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Japan book

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In honor of Asian Pacific month, we are learning all about Japan.  We found out lots of neat facts about Japan.  We found out that Japan has nearly 4000 islands, that they produce hundreds of different tea, and that they are the number 1 car manufacturer in the world!

There are lots of other fun facts in the book so check it out!

 

 

 

Here is a link to the book: Let_s Learn About Japan

Japan

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Konnichiwa! Since May is Asian Pacific Heritage month, we decided to learn about the fascinating country of Japan this week. The sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about Japan. The fine motor groups made Japanese inspired art projects and the language group made a tasty Japanese inspired treat.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

The students sorted pompom’s in the colors of the Japanese flag—-red and white. We added some “training” chopsticks (tongs) to the box. Most of the students needed a little help using the tongs but some of them were able to manipulate them independently.

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

 

 

 

 

As a nod to the millions of lights in Tokyo, the capitol of Japan, we had a light box and some lighted toys for the students to explore. The students had so much fun with all the different light sources!

Recognize a source of light is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

The light box was really popular….

especially with the lights turned off!

 

 

 

 

 

This box contained a variety of objects that are related to Japanese culture including a “lucky” black cat, video game characters, toy cars, and cherry blossoms. We used red and white paper shred because those are the colors of the Japanese flag. Sesame Street characters were also included as a nod to Japanese-American actor Alan Muraoka who owns Hooper’s Store on the show.

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

 

 

 

 

 

There are lots of different types of tea grown in Japan. The students searched for letter J’s in this box of tea leaves. We put in a little rake to give it a little “zen” feel. There was also a Japanese flag to find at the bottom of the box. The tea leaves had an interesting aroma and texture that our students found intriguing.

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

 

 

 

 

 

The character Hello Kitty originated in Japan and is now popular around the world! She loves the color pink so we had to use our pink rice for her box 🙂 In addition to some Hello Kitty toys and a picture at the bottom of the box, we put in 2 different sized scoops. This one was lots of fun!

The math access point recognize differences in size of objects can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Mount Fuji is a dormant volcano that can be seen from Tokyo and is a symbol of Japan. The students had a blast adding shaving cream snow to a laminated drawing of the mountain!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ramen noodles are very popular in Japanese restaurants, so for our water play we used our plastic “ramen” noodles. They gave a really interesting textural feel to the water this week. For added fun, there were 2 little koi fish swimming around that squirted water when squeezed!

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

 

 

 

 

For both our water play and lotion we used Bath and BodyWorks cherry blossom scent. The students really liked the aroma! As usual, we used our Pixon board to help them communicate WHERE they wanted the lotion placed.

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made cherry blossom pictures!

They started by identifying the color PINK using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next they used a brown marker to make tree branches.

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

 

 

 

 

 

One of our students used our switch operated “writer” .

He is getting really good at using his switch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they used a soda bottle to stamp their cherry blossoms.

We directed them to stamp UP and DOWN with their bottles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ta Da

We are ready for the cherry blossom festival!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made a koi pond using this: koi template

First we identified the color ORANGE using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next the students began painting their koi. We showed them a picture of real koi and pointed out that some of them had patches of color instead of being solid colored.

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

 

 

 

 

 

The students took turns adding their koi to the pond!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ta DA! We made some colorful koi!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

It was a bit of a challenge coming up with something that we could cook that doesn’t require heating things up, but after some research, we found that in Japan they eat cheesecake for dessert.  Since cherry blossoms are in abundance during the spring, we decided to make mini cherry cheesecakes.  Here is the recipe we used: Let_s Make a Mini-Cherry Cheesecake.

We started out by measuring 2 cups of milk.  Before we measured it out, each student felt the milk.  We talked about how it felt COLD.

Recognize objects or materials as warm or cold is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

We PUT the milk in the bowl and added the cheesecake pudding mix.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, each of our students got a TURN to press the switch to activate the mixer.

Activate a device that uses electricity is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Once the pudding was set, we counted out how many mini-graham cracker pie crusts we needed.  Each student got to PUT 3 spoonfuls of pudding into their pie crust.

Then, they each counted out 3 cherries to go on top.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Once the pies were done, each student used their communication symbols to request a spoon by indicating WANT.

Then it was time to EAT.

YUM!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

We enjoyed learning about Japan this week and hope you did also.

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

 

New Years Around the World book

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IMG_2083We had a New Years around the world theme last year and decided to bring it back again this year, looking at different countries and how they celebrate New Years.  The countries we focused on this year are: Australia, Austria, England, Japan, Canada, Vietnam, Switzerland, South Africa, and Belgium.  It is so interesting to learn about all of the different traditions varying cultures have and also why they have these traditions.  Get ready to learn about some fascinating New Years traditions!

 

 

IMG_2260Here is a link to the book: It’s New Years Around the World

New Years Around the World

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IMG_2037Learning about how people around the world celebrate the new year—–the perfect topic to celebrate our first week back to school! Our sensory groups explored boxes related to different countries celebrations and the fine motor group made some fun new years decorations. We looked at a world map and found the different countries whose celebrations were discussed in this week’s book. Throughout this unit the social studies access point associate a celebration with an event is addressed.

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_1927IMG_2143In Australia lots of people go to the beach to celebrate the new year. Our little beach had 3 shells to find and a map of Australia to find hidden under the sand.  We found the free printable map on the internet and really liked it because there were some animals included on it which the students enjoyed finding.

The social studies access point locate pictures of symbols on a drawing or map can be addressed here. The math access point associate quantities with number names is also addressed.

 

 

IMG_2158Watermelon is eaten for luck during Vietnamese celebrations.  We added some dried split peas and black beans to the vibrantly colored rice and it turned out SO eye catching and so much fun to run fingers through!  A map of Vietnam and the letter V could be found in this box.

Locate pictures of symbols on a drawing or map is addressed again.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1888IMG_1922Bread, salt, or coal are considered lucky gifts by new years visitors in England. A picture of bread—-well actually a picture of a grilled cheese sandwich since that is what we found 🙂 —-was taped the bottom of this box filled with salt. We haven’t used salt before and so this was a new texture for our students to explore. They really enjoyed seeing the colorful “bread” picture appear as they moved the salt around with their fingers—–a great way to practice prewriting patterns.  There was black puzzle piece included to represent the coal.

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

 

 

 

IMG_1914IMG_2164People in Japan decorate their homes with evergreens and lobsters! Hidden in our plastic evergreens were 4 lobsters——1 big and 3 little ones. A special song sung by children during new years celebrations was recorded on a voice output device also found in the box. It was fun seeing which items the students were most intrigued with—-everyone had their favorites.

IMG_2003The math access point recognize differences in size of objects is addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_2135Marzipan pigs are a favorite treat for Austrian celebrations. Our pink play dough was scented with almond extract and both looked and smelled like the real thing! The students had a lot of fun using the pig shaped cookie cutter to make their own “marzipan” pigs.

All those little piggies can be counted—–addressed the math access point associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2007In Switzerland they drop dollops of whipped cream on their floors to symbolize the richness of the new year—–how fun is that! We, of course, used shaving cream and LOTS of it 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1962Many Canadians go ice fishing to celebrate the new year! We put 2 fish in our water basin, 1 big and 1 little. Not only were they really cute but they squirted water which the students thought was lots of fun. This little scientist explored how many squirts if took to fill his measuring cup—–how clever! There were also 2 different sized cups for scooping.

Recognize differences in size of objects is the math access point addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2014Many countries, including Turkey eat pomegranates for luck in the new year. Both our water and lotion had this fruity aroma——YUM!

The science access point use senses to recognize objects is a science access point addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2017IMG_2204We finished our celebration with some bubble wrap fireworks—–a huge hit with our students. It is amazing what fun can be had with such simple stuff!

What a fun way to address the science access point recognize and respond to common sounds 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_2093For our Tuesday art project we made garlands of ribbon, cherubs and hearts—–like they do in Belgium! We started by letting the students choose the color of their crepe paper ribbon from a choice of red, blue, or yellow. Then they cut the ribbon using the adaptive scissors.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2042IMG_2069The students decorated their ribbons with 1 cherub and 2 hearts (precut on the Ellison machine) which we counted, of course 🙂

IMG_2081In addition to eye hand coordination, this activity addresses the math access point associate quantities 1 and 2 with number names.

 

 

IMG_2111IMG_2060Ta Da!

The garland looks so festive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday we made some bells to ring in the new year! This was a really quick and easy project which started with some plastic cups and jingle bells attached with chenille stems.

IMG_2245IMG_2293The students chose stickers from a couple of sticker books we had on hand. Pincer grasps were practiced as the stickers were peeled and placed on the sides of the cups.

Needless to say, we didn’t pass on the opportunity to count the stickers!

Again, the math access point associate quantities with number names is addressed.

 

 

The students had a blast ringing their bells——-

IMG_2280                                                                                           Happy New Year!!!!

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

IMG_2233We traveled the world in visiting all of the places we read about in our book.  The big question for this group was “where?”

After reading the book, our students took turns activating the All-Turn-It spinner.  Located on the All-Turn-It were pictures of fireworks along with the names of the different places that we talked about in the book.

 

 

 

IMG_2219IMG_2238Then they came up to a map of the world and put the fireworks in the correct country (with verbal and visual prompting), answering the question “where?”

 

The social studies access point complete a pictorial map using pictures or symbols for designated areas is addressed in this activity.

It was a nice little geography lesson for both the students as well as the adults in the room!

 

 

IMG_2139Happy new year everyone, it’s great to be back at school! We have lots more fun activities planned for the upcoming weeks so be sure to join us again for more fun and learning——Group by Group!