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What Teachers Do For Fun book


This week we are talking all about what teachers at our school like to do for fun.  There is a WIDE variety of different things they like to do, from eating Colombian food to going down water slides.

Our students loved seeing their teachers engaged in lots of different activities and we hope you do too!





Here is a link to the book: What Do Teachers Do For Fun

Spring Fun


Spring brings lots of exciting events both in school and in the community. This made for a really fun theme this week! Our sensory groups explored boxes related to different events. The fine motor groups made decorations for the biggest spring event—–graduation! The language group led a fantastic spring parade and then had a party, with sweet treats 🙂







Spring break often means BEACH time around here! We put a little shovel and a measuring scoop in our play sand. The students had fun making sandcastles and finding shells in it.

Since the sandcastles could be counted, the math access point associate quantities with number names can be addressed here.





The Rough Riders visit our school the day before the city’s Springtime parade. Not only do they wear cool costumes but they pass out beads and teddy bears to all the students—-how cool is that! There were some HARD beads and a SOFT teddy bear for the students to explore in this box.

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





The FSU marching chiefs visit is another spring highlight for our school. We filled this FSU box with shaker pompoms, beads, garland etc. all in the school’s colors. We also included a toy saxophone which was a big hit with the students!

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





The school talent show is always so much fun—-we have some pretty talented students and staff! To help get our students in the show biz spirit, we put in a variety of costume props but the feather boa and glasses were the hits here!

While trying on the props, the students can identify one or more external body parts—-a science access point.





Graduation is THE event in spring. This box contained rice in our school colors along with our school initials. There was also a picture of our soon to be graduates at the bottom of the box. Lots of opportunities for visual and tactile discrimination in this box!

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





Memorial Day brings about the end of school and the beginning of summer. We put blue and red glitter to make our patriotic oobleck. The swirling glitter looked pretty cool!

Track objects in motion is a science access point.





Our students love participating in all of the sports activities in Special Olympics and SportsAbility events. We put our paddle wheel toy in our water play as a nod to the ever popular paddle boat ride at SportsAbility.  As usual, lots of splashy fun here!

The science access point recognize that when an activity is repeated, it has the same result, can be addressed here.





A lot of our spring events happen outside and outside events mean sunscreen! we went with coconut scented bath gel and body lotion this week. Coconut is a pretty strong scent, leaving the students smelling like a day at the beach!

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






On Tuesday the students made a garland to decorate the graduation festivities. We used craft foam stars purchased at the dollar store.

First the students used communication symbols to identify the color of the stars.

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






Then they squeezed glue onto the stars and added either a letter or number to their star—-either our school initials or 2-0-1-7!

Since they had to put these DOWN onto their stars, the math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is addressed.






Next the students added some sparkly blue glitter!

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








The students practiced their pincer grasp skills as they threaded some yarn through holes in the tops of the stars.

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







TA Da!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                              Congratulations class of 2017!






On Wednesday the students made decorations that highlighted each of our seniors. This time we used starts cut from yellow poster board.

First the students counted out 3 craft foam star stickers.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.









Peeling the backs off the stickers was a great opportunity to work on pincer grasp skills. They had to put their LITTLE stars onto their BIG star.

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







Then they added a picture of one of the graduates to their stars.

Recognize when 1 item has been added to sets of objects to 3, is a math access point.








To finish, the students pulled some shiny curling ribbon through a hole in the top of their stars.

The science access point recognize pushing and pulling and object makes it move is addressed here.







TA DA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!











We love our seniors!!!!











We had such a great time celebrating spring this week during our language group!  During the spring, we have a spring parade here in town, so we decided to mimic it with our OWN spring parade.

The language group dressed up in hats, tutus, and beads and we made our own parade floats using poster board that we attached to the front of the students in wheelchairs.

We had a special bubble blowing Grand Marshall, who was here for “Take your Child to work Day”, to lead the parade!






While we paraded through the elementary building, we handed out beads and bears to the parade goers.

Lots of fun and excitement!






Everybody LOVED their teddy bears!

                                                         They were a hit!






Once we made it through the parade route it was time for refreshments and socialization.

Each student had to use the symbol sentence strips provided in order to request what they wanted.  There were different sentence strips for each of the items: ice cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and punch.  Our students had to indicate “I want ___” in order to receive the food/drink items.

Food is super motivating so everyone did a great job using their symbols!






The ice-cream was REALLY yummy 🙂











We had music on to dance to and what a dance it was!

Everybody showed off their best moves 🙂






There were lots of opportunities for communicating as students asked a partner to dance with them!

We LOVE to dance!!!






Of course, we can’t have a party here without the photo booth!  Our students got to choose what they wanted to wear for the camera.

So many great pictures come from the photo booth!






Everyone had such a great time and we can’t wait to do it again 🙂

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







Fun Summer Trips book


IMG_0724Although summer is gone, we have memories of all of the neat places we were able to visit.  For this book, some of the teachers here at school were generous enough to share some of their pictures documenting to fun places they visited like the beach, Disney World, and North Carolina, to name a few.

IMG_1058We are re-introducing our students to the routine of the group since they’ve had a few months off.  We worked on listening to a line from the book and then activating the voice output device with the repetitive line recorded on it.

Although we miss summer, we’re glad to be together again back in school 🙂




IMG_0906Here is a link to the book: Fun Summer Trips

Fun Summer Trips


IMG_1013Welcome back everyone! We are so excited to start the school year but first we want to share some summer memories. Our staff members did a lot of traveling over the summer so be sure to check out Cara’s book and take a look at their fabulous photos!

For our groups, the sensory group explored boxes related to the various vacation spots. Our fine motor groups made some colorful art projects and the language group made a yummy beach dessert.





IMG_0849In Florida you are never that far from the beach so for most of us, summer means lots and lots of beach trips! This first box was a little mini beach filled with lovely soft sand and some shells. There was also a hidden picture to discover at the bottom of the box.

Counting the shells addresses the math access point associate quantities with number names.







IMG_1010IMG_0827Our homemade play dough had a perfect texture this week—so much fun to squish between hands! They also had fun cutting bright yellow New York City taxi cabs or fun Texas cowboy boots.

As shapes are cut out of the play dough the science access point recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is addressed.




IMG_0557Disney was also a popular vacation destination and this box gives a nod to Minnie Mouse with these colorful red and white pom poms. We also included a cute Minnie Mouse Hat and an adorable little mirror—— so the students could check our how cute they looked!

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







IMG_1033IMG_1006Every summer Ms. Jen goes to Iowa to visit her family! One thing that Iowa is famous for is CORN—-she even got to visit a corn palace there!

We filled this box with popcorn kernels then added some pieces of play food and the word “corn”. Velcro enabled the 2 piece corn cob to be taken apart, then reattached—-addressing bilateral coordination!

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




IMG_0864IMG_0809Our Appalachian Trail umbrella habitat was a nod to North Carolina—-another favorite vacation spot. There were birds and butterflies to find amongst the leaves—-including a cardinal, the state bird. Ambient woodland sounds were recorded on a voice output device and there was a cute plush black bear to cuddle. This was a hit!

IMG_1026The science access point recognize objects related to science by name, such as animal, and plant can be addressed here.




IMG_0889Some of our teachers went on cruises and Ms. Judy’s took her to Grenada which is known as the Spice Island. They grow lots of spices there, including nutmeg which we sprinkled on our oobleck.

Its yummy aroma made us think we were on the island——ALMOST 🙂

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







IMG_0896Our water habitat came complete with 3 ducks and 1 fish—-the types of animals you might see at a lake or aquarium!

The math access point solve simple problems involving joining or separating sets of objects to 3 can be addressed in this activity.









IMG_0634IMG_0906We used Bath and Bodyworks coconut scented bath gel and lotion this week—-a reminder of all the sunscreen that was worn this summer 🙂

Our students thought the scent was pretty yummy!

As the lotion is applied the science access point recognize one or more external body parts is addressed.






Our Tuesday fine motor group made great big Minnie Mouse bows!

IMG_0664We started by asking the students to identify the color WHITE using communication symbols.

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









IMG_0684IMG_0703We then discussed the shape of our stamper and began stamping! Bilateral coordination was practiced by holding one side of the bow down and using the other hand to stamp UP and DOWN.

The math access points recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship (such as up and down) and recognize an object with a 2 dimensional shape are addressed here.





IMG_0674IMG_0698…………..Ta Minnie DA……..

IMG_0708                                                          ………these are too cute for words!



For our Wednesday fine motor group art project, the students made a fantastic cruise ship poster!

IMG_0920We started by discussing the color of paint we were going to use and asked the students to identify the color BLUE using communication symbols—-they did an AWESOME job!

The science access point identify objects by one observable property such as color NAILED here 🙂







IMG_0936Then they used paint brushes to paint a piece of poster board with 2 different shades of blue paint.

The science access points track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled and recognize a change in an object are addressed in this activity.







IMG_0943IMG_0938Well every cruise ship HAS to have passengers and our ship has some pretty adorable ones!

Prior to our group, Ms. Joi and her staff cut out, colored, and added the students faces to these figures using this template: people for cruise ship.

We asked the students to choose THEIR figure, then they glued it onto the cruise ship using a glue stick.

Using the glue stick addresses the science access point apply a push to move an object.




IMG_0961                                                 TaDa—–all aboard and ready for cruising 🙂





We decided to start this year’s language group out with a sweet treat, so we made Edible Beaches using this recipe: Let’s Make an Edible Beach.

IMG_1069To start the recipe, we had our students take turns putting the ingredients for the pudding in the bowl.  We counted out how many cups of milk we needed and showed the students the number “3”.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.






IMG_1076Once all of the ingredients were in the bowl, each of our students got to activate the mixer using a switch.  They had to indicate whether or not the ingredients needed to be mixed “MORE” or if it was “ALL DONE”.

Lots of giggles with this part of the activity 🙂

Solve problems involving small quantities objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more is a math access point.







IMG_1092IMG_1105Next, we counted out 20 vanilla wafers as we put them into a bag so we could CRUSH them!  Since we didn’t have a rolling pin available, we used little hammers——so much fun!

The crushed cookies were sprinkled over 1/2 of the pudding——giving us an opportunity to discuss fractions! Distinguish half from whole using objects is a math access point.




IMG_1121Finally, we put all of the ingredients in cups and made our edible beaches, adding 2 little gummy fish and a colorful parasol as a finishing touch.

IMG_1113Ok, so we know the water looks green rather than blue, turns out vanilla pudding has yellow food coloring which when mixed with our blue food coloring……. SIGH 🙂

Despite the green water when we asked the students if it tasted “good” or “bad” and the consensus was YUMMY!!!!!




Thank you so much for joining us this week. We are off to a great start and have so many great themes planned for the year……

IMG_0582………….so cone back and visit again for more fun and learning Group by Group!