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The Brothers Grimm


img_4697img_5258We had a lot of fun with this week’s theme. Our book is just fantastic and we have to thank Ms. Lois, Ms. Jen, and Ms. Kim who were a huge help with costumes for our students. Be sure to check it out!

Our sensory group explored boxes filled with color and texture. The fine motor groups made fairy tale themed art projects and the language group made a snack the Grimm brothers would love!






img_4719img_5106We filled this box with play figures and props representing different characters from Grimm Brothers stories. There were lots of things to explore and find but the magic wand with flashing lights was a real favorite!

img_5116The social studies access point recognize a person in a story, can be addressed with this activity.





img_5110img_5369Pink “princess” sand and letter P’s were sifted with a little sieve. The sand is such a pretty color and very enticing to the students. They really enjoyed watching it cascade down!

img_5048Track a falling object is a science access point.





img_5242img_4722Yellow rice, red and black beans, represented the colors of the German flag—-the Grimm brothers came from that country! In addition to letter “G”‘s to find, there was a picture of the actual brothers to find at the bottom of the box.

img_4757The science access point track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled, is addressed with this activity.





img_4674img_5266The students had lots of fun with our Big Bad Wolf box. The wolf mask (from Target) wasn’t TOO scary and the students had fun trying it on. We also included some grandma glasses, a little plush wolf, and some fun fake wolf fur to complete the look.

img_4714The science access point recognize one or more external body parts can be addressed with this activity.

img_4766img_5104Ok, so we had a few more photos that were too cute to leave out!

img_5344                                                                              How could we resist 🙂





img_5255img_4728In the story, Jack sold his cow for those magic beans he planted.


In our box of mixed beans, there were 3 little cows for our students to find and count.

img_4711Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.





img_4703img_5332We put some colorful confetti in our oobleck this week to make it look like the icing that decorated the gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretel. As usual, it was gooey, messy fun!

img_5383Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.





img_5263img_4676There was a little pond for our frog “prince” to play in. We also included a measuring cup for scooping and pouring.

img_5070Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.





img_5125img_5128We scented our water with Snow White approved Bath and Body Works country apple scented lotion. The students really liked the yummy scent of the matching lotion.

img_5123Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.





On Tuesday our students made some pretty cute Cinderella carriages.

img_4801img_4807First we discussed the shape our paper punch would cut out and asked our students to identify a circle using communication symbols. The students either used eye gaze or pointed to the circle.

img_4803Recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape is a math access point.





img_4924img_4822The students glued their pumpkins down onto construction paper. Then they glued their photos onto their pumpkins.

The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed with this activity.





img_4916img_4884Next the students punched out 2 circles. Our paper punch is a difficult to press, so the students did need help with this step.




img_4841Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.




img_4861img_4947The circle “wheels” were then glued to the bottom of the carriage.

Match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence is a math access point.







img_4878img_4838Ta DA!

img_4955                                                             Let’s go to the ball!




On Wednesday the students made a dwarf forest using tree stamps! The dwarves were made by gluing the photos of the students faces on this: dwarf-template

img_5140img_5137First we discussed the shape and color of our poster board.

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





img_5145Next we asked the students to identify the number 5 on a number line.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.








img_5157img_5159We glued thread spools onto our tree stamps to make them easier for our students to grasp as each stamped 5 trees onto the poster board. We emphasized stamping UP and DOWN!

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





img_5177img_5185Then the students picked out their dwarves and put them into the forest. It turned out pretty cute!

img_5192Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.



img_5196Ta Da!

So…..kind of like herding cats but we did get a group shot 🙂









Our language group had fun making “Jack’s Magic Bean Dip” in honor of Jack and the Beanstalk.  We used pixon symbols throughout the group to model how our students can use symbols during activities.

img_5475img_5475We started out by putting a can of cannellini beans that had been drained and rinsed into a food processor.  Next, we passed around the 2 cloves of garlic that had been chopped up.  Each of our students took turns smelling the garlic.

img_5471They had to indicate whether or not they liked it by pointing to the symbol for “I like this” or “I don’t like this”.  It turned out to be about half and half for our students.





img_5478img_5473After we put the garlic in the food processor we let each of our students taste a little bit of lemon juice, which was the next ingredient to put in.  We talked about how lemons are SOUR.  Again, they got to convey if they liked it or not and again it was split down the middle.

img_5486We put 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into the food processor.





img_5495img_5497Next, we added some fresh parsley.

img_5501We also used some dried oregano which our students got to smell and tell us if they liked or not.





img_5506img_5518Finally, our students got to use a switch to activate the food processor so the ingredients could be chopped.  Our students used symbols to tell us if we needed to chop up the ingredients MORE or if we were ALL DONE.

The students really liked using the food processor 🙂





img_5535img_5536Once we were finished, we counted out bowls and put some of the magic bean dip in each of them.  We sprinkled a bit of salt and pepper on the dip and added some cut up tortillas.

img_5530                                                                                YUM!



img_4684Hope you enjoyed our unit on the Grimm Brothers! Join us again next time for more fun and learning Group by Group!

Fairy Tale book


IMG_7144We have SUCH an exciting topic for this week!  We are taking a look at characters in fairy tales.  And to make this topic more special for our students, we decided to have some of them be in the book as the characters!  When reading the book, we had our students ask the question “who is in a fairy tale?” using a pre-programmed voice output device.  In the book are characters such a king and queen, a fairy, and a giant, to name just a few.  This is a book you do NOT want to miss!




IMG_7470Here is a link to the book: Who is in a Fairy Tale?

Fairy Tales


IMG_0637The last week in October——-a perfect time to do a fairy tale theme! Each of the boxes for the sensory group were based around characters found in fairy tales. The fine motor group made props to use in pretend play and the language group chose characters to complete a castle picture.

A magical and fun week!





20141028_101538IMG_7141This box was filled with various fairy tale characters. There were lot of fun things to discover including  a cute cuddly dragon and a chubby little genie! Knights and winged horses could be found hidden in the sparkly basket filler. Of course we included some princesses and fairies! Because we couldn’t resist, we added a set of sparkly sunglasses—–for royalty to travel incognito 🙂

The language access point communicate recognition of familiar persons or objects can be addressed here.



20141028_101427Every wizard needs a wand! We had 2 flashing lighted wands that we picked up at Target and the students had a blast—–every time they were drummed on the table the light show began!

These are great toys for promoting cause and effect concepts and the recognizing sources of light which is a science access point.







IMG_0643Pink princess rice——complete with a picture of a princess to find at the bottom of the box!  This picture really doesn’t do the color justice—-it really is a lovely pink in real life!

We also included the letter “P” for the students to find.

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







IMG_7260IMG_7294We had 2 wonderful fairy glitter discovery bottles to explore. These were really quite cool and our students were mesmerized by the swirling contents. Actually, the adults were pretty mesmerized also 🙂

The science access point track objects in motion is addressed here.




IMG_7268This box contained lots of bright colorful chenille stems—–some of them were  GIANTS! Not only can they be waved around but they can also be bent into shapes and wrapped around different extremities—–they were a hit with all the students.

Of course, this was also a great box to work on concepts of “big” and “little”.

The science access point identify common objects by one observable property such as size is addressed with this activity.






IMG_7365IMG_7768Green, gold, and red glitter changed our oobleck into a MAGIC potion—–perfect for our little wizards to experiment with as it did it’s magical, goopy stuff!

IMG_7769The science access points apply a push to move and object and track a falling object are both addressed.



IMG_7764Since fairy tales are often read at bedtime, we thought lavender was the perfect scent for this week! First the students rinsed their hands in the lavender scented water and then they got to sample some lavender scented lotion.

Recognizing and responding to one type of sensory stimuli is an access point addressed here.






IMG_7233We finished our group with some bippity boppity fairy godmother bubbles—–how fun is that!

Can’t think of a more magical way to address the science access point track objects in motion 🙂







On Tuesday we made some castles out of toilet paper rolls. We have seen this idea all over Pinterest and knew it would be a perfect art activity for this week’s theme.  A few snips to crenelate the top and a simple toilet roll becomes a castle!

IMG_2349Naturally we wanted our castles to be colorful so we started by asking the students which color they wanted to paint their castles. Most of them chose purple—-just coincidently their teacher’s favorite color is purple 🙂

In addition to symbols, the students used voice output devices to communicate their wants and preferences.




IMG_2372IMG_2271Here are the artists at work—–what concentration!

IMG_2327Recognize a change in an object is the science access point addressed as the students paint their castles.


IMG_2307                                                                            Ta Da—–a pretty purple castle!


On Thursday we made some fabulous magic wands!

IMG_7503First the students picked a paper towel roll that had been pre-covered in paper and wrapped with a strip of double stick tape.

They practiced pincer grasp skills while peeling the protective strip off of the tape.

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





IMG_7539Then it was rolled in glitter——the students REALLY liked this part 🙂

Recognize a change in an object is a science access point addressed as the glitter sticks to the tape.

It is also a great activity for promoting bilateral coordination!






IMG_7560Next we counted out 2 glittery gold chenille stems.


Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.








IMG_7596With a little help they were threaded through holes that had been punched in the top of the roll. A quick twist fastened them in place.

The students really worked on their fine motor skills with this part of the activity!








IMG_7530IMG_7621Time to make something go POOF!

IMG_7584                                                                                         Abracadabra!!!!!!




IMG_7420We decided to work on a little bit of reading comprehension after reading the fairy tale book.  We drew one of the characters along with something that does not go in a fairy tale, such as a pickle, on pieces of transparency film paper so we could put them on the light box.

IMG_7475 Last week our students—-not just the ones with visual impairments—– were very drawn to what was on the light box so we wanted to bring it back again.




IMG_7416Our students had to indicate which one is a picture of something that might be in a fairy tale either by pointing to the picture or using eye gaze.  Some of our students required a bit of help but overall, they were able to recall the different characters.

Effectively communicate information using referent objects, gestures/signs, pictures, symbols, words is a language access point.




IMG_7443Once our students chose the correct picture, they got to glue a picture of the character onto a drawing of a castle to complete a fairy tale picture!








20141028_101354IMG_7452It was a completely magical week! We loved all our activities and our students continued to amaze us with their progress!

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