to count each time we spooned some out.  We had some green gel that we squeezed onto the cookies and then we shook some green sprinkles on as well for the land.

The cookies were put in the oven at 375 degrees for 8 minutes.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2692Finally the cookies were ready!  For some reason, the gel didn’t turn out green, soooo instead of it being the land, we said it was the rivers 🙂

Either way the cookies were YUMMY!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2562Hope you enjoyed our Earth Day celebrations! Come back again and join us for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

 

 

Storybook Parade

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IMG_1769Our school district read enough books to meet the Million Book Challenge—-how cool is that! The elementary department celebrated this accomplishment by having a storybook parade. Of course we had to add to the fun and centered our groups around story books this week. Some of our teachers dressed up as their favorite book characters and we themed our sensory group boxes around them. The fine motor group made some cute animal book character art projects and the language group made their OWN book about the parade!

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_1933IMG_1578This box was filled with props from a variety of books including some Fancy Nancy accessories, a fairy godmother plushie, Chinese flag, and a cheshire cat mask.

 

IMG_1841There was a little something for everyone to explore in this box!

 

IMG_1627IMG_1855The science access point recognize one or more external body parts can be addressed here. The language access points select a familiar object to explore and explore and interact with the selected object is also addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1811IMG_1615Some of our students got a Bad Case of Stripes but they didn’t seem to mind 🙂 Our colorful chenille stems were perfect for wearing, waving, twisting around—–so much fun!

 

 

IMG_1568The science access point recognize objects by one observable property, such as color can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_1635Comparing BIG and LITTLE was the theme of our Alice in Wonderland box. There were 2 cups, 2 spoons, and 2 play food cupcakes to find in the tea leaves. The students really had a great time with this box, it was a real hit. To add to the fun the big cupcake squeaked when squeezed!

Recognize differences in sizes of objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1822IMG_1819Our Little Owl box was also a huge it. The students loved the “owl” feather boas and the cute little   huggable plushie.

IMG_1957The science access point recognize a model of a real object can be addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_1606IMG_1829So how do you make llamas in pajamas—–use RED moonsand of course 🙂

The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed as the cookie cutters make impressions in the sand.

 

 

 

 

IMG_1853IMG_1978A little green food coloring and glitter magically turns ordinary oobleck into Emerald City oobleck! Fabulous fun!

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2007IMG_2014A pumpkin was turned into a carriage by a fairy godmother in Cinderella so we used Bath and Bodyworks cinnamon pumpkin for our scent this week. A pumpkin shaped bath scrubber was included in our water play and was great for rubbing oobleck off hands! Our students loved the matching scented lotion—–leaving them smelling like sweet little pumpkins 🙂

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

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we made the cutest little llama art project! We started by looking at the llama shape (cut from poster board using this template:Llama ) and then counting out how many we needed.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

IMG_1905IMG_1907Then we cut a length of yarn using the adaptive tabletop scissors and wrapped it around the llama counting how many wraps it took until we ran out of yarn. After the end was taped off, we asked the students if they “were done” or “wanted more” using communication symbols.

In addition to bilateral coordination, this activity also addresses the math access points indicate desire for more or no more of an action or object.

 

 

IMG_1877IMG_1902              Ta LLAMA LLAMA da!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday we made Babe the Blue Ox out of a paper plate and this template:Babe the Blue Ox

IMG_2104First we discussed the shape of our plates and counted out how many we needed. Then we talked about the color of our paint and asked the students to identify the color blue using communication symbols.

The math access point recognize an object with a 2 dimensional shape and the science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color are both addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2115IMG_2150The students had fun painting the plates with a large paint brush then glued on eyes, snout, ears and some BIG horns! Many thanks to our volunteers for cutting all of these out for us.

Recognize a change in an object and recognize one or more external body parts are science access points addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2141Ta Da—-super cute little blue ox!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since some of our teachers got to dress up as characters in our book, we wanted our students to be able to join in the fun!

IMG_2053On an All-Turn-It spinner, we put pictures of 7 different storybooks.  For our books and props we used a Wizard of Oz hat, Dr. Suess hat, Alice in Wonderland cheshire cat ears, Fancy Nancy feather boa, Cinderella inflatable pumpkin, Peter Pan Captain Hook hook, and a Paul Bunyan ax.

Our students each took turns activating the All-Turn-It spinner to see which book they landed on.

 

 

 

IMG_2048IMG_2021Once they landed on a book, they were given 2 choices of what prop might go with the book asked them to choose the correct prop.  We gave our students a clue by saying things like, “Would Fancy Nancy have this fancy boa or an ax?” and most of them were able to figure out which prop was the right one.

 

 

 

IMG_2070IMG_2041After everyone had a turn, we put the props in the middle of the table and let our students have at it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2030They had so much fun trying each of the props out—–and boy can they TOTALLY rock a hat 🙂

 

 

IMG_1991What an extra special week we had! Everyone had so much fun dressing up for the parade and remembering all the fun with our groups.

Be sure and join us again for more fun and learning Group by Group!