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The Nutcracker Ballet

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img_2147img_1493We had dreams of Sugarplums—-of the ballet variety—- dancing in our heads this week! Going to the Nutcracker ballet is a tradition for many people this time of year so we thought it would make a perfect theme. Our sensory group explored a variety of colorful boxes related to the ballet, the fine motor groups made Nutcracker art projects, and the language group hosted a holiday party—-like the one in the ballet!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_1381img_2208One of the first scenes in the Nutcracker ballet is a Christmas party. This box, with its base of plastic pine needles and holly, contained symbols of Christmas.

img_2168Of course we included a little plastic toy nutcracker! It was a squeaky toy too which made it even more fun.

img_2179img_1542Needless to say, the students had a little fun with the santa hat and goofy glasses 🙂

 

 

 

 

img_2537Lots of fun!!!!!

Associate an object with a person or event is a social studies access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2178img_2520This box had a variety of shiny garland, tulle, and chiffon squares that reminded us of the colorful costumes and scenery found at the ballet.

The colors and textures were very intriguing to the students—-it was a very inviting box!

 

img_1502We really addressed the science access point recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli!

 

 

 

 

img_1513img_2237We put one BIG mouse and one LITTLE mouse in these turquoise beans (picked because we thought the color looked a little icy). So…… perhaps our mice looked a little more rat like, but sometimes you have to work with what you have on hand 🙂

img_2501Recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_1680img_2204Our purple kinetic sand became “SugarPlum fairy” sand this week! The purple color made it especially inviting and we added a ballerina crown cookie cutter which turned out to be pretty intriguing as well.

Total fun as usual!

 

img_2170Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2438img_1600Since the Nutcracker takes place in the winter we HAD to bring out our snowflake umbrella.

White pompom yarn, foam snowflakes, and silver beads make this ordinary umbrella something pretty cool. When we added some pink craft foam ballerinas it became even more special!

 

img_2154We also recorded music from the ballet on a voice output device. All in all, a pretty magical winter wonderland!

The science access point track objects in motion can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_1640img_2485Silver glitter added extra sparkle to this box of Insta Snow, making it extra inviting! There was a spoon and a little measuring cup for scooping fun.

It was also fun to watch as it drifted down while sifting through fingers!

 

img_2236Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

img_1682img_2459We don’t get much snow down here in Florida—-so for us it is pretty fascinating stuff 🙂

 

 

 

 

img_2478                                                                 Let it snow! Let it snow!

 

 

 

 

 

img_1488img_2493Our water play helped rinse some of the glitter off the student’s hands—-that stuff gets EVERYWHERE! They also had fun scooping, pouring, and finding a craft foam letter N using the measuring cup and funnel.

img_2171Recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_2251img_2550We used the perfect scent for our water play and lotion—–sugarplum swirl from Bath and Bodyworks! Our students left the group smelling like yummy little sugarplums 🙂

img_1817 The students used communication symbols to indicate whether they “liked” or “didn’t like” the scent—–for almost all of them it was a hit!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students painted a magical snow scene for their nutcrackers. We used this: nutcracker-template-1

img_1885img_1889First they used communication symbols to identify the color of the paper we were going to use—-purple!

Sometimes blocks make excellent pointers 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_1923img_2018Then they spread white paint around their paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2038Glitter was added for some sparkle—–we never pass up the opportunity to use glitter!

The math access point recognize when an object is added from a situation, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2065Then the students glued a Nutcracker with their faces onto their paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2008img_2056TA DA! These Nutcrackers are ready to join the ballet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students used paper plates to make nutcracker masks. A great big thank you goes out to our interns Rachel and Nicole for helping set up this project! We used this to complete the mask: nutcracker-template-2

img_2346First we discussed the semi-circle we had cut out from the paper plate. We showed the students how 2 semi-circles made a circle and asked students to use communication symbols to identify a circle.

Recognize parts of whole objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2350img_2389Then they glued pieces of yarn onto their semi-circles.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2396Next the students glued a mustache onto the middle of the plate.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2384Then they pulled apart ONE piece of polyester fiberfil to make TWO pieces and glued them to each side of the plate.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2388img_2399Ta DA—-meet our Nutcrackers!

img_2369                                                            Ready for their performance 🙂

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We decided to have a Nutcracker Ballet party for our language group this week.  We always love to be able to get together and interact with our friends and coworkers and this was the perfect time.

img_2578img_2563Our language group students dressed up in Christmas and ballerina attire so that we could have a Nutcracker parade.

img_2571                                                       We even had a harlequin dancer 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

img_2619img_2603The other classes in the elementary building were the participants in the parade—–some of them got into character also!

img_2612We had so much fun going down the halls and inviting our friends to the Nutcracker party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2691img_2650-1Once we got to the party room, our students got to choose some treats.

We had ice cream with different colors of sprinkles to eat and fizzy lemonade to drink.

 

img_2707 Our students conveyed if they LIKED what they got or if they did NOT like it.  Usually, their facial expressions are a pretty good indicator 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

img_2896img_2797One of the most fun things that we had was the photo booth.  Our students got to choose which prop they wanted to wear/hold for their picture.  We had SO MUCH FUN with this!

img_2835And not only the students had a great time, but the adults did too.

 

 

 

 

img_2673img_2627While the party was going on, the Nutcracker Ballet was playing on a smart board so that our students got to experience this incredible ballet.

img_2626Some even did a little dancing of their own 🙂

 

 

 

 

img_2636A big thanks goes to our fabulous interns—–Nicole and Rachel for decorating the room and serving all the guests!

You ladies were wonderful and we will really miss you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2654img_2685It was a wonderful time, filled with good food, company, and music. What a wonderful way to start this holiday season!

 

 

img_2724-1We hope your holiday is filled with happiness and laughter. Join us in the new year for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

Famous Scientists

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img_1947This week we learned about some famous scientists. We chose this theme to compliment the Unique Curriculum unit for some of our grade levels. The sensory groups explored boxes related to individual scientists. The fine motor groups created science themed art projects and the language group performed some fun science experiments!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_2386img_2379Galileo and Neil DeGrasse Tyson are famous for studies in the area of astronomy. Our little astronomers loved our solar system umbrella. With its twinkly stars and hanging planets, it was a real hit.

Recognize a space-related object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2431Stephen Hawking knows a LOT about black holes. We used black kinetic sand for our “black hole” box and added a star shaped cookie cutter. So much fun and irresistible to both our students and staff 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1970img_2399The thermometer was invented by Daniel Fahrenheit. In honor of him we filled a box with some “Insta-Snow”. While not quite as cold as the real thing, it still feels a little chilly!

img_2411Distinguish between hot and cold objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1925img_2035We think our chimpanzee habitat would be a hit with Jane Goodall, she is an anthropologist who studies wild chimpanzees! Included in this box are binoculars, a variety of chimps, play fruit, and a voice output device with monkey sounds we recorded from You Tube. The monkey sounds were a huge hit!

The science access point recognize common objects related to science by name, such as animal or plant, can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1928Kepler was a famous mathematician. In our box of white cornmeal were numbers 1-9 for our students to find. We haven’t used this cornmeal box for a while and it has a really intriguing texture for our students.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2021img_2447Mary Anning was a famous fossil hunter. The students had fun hunting for dinosaur skeletons buried in our box of moon sand. They also had a lot of fun with the dinosaur molds.

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_2404img_2570Since our theme was all about famous scientists, we decided to put pop rocks into our shaving cream to start a “chemical” reaction. Those crackling pop rocks sounded pretty cool!

The science access point recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1895Charles Darwin’s boat the HMS Beagle sailed in our little ocean—-passing a giant sea turtle along the way!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2477Since we found out that chimpanzees like all sorts of fruit—not just bananas—-we used Bath and Body Works mango tangerine scent for both our water and lotion this week. The citrusy scent was a real hit with the students!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR

On Tuesday our students made a galaxy!

img_2076We started by discussing the shape of planets found in galaxies and used communication symbols to identify a CIRCLE.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2156Then we used a circle punch to cut “planets” out of wallpaper scraps. You have to push pretty hard to make the punch work, so the students needed a little help with this. Of course, we counted how many planets each student cut out.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2108img_2171Next they painted watered down glue onto black paper and the planets were placed on the glue.

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_2122Sparkly stars were added using chunky silver glitter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2124img_2183Ta Da!

img_2093                                                                  It’s a galaxy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students painted with corn syrup! We have done this before and always love how the syrup retains its “wet” look after it hardens. VERY COOL!

img_2488First we discussed the color of our syrup—-we had added some food coloring 🙂

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

The students identified the color using communication symbols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2501img_2541We poured a little of the syrup onto their science lab beakers, cut from poster board using this:beaker-template

The students used regular paint brushes to spread it around. Yes, this did get a little sticky and messy but it was WAY fun 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

img_2537img_2509TA DA!

Let’s do some experiments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Our students turned into little scientists today!  We tried out 2 different experiments today.  Here is a breakdown of each experiment: experiments

img_2576img_2580For our first experiment, our students helped POUR some baking soda into a pan.  Then, our students helped fill up some cups HALFWAY with vinegar.  They also got to choose what color should be put into each vinegar cup.

img_2627Recognize when an object is added to (addition) a situation, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2608img_2613Once everything was ready, each student got a chance to use droppers and SQUEEZE some of the vinegar onto the baking soda.

img_2642Our students loved seeing the colorful fizz!

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

 

 

 

 

img_2620img_2589For our second experiment, we filled up a measuring cup HALFWAY with vinegar.  We added some food coloring as well.  Our students got to CHOOSE the color glitter they wanted.  They also got to help SQUEEZE some dish soap into the measuring cup.  We STIRRED it up.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2633Finally, we got a big spoonful of baking soda and POURED it into the measuring cup.  We gave it another little stir and watched it foam up!  It was pretty amazing how much foam came out of our experiment!

 

What an exciting week! Join us again next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

We’re FROZEN!

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IMG_2214The movie Frozen is SO popular with our students that we decided it was the perfect unit to end our semester! We had so much fun putting this unit together, collaborating with both the PE and Art departments made it even more special!

The sensory groups explored boxes with lots of different textures. The fine motor groups used markers and glue to make fabulous art projects and the language group conducted some frosty experiments.

Of course, our book was extra special for this unit so be sure to check it out also!

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_2155IMG_2150Aqua, blue and purple basket filler was the base of this box—-so pretty!  The students had lots of fun discovering all things we had hidden in it. Well, perhaps the 3 giant snowflakes weren’t that hard to discover 🙂

Also hidden in the colorful filler were snowmen, “snowball” beads, and some cute little Frozen play figures.

The math access points differences in size of objects and associate quantities with number names can be addressed here.
IMG_2228IMG_2460We had 2 fascinating discovery bottles. One turned into a glittery snow flurry when turned or shaken. The other bottle was filled with some glass beads which looked like little chunks of ice.

IMG_2399Initiate a change in motion of an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2169IMG_2407The students were pretty intrigued with our “reindeer fur” Sven box. This fake fur was long and a little coarse which we thought was a pretty good stand in for the real thing. A cute little plush reindeer was included for cuddling fun 🙂

IMG_2382Recognize common objects related to science by name, such as animal, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1120IMG_2454Do you want to build a snowman? Our students did! We put some potato head pieces and fake food carrot into our box of white Floam. It was fun to see the different creations the students made.

Recognize that the human—-and snowman :)—-body is made up of various parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2221IMG_1292We brought back our snowflake umbrella yet again and as usual, it was a huge hit. It really is so pretty!

Because no one has heard the song “Let it Go” enough 🙂 we recorded a verse on our voice output device. Needless to say, none of the students passed on their turn to hit the button lol.

IMG_2233Recognize objects that create sounds is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_2241IMG_2217This box was filled with some Insta-snow, since we don’t have much access to the real stuff here in Florida! It had an interesting texture that wasn’t a hit with everyone, but most of the students had fun with it. They used their hands or the melon-baller to make snowballs.

The science access point identify different types of precipitation, including rain and snow can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_1070IMG_2394Hands were rinsed in water scented with Bath and Bodyworks juniper breeze scented water. There were a variety of foam snowflakes scattered in the water and a measuring cup was included so the students could scoop them out.

IMG_2414Since the snowflakes could be counted the math access point associate quantities with number names can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2511IMG_2505The matching lotion was used as a sweet remembrance of all the fun we had today. We chose this particular scent because we figured that junipers MIGHT grow in the cold climes of Arundelle!

IMG_2248Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we used markers to color a Frozen picture. We found this PERFECT free printable at http://yourtherapysource.com

IMG_2025We started by discussing the shape of our paper and asking the students to identify a “rectangle” using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2059IMG_2060Then they used purple and blue markers to make fabulous scribbles and swirls on their paper.

The students did a really great job with this and had such great concentration!

IMG_2032Since they had to share the markers with their friends, the science access point share objects with a partner is addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_2039IMG_2041After they were finished coloring, they got to add some snowflakes to their pictures. We applied glue to work on 1:1 correspondence. Of course, it was a great opportunity to practice pincer grasp skills as well (and the OT really likes that!!!).

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_2082IMG_2095Ta Da…….

 

IMG_2054                                                              …..let it go, let it go, let it go………

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we continued talking about shapes while making Olaf!

IMG_2265We started by discussing the shape of the boxes we were going to use (cereal boxes covered with white paper) and used communication symbols to identify their shape.

The math access point recognize a common three-dimensional shape was addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2341 (1)Then the students used adaptive scissors to cut out another shape——this time a TRIANGLE—–out of orange paper and used glue sticks to attach it to their box.

The science access point recognize a change in an object and the math access point recognize a common object with a two-dimensional shape are addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2293IMG_2307Next they added 2 eyes and identified the number 2 using communication symbols.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2333IMG_2271The students used a black marker to draw a mouth to the face, then added a small RECTANGLE tooth that they cut out using the adaptive scissors.

It was fun to see the different expressions they came up with for their snowman 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_2362 (1)IMG_2302A brown chenille stem was added to the top of the box and the cutest Olaf you have ever seen!

IMG_2285                                    TA DA!!!!

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since we are experiencing 70+ degree weather in the middle of December, snow—-or even cold weather—-seems like a distant dream, we decided to make some snowy experiments!  Here are the experiments we did: Let’s Make Snowy Experiments.

IMG_2521We started out making a snowstorm in a jar.  First, we poured baby oil in a cleaned out peanut butter jar.  Our students got to take turns smelling the baby oil first and they all seemed to like the clean smell of it!

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2540Next, we put water and white paint into a bowl.  Our students had to mix it all up until the water was nice and white.  Then we poured it into the jar and added some glitter—-we never pass up the opportunity to add glitter to a project 🙂

The science access point recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2555IMG_2552Not much of a snowstorm UNTIL we put half of an Alka Seltzer into the jar.  Once it started going, we had our version of a Florida snowstorm!

Track objects moving up and down is a science access point.

Pretty darn cool!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2577IMG_2568After we were done oohing and ahhing, we started on our second experiment, homemade snow.  This one was pretty easy.  We used a WHOLE box of baking soda and about HALF a canister of shaving cream and stirred it all together.  We divvied up our mixture into a couple of small bowls and our students got to feel our “snow”.

Very cool feeling—–literally 🙂

The science access point recognize parts of whole objects and parts of sets of objects can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_2586We used our homemade snow for our final experiment, EXPLODING snow.!!!!! We put the bowls with the homemade snow onto a tray, sprinkled some glitter, and then poured some vinegar into each bowl.  Tada!  Exploding snow!!!!!!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FUN CONTINUES….

Our PE department has a fabulous winter wonderland unit going on this month and this coordinated perfectly with our Frozen theme! The students were having  so much fun, we had to include some photos.

IMG_1460IMG_1758They got to experience some blizzard conditions (the teachers used a hairdryer and some fake snow to create this).

IMG_1999                                                                      There were LOTS of giggles 🙂

 

 

IMG_1673IMG_1845There was an Aurora Borealis area activated with switches!

IMG_1877                                  And finally ICE SKATING in shaving cream—–how fun is that!

 

 

IMG_2432IMG_2205Well that wraps up our first semester. Apart from an After Party post, we will be gone for a few weeks, enjoying our winter break.

IMG_2441From all of us here, we wish you Happy Holidays and be sure to come join us in 2016 for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

 

Snow Day in Florida

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IMG_6768We had a SNOW DAY!!!  Ok, so our snow day was slightly different from what most of you experience since ours came in a TRUCK but that is how we do it down in the Sunshine State 🙂 Both students and staff had such a great time that we wanted to relive the fun by making it the theme of this week’s unit! The sensory group explored boxes that were all white. The fine motor group made snowy art projects and the language group made snow cones and drank hot chocolate. Snowy fun all round!

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_6596IMG_6521This box was filled with so many white things! There were a variety of different textures a soft wooly mitt, hard beads, and fake fur. There were different snowman figures—-including one that made a crinkly noise! There was also a pompom shaker and glowing snowball! The students had so much fun sifting through the items and finding their favorites.

IMG_6590The science access point recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is addressed here.

 

 

IMG_6439We tried a new play dough recipe this week. It was made using cornstarch and hair conditioner—-approximately equal parts of both. The hair conditioner was coconut scented so it had a fabulous aroma. We really LOVED it’s texture—-so soft and silky! The one drawback is that even keeping it in a ziplock back it did tend to dry out a little, although adding a little more conditioner back into it helped. A cookie cutter letter S for “snow” was included but most of the students—-and adults—-just loved TOUCHING it 🙂

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

 

 

 

IMG_6593IMG_6728Three letter S’s were hidden in our tapioca grains. We thought the tapioca kind of resembled tiny snowflakes and had an interesting texture that was fun to sift through.

The science access point recognize common objects as the same and the math access point recognize when 1 or 2 items have been added to or removed from sets of objects to 3 can be addressed here.

 

 

IMG_6737IMG_6484Our white floam and potato head pieces were perfect for making snow balls and snow people! We included some potato head pieces to make the creations come to life. The students had a blast with this stuff and came up with some really creative designs.

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_6517IMG_6770Two different sized spoons were included in our box of “Insta Snow”. This stuff is pretty cool—-LITERALLY, it actually feels cool to the touch! The students loved running their fingers through the snow or feeling the sensations as it was sprinkled on the arms. There were a couple of arctic hued animals included and a tropical snowman picture to find at the bottom of the box.

The students LOVED it!

The math access point recognize similarities and differences in size of objects is a math access point that can be addressed here. The science access point track a falling object can also be addressed here.

 

 

IMG_6622 This week we had 2 discovery bottles related to snow. One was filled with glitter and snowflakes which swirled around as it was shaken. The other was a “melting ice” bottle with clear plastic “ice” that floated in the water.

In addition to track objects in motion, the science access point recognize that ice can change to water can be addressed.

 

 

 

 

IMG_6789IMG_6782We certainly have gotten a lot of use out of our winter umbrella this year but it is always a hit with our students! It really does give the feeling of a beautiful snowy day and really looks cool as the assorted “snowflakes” swirl around as the umbrella is twirled.

What a fun way to address the science access point track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6784IMG_6613Another white texture to explore with our shaving cream. The students had fun squishing and smooshing—-and making circle snowballs!

IMG_6459The science access point apply a push to move an object and the math access point recognize an object with a 2 dimensional shape are addressed here.

 

 

IMG_6588IMG_6501Hands were washed in cold water scented with Bath and Bodyworks twisted peppermint using a fluffy “snowball” sponge. The students liked feeling the texture of the sponge but really loved picking it up and watching the water drip down.

Recognize objects or materials as warm or cold and track falling objects  are science access points that can be addressed  in this activity.

 

 

IMG_6631We finished with the matching lotion which smelled SO yummy! The perfect scent to remember our fun and fabulous Florida snow day 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_6637On Tuesday we started a 2 part art project by making a snowman! We started with a cute little snowman shape cut from the Ellison machine—-easy peesy 🙂 The students used communication symbols to identify the color “white” and they did such a great job!

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6639Then we counted out 3 cotton balls and used communication symbols to identify number 3—-addressing the math access point associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6648IMG_6672Pincer grasp and bilateral coordination were addressed when pulling apart the cotton balls which were then dipped in glue and attached to the snowman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TA DA—-such cute little Frostys…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6690Just adorable!

 

 

IMG_6893On Thursday we finished our art project. The students started by picking out magazine pictures of different places in Florida.  They glued the pictures down onto a piece of paper.

After each picture we asked the students if they wanted to add another one—-addressing the math access point indicate desire for more of an action or object.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6948Then they painted some snowy white paint onto their pictures——and sprinkled some fake snow on top!

We were really impressed with how well they targeted their strokes onto the magazine picture—-they are making such nice progress with their tool use skills.

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

 

 

IMG_6938IMG_6886The students added their snowman from Tuesday and TA DA…..

…………………….a snowy day in Florida 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

IMG_6813The language group focused on the topic of HOT and COLD today.  Our students each got to pick if they would rather have a hot drink or a cold drink.  We used the PIXON picture symbols for “hot” and “cold” and our students made their choice by pointing to the picture symbol or using eye gaze.

We tallied up the numbers and found that MORE people wanted a hot drink—-well it was a pretty chilly day here so that was a good choice 🙂

 

 

IMG_6830IMG_6838First, we made our cold snow cones.  Our students got to turn the snow cone machine on by pushing the top of it.  It made a few of our students jump but they seemed to enjoy hearing the ice crush.

Then the students helped pour blue Powerade on the snow cones.

 

 

 

 

IMG_6862There were mixed reactions with this drink.  Some of our students seemed to really enjoy it, while for others…not so much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6845IMG_6853Next, we made our hot drink—hot chocolate!  Our students helped pour the hot chocolate mix in a coffee cup.  Once the water was added, our students got to stir it all together.  We observed how it changed!

Recognize a change in materials is a science access point!

 

 

IMG_6875Then we microwaved it and once it was warm, the students who wanted a hot drink got to try some.

Recognize materials as warm or cold is another science access point.

There was a MUCH better reaction to this drink and they all gulped it down!

Who wouldn’t want a hot drink on a cold day? 🙂

 

 

 

Well we hope you enjoyed seeing how we do snow in Florida 🙂 Join us again next time for more fun and learning Group by Group!