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Peru

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img_1173img_0793One of our teachers recently took a trip to Peru and visited Machu Picchu—–how cool is that! Her trip inspired us to learn a little about the country of Peru! This theme also compliments the Unique Curriculum unit our students are working on this month. Our sensory groups explored boxes related to different facts about the country. The fine motor groups made art projects using symbols of Peru and the language group made a tasty Peruvian treat.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_0569img_1552Machu Picchu is located in the Andes mountain range in Peru. Our students used Floam to make their own version of the mountains. We included 4 llamas a symbol of the country and domesticated by ancient Peruvians. Since we didn’t have any small llama figures, we just printed out some clip art pictures and laminated them—-it worked pretty well!

img_1112Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1555img_1171The colors of the Peruvian flag are red and white. In this box we included a variety of textures and objects in those colors. It was fun seeing what the different students gravitated towards.

img_1502Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_1577img_1496The vibrating sound activated crab was a particular favorite!

img_1224                                                          There were LOTS of giggles with this one 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

img_1118img_1147Copper mining is a major industry in Peru. Our copper colored kinetic sand is such a fabulous tactile experience for the students. There was a cookie cutter letter P but watching it run through fingers is always the preferred way to explore this fabulous stuff!

img_1187The science access point apply a push to move an object can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

img_0548img_1216Potatoes originally came from Peru—–NOT Ireland 🙂 Letter P’s and a map of Peru could be found in this box of potato flakes. Soft and slightly crunchy, an interesting texture that the students really loved!

img_0563The social studies access point associate a picture with a place can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_0542img_1239Jaguars are another animal that can be found in the rainforests of Peru. There were 2 plush jaguars to find hidden in the colorful rainforest flowers.  Some of the students loved the jaguars but others had a blast grabbing handfuls of petals and watching them drift down. A very eye catching box!

img_1518                                            Match animals that are the same is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_0638img_1482Much of the Amazonian rainforest is located in Peru. Ms. Zenia, our fabulous OT intern, made this wonderful rainforest umbrella for us. Along with the sounds of the rainforest recorded on a voice output device, it was almost like being there!

img_1081Match common living things with their habitats is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_1071img_1067And some more photos because this umbrella was pretty cool…..

img_1064                                                       and our students are just so darned cute 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

img_1490img_1137We found out that you can see Humboldt penguins in Peru so we put some in our water play this week. Ok, so perhaps our birds are more of the Madagascar cartoon variety but sometimes you have you use what you have on hand 🙂

img_0620The science access point track objects in motion can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_0648img_1624The world’s finest cotton comes from Peru so Bath and BodyWorks cotton scent was the choice this week. It was a nice aroma that our students really seemed to like. This part of our group really encourages students to use communication words, symbols, and gestures.

img_1621One of our students communicated his idea that the adults also needed to sample this lotion 🙂

Associate information or wants and needs with referent object, gestures/signs, pictures, symbols, or words is a language access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students made some Peruvian flags.

img_0667img_0676We started by talking about the shape of the flag and the students identified it using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0731img_0685The students then used either a paper cutter or switch operated scissors to cut 2 rectangles.

img_0810Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_0706img_0823After gluing the smaller RED rectangles onto a white piece of paper, they added the coat of arms to the middle. To find the coat of arms we enlarged one we cut out from a printable flag page we found using Google—–what would we do without Google! 🙂

img_0753Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_0763img_0844Ta Da!

img_0721                                                                               We love Peru!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made some llamas using this: llama-template

img_1279img_1271First we counted how many students were in class so we would know how many llamas we needed!

img_1273Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_1298img_1354Next the students painted glue onto their llama. We cut the llama’s out of orange poster board because that was the color we had on hand 🙂

img_1381The science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_1317img_1376Then they sprinkled some precut yarn onto the glue. Great fine motor skill practice here!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1342img_1344Ta llama Da!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1444img_1411WOW look at our herd!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

img_1654img_1661After reading the book, we brought our Amazon jungle umbrella around to each student.

img_1642We’ve had some voice output issues so the students got to hear some of adult’s versions of what animals in the jungle would sound like.

VERY realistic lol—-we are keeping our day jobs 🙂

After the umbrella, we made a Peruvian dish.  This week we made Peruvian quinoa and cauliflower pilaf.  Here is the recipe that we used, which was found on the website perudelights.com: lets-make-peruvian-quinoa-and-cauliflower-pilaf  We did have to modify the amounts of each ingredient since we did not want to make a huge portion.

img_1678img_1667Cara roasted the cauliflower and cooked the quinoa the night before in order to make sure that the recipe could be completed during the time allotted for the language group.

img_1673Each of the students got to help MEASURE the ingredients and POUR them into the bowl.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1715img_1742When it came time to put in some lemon juice, each of the students got to try a little bit.  We talked about how it tasted SOUR.  Surprisingly, a few of our students went back for a second, and sometimes a third, taste!

img_1751                                                              Lemon is pretty popular with our kids!

 

 

 

 

img_1760img_1769We mixed all of the ingredients together and voila! A Peruvian meal!  We counted how many bowls we needed and then served it up.

img_1796Our students really liked it!  One of our students who typically doesn’t eat the snacks we make DID eat this one 🙂

Yay for Peru!

Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Peru. Join us again next week for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

The Grammys

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img_9925img_0287It’s Grammy time! Our students really LOVE music so we figured it was the perfect time to do a unit on some of their favorite musicians. We really had fun putting this together and the students got a kick out of dressing up like their favorite musicians for the book—-be sure and check it out. The sensory group boxes are related to some of the singers in our book. The fine motor groups had a lot of shaking going on while making their art projects related to specific singers and the language group had a Grammy party!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_0254img_9888Since we are all about the Grammy’s this week we had to let our students get a chance to make their OWN music! In this box we put some music recorded on a voice output device and a variety of musical instruments such as the always popular finger drums. We also included some sunglasses—-and you know our students can totally rock a pair of glasses 🙂

img_0319Observe and recognize a predictable cause-effect relationship related to a science topic is a science access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_9427img_0307This jungle themed box is our take on the song Roar—-one of Katy Perry’s hits. Hidden amongst the silk leaves, flowers, and shiny beads (vines), were some jungle animals such as elephants and tigers. These were pretty cool because they made noise when the buttons on their tummies were pushed.

img_9747Distinguish between a plant and an animal is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_0311img_9743Bruno Mars was born in Hawaii so we made his box a little beach. There were some seashells to find, count and then cover up again with a mini beach shovel. A cookie cutter flower was also included so the students could make some sand leis.

img_0330Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_0235img_9885Ziggy Marley is from Jamaica so we made his box in the colors of the Jamaican flag using black beans, and yellow and green rice. This bright colorful box was very eye catching and so much fun to run fingers through while searching for letter Z. We also put a map of Jamaica at the bottom of the box!

img_9403Associate a picture with a place is a social studies access point.

 

 

 

 

img_9455img_0329Country western singer Eric Church is another favorite! We went totally country with his box filling it with animal feed (bird seed) and some farm animals to find. The students LOVED the way the birdseed felt when they buried their hands down in it!

img_9788Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_9434img_0327Love is a favorite theme when Taylor Swift writes a song so we put 2 different sized HEART shaped scoops in our box filled with red velvet cake mix. We chose red velvet cake mix as a nod to her huge hit album Red. This was another box with an interesting tactile feel.

img_9442Recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_9402img_9797Our scents this week were in honor of two other amazing singers. Since Beyonce has a song called Lemonade we used Bath and Bodyworks lemonade scented bath gel in our water this week. There were a couple of different sized scoops and a little yellow puffer fish for our students to have fun with.

img_9766Recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids (capacity) is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_0345img_9972Rhianna is from the island of Barbados and we learned that grapefruit were first grown there—-how cool is that! We had some Bath and Bodyworks grapefruit scented SHIMMER lotion with a wonderful aroma. Rubbed on hands, arms, or behind ears, it was the perfect choice for our  budding superstars 🙂

img_9954Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students made pictures the musician Prince would love using this: purple-rain-umbrella

img_9477img_9474First we discussed our paint color and asked the students to identify it using communication symbols. They did an awesome job!

img_9480Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_9481img_9485After placing umbrella pictures in a lidded box, the students scooped up TWO paint covered marbles and dropped them on top.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_9487img_9499The lid was closed and then it was time to SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_9583img_9491Ta Da!

Purple Rain, Purple Rain!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using this: michael-jackson-glove on Wednesday the students made some sparkly silver gloves—-like Michael Jackson!

img_9974img_9976First we counted the number of fingers on one hand and identified 5 using communication symbols.

img_9984Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_0020img_0031Next the students painted their glove templates with some shiny silver paint mixed with a little glue.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0040img_0181Time to add GLITTER—–shake, shake, shake!

img_0124The science access point track falling objects can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_0080img_0198Using glue again, we attached the glove to a paper bag and……..

img_0065                                                                             ………..TA thriller Da!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We had a fun language group this week!  We changed it up just a little bit again by not putting together a recipe (although you better believe we still had a snack!).

img_0455img_0460While snacking on some red jell-o (in honor of Taylor Swift’s “Red” album), our students got to listen to some of the music from the artists featured in our book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0369img_0389We put a picture of each of the artists on an All-Turn-It spinner.  Each of our students had to indicate that it was their  TURN to activate the spinner by indicating “my turn” using picture symbols.

img_0418Once the spinner landed on an artist, we played a song by that artist.  A symbol for “listen” was used to empasize to our students that they needed to listen to the music.

 

 

 

 

img_0363img_0350The students got to pick out some different props to wear such as sunglasses, feather boas, and hats.

It was fun seeing what the different students chose to wear 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0394img_0406Of course with all that music we HAD to get up and start dancing!

img_0376                                                             We got our boogie shoes on big time:)

 

 

 

 

img_9902img_0152What a fun week—-hope your favorite musicians did well at the Grammys! Join us again next time for more fun and learning, Group by Group!

Minnesota

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img_8423img_8074We have a paraprofessional and a student who hail from Minnesota so this week thought it would be fun to learn a little more about the state. This theme complements the Unique Curriculum unit our students are working on this month. The sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about Minnesota. The fine motor groups made art projects related to state symbols and the language group went shopping in our very own Owl Mart of America!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_8054img_8158This box contained objects that represented fun facts we learned about Minnesota. Some of the things we included were a Tonka truck (first built in Minnesota), pink and white lady slipper petals (the state flower), a book (the first children’s library was built in Minnesota), Peanuts characters (Charles Schulz is from there), and loon (state bird) calls recorded on a voice output device. There was also a little purse and play money to represent the Mall of America.

img_8347Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_8311img_8301We brought out our butterfly and caterpillar pasta to represent the state insect—-the Monarch butterfly! This pasta is so brightly colored and very eye catching. We also included 2 plates for sorting fun.

img_8175Match objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color is science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8782frame-02-02-2017-06-07-48The Minnesota Vikings football team colors are purple and yellow. We put a variety of chenille stems in those colors in this box.

The stems can be twisted together, looped into chains—–or WORN 🙂 The two colors also allow for sequencing or sorting practice!

img_8339In addition to the science access point match objects by one observable property such as size, shape, and color, the math access point recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities can be addressed.

 

 

 

 

img_8303img_8328Judy Garland who starred in the Wizard of Oz is a famous Minnesotan.  We thought our rainbow rice was a perfect choice for her box. In addition to some letter M’s to find,  there was also a map of the state to find at the bottom.

img_8097The social studies access point locate pictures or symbols on a drawing or map can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8774img_8119The musician Prince, came from Minnesota. One of his most famous songs is Purple Rain so we used purple Bubber for his box. We included cookie cutters with the state initials——-M N.

img_8298Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8063img_8719We had to include a nod to those Minnesota winters so we gave the students  some shaving cream “snow” to play in.

img_8754Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8079img_8761Minnesota is called the “land of 10,000 lakes” so Bath and Body Works dancing waters scent seemed the perfect bath gel for this week. Our tiny little lake included 2 different sized fish that squirted water when squeezed—-how fun is that! There was also a sifter scoop included.

img_8320Recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_8447img_8454The matching lotion was a hit with the students as it was rubbed on hands, arms, and on the backs of necks.

img_8814Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students painted a walleye—the official state fish! We used this:walleye-template

img_8210img_8204First the students identified our paint color using communication symbols.

img_8214The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8222img_8217The students stamped the yellow paint on the fish (cut from green poster board) using a bubble wrapped foam scrub brush. We emphasized stamping UP and DOWN.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8468img_8219After they had finished painting, the students squeezed on a glue dot and then added a googlie eye to their fish.

img_8472The math access point match one object to a designate space to show one-to-one correspondence, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8240img_8248A tongue depressor was taped to the back of the fish so the students could make their little fishes swim………

img_8231                                                                        …………………….Ta Da!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we made Babe the Blue Ox using this: babe-the-blue-ox-template

img_8477First the students identified a circle using communication symbols.

The math access point recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes, such as a circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8500img_8520Then they painted their paper plates BLUE——–we used really pretty turquoise blue!

img_8560Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8532img_8557Two glue dots were squeezed onto the plate and one big googlie eye placed on each glue dot.

We got our googlie eyes at the Dollar Tree—-we do love a bargain!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8502img_8617The snout and horns were then glued DOWN onto the plate to finish Babe’s face.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8505img_8576Ta DA!

img_8626                                                                            It’s Babe the Blue Ox!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

img_8856Our language group was a little bit different this week.  Since we were talking about the Mall of America, we decided to take a trip to our very own “Owl Mart of America” to do some shopping.  The Owl Mart is a little shop that was put together so that our Post Secondary students could have some vocational training.  Students are able to shop with “owl bucks” that they receive for good behavior.

Very cool and super reinforcing!

 

 

 

 

img_8824img_8819After reading the book, we gave all the students some owl bucks to spend—–very exciting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8837img_8847Then we set out for the Owl Mart of America.

img_8848It’s kind of a long way from the classroom so everyone got their exercise for the day 🙂

 

 

 

 

img_8860img_8892There were lots of things to look at, like jewelry, Valentine’s day crafts, and stuffed animals.

img_8896                                                                          Decisions, decisions!

 

 

 

 

 

img_8869img_8881Once our students chose what they wanted to buy, they had to go up to the cashier, a post secondary student, and had to convey “I want” using picture symbols as well as “I all done”.

img_8898Adults helped the students count out the number of owl bucks that they needed to pay for their item and passed them to the cashier.

 

 

 

 

img_8915Our shopping experience was a success and everybody was pretty thrilled with their purchases!

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

Past and Present

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img_5182img_4977We are complimenting our student’s Unique Curriculum theme this week by looking at how activities familiar to our students were done differently in the past. The sensory groups explored boxes related to different activities. The fine motor groups made some fun art projects and the language group learned made a yummy snack from long ago.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_5621img_5839How we get to places has REALLY changed over the years! From horses to spaceships, we put a variety of transportation vehicles for the students to find in this box. The spaceship was especially popular because of its spinning light.

img_5073Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_5881img_5677Fashion is another thing that has changed over the years! We put lots of fabulous fashion accessories for our students to try on in this box. We had fun seeing what piece each student was attracted to. They had a blast—-total fashionistas 🙂

img_4879The science access point recognize one or more external body parts can be addressed here.

 

 

 

img_5810img_5097Our students totally know how to rock a hat.

img_5726                                                     Just too cute—–and such style:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_5868img_5633While we prepare food differently now, we still GROW it in the ground. There were some vegetable play foods growing in our little plot of coffee grounds dirt. We included some bean seeds for the students to plant and there was also a picture of a fruit bowl to be found at the bottom of the box.

img_5125The math access point recognize two objects that are identical to each other can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

img_5190img_5649Back in the day, the abacus was the height of technology for doing math problems—-thank goodness for calculators 🙂 The students counted and sorted  “bead shaped” pompoms. The soft texture of the pompoms made them especially inviting to touch for our students.

img_5911In addition to being counted, this activity can address the science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

img_5656img_5176Today kids often play games on electric devices rather than board games. We filled this box with a variety of game pieces such as cards, checkers, and board game pieces. Smaller game pieces such as dice and jacks were sealed in a plastic jar—–such fun to shake!

img_4982Recognize objects that are identical to each other is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_5067img_5647Like people of long ago, the students used a plastic feather to write with this week.

Of course, people of long ago didn’t write in shaving cream but that made it much more fun 🙂

 

 

 

img_5127Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_5646img_5830We put an old fashioned water wheel in our water play this week. Lots of scooping and pouring fun for sure!

img_5886Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_5930img_5203It was a little tricky picking a scent for this week but we decided on Bath and Body Works cotton scent because both in the PAST and in the PRESENT we use cotton. It was a light scent that the students really liked.

img_5762Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR

On Tuesday we talked about how people used to cook all their food over an open fire and then made a picture of one!

img_5210img_5228We counted the logs on our sample and used communication symbols to identify the number 2.

img_5220Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_5318img_5262The students used a paper cutter or switch operated scissors to cut 2 logs out of brown paper. They all did a great job!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_5278img_5243Then they added glue with a glue stick and put their logs onto a piece of paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_5286img_5250Next they crumpled up pieces of yellow and red tissue paper to make some flames.

img_5337Recognize when an object has been added to a situation is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_5343img_5260Ta Da—–let’s get cooking 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday our students made hourglass pictures using this hourglass-template.

img_5765First we discussed the color of the sand we were going to use and used communication symbols to identify the color PINK.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_5777img_5789Then they painted some glue onto their hourglass. We added a little pink paint to the glue so the mixture would show up better against the white paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_5782img_5802Pink sand was then added—–an old spice jar made a perfect shaker! The students really liked this part 🙂

We glued it down onto a nice bright green piece of paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_5775img_5797Ta DA—–lets tell some time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Today, since we LOVE to cook, we made a recipe that is from the 18th century!  We made Whipped Syllabub.  Here is a link to the recipe: lets-make-an-18th-century-whipped-syllabub

img_5940img_5938We started out by pouring some heavy whipping cream into a bowl.  Our students helped POUR the cream in.  We talked about how we needed MORE after putting 1 cup in since it called for 2 cups.

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

 

 

 

 

img_5947img_5960Next, our students got to use a switch to activate the mixer.  Each of our students had a chance to turn ON the mixer.  It took a while, but we saw the cream change from a LIQUID to a SOLID.  Very neat!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_5994img_6003Then, each of our students got to use a lemon squeezer to SQUEEZE out some lemon juice into a DIFFERENT bowl.  We squeezed out juice from one lemon and one orange.  It smelled so good!

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_6007img_6010Then, our students got to POUR some sugar and sparkling grape juice into the lemon/orange juice mixture.  After that was stirred together we added it to the whipped cream and stirred it all together.

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_6032We counted out how many cups we needed and voila!  We got to enjoy our 18th century syllabub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_5604img_5613Thanks for joining us this week. See you next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

The Nutcracker Ballet

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

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

img_2537Lots of fun!!!!!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

Total fun as usual!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

img_2478                                                                 Let it snow! Let it snow!

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

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

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

Sometimes blocks make excellent pointers 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_1923img_2018Then they spread white paint around their paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Recognize parts of whole objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2388img_2399Ta DA—-meet our Nutcrackers!

img_2369                                                            Ready for their performance 🙂

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

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

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

img_2571                                                       We even had a harlequin dancer 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

img_2626Some even did a little dancing of their own 🙂

 

 

 

 

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

You ladies were wonderful and we will really miss you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

The Netherlands

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img_0210img_0828We are a little late in celebrating Dutch-American Heritage Day (it was November 16) but we still had a lot of fun learning about the Netherlands this week! Our sensory group explored boxes related to facts about the country. Our fine motor groups made art projects of Dutch symbols and the language group made a traditional snack!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP 

img_0725img_0236If you took a trip to the Netherlands you would need to fly in an airplane! We recorded the sounds of a jet plane taking off on our voice output device and used a vibrating tube to simulate the feeling of being on an airplane.

The vibrating tube was a real hit with the students!

img_1115Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_0182img_0302The Dutch use orange as their symbolic color so we used orange paper shred as the base for this box. There were some little bicycles—it is the world biking capitol of the world—and an authentic wooden shoe! A hand held fan made a pretty good windmill stand in. We also included some felt cheese slices, play people, oranges, and the word “home”.

img_0730The science access point recognize a model of a real object is addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

img_0718-1img_1045The Netherlands is the official name of the country, but sometimes it is referred to as Holland so we included some letter N’s and H’s to find in a box of ORANGE pasta.

The dried pasta made noise when shaken or moved which added to the fun!

img_0120Recognize two objects that are identical to each other is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1166img_0732Although we associate orange with the Netherlands, the flag is actually red, white and blue!

There was a picture of the flag to find at the bottom of our rice box. We included 2 different sized spoons for scooping practice.

 

 

 

 

 

img_0717img_0030The math access point solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0716img_0342Lots of colorful flowers are grown in the Netherlands—-especially tulips! The students used a tulip shaped cookie cutter to make some beautiful flowers in red moon sand.

img_1012Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0137img_0076The Netherlands is known for its beautiful skies so we made fluffy white clouds out of shaving cream to float around our sky blue plastic tray!

 

 

 

img_0692 The students had a blast, as usual 🙂

img_0721img_0705Track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0703img_0967Since pumps are used to help keep the country from flooding, we added a little pump to our water play this week.

It was great for promoting bilateral coordination and the students had so much fun with it!

 

 

img_0172The science access point observe and recognize a predictable cause-effect relationship related to a science topic can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1173img_0751As a reminder of the Netherlands beautiful flowers, we used “plumeria” from Bath and BodyWorks for our scent this week.  The students used the picture symbols “like” and “don’t like” to communicate their opinion on the scent—–it was a hit with most of them!

img_0399Use senses to recognize objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

We loved the pictures of the colorful wooden shoes we found on the internet. So on Tuesday the students stamped some colorful shoe pictures of their own. We used this: wooden-shoe-template

img_0455img_0464The students used communication symbols to identify the stamp pad colors (red and green) used for this project.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0532img_0483Then they used a BIG swirl stamp and a SMALL flower stamp to decorate their “wooden” shoes. We also reinforced the concepts of UP and DOWN here.

The math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down is addressed here. Recognize similarities and differences is size of common objects is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0599img_0495The students glued their shoes onto a rectangular piece of paper——orange of course 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0613img_0524TA DA——some pretty colorful shoes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made wind mills! We used this: windmill-template

img_0755img_0762We started by asking the students to identify a rectangle.

The math access point recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes is again addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0792img_0823Then the students used a paper cutter to cut out the base of the windmill.

img_0782Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0804They rolled this piece of paper around a paper towel roll.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0772The windmill blades were attached using a brad—-most of the students needed a little help with this step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0788img_0773Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point.

img_0834                                                                      Ta DA—–wind power!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week in our language group we made a traditional Dutch recipe called stamppot.  Because this is a mashed potatoes dish, all of the vegetables used had to be cut up and boiled the night before.

img_1206 Our students started out by putting the potatoes (3 had been boiled) into a bowl.  Our students had to indicate that there were MORE potatoes after a measuring cup had been filled once and there were some more potatoes left over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1208img_1210We added GREEN kale (1 cup boiled). Some of he students weren’t so sure how tasty this was going to turn out to be 🙂

Our students then put the carrots (4 had been peeled and cut up) into the same bowl.  We talked about the color ORANGE.  Boiled carrots have such a vivid color!

 

 

 

 

 

img_1221img_1219We shook some salt into the bowl and added a bit of butter and milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1226img_1225Finally, the students got to help MIX the ingredients up by activating a switch that controlled a mixer.

img_1239                                                              This is how it turned out!

 

 

 

 

 

img_1241img_1244Once it was all mixed up, we counted out bowls for each of the students and dug in………….ok, so some of the students (and adults lol) weren’t so sure how tasty this was going to turn out 🙂

img_1246But once tasted, the universal opinion was——–YUM!

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed learning a little about the the Netherlands this week, we sure did! Join us again next time for more fun and learning——-Group by Group!

 

 

Let’s Take a Hike

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img_8967img_8975We chose this theme in recognition of National Let’s Take a Hike Day which falls on November 17. Our sensory groups explored boxes filled with scents, sounds, and textures associated with a walk in the woods. Joy’s intern, Nicole, came up with the ideas for the boxes this week—-she did a great job! The fine motor groups made bird themed art projects. The language group went on a mini hike—-and then ate a snack 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_8525img_8265We put some of the things you might need while taking a hike. There were binoculars, a compass, a map, sunglasses, and even a fun safari hat. Our students had a lot of fun with this box 🙂

 

 

img_8237Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_9540img_9010In this leaf filled box, we put in some animals that you might see while taking a hike such as snakes, lizards, and birds. As a fun bonus, the two plush birds chirped with authentic bird calls when squeezed! These were a REAL hit 🙂

img_8913The science access point recognize objects related to science by name, such as animal and plant can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

img_9028img_9278We wanted this box to represent some of the animals you might get lucky enough to see while out on a hike.  A plush deer and otter, as well as some fake fur made for a really soft, touchable box!

 

img_9420Use senses to recognize objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_8884img_9378We put some spaghetti “pine needles” and corn flake “dried leaves” in the box.  The students were pretty intrigued as their hands made rustling sounds as they dug around for letter H’s—-very cool!

 

 

img_8435Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_9439img_8887There were a variety of herbs mixed in with our play dough to give it a woodsy kind of aroma and look. Squirrel and turkey cookie cutters were included—–you might see those animals on a trail.

 

 

img_9041The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8881img_8397If you hike in the winter, you might hike in the snow! Good old shaving cream made for perfect snowy fun for us 🙂 We encouraged the students to make trails through the snow with their fingers.

 

 

img_8963Track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8227img_8417Hands were rinsed in a little pond, complete with it’s own waterfall! We also included a spray mister to add to that authentic feel—-leading to lots of giggles.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8955img_9042Did we mention there were lots of giggles 🙂

img_8284Recognize different containers that hold water is a science access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_9577img_9064We all know it is a good idea to put on some sunscreen when spending time outdoors. Since a lot of sunscreen products have a coconut scent, we used Bath and BodyWorks coconut scented lotion for our sunscreen scent. It was a pretty yummy scent that was a hit with our students.

img_8531Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR

On Tuesday, the students made bird feeders (thanks so much for the supplies Jeannie).

img_8616img_8617We started by asking the students to identify a picture of a bird.

Distinguish between a plant and an animal, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8696img_8637Next we helped the students spread some peanut butter on a pine cone using a plastic knife. We used a sturdy, non-serrated knife for safety.

Recognize common objects in different environments is a science access point that can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8743Then we helped them spoon some bird seed onto the peanut butter as we rolled the pine cone around in a shallow bowl.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8716TA DA—-there are going to be some really happy birds at our school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, the students painted some little wooden bird houses.

img_9088img_9095We started by asking the students to identify the colors GREEN and ORANGE, using communication symbols. They did a really good job with this!

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_9103img_9121Then the students started painting their bird houses. They really had fun with this and we enjoyed seeing their differing artistic expressions 🙂

img_9109The science access point, recognize a change in an object is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_9119img_9151TA DA—–

img_9128—–these houses are move in ready!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We literally took a hike in the language group today.  Maybe it wasn’t an outside hike on a trail, but it was a hike nonetheless!  We went all through the elementary building.

img_9650img_9624The students were told that they had to LOOK around on our hike to find different things to put in our hiking book.  We found pictures of birds, snow, and hiking trails.

 

 

img_9663If a student found a picture, they had to glue it into our book.  The repetitive line “I see ___” was practiced once the picture was glued.

 

 

 

 

img_9715img_9720We found all of the different things that were in the book for the week!

 

 

 

 

img_9713We read the book to each of our students, encouraging them to point to the symbols while they were being said.

 

 

 

 

img_9685img_9698Once we found everything, we went back to the classroom and sat around our “campfire” to have a little snack.

img_9702Our students got to eat our version of s’mores: graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, and chocolate syrup.  YUM!

We are taking a break next week for the Thanksgiving holiday but then we will be back for more fun and learning——-Group by Group!