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Norway

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This week we headed to the land of trolls and vikings—–Norway! Joy got to travel there last summer and shared some photos as well as a few goodies to put in the sensory boxes!

Since May 17 is Norway’s National Constitution Day, it was the perfect time for this unit. The sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about Norway. The fine motor groups made Nordic inspired crafts and the language group made a treat with fruit found in Norway.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Red, white, and blue rice represented the colors of the Norwegian flag. There were letter N’s and a map of Norway to find in this box.

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize two objects that are identical to each other is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The base of this box was red, white, and blue paper shred. Items associated with Norway filled the box including an actual flag, a viking ship, a troll, an elk, and a voice output device with music from Edvard Grieg—-a famous Norwegian composer!

 

 

The social studies access point associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location can be addressed here.

 

The hat was pretty popular 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The national flower of Norway is the purple heather. Since we didn’t have a heather shaped cookie cutter we used a generic one for the students to use to make their own bouquets out of purple Bubber.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Trolls are another symbol of Norway. There were 3 different  laminated trolls to hide in our grey Floam mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

We used our green light box to represent the northern lights which are visible in parts of Norway! Some of the lights we used faded in and out which added to the effect—-while not as amazing as the real thing, we thought it looked pretty cool!

 

 

Recognize sources of light is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Winter brings lots of snow to Norway—-so time for an Insta Snow box 🙂

We love this stuff!

 

 

 

 

We put in a couple of different sized scoops, so the students could build their own snowballs.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our water play had lots of fun things this week! The students made their own waterfalls using the water wheel we placed here. We also included a little fishing boat and cute little whale to swim about.

 

 

 

The science access point track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

We learned that aspen trees grow in Norway and since we had a Bath and Body Works products called caramel aspen, we decided to use that as our scent this week. Not sure it smelled like a tree but its sweet smell was popular with the students 🙂

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made trolls using this: troll template

First, they identified the color of their troll using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They squeezed glue on to their troll.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they spread the glue with a sponge brush.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We touched the yarn that we were going to use for the troll’s hair—-it felt SOFT!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they sprinkled pieces of purple yarn on to the glue. Some of our students had fun watching the yarn as it was drifted down on to the glue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ta Da!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trolls!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made a Viking ship using this: viking ship

We also used this stamper we cut from a household sponge and attached to this acrylic freebie (we aren’t really sure what its original use was!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, the students identified the shape of the sail using communication symbols.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We also identified the color of our paint.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students stamped their sail one time and then we asked them if we needed to do it MORE.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students applied glue to the sides of their boats and glued them to a paper towel roll.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

The sail was added by slipping the mast (we used a straw) into a precut hole in the paper towel tube and TA DA…….

 

 

 

 

 

The Vikings are coming!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We celebrated Norwegian Constitution Day during our language group this week since it fell right on the day that it’s celebrated in Norway!  We read that during this day, Norwegians eat a lot of ice cream, so we decided to make some of our own.  Here is our (very easy!) ice cream recipe: Let_s Make Strawberry Ice Cream

We started out by PUTTING French vanilla coffee creamer into the food processor.  Since there are only 2 (!) ingredients in this recipe, we only put in 1 cup of each ingredient at a time so that more of our students could help with the process.  Of course, if they wanted to help, they had to indicate HELP on their board as well as hold up their hand.

 

 

 

 

 

Then we added some frozen strawberries.  Each student got to feel the bag of strawberries first and had to locate COLD on their board.  We talked about how the strawberries were in the freezer and that was why they were so cold.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Four different students got to HELP PUT the strawberries in the food processor since it called for 4 cups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

After that, we put the top on the food processor and each student HELPED press the wireless switch to turn on the food processor.  Each time a student was ALL DONE with their turn, other students would have to indicate that the food processor needed to be turned on MORE.

 

 

Indicate desire for more of an action is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

Finally, we counted out how many friends we had so that we could get the same amount of bowls out.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student had to request the ice cream by indicating WANT and/or EAT.

 

 

 

 

 

This recipe was enjoyed by all!!  We were surprised by how easy it was…and delicious!

 

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

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This week we wanted to celebrate mothers! Our book features photos some of our students with their moms. The sensory group explored boxes related to things moms might like on Mother’s Day. The fine motor groups made presents for the moms and the language group made a tasty treat every mom would love!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

We put the letters M O M in this box of colorful rice and beans. The bright pink color was very eye catching and definitely encouraged exploration. There was also a cute picture of some animal moms and their babies to discover as the rice was pushed aside.

 

 

The science access point recognize objects as the same can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

The students got a chance to spell MOM again, but this time in chocolate play dough using cookie cutter letters. Because we love our moms so much, there was a heart shaped one also! This play dough smelled really yummy, so we did need to watch some of our students pretty carefully  🙂

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

This box contained a variety of items associated with Mother’s Day. There were lots of flower petals, play food, and “gifts” moms might like such as a purse and jewelry. We also included a mom figure, a crinkly mylar balloon, and lots of heart shaped items.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Breakfast in bed is a popular thing to do for your mom! This box of coffee grounds contained some play food along with a cup and spoon for scooping fun. The students had a lot of fun with this box.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

The students made jewelry with colorful pasta and chenille stems. What mom wouldn’t like jewelry for a present!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Our pink cloud dough (we used strawberry cake mix) was popular with our students. It was a pretty color, smelled good, and was really fun to run hands through. Two different sized heart shaped spoons added to the fun.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

The students got a chance to spell MOM again by scooping foam letters out of Sweet Pea (from Value Time bath gel) scented water.

 

 

 

 

Use senses to recognize objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea lotion made for a light sweet scent to finish.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made “love bug” book marks decorated with their finger prints for their moms!

First, the they chose which color ink they wanted to use.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then they stamped colorful fingerprints all over their bookmarks.

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the students needed help with this part but they were all fascinated by the process!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The adults used markers to draw a few details and……

 

 

 

 

 

…………TA DA!!!!

We love our moms!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students decorated self portraits for their moms!

First, using communication symbols they identified the shape of their paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then they decorated their photos using a variety of markers and crayons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Once they finished coloring, the students chose the color of their photo mat and glued their picture DOWN on a piece of colorful construction paper.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA——-ready for framing!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made a sweet treat that we think any mom would like to have.  Here is the recipe that we used: Let_s Make A Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

We started by getting out some frozen strawberries. As always, we first went around and let each student touch the strawberries.

 

 

 

 

They had to indicate whether they were COLD or HOT using communication symbols or verbalizations.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a student request to HELP put the strawberries in the blender by indicating HELP on their communication board.

We added a frozen banana next, again talking about how it felt COLD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we poured some chocolate almond milk into a measuring cup.  A student had to request to PUT it in by indicating HELP.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we measured out the cocoa and the honey, we talked about how we had to use a measuring spoon because it was a LITTLE amount.  Students had to locate LITTLE on their communication boards.

 

 

 

 

They also located the BLENDER on their boards.

 

 

 

 

 

When all the ingredients were in the blender, each student took a turn pressing the wireless switch to turn on the blender.  After each student took a turn, we talked about how we needed to blend it some MORE until the ingredients were smooth.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Finally, we counted out how many cups we needed, poured the smoothie into each cup, and topped it with some whipped cream.

 

 

 

 

Students had to request their smoothie by indicating WANT, DRINK, or EAT on their communication boards or verbally.

YUMMY!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Go To The Zoo

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The weather is beautiful so what better time to take a trip to the zoo! The students had a blast dressing up as different animals for our book and the rest of our activities were just as much fun! The sensory group explored boxes with lots of animals. The fine motor groups made animal art projects and the language group made a tasty treat.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

This box was FILLED with zoo related items including plush and plastic animals. There were some sunglasses and an elephant visor—-in case of a sunny day! Other items included a little zookeeper, the word ZOO, a toy camera, some faux snake skin fabric, and some play food—-WOW so much to discover!

 

Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point. Recognize objects related to science by name is also a science access point that can be addressed here.

The students totally rocked those sunglasses 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students sorted these really eye catching pompoms into ZEBRA and TIGER piles. We included plastic animal figures by the respective dishes to provide an additional cue.

 

 

Match objects with similar observable properties is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

There was more matching going on in this box. This time the students matched the fake fun pieces to a little plush animal. The fake fur pieces were a real hit with the students!

 

 

 

Again, the science access point match objects with similar observable properties is addressed.

 

 

 

 

We thought that birdseed was pretty fitting for a unit on the zoo—-it is certainly something you might see there or even feed to some of the animals. There were letters to find that spelled the word ZOO. We also included a measuring cup and spoon for scooping fun!

 

 

Recognize that animals eat food is a science access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

The students cut bears and lions out of yellow play dough using cookie cutters. The bright yellow color was very eye catching!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

An ice cream snack might be the perfect treat while exploring the zoo on a hot day! To make our shaving cream look a little more like the real thing and add a bit of color, we added some candy sprinkles. As usual, the students had a blast!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Messy hands were rinsed in banana scented water filled with some fun animal bath toys (both the bubble bath and toys were found at Walmart). The students had lots of fun here!

 

 

 

 

Recognize different containers that hold liquids is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Banana scented lotion—-found at World Market but no longer carried by them 🙂 This was a really strong scent that left our students smelling really YUMMY!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made giraffes using this: giraffe

First, we identified the color of our paper using communication symbols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Then they gave their giraffe its spots using a rolling pin covered with sticky backed foam circles!

 

 

 

 

We just put some brown paint on the circles and let the student go to town 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We added 2 googlie eyes! Most of the students needed a little help with this part.

 

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

The giraffe was glued to a wooden paint stirrer and…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made tigers using this: tiger

First we identified the color of our paper using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they gave the tiger its strips using a rolling pin—-this time covered in rubber bands! Thank you Pinterest 🙂

The students had fun with this part!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

The tiger was glued to a piece of green paper by the adults —-to make sure the paint wasn’t smeared—-but the students identified its shape first!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We added 2 googlie eyes—–colorful ones we found at Dollar Tree!

 

 

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s go to the zoo!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We had a sweet treat that we think went right along with our zoo theme.  Here is the recipe we used: Let_s Make Zebra Mousse

 

 

We started out by having our students indicate MAKE on their communication boards to indicate that we were making a recipe.

Our first ingredient was heavy whipping cream.  Since we had to PUT in 2 cups of it, 2 students got to HELP.  After one cup was put into the bowl, our students had to indicate that we needed MORE.

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

 

 

 

 

Next, we PUT some powdered sugar in the bowl.  Again, the student who wanted to help had to raise their hand and also indicate HELP on their board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got to press the wireless switch to turn on the mixer.  It took a while for the ingredients to get firm so our students had to indicate MORE each time the switch was passed along to indicate that we had more mixing to do.

 

 

 

Indicate desire for more of an action or object is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

We added 3 tbsp of cocoa powder next, so we had 3 different students HELP put it into the bowl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We counted out how many cups we needed.  Each student indicated the number 6.

 

 

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

The chocolate mousse and whipped cream was layered in cups to resemble zebra stripes.

 

 

 

 

 

This snack was definitely a hit with all of our students.  Even the picky eaters!

 

 

 

We all enjoyed our virtual trip to the zoo!

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Sharky’s Band

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This was a really fun week! Not only were we excited about our original book, but the whole unit was a blast. To add to the fun, on Thursday it was Take your Child to School Day so we had a couple of extra special guests this week!

 

 

Our sensory groups explored boxes with an aquatic theme. The fine motor groups painted with corn syrup to make their watery art projects and the language group made a “fishy” treat!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Our undersea umbrella is one of our favorites and has a pretty magical feel. We recorded the song “under the sea” from the Little Mermaid on our voice output device which added to the experience!

 

 

 

 

Match living things to their habitats is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharky’s band box featured a cute shark puppet, a lighted sea urchin toy,  and plush crab that made noise when squeezed. Of course, we included some musical instruments such as a ukulele, tambourine, and a colorful wooden noise maker—–this box was lots of fun!

 

The science access point recognize and respond to common sounds can be addressed here.

Here are a few more photos——

 

 

 

 

 

 

————-there was so much to explore!!!

 

 

 

 

 

This box was filled with color! The students molded pink Floam to make their own coral reefs. A sea turtle, fish, and octopus  could be added to the scene.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We thought that our kinetic sand was a little like the sandy bottom of the ocean! There were a variety of “fishy” play dough stamps, sea shells, and a starfish  to press into the sand.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

There were 3 ocean themed discovery bottles that were very intriguing to the students—–very eye catching! Various items were in each bottle, including a toy submarine, some toy crabs, plastic fish, and a little toy submarine.

 

 

 

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

We also included some ocean blue pom pom yarn which was  a hit with some of the students 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students made waves or practiced writing the letter S in the “ocean foam” shaving cream tray.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Our miniature ocean featured some plastic “kelp” strands, a shipwreck, a glowing octopus, and a couple of cute fish. The students found the kelp particularly intriguing!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Our little ocean also featured bubbles which were totally giggle producing!

 

 

 

 

 

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works has an ocean scent so of course we used it this week. Not sure if it actually smells like the ocean but it was pretty popular with the students 🙂

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made a Sharky picture using this: shark

First, we identified the shape of our paper using communication symbols.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

The students squeezed glue to the back of their shark……

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………..and then patted it DOWN on to their paper.

Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A googlie eye was added. This is an opportunity to work on pincer grasp or index isolation skills.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students used paint brushes to spread corn syrup (tinted with food coloring) around their paper. When the corn syrup dries it still looks shiny and wet—–very cool!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Some of the students used our adaptive paintbrush made by taping a regular brush to a wooden paint stirrer. While we helped keep the brush stabilized, the students actively moved the paintbrush around.

 

 

 

Again, recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Sharky!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students colored some pop up cards Ms. Kim gave us—-perfect for our unit!

First the students identified the shape of their cards using communication symbols. They also identified the color of out corn syrup!

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

The students used crayons to color the details of the card.  When needed, adults helped the students differentiate different features and encouraged the use of different colors.

 

 

 

Recognize parts of objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

After they had finished coloring, the students added some of the colored corn syrup for a watery feel. They also added a picture of themselves wearing a mask and snorkel—-it looked super cute!

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Splish splash under the sea!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made a snack that we think Sharky and his band would really enjoy!  This week, we made an ocean in a cup.  Here’s the recipe we used: Let_s Make An Ocean In A Cup

We started out by putting vanilla pudding mix and milk into a bowl.  Each student got to feel the milk before we poured it in.  They had to indicate on their communication boards whether it was HOT or COLD.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

For the students who put the ingredients in the bowl, they had to first indicate HELP to inform that they wanted to help out.

 

 

 

 

 

Our students are getting better and better at using their communication boards!

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we added some blue food coloring to the ingredients.  Each student got to look in the bowl before we began mixing.  We talked about how it would look DIFFERENT once it was mixed.  The symbol for ‘different’ was modeled by adults.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got to HELP turn the mixer on.  They had to indicate MORE to inform that more mixing was needed and ALL DONE to indicate that no more mixing was necessary.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Next, each student helped crush some graham crackers.  Again, the word DIFFERENT was used to show how the graham crackers looked once they were crushed up.

The science access point recognize a change in the appearance of an object, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Then we counted out how many cups we needed.  Each student got to have their cup right in front of them.  They each PUT some of the graham cracker “sand” in their cups.

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

We added 3 spoonfuls of pudding “ocean water” into the cup next, counting each spoonful as they were scooped out.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, each student got 3 gummy fish.  They had to put each of them in their cup.  This required some prompting since each student wanted to put the fish directly into their mouths 🙂

Done!  It looks like an ocean in a cup but sure doesn’t taste like one 🙂  YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We think we pulled off another great week!

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South Africa

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We are traveling again this week—-all the way to South Africa! Cara recently got to visit her sister who lives there and brought back amazing photos, some of which we used in the book this week. The sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about South Africa. The fine motor groups crafted symbols of the country and the language group made a South African inspired treat.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

It takes a VERY long plane ride to get to South Africa! Our students got to get a little of the airplane experience with our vibrating tube and jet sounds recorded on a voice output device.

 

 

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

 

 

This vibrating tube was really popular!

 

 

 

 

 

The students LOVED it!!!

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa is known as the “Rainbow Nation” due to the variety of cultures and languages spoken there. We included fluffy chenille stems and sparkly beads in the rainbow of colors found in the South African flag.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Gold is one of the countries natural resources. We included S and A cookie cutters in this box of gold kinetic sand. While stamping the letters was fun, nothing beats watching the kinetic sand ooze and move through fingers. We still love this stuff 🙂

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Going on a safari is one of the highlights of a South African vacation. We included a variety of animals you might see while on safari—-and some binoculars to see them better! There was also a play camera, some sunglasses, a cheetah headband, and a fun lion visor. Lots of fun with this box!

 

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

 

 

 

 

You can see penguins on the beach there—-how cool is that!!! We put a couple of cool penguins and a fun sifting spoon in this box. There was also a picture of a penguin to find at the bottom of the box.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We learned that kids in South Africa like to eat candy called Fizzers. We decided to make our own—— SORT OF! We added pop rocks to our oobleck to make it sound “fizzy”, kind of a stretch but the students thought it was fun 🙂

 

 

Use senses to recognize objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

There are lots of different animals to see along the coast including whales and sharks like the ones we put in our water play this week. Our little whale was extra special because it lit up when placed in the water—-very eye catching!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Citrus crops are grown in South Africa so we chose Bath and Body Works orange scent for this week. The students thought the scent was pretty yummy!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students used this for their art project: springbok

First, they identified the color of our paper.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Then they used adaptive tabletop scissors to fringe the edge of their paper into “grass”.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Some of the students used  switch operated scissors to make their “grass”.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                    It is kind of fun 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glue was applied and the “grass” was rolled on to a paper tube.  We found that using a piece of tape helped the paper stay in place.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

A beautiful springbok antelope (colored by our great volunteers—-thanks Lauren and Madison) was added to the scene.

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the students needed a little help with this part.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                               Let’s go on safari!!!!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made another symbol of South Africa—- the Protea flower. It is a pretty intriguing looking flower and we think our project turned out equally so!

First, they identified the shape of the paper plate we were using. Thanks Ms. Kim for the fabulous pink plates!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Then they used a variety of cutting tools to snip the edges of the paper plate into points.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

After they had finished cutting their flower petals, the students applied glue to the plate and added some yellow paper shred.

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

 

 

 

 

 

To finish the inside of the flower and get the rounded look it has, we used a styrofoam ball that had been cut in half and glued it to the center. To give it a little color and sparkle we painted it with some red glitter glue.

Recognize parts of whole objects is a math access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

The Protea was hot glued to a paper towel  tube and….. TA DA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                               Let’s visit South Africa!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

In South Africa, people eat a lot of meat.  Since we don’t typically make anything that has meat in it since we try and find recipes that don’t involve cooking, we had to find some other popular foods.  Cara’s sister said that people in South Africa like to also eat lots of citrus.  After a lot of deliberation on what recipe to make to represent South Africa, we decided to make a smoothie.  Here is a link to the recipe: Let_s Make A South African Mango Tangerine Smoothie

The first ingredient of the recipe was frozen mangoes.  Each of our students felt the bag of the frozen mangoes.  They had to indicate on their board whether the mangoes felt HOT or COLD.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Then they had to locate the common core vocabulary word PUT on their boards to indicate that we had to put the mangoes into the blender.  We had a volunteer to help us by indicating HELP.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we added some sliced up tangerine.  Again, we talked about how the tangerine slices were COLD.  Again, we reinforced the word PUT and also located the picture of the blender to show where the slices needed to be put.

We had another student locate HELP in order to help put the frozen banana slices into the blender.

 

 

 

Then, we added some vanilla Greek yogurt.  We located the measuring cup to show that we needed to use it to measure out how much yogurt we needed and a student helped PUT it into the blender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we measured out some honey.  We talked about using measuring spoons because we needed a SMALL amount.  Each student got to taste some of the honey.

Students had to indicate whether it tasted SWEET or SOUR.

 

 

 

 

 

Once all the ingredients were in the blender, each student got to use a switch to turn on the blender.  Students had to indicate MORE on their communication boards to keep the blender going until the ingredients were all mixed up and smooth.

Operating the blender is always lots of fun 🙂

 

 

 

Finally, we got to sample our smoothie!

It looked and tasted pretty yummy!

 

 

 

 

 

The students used their communication boards and devices to let us know if they wanted MORE.

 

 

 

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

 

Find a Rainbow

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April 3 is National Find a Rainbow Day so this week our unit is filled with COLOR! Each of our sensory boxes were filled with rainbows. Our fine motor groups made colorful rainbow crafts and the language group made an edible rainbow! It was a fabulous week and we had a blast!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

We were pretty pleased with the way our rainbow umbrella turned out! We recycled our little cloud costume from a couple of weeks ago, then added some colorful chenille stems and beads. It was very eye catching and the students loved it.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

The students were intrigued with the rainbow projected by this rainbow light (thanks Ms. Kim). The rainbow could also be seen when they placed their hands under the light. This was a hit! We also recorded a version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow on a voice output device to add to the experience.

 

Recognize sources of light is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

We put some small chenille stems into this box of rainbow pasta. Besides stringing the pasta on the chenille stems, the students also enjoyed the fun sounds the pasta made when swirled around.

 

 

 

Recognize when an object is added to or taken away from a situation is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

Letter R’s were found buried in our rainbow beans. We used neon food coloring which made these beans especially bright and colorful.

 

 

 

Match objects by an observable property such as size, shape, or color is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Lots of rainbow colored items were found in this box. There was one big and two little slinkys, a couple of plush toys, and some accordion tubes which were a HUGE hit!

 

 

 

Recognize that pushing and pulling moves an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

The students also had  fun with the funnel and spoon we put into our rainbow rice. They were pretty fascinated watching the rice stream down out of the funnel! We did find that a smaller spoon worked best to prevent the funnel from getting clogged.

 

Track a falling object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Shaving cream clouds surrounded a laminated rainbow in our messy play—-it made for a really eye catching tray!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We used Crayola bath color drops to make our water colorful this week. Each class had different colored water which added to the fun. Even more color could be found with multi-colored foam letters that spelled out the word RAINBOW.

 

 

The science access point recognize objects in the environment, can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works rain kissed leaves was the perfect scent for unit on rainbows. It had a nice soft scent that the students really liked whether applied to hands or behind ears!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we used crepe paper streamers to make rainbows.

Using communication symbols, each student chose a color.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Then they started tearing strips from the streamers—–they needed to tear enough pieces to share with their friends! This is a great activity for strengthening pre-scissor skills.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Paint brushes were used to spread glue around  a cloud shape we just free form cut from poster board so each one ended up being a little different.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

To make the clouds really fluffy some fiberfill stuffing was placed on top. The students were pretty intrigued with its texture!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

The adults taped the paper streamers to the back of the clouds, but the students helped “pat” them DOWN.

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

We found a rainbow!!!!!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made rainbows with coffee filters.

First, using communication symbols,  the students identified the shape of their coffee filter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they began coloring their coffee filters with water color markers. We encouraged them to use LOTS of different colors.

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

 

 

 

 

Then they sprayed their coffee filters with water and “scrunched” them up to spread the color around.

They had fun with this part 🙂

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found a rainbow!

 

 

 

Then we found MORE rainbows……..

how cool is that!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We brought back a food activity that we’ve done before in the past: edible paint on bread! Perfect for a unit on rainbows! We didn’t have a recipe this week since this activity is really easy to put together.  Really all you need is milk, food coloring, food safe paintbrushes, white bread, and creativity.

We started out by having each student choose decide which color they wanted to mix. Each student was presented with 2 colors to choose from.  Then they communicated “stir” on their communication boards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We watched the color of the milk turn from white to something colorful!  We did this for 6 different colors.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We counted out how many friends we had so that we could pass out paper plates and white bread.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once our “paint” was ready, each student had to request what color they wanted using their communication boards.  Teachers helped when students needed it by modeling “want __color__” for the students to imitate.

 

We had so many colorful creations!

 

 

 

 

 

Students had to indicate they were “all done” using their communication boards when they were finished painting.

Finally, students got to eat their rainbows! YUM!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Wow, this had to be our most colorful week ever!

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

 

Take a Walk in the Park

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March 30 is National Take a Walk in the Park Day! Our perfect weather makes this a perfect theme this week and we had lots of fun planning our different activities.

Our sensory groups explored boxes related to different things you might see at a park. The fine motor groups focused on shapes while making their art projects and the language group made a snack you might find at the park.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

We filled this box with a lot of fun things you might see or do at the park including picnic items, squirrels, flowers, and pinecones. There was also a miniature trash can because you never want to leave trash at the park! The students had fun exploring and it was interesting to see what the different students found intriguing.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Our umbrella feature was made to look like your were looking at the sky with the sun and a fluffy cloud through tree branches. There were also some birds and fruit hanging from our “tree”. We think it turned out pretty cool and so did our students. To add to the experience, we included some twittering birds on a voice output device.

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

 

 

 

 

 

There were some rakes, shovels, and scoops to use in our sandbox playground. We used moon sand for this box so the students had to use their muscles a bit 🙂

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

While a little smaller than the kind of ball you might bring to the park, our pompom balls were still round and colorful! The students sorted 3 different colors into matching bowls.

 

 

 

 

Match objects by an observable property, such as color, is a science access point.

The math access point recognize a common three-dimensional object, can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing better than stopping for some yummy ice cream while at the park! Bright pink Bubber was fun to mold into ice cream shapes using some play dough props. Fortunately, there were very few attempts to sample the creations 🙂

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Our students made their own fluffy cloud shapes with shaving cream. As usual, they had lots of messy fun!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

The students had lots of fun with our water play feature this week. Hands were rinsed in a little pond complete with a colorful bullfrog, scoop, and a funnel.

 

 

 

 

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

There were lots of giggles with the bullfrog……

 

 

 

 

 

….addressing the access point that says learning should be FUN 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works Japanese cherry blossom scented lotion applied to hands or behind ears made for a nice reminder of our virtual walk in the park!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made something you always see at a park—–a tree.

First, the students identified the shape of their “tree leaves” using communication symbols.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

They used a paper cutter or switch operated scissors to cut the tree trunk out of brown paper.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then they glued their tree trunk to a piece of paper. Most of our students are still learning to turn the glued side DOWN, so they needed some help with this step.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

They repeated this process with the green circle “leaves”.

 

 

 

 

 

Again, addressing the math access point recognize when an object is added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

Next they added some squirrels around the tree by stamping UP and DOWN. We used double stick tape to attach the small squirrel stamp (found with a set at the dollar store) to a kitchen scrubber to make it easier to hold. Our squirrels are black because we didn’t have any grey or brown stamp pads 🙂

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ta Da!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                        Let’s take a walk in the park!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made a kite to fly on their next walk in the park!

First, they used communication symbols to identify the shape of their kite.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they used colorful markers to decorate their kites.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We brought out some colorful stickers and the students had fun adding them also.

 

 

 

 

 

A great way to work on pincer grasp skills!

 

 

 

 

 

The kites tail and string were made with yarn strung through holes at the tips. Most of the students needed a little help with this, especially tying the knots.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                     Let’s go fly a kite!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We celebrated National Take a Walk in the Park Day by making a nice, cold treat.  Although we don’t have ice cream stands here in our parks, they do have them in bigger parks like Central Park.  This week we made a very simple sorbet.  Here is the recipe we used: Let_s Make Strawberry Sorbet

We started out by taking out some frozen strawberries.  Each student got to feel the bag.  They had to indicate whether it felt HOT or COLD.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We asked who wanted to help put the strawberries into the food processor.  The student who raised their hand had to locate HELP on their communication board.

Next, we added some honey.  Again, the student who raised their hand had to inform us that they wanted to HELP using their board.  All other students located the picture of the honey as well as the measuring spoons.

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

 

 

 

 

We poured a little bit of water into the food processor and each student got to help TURN the food processor on by pressing the switch.

 

 

 

We had to add a little more water throughout in order to make the right consistency.

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

 

 

 

 

Once we were done, we counted out how many mini-ice cream cones we needed.  (THANK YOU to Jeannie for finding us some mini cones!!)  We talked about how the word “mini” means LITTLE.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student had to request a sorbet cone by locating WANT on their communication boards.

We were going to take them outside to enjoy; however, the weather prevented us from doing that 😦

We enjoyed them nonetheless!  And the color of the sorbet was really pretty too!

 

 

 

 

We hope you get a chance to take a walk in your local park soon! Join us again next time for more fun and learning—–

                                                                          Group by Group!