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Star Spangled Banner Day

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September 2 was Star Spangled Banner Day so, we are celebrating with everything red, white, and blue! The sensory groups explored colorful boxes. The fine motor groups made flag themed art projects and the language group made a star spangled treat!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

This box was filled with RED objects with a variety of textures. We tried to put either a flag or something with a flag in each of our color boxes. Here the cute little plush fox had a flag patch on its body.

 

 

 

There were lots of fun textures to explore—-hard, soft, rough, smooth!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our BLUE box had items in various shades of blue. We included soft pompom yarn, some fun textured shapes, and a fluffy duster.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

More fun textures and shapes filled our WHITE box. We also included a little snowman toy that made noisy crinkly sounds when squeezed!

 

 

 

 

 

The students really had fun exploring this box!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And again, the science access point identify objects by one observable property is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Students used different sized star cookie cutters to cut shapes in to blue moon sand.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to being eye catching, moon sand has a wonderful soft texture that our students love!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were different patriotic shapes to sort in this box. The shapes included stars, bells, and flags. We also put in the letters U S A for the students to find.

Of course, they pasta was also fun to swish around the box 🙂

Match objects with similar observable properties, such as shape, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red and blue glitter swirled around fireworks style in shaving foam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always so much fun!!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our water play contained the letters U S A and a strainer scoop.

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids is a math access point.

Of course, it was also fun to just splash around 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works apple scented bath gel and lotion was the perfect scent for this patriotic unit.

The students really loved the yummy scent!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday the students made a US flag.

The students used communication symbols to identify the shape of their blue paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students stamped stars on to their paper.  They needed to stamp UP and DOWN.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then they cut strips of red paper using paper cutters or scissors.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The red strips and starry rectangle were then glued down on to a large piece of white paper.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA! Oh say can you see….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a star spangled banner day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students made fire crackers using cardboard tubes.

First the students identified the shape of their paper.

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

Then they used communication symbols or vocalizations to indicate whether they wanted to start with RED or BLUE markers.

The science access point identify objects by one observable property is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

The students had fun decorating their papers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

The paper was then rolled and taped around the cardboard tube. Most of the students needed a little help with this part.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glittery chenille stems were threaded through holes in the top of the tube.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snap! Crackle!

Pop!!! Pop!!! Pop!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

In keeping with our star spangled theme, we decorated cookies in patriotic colors—–RED, WHITE, and BLUE!

The students identified the shape of their graham cracker.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our first step was to  PUT white frosting on the cookie. The students used spoons to apply white frosting to the tops of their cookies.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students identified the color of their cookie sprinkles using communication symbols.

Then it was time to SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE, SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE, shake the sprinkles, shake the sprinkles!! Our apologies to KC and the Sunshine Band 🙂

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, the good part—–the students got to EAT their cookies!

YUM!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our star spangled week was a blast! Join us next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

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Israel

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Shalom! Our very own Nurse Jill recently went to Israel for a vacation so we decided to learn a little more about the country! The sensory group boxes were related to facts about Israel. The fine motor groups made art projects based on symbols of the country and the language group made a tasty Israeli snack.

We enjoyed learning lots of interesting things about Israel this week and hope you do too!

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

To get to Israel you have to fly on an airplane. We brought out our vibrating massager and recorded some airplane sounds (found on Youtube) on a voice output device to simulate the experience for our students. The students really liked the vibrating massager—–it is usually a hit 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

The colors of the Israeli flag are blue and white. Our blue and white rice contained letter I’s to find as well as a picture of the flag at the bottom of the box.

Associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location is a social studies access point.

 

 

 

 

 

The Negev desert covers more than half of Israel! In our miniature version we included some wooden blocks to let the students recreate their own ancient ruins. Nurse Jill also brought back some little camels that we also included.

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

 

 

 

 

The Dead Sea is well known tourist destination and the waters are VERY salty!  The students loved scooping up the salt and watching it stream out of the bottom of the funnel. There was also a map of Israel to find at the bottom of the box.

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

As opposed to the Dead Sea, the Eilat coral reef is teaming with life! The students got to make their own coral reef using pink Floam.  The Floam texture is always pretty intriguing to the students and all they also liked all the colorful accessories such as little sea creatures and sea anemones we included.

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

 

 

 

 

During Sukkot, a jewish holiday, children sleep in cabins decorated with fairy lights. We created a similar effect with a lighted umbrella which was definitely a hit with the students! This was a pretty simple umbrella to construct but it really had a lovely effect 🙂

Recognize sources of light is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Israel is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. Our miniature version contained 2 small and 1 big fish to scoop up.

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

 

 

 

 

Israel grows a lot of citrus fruit so we chose a yummy orange scent this week. The students really liked having it rubbed on hands, arms, or behind ears!

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made a Canaan dog which is the national dog of Israel. We used this: canaan dog template

First we discussed the color of our paint and the students used communication symbols to identify the color BROWN.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students began painting! We precut the dog templates out of orange poster board. A popsicle stick was taped to the back, this support made the dogs easier to hold.

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

 

 

 

 

We squeezed out a dot of glue and asked the students to add a little googlie eye.  Then we helped them add a chenille stem to make a curly tail—–a feature of the Canaan dog. This was a great opportunity to practice pincer grasp skills!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ta Woof Woof Da!

Such cute puppies 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made an Israeli flag.

First we identified the color of the stripes on the flag.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students used a paper cutter to cut 1 piece of paper into 2 pieces! We encouraged the students to use both hands when using the paper cutter—–practicing bilateral coordination.

Associate quantities with number names is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next they glued their papers strips near the TOP and BOTTOM of a white piece of paper. They glued a star of David to the MIDDLE of their paper.

The math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Ta DA!

                                                                             Let’s visit Israel!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We were SO excited to have Nurse Jill come and help us with our language group today.  We asked her what kinds of food she ate in Israel and she said that hummus was on the menu pretty much every day.  So that’s what she helped us make today! Here is the recipe:Let_s Make Hummus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started out by putting the liquids into the blender.  First we put olive oil in the blender and followed that up with the lemon juice.  You know how much we LOVE taste testing lemon juice and today was no exception.  We got a wide variety of reactions as usual 🙂

We talked about how the lemon juice was SOUR.

 

 

 

 

We poured some tahini into the blender next.  Then we added the chickpeas and garlic.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since it is so pungent, we passed the garlic around for everyone to smell.

Again, we found that students either really liked it or really didn’t!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, we added some salt.  Our students had to HELP put the blender on using a switch.  We observed the ingredients MIXING together until they were smooth.

                                                                                     This was fun!!

 

 

 

 

 

Jill brought some matza so that our students could use it to dip in the hummus.  YUM!

THANK YOU so much to Jill for coming in and cooking with us and also telling us all about her wonderful trip!

 

 

 

 

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

India

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IMG_1997Many states in the Republic of India are celebrating the New Year this week so we thought it would be fun to learn a little more about the country.

We are lucky enough to have students whose families are from India so that made it even more special for us as they contributed some of the photos we used in our book. The sensory groups explored boxes related to different facts about India. The fine motor groups made art projects with animals that are symbolic of the country and the language group made a yummy ethnic dish to eat!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_2513IMG_2474Our rice was orange, green, and white this week because those are the colors of the Indian flag. There were lots of letter I’s to find both upper and lower case, as well as a picture of a Bengal Tiger, which is the national animal, at the bottom of the box.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2358IMG_2024We went with the flag colors, paper shred this time, as the base of this box. It was filled with animals that are symbols of the country such as tigers, peacocks, lions and elephants. We learned India is the only country in the world with both lions and tigers—-how cool is that! Cricket is a favorite sport so we included a picture of that also! There was a little teapot and cup in the box because tea is an important Indian export.

IMG_2504Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2324IMG_2532The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and is located in Agra. Our students tried their hands at building a replica of the Taj Mahal using our white Floam. Not quite as lovely as the white marble used for the original but our students had fun anyway 🙂

IMG_1993Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2564IMG_2367Dahl or lentils are a staple food throughout India. Our box of dried lentils felt so cool to run hands through—-the students loved it! There were some King Cobras to find AND match in this box.

IMG_2535The math access point recognize two objects that are identical to each other is addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2481IMG_2550There were some interesting discovery bottles for the students to explore. One bottle was filled with sequins—-like those seen on colorful saris. If looked at closely enough, a little elephant could be found floating around too! Our peacock discovery bottle was filled with blue and green sparkly glitter which made it pretty fascinating to watch swirl.

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_1984IMG_2393The other discovery bottles were had cotton balls with scents associated with India—-sandalwood and curry. These were some pretty interesting aromas and very intriguing to our students.

IMG_2499Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli—-in this case smell—-is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2050IMG_2349We put some green and orange glitter into our white oobleck—–once again representing the colors of the Indian flag. It was lots of fun to practice making the vertical and horizontal strokes needed to make a letter I!

IMG_2517Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2029IMG_2355Hands were rinsed in our Ganges River, complete with an Indian crocodile—-ours  a very cute one 🙂  India is known for periods of rain called “monsoons” so we created a little one here using a hand operated water mister fan. When pointed above the students heads it created a mini rainfall—-resulting in lots of giggles.

Our water was scented with coconut bath gel as a nod to the fact that it is an important crop in India.

IMG_2368Recognize weather conditions including hot/cold and raining/not raining during the day is a science access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2403IMG_2064We finished our group with mango scented lotion. Mangos are the national fruit of India. A perfect scent to remind us of all the things we learned about the wonderful country of India! The students really liked the aroma and as usual they practiced body part identification by indicating where they wanted it applied.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students painted a Bengal Tiger using marbles. The tigers were cut from orange poster board using this:  tiger template

IMG_2100IMG_2101First the students identified the color orange using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2104The tiger was placed in a box, then the students scooped 3 marbles out of black paint and put them in the box.

Recognize when 1 or 2 items have been added to or removed from sets of objects to 3, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2127IMG_2107Next came the fun part which our students always LOVE—–time to shake, shake, shake!

IMG_2116Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2108IMG_2119The lid was opened and our tigers had their stripes! Googlie eyes and popsicle stick handles were then added.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2123IMG_2110Ta Da…………….. GRRRRRRR!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, our students made peacocks—–the national bird of India. We used this:  peacock template

IMG_2429We started by discussing the shape of the coffee filter and asked the students to identify it using communication symbols

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2442IMG_2434They used blue and green markers to scribble on the coffee filters and then…….sprayed their art work with water.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2454IMG_2447The filter was then folded in half and placed on a paper plate (we had cut in half ) to make it a little more stable. The peacocks body was placed on TOP of that then everything was stapled together.

Recognize a half of an object as part of the whole object is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2463IMG_2450Ta DA! What beautiful peacocks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made some curry hummus  in our language group!  This was a neat recipe because there were so many things for our students to SMELL.

IMG_2590We started by putting a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas in our food processor.  One student poured HALF of the can in and another student poured the REST of it in.

Recognize when an object or person is added to (addition) or is taken away from (subtraction) a situation is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2592IMG_2600We then measured out some sesame oil and poured that in as well.  Our students got to smell the sesame oil——some liked it and others were not so thrilled about it 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2611We then squirted some lemon juice into the mixture.  This time, our students got to TASTE the lemon juice.  We talked about how it was SOUR.

They made some pretty funny faces when the lemon juice hit their taste buds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2622After that, we shook some curry, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into the food processor.  Each of our students had a turn smelling the different spices.

These spices have some strong smells!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2645With all the ingredients added, the students used a switch to activate the food processor——-they always love that part 🙂

Observe and recognize a predictable cause-effect relationship related to a science topic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2658IMG_2654Once all of the ingredients were smooth, each of our students got to taste some of the hummus on a piece of pita bread.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2613                                                                           YUM!

 

 

Hope you enjoyed our visit to India this week! Join us next time for more fun and learning———–Group by Group!

Hootie Visits China

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IMG_6014Our little friend Hootie the Owl just got back from a visit to China—–how cool is that! He took lots of pictures while there and since February 8 is the Chinese New Year we thought it would be the perfect theme for this week. The sensory group used senses of hearing, sight, touch, and smell to explore China. The fine motor groups made some fun art projects and the language group made a tasty Chinese snack.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_5625IMG_5853You have to spend a long time on an airplane to get to China! We brought out a vibrating massager and recorded some jet sounds on our voice output device to simulate the feeling of flying.

Ready for take off!!!

IMG_5653Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5863IMG_5822The Chinese flag has 1 big yellow star and 4 little yellow stars. We made some bright yellow play dough and our students used cookie cutters to cut out different sized stars—-just like the flag!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5817IMG_5620The Great Wall of China is one of the 7 wonders of the world and Hootie got to visit it! Our students got to make their own wall stamping brick shapes into play sand. There was also letter C and star cookie cutters to add to the fun.

IMG_5608The science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5664IMG_5832China is famous for its tea just like the kind we put in this box.  Hmm, wonder if Hootie drank a cup while he was there? Our students loved running their fingers through the fragrant tea. There was a picture of Hootie at the Great Wall at the bottom of the box and lots of letter “C”s to find.

The science access point match objects with similar observable properties, such as shape can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5827IMG_5677There were lots of things to discover in this box of red paper shred—-red is considered a lucky color in China. We included a Chinese flag, stars (like ones on the flag), people, a panda, and a little Hootie!

Since 2016 will be the year of the monkey, there was also a cute little plush one in the box—-and it made monkey sounds when squeezed 🙂

IMG_5868Recognize a characteristic of a culture is a social studies access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5662IMG_5615One of the places Hootie visited was the famous Birds Nest Stadium from the Beijing Olympics. We put some red and yellow food coloring into our shaving cream and had the students mix it together to make their own “olympic flames”.

IMG_5858Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5836IMG_5850The students rinsed their messy hands in Essence of Beauty jasmine ginger scented water. We put a funnel and scoop for added fun!

Recognize water as a liquid is a science access point.
IMG_5892The matching lotion had an aroma that was different from many of our other scents. It was very attention getting and intriguing to our students.

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_5697IMG_5700We finished our group with some “firecrackers” (AKA bubble wrap)—–to celebrate the Chinese New Year!

IMG_5890                                                                 It was a blast 🙂

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we made Chinese flags!

IMG_5450IMG_5446We started by discussing the color of the paint we were going to use. The students used communication symbols to identify the color yellow.

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_5464IMG_5481Next we used yellow paint to stamp 1 BIG star and 4 LITTLE stars onto a red rectangle shaped piece of paper.

 

 

IMG_5503Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down is a math access point. Recognize differences in size of objects is also a math access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5472IMG_5499Ta Da——

IMG_5460                                                             ——–we love China!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we made our very own Hooties out of toilet paper tubes!

IMG_5715IMG_5717We started by asking the students to identify a rectangle using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5781IMG_5743To decorate our Hooties we used some wallpaper samples. We actually found some that had monkeys—–pure serendipity!

The students used paper cutters to trim the paper into rectangles. Of course, we counted each side as the cut was made!

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

 

 

 

IMG_5769IMG_5750The students squeezed glue onto the back of the paper and rolled it around the toilet paper roll. This was a little tricky and most of our students needed help with this step. We found that a little bit of tape was helpful and securing paper until the glue dried.

The science access point recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes if move is again addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_5729Time to add Hooties face (prepared ahead of time by one of our volunteers) which was a different shape—-this time a circle. We also noted that his beak was a triangle!

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5775IMG_5736To finish 2 feathery wings were added, and…………

Ta Hootie Da!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5799IMG_5801After we finished our Hooties, we decided to have a little more firecracker fun—–

IMG_5806                                                      —–Happy New Year China 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, our language group decorated some sweet treats to eat!  Cara made some butter cookies, one of the desserts that are common around this time of year in China, and brought them for the students to decorate.

IMG_5898Since we didn’t buy any frosting, we had to make our own.  We started by putting some butter into a bowl.  Then our students took turns measuring out the confectioners sugar added it to the bowl.

The science access point, share objects with a partner is addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5957IMG_5937We hooked our mixer up to a power link so the students could use a switch to could mix up the ingredients.  They had fun listening and seeing what happens when the switch was pressed 🙂

Recognize that electrical systems must be turned on in order to work is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5946IMG_5943Once the butter and sugar was mixed up, our students got to see how the DRY ingredients were now WET after we added some red food coloring, vanilla and milk. The vanilla had an interesting aroma!

IMG_6008Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point. The science access point distinguish between items that are wet and items that are dry is also addressed.

 

 

 

IMG_5997IMG_6004When our frosting was ready, each of the students got to spread some of it on their own cookie—–fun! Then they sprinkled some yellow sprinkles on top.  IMG_5999We had tried to make the frosting a little more red to signify the red for the Chinese flag, while the sprinkles were yellow to signify the yellow stars on the flag.

 

 

 

IMG_6006IMG_5953Ok, so our frosting wasn’t exactly RED but pink is actually LIGHT red—–right? 🙂

Either way, this was the tastiest rendition of a flag that we’ve ever had!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5691Well that wraps up another week! Be sure and join us next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

London

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IMG_9533Our students are learning about transportation in their Unique Curriculum units this month and we thought a virtual trip would go perfectly with this unit. Soooo many choices, but for this trip we decided London would be a perfect destination!

Our sensory groups had fun exploring boxes with lots of British flair. The fine motor groups made colorful art projects and the language group “traveled” on a scavenger hunt.

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_9253IMG_9240Time to get on the plane! We recorded the phrase “fasten your seat belts” and the sound of a jet taking off on our voice output device. Our vibrating tube added to the feeling of being on a plane and was a huge hit with our students.

IMG_9621Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_9762IMG_9799——–did we mention how much fun the vibrating tube was 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9510This British flag banner made for lots of fun draping and waving! We also included a little souvenir teddy bear, wearing his own little British flag vest—-super cute and huggable!

Associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location is a social studies access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9812IMG_9244Filled with red, white, and blue paper shred this box included things tourists might see while visiting London. There were play figure people, some “crown jewels”, and London souvenirs such as a GIANT pencil!

IMG_9776We included some transportation vehicles like a plane, cars, and of course the ultimate symbol of London transportation—-the double decker bus!

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9250IMG_9480Trains are another great way to travel around London. There were 3 letter “L”s to find and a little train to chug through this box of tea. There was also a map of the London Underground to find at the bottom of the box.

Recognize a method of transportation is a social studies access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9564IMG_9291The Tower of London is a must for any tourist. Our students made their own replica’s using our grey Floam. They really had fun with this. Since we didn’t have a British flag, we laminated a picture of one and used an unsharpened pencil as the flag pole—-it worked pretty well!

IMG_9808The social studies access point associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location is again addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

IMG_9288IMG_9795Red and blue glitter made for some pretty colorful oobleck—-and represented the colors of the British Flag.

IMG_9760Recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9600Hands were rinsed in our Calgon “english garden” scented river Thames. Roses are a symbol of Britain and lots of rose bushes can be found all over London! There was  a little river boat for cruising down the river. We also included a little teapot and cup—–for tea time, of course!

Recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids (capacity) is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9302IMG_9868We used Crabtree and Evelyn rose scented lotion to finish our group and leave our students with a great olfactory memory of our trip! This lotion had a strong aroma that really got the students attention and as usual, we asked them to show us where they wanted the lotion.

IMG_9640                                           Recognize external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students made their own Crown Jewels! We used these pre-made crown shapes purchased at the thrift store.

IMG_9313IMG_9312We started by asking the students to pick a crown and then identify it’s color using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_9323IMG_9358Then they used a large brush to spread some glitter glue over their crown. The glitter glue didn’t add as much sparkle as we had hoped but still worked as glue 🙂

The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_9334IMG_9379Those crowns needed some jewels and a few old spice jars worked pretty well as confetti and sequin shakers.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9347IMG_9354Ta DA—-

IMG_9375                                                                              their royal majesties!

 

 

 

On Wednesday our students made a fabulous travel poster! It was a pretty quick and easy project but it turned out really cute.

IMG_9643They started by using the adaptive tabletop scissors to cut squares from black paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9667IMG_9660After they glued their photo to a square we told them it was time to “get on the bus” and glue themselves onto the double-decker bus!

Placing their photos on the squares addresses the math access point match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence.

 

 

 

IMG_9697                                                               TA DA—-Lets visit London!!!!

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since Unique was all about traveling, we decided to do a “travel” scavenger hunt with our language group using all of the different locations that were in our book.

Before our group, we went around and put pictures of the different London sights from the book all around school, making sure that they were located in places that were familiar to our students.  We took a picture of each of the locations as well.

IMG_9814IMG_9819In order to travel to each London sight, our students had to look at the picture of the location in the school and help us find WHERE it was.  Our students could use gestures to point to where we should go or they could use verbalizations to tell us where it was (library, clinic, etc.).

 

 

 

 

IMG_9861IMG_9822When our students found each London sight, they had to verbalize the word LOOK in order to get the attention of the class…..

IMG_9818                                              ……or indicate LOOK using a picture symbol provided.

 

 

 

IMG_9853It was so much fun and we found that some of our students have a great ability to navigate around our school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9274We had such a great time traveling to London this week! We will be out next week for Thanksgiving but come back in December for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

Germany

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IMG_4834We found out that German-American Day is celebrated on October 6 and thought this would be a perfect time to find out a little more about the country of Germany. Each of the sensory group boxes represented a fact about the country. The fine motor groups art projects focused on the colors of the German flag. The language group became little scientists—-just like Albert Einstein!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_4847IMG_4860We mixed yellow rice with red and black beans to represent the colors of the German flag. Then we added a few cars to drive around the mixture, since Germany is a leading car manufacturer. There was also a map of the country to find at the bottom of the box. It was a really eye catching box!

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

The social studies access point recognize an example of goods can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_4542IMG_5028German brothers Jacob and Wilhem Grimm collected folk tales that are the basis for many of the fairy tales we know and love! Our fairy tale box was filled with a variety of characters, sparkly gold beads, and a magic wand!

IMG_4926Yep, it was magical 🙂

The science access point recognize two objects  that are identical to each other can be addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_4888IMG_5078Germany has more zoos than any country in the world—-how cool is that! The plastic “straw” strands were really fascinating to our students but they also enjoyed exploring the other things in the box.

There were lots of animals—-some of which made noise when their buttons were pushed. We also included a little zoo keeper and a variety of food for him to feed the animals. Finally, there was a cute elephant hat that our students thought was a lot of fun 🙂

IMG_4496Recognize a model of a real object and identify basic needs of animals are science access points that can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_4854IMG_5074Uranium is one of Germany’s natural resources. We thought our sparkly gold kinetic sand was a good stand in for the real thing—–and a lot less radioactive 🙂  We included a letter “G” cookie cutter that was fun to push into the sand and then watch as the impression slowly filled back in!

IMG_4913Kinetic sand is a completely fun way to address the science access point track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

IMG_4882IMG_5038Germany has LOTS of castles! So we built a few of our own using moonsand. There was a rectangular shape sorter block that the students could use to “stamp” castle walls. A little cup and spoon were included so they had the option to make a castle the old school way—-like on the beach.

IMG_4902The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_4835IMG_4850Germans are known for their fantastic bread! We added some poppy seeds to give our play dough a more authentic look. Not sure if we quite got the look we were going for but the students had fun anyway! The rolling pin was great for practicing bilateral coordination!

IMG_4919Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_4948IMG_5063Since oaks are a symbol of Germany, we figured Bath and Body Works oak body wash was a perfect scent for our “Rhine river” water play. Of course, we included a little boat to cruise around in!

The science access point recognize the change in motion of an object is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4945IMG_5089We finished our group with another Bath and Body Works scent, moonlit path. We picked this because you might walk along one in a fairy tale—–ok, so work with us on this one 🙂

IMG_5093This is a great opportunity for our students to use their communication devices to tell us whether they like the scent and if they want some lotion!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our fine motor group made German flags. This activity addresses the social studies access point associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location.

IMG_4567We started by showing the students the colors of the flag and asked them to find the color red.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4574IMG_4765Then they used a paper cutter or switch operated scissors to cut pieces of yellow and black paper into smaller rectangles.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4634IMG_4597These strips were then glued onto a piece of rectangular shaped red paper.

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_4578IMG_4607Completely fabulous flags!

IMG_4656                                                                                  TA DA!

 

 

 

 

Our Wednesday art project was a nod to Levi Strauss. We used precut figures and denim “jeans” using these templates: Person-clothing template

IMG_4957We started by asking the students to glue jeans onto the legs of their figures. Some of them needed a little help with this but they really did a pretty good job of getting the jeans in the right place.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4969Then the students choose which color they wanted for their t-shirt.

Their choices were red, black, or yellow—–the colors of the German flag!

Use pictures, symbols, gestures/signs, or words to communicate meaning is a language access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4988The students did a great job painting their shirts!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4979IMG_4964After the shirts were painted, we glued them on the top and……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5018TA DA—–we love Germany!

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week, our language group changed from students to little scientists in honor of Albert Einstein.  They participated in 2 different experiments that demonstrated chemical reactions.

IMG_4502In our first experiment, we got to use some test tubes.  Each of our students helped spoon some baking soda into each test tube.  We used a funnel so that we wouldn’t spill.

Then, each student got to pick a color and we squirted a couple of drops of food coloring into each test tube.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4505Finally, our students got to pour some vinegar into the test tubes and WOW! The reaction definitely amazed our students and watching the colors bubble out was super fun.

The science access point investigate and describe that an unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed, or direction of motion, or both is addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4510IMG_4512For the next experiment, we used a small baking pan.  Our students helped cover the bottom with a mixture of Epsom salt and baking soda.

We dissolved some citric acid in water, putting some in a squirt bottle and the rest in 2 different cups.  Then we added food coloring to each.

 

 

 

 

IMG_4527IMG_4517Our students took turns spraying the salt/baking soda mixture using the squirt bottle or medicine droppers.  We even tried squirting some lemon juice to see if the reaction was bigger.  We tried pouring some vinegar on the mixture and that caused a big reaction as well.

IMG_4522It was fun trying different things out to see which had the biggest reaction.

The science access point measure and compare the mass and volume of solids and liquids is addressed here.

 

 

IMG_5044We loved learning so many interesting things about Germany this week and hope you did too! Join us again next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Olympics

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IMG_1964It was all about the Sochi Winter Olympic Games this week! We learned about the Winter Olympics, the country of Russia, and had fun competing in some games of our own.

Our students are learning about maps as part of their Unique Curriculum unit this month so our theme reinforced some of the concepts they were learning about. Read along to see all our activities.

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_1813We looked at a map and traced the way east from the USA to Russia. It is a long way and to get there you have to ride on an airplane. We used  a vibrating massager to get the feeling of the engine vibrations. The massager had 2 different speeds which made for a lot of fun—-higher speed if you are flying on a super jet! Most of our students really liked the massager but for those who were  more tactile averse, we turned it off completely and let them just touch the soft velvety covering.

Recognizing and responding to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

Recognizing a map is a social studies access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1826The colors of the Russian flag are red, white and blue—-just like ours! Hidden underneath our rice was a map of Russia and the letter S to find (we hid 3 in the rice).

We really enjoy watching the progress of our students as we see some of them begin to realize that there is something to discover as they brush the rice aside.

Associating a picture with a place is a social studies access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1701The Olympic flag has 5 colorful rings. Our next box had big, fluffy chenille stems in the colors of the rings. Our students practiced making circles and linking them together. Most of our students needed help forming the circles  but they ALL had fun trying 🙂

The social studies access point recognizing important events in artifacts is a social studies access point.

Recognizing 2 dimensional shapes is a math access point.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1734One of the most popular olympic sports is ice hockey. Our students used a circle cutter to cut hockey pucks out of the black play dough. This is the same play dough we made for our pirate unit. It was kept in the fridge and has lasted quite nicely!

Recognizing 2 dimensional shapes is a math access point.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1914Ice skating is another super popular sport. Our discovery bottle was filled with sparkly glitter, beads and sequins—-like the costumes the athletes wear. The familiar Olympic fanfare theme could be heard when the voice output device was pressed. Our students really enjoyed both of these items!

The science access point of tracking objects in motion is addressed here.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1713IMG_1890The next box was filled with leaves and flowers like the bouquets winners receive. Our students loved picking  them up, tossing them into the air and watching them drop back down. They also loved finding the medals and quickly putting them around their necks……… BUT the most popular item was the little Sochi bear. He came all the way from Russia and was donated by one of our followers, Gena—-thanks so much!

Indicating that an object has fallen is a science access point.

Explore, observe, and recognize common objects in the natural world is another science access point addressed.

 

 

IMG_1725We are learning about the WINTER games so we had to include some snow—-the shaving cream version this week! It was perfect for tracing the letter S for snow and SOCHI!

Apply a push or pull to move an object is the science access point addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1924IMG_1856Hands were rinsed in Bath and Bodyworks Candy Apple scent. We got it on clearance and decided it worked for our unit—-who wouldn’t want to eat candy apples and watch the Olympics!

Measuring cups were included for scooping fun and to address the math access point recognizing differences is sizes of containers that hold liquids.

Recognizing and responding to one type of sensory stimuli is another science access point addressed.

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_1744IMG_1745On Tuesday for our art project we made bobsleds. In preparation, toilet paper rolls were pinched and one end stapled together. For safety, we put masking tape over the staples.

Then we gave our students the option of painting their sled red, white, or blue. They used the communication symbols to choose their color and then pointed to the paint that matched the color they chose—-they did a really good job!

The science access point identify objects by one observable property is addressed here.

The language access point communicating a preference for familiar objects is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

IMG_1753The students then painted their bobsleds, addressing the science access point recognizing that the appearance of an object has changed.

After they bobsleds were painted, adults hot glued popsicle sticks to the bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the addition of some USA flag stickers—-our bobsleds are ready for competition.

IMG_1792                                                                                                       Go Team USA!

 

 

 

IMG_2110On Thursday we made a Russian flag. We started by counting the sides of a white rectangle and also counting the rectangles as they were passed out. The math access points recognizing common objects with 2 dimensional shapes and recognizing the sides of a square or rectangle are addressed here.

Then we used our paper cutter to cut strips of red and blue paper—–making 2 more rectangles!

The science access point apply a push or pull to move an object is addressed when using the paper cutter. It is also excellent for promoting a pincer grasp!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2138IMG_2133The blue strip was glued to the bottom of the white paper and the red strip on top of that. Sochi 2014 was then glued into the middle.

Recognizing a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is a math access point addressed.

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

 

 

 

Ta Da……. a fabulous Russian Flag!

IMG_2130                                                                                                Hurray for Sochi 2014!!!

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We decided to have a Winter Olympics event during our language group this week.  It’s always so nice to be able to reiterate something we have talked about before, and since we had recently gone over FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD, having an event just seemed appropriate. Recognizing the next step in a simple sequence is a math access point.

IMG_2029We made our bobsleds from some toy boats we found on the give away table—–they were perfect! There were even slots so we could add little people. We cut out some cardboard and made each of our students a bobsled teammate by adhering their picture to a small piece of cardboard.  They always love to see their picture and it makes the activity so much more personal.

Identify picture of self is a language access point.

We placed the teammates face down and our students got to pick 3 teammates to race each other randomly. Putting the racers in their bobsled was a great fine motor activity!

 

 

 

 

IMG_2041Once the racers were placed in their bobsled, it was time to race.  A long, skinny cardboard box covered in white paper made a perfect bobsled run—-very authentic looking 🙂

On your mark…get set…GO!

The students had to wait until they heard “go!” which appeared to be harder than it sounds, but they did a great job.  They had so much fun watching the bobsleds go down, cheering for their friends,  and seeing who won FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD place.

Tracking moving objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2005After a few races, we had the awards ceremony.  We used a voice out device to play the Olympic fanfare as we handed out the medals—-donated by Jimmy the intern. Thanks Jimmy!

Obviously the medals were a huge hit 🙂

 

We had a great time learning about the Winter Olympics this week. Join us again next week for more fun and learning Group by Group!