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Winnie the Pooh

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img_6288thumbnail_img_2557January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day! We had a blast creating the book this week and our students looked adorable in their costumes. Ms. Judy and her students came through again with an amazing backdrop. All in all, it was a super fun week! We celebrated with colorful character themed sensory boxes. Our fine motor groups made some super cute crafts and the language group made a snack with Pooh’s favorite food—–honey!

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_6578img_6297Pooh’s adventures take place in the hundred acre wood. We filled our box with silk leaves and a variety of characters from the books. We even included 2 tiny Winnie the Pooh books. Since we had different versions of the characters, similarities and differences could be discussed such as hard/soft and big/small. Just for fun, we also recorded the Winnie the Pooh song on a voice output device.

img_6634Recognize similarities and differences in size of objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_6259img_6286Our Winnie the Pooh box had red and yellow pom poms to sort. Of course, we chose those colors based on Pooh’s yellow fur and red shirt as seen in the Disney version of the story. We did a similar box last week but our students can always practice sorting and counting, so we decided to do one again.

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

 

 

 

 

img_6280img_6575We are pretty fond of owls around here, so we had to have a box dedicated to Owl! This box was totally touch worthy with a couple of “owl feather” boas and a large plush owl that looked a lot like the character.

thumbnail_img_2555Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli, in this case tactile, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_6607thumbnail_img_2556Our eye catching orange and black box rice box was totally Tigger-rific 🙂 We put in some letter T’s for the students to find and a picture of Tigger at the bottom of the box.

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

 

img_6245The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

img_6645img_6604Piglet is Pooh’s best friend so we made some pink play dough in his honor! We added a letter P—-for Piglet—- cookie cutter.

The students found the color very eye catching and of course had lots of fun manipulating it.

 

img_6606Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_6222img_6636Honey is Winnie the Pooh’s absolute favorite treat so after adding yellow food coloring, we made our oobleck with a honey like consistency this week. We also added a couple of craft foam bees to fly around in the “honey”.

img_6655Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_6597thumbnail_img_2548We couldn’t find any honey scented  bath gel for our water play this week, so we used Bath and Body Works vanilla sugar scent—-we figured it was a pretty close match to honey. The students had lots of fun with the different sized scoops and we also added a letter P—for Pooh!

img_6580Recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids (capacity) is a science access point that can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

 

img_6310img_6665The students really liked the honey scented lotion from Madina. They used verbalizations, gestures, or body movements to indicate what part of the body to place the lotion. The sweet scent was a wonderful reminder of all the fun we had visiting with Winnie the Pooh and his friends.

img_6667Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we made Winnie the Pooh faces out of yellow paper plates—-we got 20 for $1 at the Dollar Tree. That was a score! We used this template for both our fine motor groups this week: winnie-the-pooh-and-piglet-template

img_6315img_6316First we told the students we were going to use a lot of CIRCLES to make our art project and asked the students to identify a circle using communication symbols.

Recognize common objects with two-dimensional shapes such as circle or square, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_6329img_6318Then they used a large hole punch (with some help) to make 2 ears which were then glued on to the large paper plate.  Some tape was added to make sure they stayed on.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6333img_6340Next they glued on ANOTHER circle, pre-made with the eyes and nose! We made sure to point out the different sizes of the circles we used for this project.

The math access point recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

img_6334img_6366They finished by using a black marker to make a mouth. One of our students used a switch operated vibrating massager with a marker attached but the others just did it free hand.

img_6469After we were done, we realized we probably should have used a thicker marker (like the one we used in our sample) to make it show up better but our students creations still look pretty cute 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

img_6324img_6337TA Pooh diddly Da!

img_6372                                                           We love that Winnie the Pooh!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made some Piglet puppets out of pink paper bags.

img_6707img_6703First our students identified the color PINK using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6738img_6726To make the stripes on Piglet’s shirt, we encouraged the students to draw horizontal lines ACROSS the paper bag using black markers.

img_6754Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6725img_6741Then the students glued 1 face and 2 pre-cut ears onto their paper bags.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6780img_6748Ta DA!!!!!!!!

img_6742                                                                  Such cute little Piglet puppets!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

During our language group, we made a sweet treat that we know Winnie the Pooh would like!  We made mini banana-honey cheesecakes.  Here is the recipe: lets-make-a-mini-honey-banana-cheesecake

thumbnail_img_2571thumbnail_img_2580We started out by letting each of our students FEEL the milk.  We talked about how COLD it was.  We had a student HELP POUR the milk into the bowl.  Then we added the pudding mix to the bowl as well.  Everyone got to look at it before we started mixing it up and we talked about how it would CHANGE from liquid to solid.

 

 

 

 

 

thumbnail_img_2579Once each of the students had a chance to turn the mixer on using a switch and the pudding was set, we added some whipped cream to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thumbnail_img_2581thumbnail_img_2583Since we have a couple of students who are on a puree diet, we decided to SQUISH up the chopped bananas so that we could add them to our mixture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thumbnail_img_2586Our students helped STIR up all of the ingredients.  We then counted out our pie crusts and spooned some of our pudding mixture into each one.

For our final step, each of our students got to help SQUEEZE some honey on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thumbnail_img_2588thumbnail_img_2587We decided it was a totally Pooh worthy dessert 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6294img_6718This was a really fun unit, who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh! Join us again next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

Opposites

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img_1275We had a lot of fun putting this unit together and the students really loved seeing their friends in the book. The sensory group explored boxes filled with opposites. The fine motor groups made art projects that explored texture differences and the language group performed experiments!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_0896img_1512This first box was filled with ROUGH AND SMOOTH textures including plastic spaghetti strands, bath scrubbers, container lids, and beads.

Lots and lots to touch and explore.

img_1294Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_1281img_0893BIG and LITTLE was the theme of this box. A box filled with balls—-what could be more fun than that 🙂

img_1210Recognize differences in size of objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_0915img_1568Our discovery bottles were filled with beads that floated UP and DOWN as the bottles were shaken or turned.

img_1613The math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_1207img_1316LIGHT and DARK were explored with our light box. Our students really love lights, and the colorful ones we put in this shoebox were especially attractive.

img_0946Recognize a source of light energy is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_0871img_1243Our students pushed HARD cookie cutters into the SOFT playdough. As a bonus, the cookie cutters were also opposites—-ANIMAL and PLANT!

img_1259The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_1194img_0899Students practiced scooping IN and OUT  in the purple bean box. White beans are really easy to dye using food coloring and they turn out really eye catching!

img_1462The math access point solve simple problems involving putting together and taking apart small quantities of objects can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_0903img_0920Oobleck kind of IS an opposite—-it is both a LIQUID and a SOLID! We added some confetti to give it some extra visual appeal. Sparkly, floaty, messy, and fun—–he students had an absolute blast:)

img_1450The science access point track objects that fall to the ground can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_1445img_1265Hands got WET as the oobleck was washed off hands. We added some SINK or FLOAT objects for fun experimentation.

img_0906Recognize one way people use water is a science access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_1323img_1320After hands were DRY, it was time for lotion. It wasn’t easy coming up with a scent for a theme about opposites! We decided to use Bath and BodyWorks pink lemonade scent since the name has pink but the lotion is yellow—-not exactly opposites but close enough for us 🙂

img_1331Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our fine motor group used sand to make their SMOOTH paint feel ROUGH!

img_0980First we identified the color of our paint—-we used a bright, eye catching PINK!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1043img_1012Next the students used brushes to spread the paint around their paper. We used black paper so our pink paint would really pop!

img_0997Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1050Then the students shook some pink sand onto the paint to add texture. Our sand was really fine and came out of our spice container quite fast! Suffice to say, the table ended up with plenty of sand too 🙂

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 science access point track objects falling to the ground can also be addressed 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1006img_1027Ta DA!

img_1056-1It can’t really be seen in the photo but these did turn out pretty cool.

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday our fine motor group we made FLAT arrows BUMPY using tissue paper.

img_1355We started by discussing the color of the arrow and used communication symbols to identify it.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1366img_1360Then the students tore and crumpled tissue paper into little pieces. They dipped the paper balls into glue and pressed them down onto their arrows—-lots of pincer grasp practice here!

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_1390Next they squeezed glue onto the back of the arrow and patted it down onto a piece of orange paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1370img_1420TA DA—-

img_1406                                                 we are going in the right direction!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We did 2 different activities that looked at opposites.  Our first activity was about things that SINK and things the FLOAT.

img_1683img_1687We got 6 different objects.  Our first job was to make a prediction if we thought the objects would sink or float.  We talked about how things that are HEAVY tend to sink while things that are LIGHT tend to float.  Each student got a chance to hold an object and predict if it would float or sink.

Our predictions resulted in everyone believing that all of the objects would float!

Observe and recognize a predictable cause-effect relationship related to a science topic, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1731Now to put them to the test.  Each student got to put an object into a tub of water.  We looked to see if they sank UNDER the water or if they stayed ON top of the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1739We found that we were 50% correct in our predictions.  3 of the objects did float; however, the other 3 sank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1752img_1754Our next activity focused on WET and DRY.  For this we used “Squand” which is made by RoseArt.  Our students got to POUR some of the Squand into a bin of water.  They saw that the sand went from being DRY to getting WET in the water.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1779img_1783We found that when we pulled the sand out of the water, it was DRY once again!

img_1765Such a cool activity and very impressive to both the students and the adults—we were all completely fascinated! This stuff is the COOLEST!

 

 

 

img_0863img_1579Join us again next week for more fun and learning———–Group by Group!

Iowa

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IMG_7916We traveled a little closer to home this week and learned about the state of Iowa! Our own Ms. Jen is from that state so we thought it was time we learned a little more about it. Our sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about the state. The fine motor groups used unique paint stampers. We didn’t have a language group this week and missed one of our sensory groups due to school cancellations for a hurricane headed to our area.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_7901IMG_7640Iowa is called the Hawkeye state——the name honors Chief Black Hawk who was a leader of the Sauk Native American tribe. We placed a picture of Chief Black Hawk at the bottom of this box. The yellow rice and black beans in the box are a nod to the colors of the University of Iowa, also known as the the Hawkeyes. Some scoops and letter I’s added to the fun.

Recognize that pushing or pulling makes an object move (contact force) is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_7893IMG_7612Iowa is the largest producer of corn in the United States so we filled this box with CORNFLAKES! The students had a blast crunching them up or listening to them rustle as they searched for the play food corn cob we had hidden. While some of the students were tempted, we reminded everyone these flakes were for playing with—–NOT eating 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_7666IMG_7896Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, came from Iowa. In his honor we filled this box with All American red, white, and blue beads!

The science access point initiate a change in the motion of an object can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7633IMG_7620While visiting Iowa, a must see sight is the butterfly garden at Bellevue State Park! Our students got to sort RED butterflies and Green pasta caterpillars from this box.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7923IMG_7943Red delicious apples were first cultivated in Iowa. Our students cut out apple shapes using a cookie cutter. Since we didn’t actually have an apple shaped cutter we used a pumpkin one and thought it worked pretty well!

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7609IMG_7655The students practiced vertical and horizontal strokes to make letter I’s in our always popular shaving foam!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7605IMG_7935Hands were rinsed in rose scented water since the wild prairie rose is the state flower of Iowa. There were also a couple of measuring cups, again in the colors of the University of Iowa—–Ms. Jen really liked that part 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7987IMG_7686We finished with Crabtree and Evelyn rose scented lotion—-a great reminder of all the fun facts we learned about the great state of Iowa.

Whether rubbed into hands or behind ears, this lotion had a really strong scent which definitely got our students’ attention!

IMG_7983Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students stamped red delicious apples using actual APPLES!

IMG_7702IMG_7700We started by discussing the paint color we were going to use and asked the students to identify the color using communication symbols. We also showed the students how cutting the apple in half turned 1 apple into 2 pieces!

The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color, and the math access point recognize a half of an object as part of the whole object are addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_7732IMG_7718Then the students stamped the apple UP and DOWN. We put a fork into the apple to make it easier for our students to grasp.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7730IMG_7749TaDA—-

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7725                                                                    just delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday our students made some colorful butterflies using this:butterfly template

IMG_8018First the students identified our paint color—-ORANGE!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8041IMG_8055The students painted their butterflies using fringed craft foam stampers. We made these ourselves by folding a piece of craft foam in half, cutting a fringe along one side, then rolling it up and securing with an elastic band. Easy peesy 🙂

Again the math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is addressed.

 

 

 

 

IMG_8031IMG_8082We finished with a little glitter sparkle!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8051IMG_8038TA DA——-

IMG_8088                                                          time to fly to Iowa!

 

 

Thanks for joining us! Hurricane Hermine is still affecting our school schedule but hopefully we will be back next week (along with better weather we hope!) with more fun and learning——-Group by Group!

 

Let’s Learn About Kansas

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IMG_5877In honor of our dear Dr. Hamilton who is retiring, our theme for this week is all about his home state of Kansas! The students had a blast with all the different textures in the sensory boxes. The fine motor groups took inspiration from state symbols to make their crafty creations and the language group made a delicious yummy treat and invited a special guest to share it with 🙂

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_5597IMG_5684We filled this box with hay, a key Kansas crop! There were lots of things associated with the state such as an airplane like the one that Amelia Earhart might have flown and Wizard of Oz items. Since Dodge City is located in Kansas we included a little cowboy and cowboy hat. Lots of fun things to find and explore!

IMG_5563Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5758IMG_5727The only salt mine open to the public in the western hemisphere is located in Kansas! We filled this box with table salt and put a map of Kansas for the students to find at the bottom. We haven’t used salt in our sensory boxes very often so our students were pretty intrigued with its different texture. The different spoons we included encouraged bilateral coordination and scooping practice.

IMG_5895The science access point apply a push to move an object can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5744IMG_5880There were 2 upper and 1 lower case letter K’s to find in our box of popcorn kernels——corn is a crop grown in Kansas! The students not only enjoyed the texture of the kernels but they also really loved the sound made as hands swished around—–and yes a few did end up on the floor 🙂

IMG_5711Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5705IMG_5870This week we made our play dough a beautiful sunflower yellow and it had a really nice aroma too, since we used lemon Koolaid in addition to yellow food coloring.

There were 2 cookie cutters to add to the fun—-a cowboy hat and a flower.

 

IMG_5578Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5891IMG_5893This box was dedicated to the Kansas state animal—–the american buffalo! We were lucky enough to find not one but TWO buffalos to add to our box. As a bonus 1 of little plushies made a grunting noise when squeezed. Needless to say, this little guy was a hit 🙂

 

IMG_5594Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point that can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5718IMG_5756Kansas has the nickname “tornado alley”! Our students got to make some tornados of the much less scary type by swirling the shaving cream around and around. As usual, this activity was a favorite 🙂

IMG_5883Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5569IMG_5681Our swimming pool was a tad bit smaller than the one located in Kansas but there were some tiny little pool noodle swim rings, scoop, and funnel that made for big of fun for the students.

The science access point track objects in motion can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5906IMG_5790We used Bath and BodyWorks citrus sunflower scented lotion this week.

IMG_5903It had a great aroma and the students loved having it rubbed on hands, arms, AND noses 🙂

 

 

IMG_5794IMG_5779It was a great scent to remember all we learned about Kansas!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_5666On Tuesday our students made a herd of buffalo using this: American Buffalo template

 

 

 

IMG_5616IMG_5617First we discussed the color of our paint and asked the students to identify the color using communication symbols.  We gave them prompts as needed.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5622IMG_5631Then the students painted their buffalo, cut from poster board for sturdiness.

IMG_5653Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5647IMG_5657Next they added little horns and googlie eyes. These pieces were pretty tiny so some of the students needed a little help.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5636IMG_5648Two clothespins were attached to the buffalo to make legs. This also helped strengthen those pincer grasps.

Look at that concentration!

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5627IMG_5663Ta DA!!!

IMG_5637                                                                Our herd!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made another symbol of Kansas—–the sunflower!

IMG_5801We started by discussing the color of sunflowers and asking the students to identify yellow using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5804Then the students used a crayon to draw a “down” line on their papers. The cute animal crayons are from Crayola and we really like them because they are so easy to hold!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5832Next they put their sunflowers at the “top” of the line. The sunflowers were actually some paper doilies we picked up at the dollar store——perfect for our project!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5810To make the center of the flower we  cut brown paper circles using a shape punch and glued them onto our yellow doily.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5815IMG_5809Of course we HAD to use sunflower seeds somewhere in our project! The students glued them to the brown circle—–practicing those pincer grasps again!

We didn’t want to wait for the glue to dry so we hurried the process using a hair dryer hooked up to our power link. The students thought this part was super fun 🙂

This activity addresses the math access point solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough , too much, or more.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5857IMG_5849TA DA!

IMG_5853                                                                       Sunflowers!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

You all know that we LOVE to make food, so when we found out that Pizza Hut started in Wichita, KS we knew exactly what we were going to do!  Since this theme was all about Kansas for Dr. Hamilton, we asked him join us for our pizza feast.

IMG_5920IMG_5947We had one of our students “count” out the amount of plates that we needed using a voice output device.  Then, each of our students got to pick if they wanted 1, 2, or 3 mini pizzas.  We should have just taken “1” out because nobody went close to picking that:)

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5927IMG_5942We put some pizza sauce on Ritz crackers and let our students put some of the cheese on each cracker—–with a little help when needed 🙂

IMG_5951Solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5955IMG_5958Then we heated them up for about 20 seconds in the microwave.  When we took them out we talked about how the cheese had changed and looked DIFFERENT.  We also talked about how the mini pizzas were HOT.

IMG_5965Once they were cooled off, our students dug in.  YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5606Well that pretty much wraps up another year for us. Hope you have had fun and learned a little along the way—-we sure did!

There will be an After Party post and perhaps a couple of other posts along the way but apart from that we are saying hello to summer! Join us again in August for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

Planets

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IMG_5246We explored a galaxy closer to home this week—–our own! Each box in the sensory group was related to one of the planets. The fine motor groups made some out of this world art projects and the language group made a yummy “spacey” snack.

 

 

 

 

 

Sensory Group

IMG_5256IMG_5028Before we got to our groups we brought out our cool solar system umbrella. It was easily made with some battery operated lights, yellow craft foam, and some super cool hanging planets (thanks Ms. Kim). The students totally LOVED it!

 

 

IMG_4791Recognize a space related object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5283IMG_5115Jupiter is the largest of the planets and Mercury is the smallest. With this box our students sorted BIG shaker balls and SMALL pompoms.

IMG_4832Recognize differences in sizes of objects is a math access point.

 

IMG_5060IMG_5120They REALLY had fun with the big shaker balls 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4869IMG_5287One of the most recognizable planets is Saturn with its famous rings. Our students used fluffy chenille stems to make circular shaped rings of their own.

 

 

 

IMG_5082Recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5112IMG_4797Mars is known as the “red planet”. We made used black cherry Koolaid to make the play dough this week and we think the color turned out really well and smelled nice too! A cookie cutter letter M was included.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4808IMG_5314We learned that Venus is a very hot planet with lots of volcanic activity. We made an orange and yellow discovery jar that looks like the planet’s surface using a technique that we found at http://mom.com The jar was so much fun to make that we made 2 more with different colors 🙂

 

IMG_5096Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4863IMG_5064Since our planet Earth has a moon, we HAD to bring out our MOONSAND this week! The students used a round shape sorter to make circle shaped craters in the sand.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5290IMG_4817Our “deep space” black kinetic sand contained some fun things to find including a blue-green planet—— Saturn!

 

 

 

IMG_5277Recognize a space related object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5141IMG_5154The planet Neptune is a beautiful blue color like our water this week!  Since it is the furthest planet from the sun we figured it would be an ideal place to view other galaxies (lighted swim rings)!

There was also a scoop for pouring—-lots of splashy fun 🙂

IMG_5324The science access point observe and recognize a predictable cause-effect relationship related to a  science topic can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5155IMG_5338There are a lot of pretty noxious odors associated with some of the planets we explored! So rather than go realistic, we decided that midnight by Bath and BodyWorks was a pretty good choice—–after all, midnight is the perfect time for star gazing 🙂

IMG_5171Applied to hands, necks, or arms—–the science access point recognize one or more external body parts can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Motor Group

IMG_4910IMG_4912On Tuesday our students made space shuttles using this template: space shuttle  Recycled toilet paper rolls used to complete the project gave us a chance to discuss the Unique Curriculum theme for this month.

This group LOVED our solar system umbrella too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4914We started our art project by asking the students to identify red and blue using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4928IMG_4951The student used red and blue markers to scribble on their rockets. We used Pipsqueak Markers by Crayola because their size is perfect for our students.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4921To finish off the project, the students added a circle “porthole” with their photo. Nice pincer grasp practice!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4933IMG_4944We attached the space shuttle to a toilet paper roll to help it stand up and 10, 9, 8, 7,6…..

 

 

 

 

IMG_4956                                                                Ta Da we have lift off!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday our students made a solar system!

IMG_5178We started by discussing the shape of our planets and asked our students to identify it using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5191IMG_5204To make our planets we used styrofoam balls cut in half so that they were easier to glue down. The students then painted their planets and sprinkled on some confetti to add a little texture.

This gave us lots of opportunities to work on the math access point solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5216IMG_5226Then the students glued their planets around the sun. Stars were added with  some glue and glitter!

This activity addresses the math access point match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5234                                                  TA DA——-welcome to our solar system!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language Group

In our true language group style, we made a treat for the students this week——– a Saturn Slush!  We got special help from one of our other SLPs this week, Judy, who came in and helped with the lesson.

IMG_5373IMG_5383To start off, we checked out the frozen strawberries and blueberries we were going to use for our recipe. We asked the students if the bags felt WARM or COLD!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5365IMG_5385We put some frozen strawberries in the blender.   Then our students helped POUR some orange juice into the blender.  We talked about how the colors of strawberries and the orange juice were different.

Recognize differences in objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5391IMG_5397After that, we put in some confectioners sugar.  Our students got to have some fun taking turns activating the blender.

 

 

 

IMG_5406The science access point recognize that electrical systems must be turned on in order to work, can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5423IMG_5428Once the mixture was nice and smooth we POURED it into a bowl.

Then we put some frozen blueberries,  more orange juice, and confectioners sugar into the blender and blended again until it was smooth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5444IMG_5456We alternated the strawberry and blueberry mixtures into cups for our students (of course, counting the cups out first) so that they could see the different layers—–or at least that was the plan! Our pouring efforts ended up with everything kind of mixing together.

On the bright side the Saturn Slush tasted really YUMMY so no one really minded 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5103IMG_4874We had so much fun learning about the planets this week! Be sure to join us again next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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IMG_6613We turned to the classics this week and what better source than Shakespeare for a tale about love—–Valentine’s Day coming up and all!  Our students had an absolute blast dressing up as characters from the story so be sure to check out our powerpoint book.

The sensory group boxes were particularly bright, colorful, and fairy like. The fine motor groups did fairy art projects and the language group made a fairy garden.

It was a truly magical week 🙂

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_6455IMG_6600Since the story takes place at night, we turned off the lights and spritzed LoveSpell cologne (from Victoria’s Secret) around the room. Then the students took turns checking out the “twinkling” stars of our woodland umbrella.

IMG_6621It was almost like being in the woods on a midsummer night!

Recognize a source of light energy is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_6221IMG_6505With the lights back on, the students started exploring our boxes. This box was filled with leaves, plastic pine branches, and flowers—-things you might see in the woods. We also included some toys to represent some of the characters from the book.

IMG_6674The science access point match plants that are the same can be addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_6211IMG_6675Since a Midsummer Night’s Dream is all about LOVE, we had to include a box filled with hearts! There were beads, shiny paper shred, garland, and hearts of all different textures and sizes—–we even included a discovery bottle filled with them. There were also some fabulous pink and glittery letters to form the word L-O-V-E.

IMG_6193The science access point match objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_6200IMG_6646The students loved these swirling discovery bottles—–filled with fairy dust, of course! Since the bottles were filled with different liquids, some of the glitter moved really fast while in other bottles it moved more slowly.

IMG_6477Recognize an action as fast or slow is a science access point.

IMG_6470IMG_6481We called this box our “fairy vision” box 🙂 because we also filled it with squares of fabric of different colors and textures—– but all transparent. The students had a lot of fun draping the different pieces over their faces and using their “fairy vision” to look around the room.

IMG_6685Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_6664IMG_6641There were lots of letter “F”s (for Fairy) to find buried in our colorful purple beans. We used neon food coloring to get this fabulous color!

The students really loved the watching the beans shift around as they ran their fingers them.

IMG_6216Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_6640IMG_6157Neon pink food coloring and pink glitter certainly made our oobleck totally pop this week! It was really eye catching and absolutely irresistible. Our students—–and most of the adults 🙂 loved it!

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_6162IMG_66383 different sized heart shaped scoops were included in our water play. Lots of opportunities for measurement exploration——and splashy fun—- with this box.

IMG_6633The science access point recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids is addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_6705Twilight Woods (Bath and BodyWorks) was the perfect scent for this week.  Whether rubbed on hands, arms, or behind ears its sweet, floral aroma was a perfect reminder of a midsummer’s night in the woods.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students painted a fairy woodland. To complete their picture we used this:fairy template

IMG_6241We started by discussing our paint color and asked the students to use communication symbols to identify the color green.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6264IMG_6275After discussing the shape of our paper and counting its sides, the students began painting leaves and shrubs.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6277When they had finished painting they added some fairy dust—–also known as green glitter 🙂

Track a falling object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6305For a final touch, we had added each student’s face to a fairy made with our template, complete with wings made with some craft foam butterfly shapes picked up at the dollar store.

The math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down is addressed

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6272IMG_6309TA DA

IMG_6263                                                                       Just dreamy!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made some fairy crowns!

IMG_6521We started by discussing the shape of the crown—-it was a circle!

The math access point recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6527IMG_6540To prepare their paper the students crumpled and twisted it into a “vine”—-with a little help of course 🙂

Then they glued on leaves and flowers cut from the Ellison machine. We used some wallpaper samples for the flowers and the patterns added an extra colorful touch.

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

 

 

 

IMG_6555IMG_6577TA DA!!!

We do believe Shakespeare would approve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We took a break from making food this week and decided to put together a little fairy garden since this week’s theme incorporates a lot of fairies!  Now that the weather is getting a LITTLE bit warmer, we thought flowers would be even more appropriate.

IMG_6706Our students first got to vote on which flower pot they wanted to use for the fairy garden.  Once the voting was finished, we started putting our garden together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6721IMG_6717The first thing we did was get out the dirt.  We passed it around so our students could smell it.

We think the consensus is that they enjoy smelling things that are food related more than dirt 🙂

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

 

 

 

IMG_6725Our students then got to help POUR the dirt into the pot.

After each student had a turn we would ask “is this enough?”

This addresses the math access point solve problems involving quantities of objects or actions, using language, such as enough, too much, or more.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6738Once the dirt was ready, we talked about the colors of flowers that we had.  Our students then got to dig a hole so we could put the flowers in.

We found that some of our students have a little bit of an aversion to touching dirt but all in all they did a great job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6760When the flowers were all in, we decorated the rest of the pot with some fish tank pebbles, a wheelbarrow, AND……..

a cute little fairy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6772TA DA!  Our sweet little fairy garden is complete!

What fun we had this week,  join us again next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

Hootie Visits China

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

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

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

Ready for take off!!!

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

IMG_5890                                                                 It was a blast 🙂

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we made Chinese flags!

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_5472IMG_5499Ta Da——

IMG_5460                                                             ——–we love China!

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Ta Hootie Da!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

IMG_5806                                                      —–Happy New Year China 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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