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Find a Rainbow

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

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Recognize sources of light is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Track a falling object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we used crepe paper streamers to make rainbows.

Using communication symbols, each student chose a color.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

We found a rainbow!!!!!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made rainbows with coffee filters.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

They had fun with this part 🙂

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found a rainbow!

 

 

 

Then we found MORE rainbows……..

how cool is that!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

We had so many colorful creations!

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

We Love Eric Carle

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March 20 is Very Hungry Caterpillar Day so this week we are celebrating Eric Carle! Our sensory groups explored boxes related to some of his books. The fine motor groups made some very hungry caterpillars, and the language group made a tasty treat inspired by one of Eric Carle’s characters.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

This box was filled with a variety of items related to some of the characters found in the books such as a plush brown bear, caterpillar, a firefly, dragon, play food, and some board books.

 

 

 

There were lots of things to discover and explore.

The squeaky cupcake turned out to be especially popular!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

There was a picture of planet earth, a rooster, and two different sized scoops in our “Rooster sees the world” rice box. The rice was eye catching and made for lots of scooping fun!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

The students sorted green pasta caterpillars and red pasta butterflies in “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” box.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We laminated some flowers from Eric Carle’s books and put them into our Tiny Seed box filled with birdseed. The flowers made the box very eye catching and the students loved the way the seeds felt on their hands! We also included a letter F to find.

 

Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

Our “Grouchy Ladybug” pillow vibrated when squeezed and was a huge hit—–the students loved it!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

For “The Little Cloud” box we made cloud dough, of course! Since the book’s illustration featured a face, we put in some Mr. Potato Head pieces for the students to play with.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

There were 10 Little Ducks in our water pond this week. Some of them squeaked which added to the fun!

 

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

Since a very hungry caterpillar might want to snack on some leaves, we chose Bath and Body Works rain kissed leaves as our scent this week. The students really liked its light aroma.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we used an idea from Pinterest to make our hungry caterpillar.

First the students identified the color GREEN using communication symbols.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Then the students painted their paper plate crescent.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

They added a cute caterpillar face (pre-made by our wonderful volunteers).

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                              Some very hungry caterpillars!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made caterpillars out of paper plates we got a Dollar Tree—can’t beat the price!

First, we discussed the shape of our plates and had the students identify a circle using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

The students used a circle punch to cut two red circles. They also identified the number 2 using communication symbols.

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

Then they glued the red circles on to some pre-cut yellow circles to make caterpillar eyes. We also asked the students to identify which circle was BIG and which was LITTLE.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

After the students glued the eyes onto a red paper plate, they chose how many green plates they wanted to add to make their caterpillar bodies. They could add 1, 2, or 3!

Everything got stapled together!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                            More very hungry caterpillars!!!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week, our language group made a snack that could be taken from the Eric Carle book, Walter the Baker.  In the book, Walter creates pretzels.  For our group, since making pretzels takes a lot of time, we decided to make a dipping sauce for some frozen pretzels.  Here is the recipe that we used: Let_s Make Pretzels and Dipping Sauce

While reading the book, our students had to locate the symbol TURN on their communication boards each time it was time to turn the page for the recipe.

We started out by putting some cream cheese into a bowl.  Our students indicated on their communication boards where the picture of the bowl was.  They also had to locate the word PUT on their communication boards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we added some butter.  Each student had to indicate the measuring spoon when compared to the measuring cup.  To help them out, we reminded them that the measuring spoon is smaller than the measuring cup.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Our students helped activate the switch to turn on the mixer and we mixed up the ingredients until they were smooth.  They had to locate MORE to indicate that we needed to mix it up more.  They located DONE when we were finished mixing.

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

 

 

 

 

Next, we added some powdered sugar.  Again, we had our students indicate what we would use to measure out a cup of powdered sugar: the measuring cup or measuring spoon.  We verbally prompted that we would need something BIG to use.

 

 

Again, the math access point recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids, is addressed.

 

 

 

 

We added some vanilla extract to the mix.  Before we did, though, each student got to smell it.  We had some head turners who didn’t like the smell, but overall they liked it.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

After we mixed that all together we added the heavy cream and mixed again until smooth.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

While we were mixing, we put some frozen pretzel bites into the microwave to warm them up.

After everything was finished, our students got to enjoy some pretzels with dipping sauce once they indicated WANT on their communication boards!  It wasn’t too sweet either.

 

                                                                            Very yummy 🙂

 

 

 

We really enjoyed this week and hope you did too. Join us next time for more fun and learning—-Group by Group!

 

Our 5 Senses

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Our students are learning about body systems with their Unique Curriculum this month. This was perfect timing for a unit on our 5 senses. Our sensory groups explored some fun multi-sensory boxes. The fine motor groups made art projects that were multi-sensory, and the language group explored their favorite sense—–taste 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Light toys are extremely  popular with our students and the ones in this box were no exception.  Our toys not only lit up but some of them even vibrated! Not only vision, but the sense of touch and hearing were stimulated here.

 

 

 

Recognize sources of light is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

The students had a blast using their muscles to stretch these different textured toys. Not only did they stretch, but some of the toys made noise or vibrated also—-too cool!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

This box was all about sound. All these toys made noise either shaking, spinning, or squeezing. There was a LOT of fun to be had here! The little bear that “sang” when his tummy was squeezed was a particular favorite.

 

Recognize objects that create sounds is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Our multi-colored pasta was not only visually eye catching but made noise when little hands dove in or the box was shaken. We had letters for the students to find and match. The letters corresponded to the different senses, ex. T for TASTE and S for SEE.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We put a variety of textures in this box—-rough, smooth, hard, soft, etc. In addition, some of the toys made noise such as the crinkly snowman toy. The students were  pretty intrigued with the blue plexiglass window and the vibrating crab toy which produced LOTS of giggles!

 

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

 

 

 

 

Pop rocks were added to our shaving cream to add a sound element. We found that while it somewhat worked, the pop rocks work better in a wetter substance such as when we have put them in oobleck. The students still had fun and the pop rocks added an additional textural component.

 

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

 

 

 

 

A light toy was added to our water play in addition to a spinning water wheel and scooping cups. There was a lot to explore and as usual, the students had lots of fun!

 

 

 

 

Recognize differences in sizes of  containers that hold liquid is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

We wanted to have a pretty distinctive scent this week so we used Bath and BodyWorks eucalyptus spearmint. It was a strong scent that definitely captured their attention!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made a multi-sensory painting.

We started by identifying the shape of our paper using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before we added the scented essential oil to the paint we let the students smell it. We used sandalwood scent which was pretty strong and our students weren’t quite sure what to make of it!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students used a variety of regular and adapted paint tools to spread paint around their paper.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

For additional texture, they sprinkled some fine pink sand on to the paint.

Track a falling object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!!!!!

We made some sensory art!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday after we discussed that our senses tell our brain about the world using nerve pathways that are all over our body. For their art project, the students made a painting of their nervous system using marbles and this: senses

First the students identified the color of the paint and counted the marbles.

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

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

Then for the fun part—–we closed the lid and they began shaking and turning the box!

 

 

 

 

The science access point recognize an action as fast or slow can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!!

This is our nervous system!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We explored our sense of taste this week in the language group.  We started out by taste testing things that were salty (chips), sweet (honey), and sour (lemon juice).

Each student took a turn tasting one item at a time.  They had to indicate whether it was salty, sweet, or sour using picture symbols that were provided.  They did pretty well with this exercise!

 

 

 

Use pictures, symbols, gestures/signs, or words to communicate meaning, is a language access point.

 

 

 

 

After our taste test, we made a treat that incorporated each kind of taste: Let_s Make A Salty, Sour, Sweet Treat

We started by putting the lemon pudding mix into a bowl.  We talked about how we needed a measuring cup to measure out the milk.  Our students observed how the white pudding powder turned yellow when the milk was poured into the bowl.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Each student had a turn pushing the switch to turn on the mixer.  Our students had to indicate that we needed to mix MORE each time a student completed their turn.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next, our students helped crush up some pretzel sticks.  They used a rolling pin to crush the pretzels.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We counted out the cups we needed for each treat and identified the number 7.  Then we added some crushed pretzels to each cup and put some of the lemon pudding on top of the pretzels.

The math access point recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, our students requested whipped cream for the top.  Our taste buds were in for a treat!

YUM!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

National Parks

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November 17 is National Take a Hike Day so we decided it would be great time to learn a little more about some of our national parks. Our sensory groups explored boxes related to specific parks. The fine motor groups made art projects featuring things you might see on a hike. The language group made a hike worthy snack!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Our Smokey Mountain National Park box was filled with things you might see while hiking here. There were leaves, pine cones, plastic pine needles, and plush animals including a bird that chirped when squeezed. There were also a pair of binoculars that were a hit.

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

 

 

 

 

Volcano National Park in Hawaii has a very unique landscape—-flowing lava! Black kinetic sand moves a lot like lava and with a piece of red plastic at the bottom of the box  we had our own little volcano landscape going!  The students made lava rocks with some blocks from a shape sorter.

The math access point recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

We thought our pink Floam was the perfect choice for our Grand Canyon box. Since mules are one way people get up and down the canyon we decided to put in some laminated ones of 3 different sizes for the students.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

California has a lot of National Parks including Yosemite. For this box we used our blue and yellow rice which are the state colors. There were letter Y’s, a California magnet, and a picture of Yosemite to find at the bottom of the box. The students were especially intrigued by the magnet!

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

 

 

 

 

If you want to find some dinosaur fossils, Badlands National Park is the place to go! The students had fun digging for fossils or making their own with the moon sand in this box.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We made our Everglades swamp out of green jello and it was a HIT! Some of the students were a little hesitant but others dived right in 🙂 We put in some toy animals like alligators, snakes, lizards, and spiders—–things you might run into while exploring this national park!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Yellowstone National Park is known for its geysers like old faithful. When a button was pushed this bath toy sprayed water like geysers———- and produced LOTS of giggles!

 

 

 

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

LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF GIGGLES 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and BodyWorks mahogany woods seemed a perfect scent for this week. The students really responded to its “woodsy” scent.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students made some black bears, like those you might spot in the Smokey Mountain National Park.

First, we discussed the shape of the day and asked the students to identify it using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A black construction paper circle was cut into 2 pieces using adaptive scissors. We used either switch operated or tabletop scissors.

The math access point recognize parts of whole objects can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Then the 2 semi-circles were glued on to a black paper plate to make the ears.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then a small grey circle nose  was glued down and 2 googlie eyes were added.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       Let’s go for a hike in the woods!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made a giant sequoia tree—-like the ones at Grand Sequoia National Park. In our book there is a picture of one with Jeannie’s husband standing under it so be sure to check it out!

First we discussed the color of our paint and identified it using communication symbols. We got 100% right on this one—–our students totally rock!!!!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then each student got a chance to paint some leaves on our tree shape cut from some scrap foam board and its shape cut out by Ms. LaShayla—-one of our wonderful volunteers!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We attached the tree top to our trunk made from leftover cardboard and discussed that while we were LITTLE the tree was BIG! Ms. Alexa, another of our wonderful volunteers, cut up a cardboard box to make the tree trunk.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA Da…….

we made a Giant Sequoia tree!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made a protein packed smoothie this week since protein is good for energy which we need while taking a hike!  Here is the recipe we used:  Let_s Make A Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie

We started by putting some vanilla soy milk into the blender.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, each of our students got to smell the peanut butter before we put it in the blender.  This was a little confusing to some of students because they were presented with the peanut butter on a spoon 🙂  No one ate it off the spoon, though, so it was a successful smell test!

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

 

 

 

 

We put 4 tablespoons of peanut butter into the blender.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the peanut butter, we put in the frozen bananas.  Each student got to feel the bananas.  We talked about how they were COLD.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we added some old fashioned oats to the blender.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each of our students got to help blend up the ingredients using a wireless switch that was connected to a power link.  We made sure that it was nice and smooth.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Time to drink our smoothies!  Now we’re all energized 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are glad you joined us this week and hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving! We will be back after the holiday with more fun, learning, and smiles——-

                                                                ——Group by Group!

 

We Love Charlie Brown!

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The comic strip Peanuts first ran on October 2, 1950. So, this week it is all about Charlie Brown and his friends!  The sensory groups explored boxes related to some of the different characters in the comic strip. The fine motor groups made some colorful art projects and the language group made a Peanuts inspired treat.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

We used plastic pine needles, a nod to the Charlie Brown Christmas special,  as the base of this box. Then we added some of the cartoon characters, a small Linus blanket, a laminated comic strip, a Great Pumpkin, and a voice output device with the theme song recorded on it!

 

Identify characters in a story is a language access point.

 

The Joe Cool sunglasses were a hit……

our students always rock a pair of sunglasses 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

This box contained chenille stems in the colors of Charlie Brown’s shirt. The students could bend them like the zig zags in his shirt.

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

 

 

 

 

 

In Snoopy’s box we put in some white Floam that the students could shape into clouds for a little laminated Red Baron to fly around in!

Recognize that the appearance of an object is a science access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Linus’ blanket is SOFT and Schroeder’s piano is HARD. There were a variety of hard and soft items to compare and contrast in this box.

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

 

 

 

 

This box was dedicated to PigPen. We usually use coffee ground for anything that calls for dirt or soil but we had a little money to spend and bought this awesome clean play dirt from Beyond Play. This stuff is really cool and a lot like kinetic sand—-so you know we love it! We added some fun digging tools and a letter P cookie cutter. There was also a picture of the Peanuts characters to find at the bottom of the box.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone loves Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin tv special so we chose pumpkin puree for our messy play this week. YES, we have done this before and it is truly messy but definitely a  different texture for the students to explore.  Some of the students loved it—–others not so much 🙂 There was also a laminated pumpkin to decorate with the orange goo.

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

 

 

 

 

 

There were different sized letter P’s to scoop up in our water play this week. For scooping we included a measuring cup and sieve shovel.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Peppermint swirl from Bath and BodyWorks was the perfect scent for our lotion and water play. This was a really strong scent that really permeated the whole room! We definitely think Peppermint Patty would approve.

Recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we borrowed an idea from http://whereimaginationgrows.com, it even came with the free printable silhouette we used—–how cool is that!

First we used communication symbols to identify the color of our paint this week.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We watered down the paint a little bit to make it easier to spread and then the students started painting their sunsets.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

After they had finished painting, we helped the students glue down their silhouettes since copier paper was a little flimsy.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

Charlie Brown and Snoopy—–best friends forever!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we were inspired by the Great Pumpkin and made our own pumpkin Patch!

First identified the color of our pumpkins using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students used a switch operated LadyBug marker to make leaves and vines on  the background. It was a true group effort and the students had a blast!!!!

 

 

 

 

Share objects with a partner is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

We put the poster up on the table and gave the students regular green markers to finish make even more vines.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Each student then planted a big craft foam pumpkin on to the poster by gluing it DOWN.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

We are ready for the Great Pumpkin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week we made a yummy treat that we think the crew of Peanuts would enjoy.  Here is the recipe we used: Let_s Make The Great Pumpkin Mousse!

We started by putting the vanilla pudding mix and some cinnamon into a bowl.  We smelled the cinnamon and talked about how it smelled sweet.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we put a can of evaporated milk into the bowl.  Our students had to request if they wanted to help turn on the mixer.  We talked about if we were DONE mixing or if we needed to mix it MORE.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

After it was all mixed up, we put the pumpkin puree in.  We observed how the color changed from yellow to orange.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we added some whipped cream next and stirred it all up.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We counted out the number of students and divvied up the pumpkin mousse.  We topped it with some more whipped cream and a bit of cinnamon and got down to the fun part—–TASTING!

After the students ate their pudding, they used communication symbols to tell us if they liked it or not.  The verdict was YUM!!!!

 

 

 

Thanks for joining us and come back again for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

Making Our Year Magical

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Because our school is where magic happens every day, Disney was chosen as the school wide theme this year. Of course this is right up our alley and this week we went all out Disney with our activities! Our sensory groups explored boxes related to different characters. The fine motor groups made art projects with a Disney flair and the language group made a yummy treat you can buy when visiting Disney World.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

This first box was filled with some Disney character figures, Mickey ears, a Minnie Mouse mirror box, and a magic wand. Lots of things to explore and discover in this box! Of course, the Mickey ears were particularly popular 🙂

The language access point communicate recognition of familiar persons or objects can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

The students had fun pressing Disney images into our Bippity Boppity Boo blue moon sand.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Our Prince Charming rice box contained some plastic knights in 2 different colors to match and sort. There was also a little horse and a picture of the prince to find at the bottom of the box.

Recognize 2 objects that are identical to each other is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

We put 2 stretchy toys to let the students practice being strong like Hercules! There was a soft starchy dog and a stretchy bug also vibrated when pulled apart——eliciting lots of giggles 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

Our Tinker Bell light box was a huge hit and very entrancing to the students. There were 3 strands of battery operated lights in the box so it REALLY eye catching!

Recognize a source of light is a science access point.

Pretty darn magical——–

                                           if we do say so ourselves 🙂

 

 

 

 

The fairy dust discovery bottles were also very intriguing to the students. They loved watching the glitter swirling around. Both shaking and rolling the bottles produced similar results.

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

We put some fluorescent paint into our oobleck to make it MAGICAL this week. It really looked pretty awesome under the black light. We also added a little glitter for some extra sparkle!

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

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in Ariel’s mermaid lagoon! Along with a little mermaid toy, we put in a measuring cup for scooping fun.

The math access point recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

Our scent for the water play and lotion this week was Bath and BodyWorks One Thousand Wishes. We are not sure exactly what a thousand wishes smells like but the name kind of fit with our theme so— we went with it 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we made some Mickey Mouse ears using paper plates!

First we identified our paint color using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we counted our paper plates and identified the number 2.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since we had two ears there was a lot of painting needed for this project, so we decided to use sponge brushes to get greater coverage.

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

 

 

 

 

 

We finished by stapling the “ears” onto  black paper plates (bought at the dollar store) with the center section cut out.

M I C —– K E Y

                                                           M O U S E!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we made some magic wands!

The students got to choose a craft foam star and then identified the color using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students decorated their stars using an assortment of stickers and putting them DOWN onto their stars.Peeling the backing off those stickers is a great way to practice pincer grasp skills!

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

                                           We going to make it a magical year!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week, we made a cool treat that is actually sold in Disney World–a Pineapple Whip.  Here is the recipe that we followed: Let_s Make a Disney World Pineapple Whip!

We started by pouring in a small can of pineapple juice followed by 3 tbsp of honey.  We asked our students what we would use to measure out the honey: a tablespoon or a measuring cup.

Recognize differences in containers that hold liquids is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

We then added some frozen pineapple.  Each student got to feel the bag.  They conveyed whether it felt HOT or COLD.  Recognize the temperature of items, such as food, as cool or warm is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Then we added the pineapple and some Cool Whip topping.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our students then had to turn on the food processor using a switch.  Since it was a little runnier than it was supposed to be, we added some ice.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Once it was all blended and smooth, we counted out cups for each of our students——-7 cups for 7 students! Each student had to request a cup of Pineapple Whip and also a spoon if they wanted one.

                                                          YUMMMM!!!

The language access point adjust body movement or nonverbal expression with prompting as necessary to communicate wants and needs is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

This year truly is going to be magical!

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

Let’s Go To The Beach

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Summer vacation is coming up soon so you know what that means—–let’s go to the beach!  The sensory groups explored boxes filled with items you might find at the beach. The fine motor groups made beach themed art projects out of paper plates and the language group made a beach inspired treat.

It was a fun filled week and a great theme to end this school year!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Play sand is a great medium to explore. Not only is it soft to the touch but so fun to watch stream down through the funnel we put in this box!

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Down near the water the sand denser and perfect for building sandcastles—–like our moon sand! In this box a plastic crab, toy sea turtle and 2 shells could be found. There was also a fun play dough toy. It could be used to make sand castles or rolled along to make footprints in the sand—-very cool!

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

 

 

 

 

 

While we don’t have any black sand beaches here, we think they would be pretty cool to explore! Our black sand beach was actually kinetic sand—-always popular with both students and staff! Everyone loves the way kinetic sand feels but since it molds well, we put a cute starfish mold in this box.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Playing along the seashore means feeling a cool breeze and water spray. There were a variety of hand operated fans to mimic ocean breezes. We had some with whirling lights and others that did not have blades at all—-very cool!

The students found them fascinating.

The really fun part of this box was our misting water bottle! After we sprayed the water into the air, there were LOTS of giggles from the students as the water droplets fell down on them 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, with a beach unit we HAD to include our ocean umbrella! Both dolphin and whale sounds were recorded on a voice output device. As usual, this umbrella was a hit—-it really is one of our favorites 🙂

The science access point match living things with their habitats can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Since this is our last post of the year—–and our students are so VERY cute,

                                                here are a few more photos 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

For our messy play this week we asked the students to make wavy ocean wave lines in our “sea foam” shaving cream. A really fun way to work on pre-writing skills!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Our water play featured a fun little fish and some different sized scoops. Water is always fun for our students and a great way to rinse off messy hands 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

Sunscreen is a MUST for a day at the beach! Bath and BodyWorks aruba coconut bath gel in our water and its matching scented lotion left our students smelling like they had spent a day at the beach!

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students made paper plate sea shells. To make the plates look like shells we just freehanded a little curve along each side of a small paper plate—-pretty easy.

To start out we asked the students to identify the color of our paint using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students painted their sea shells PINK!

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

 

 

 

 

 

We added some glitter to give the shell a little sparkle!

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

Fabulous sea shells!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made crabs using paper plates. Paper plates were folded in half and stapled prior to the group. We also pre-made the crab pincers.

Using communication symbols, the students identified the color of the paint they were going to use to paint their crabs.

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

 

 

 

 

They also identified a semi-circle—–the shape of our crabs!

Recognize a half of an object as part of the whole object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

The students added 2 crab pincers (made with chenille stems and construction paper) by putting the chenille stem through holes punched in the plates. They did a really great job with this!

The math access point associate quantities with number names can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Then the students painted their crabs with bright YELLOW paint!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 glue dots were added for 2 googlie eyes! We pre-glued the googlie eyes on to paper circles to make for easier handling.

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

Such cute little yellow crabs!

 

 

 

 

They are super cute BUT…….

better watch out for those crab claws 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We did things a little bit differently today.  Instead of making something to eat, we made ourselves a nice cool drink!  We made a copycat recipe of Sonic’s Ocean Water drink.  Here’s the recipe we used: Let_s Make Sonic Ocean Water

We started out by measuring some sugar.  We talked about how we use measuring spoons rather than measuring cups.  We added some water and then microwaved the ingredients for 30 seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

While the ingredients were in the microwave, we talked about how things get HOT when they are heated up.  Once the sugar and water was finished, we stirred it up and let it sit for a bit to cool down. When it was safe, the students got to feel the warm bowl.

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

 

 

 

 

 

We counted out 4 drops of food coloring and then added some coconut extract.  We stirred it all up and watched as the color CHANGED.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We POURED 2 cans of sprite into a pitcher.

Then we poured the other ingredients in and stirred it all up and……

VOILA! We created our own Ocean drink!

The math access point associate quantities with number names is addressed here. The science access point recognize a change in an object is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

Our students got to request if they wanted any goldfish crackers to go with their drink.  They were only given a small amount and had to ask for MORE if they wanted more.

Both the drink and the crackers were hits 🙂

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

I think we’re all ready to visit the beach!

 

 

 

 

Well thank you for joining us! We hope you enjoy your summer as much as we plan to! Hope to see you in the fall for more fun and learning Group by Group!