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Kentucky

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IMG_3054In honor of the Kentucky Derby we learned about the state of Kentucky this week. All our sensory boxes were related to details about the state! The fine motor group made some fun art projects and it was derby day in the language group. We sure learned a lot about our 15th state!

We also want to brag a bit this week, we were selected as “one of 20 blogs to grow your OT practice” by the people at otpotential.com—–SWEET!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_2821IMG_2998Since the derby inspired our theme this week we HAD to have a box dedicated to it.

The champion horse is usually draped with a wreath of roses, hence the term and so we put rose petals as the base of our box. Then we put a variety of horses including ones that were big, little, soft, hard—–lots of things to compare and contrast here!

Recognize similarities and differences in size of objects is a math access point that can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_2963IMG_2815This box of “bluegrass”  was such fun to explore! We included Lincoln Logs (the president was born in Kentucky) and cars (a leading industry in the state).

There were also symbols of the state such as fresh water “pearls” and a cardinal. The very first cheeseburger was served in Louisville so we put a little play food one in our box!

IMG_2797The science access point recognize a model of a real object is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2837IMG_3136A voice output device with the happy birthday song (2 Louisville sisters wrote it) had our students dancing!

The Kentucky Derby is also home to the worlds biggest fireworks show—-ours was a little smaller but our students sure had fun with our little light up toy (found at Target).

Use senses to recognize objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3097This box was filled with GOLD just like Fort Knox! It may not have real but our students thought it was a lot of fun—-really, who wouldn’t love diving into a box full of gold beads 🙂

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2812The University of Kentucky basketball team is the winningest NCAA team ever—–how cool is that! The team colors are blue and white just like our rice. Four blue K’s could be found in the rice and a picture of a basketball player could be found under the rice.

Recognize objects that are identical is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2807Coal is the state mineral and coal mining continues to be an important industry in the state of Kentucky. In this box 2 different size spoons were included for scooping fun in our black bean coal.

The math access point associate quantities with language, such as many, a lot, or a little can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2989IMG_3158If you have a MAMMOUTH umbrella you can make a Mammoth Cave! We made our cave by taping garbage bags around the edge of the umbrella. Animal coloring pictures were taped inside and some toy bats hung down. Our students had a blast using a flashlight to search for animals in the cave habitat.

IMG_2893                                Match common living things with their habitats is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2864The happy birthday song was the inspiration for our scents this week. We figured birthday songs and birthday cake go together and since Philosophy makes a cake scented bath gel—-PERFECT!

There was a big scoop and a little melon baller for fun water play. The melon baller had a little hole at the bottom of the bowl—–so much fun to use that to use that to fill the scoop!

Recognize different containers that hold liquids and track objects in motion are  science access points.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2877Continuing a birthday party theme, we asked our students to choose between 2 different soda scented lip balms—-applied to WRISTS NOT LIPS of course!

Their choices were Sprite and Fanta, both very yummy scents, however Sprite turned out to be the overwhelming favorite!

The language access point effectively communicate wants and needs using gestures/signs, pictures, symbols, or words.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we made some Derby Day decorations!

IMG_3004IMG_3007We started by asking the students to show us the color red using communication symbols. Then we gave them a piece of red tissue paper and asked them to tear and crumple it up—-to make red roses! A great activity for bilateral coordination.

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

 

 

 

IMG_3057After they finished making their roses they dipped them in glue and attached them to a horseshoe, using this template: horseshoe.

This activity addresses eye hand coordination and pincer grasp skills.

The horseshoe was then glued onto a rectangular piece of paper AFTER we discussed the SHAPE of the paper!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3070IMG_3047Lets celebrate Derby Day—–

IMG_3027                                                                                          TA DA!!!!

 

 

The red cardinal is the state bird of Kentucky. Since they also live in our state, we decided our Thursday art project would be to make bird feeders for the cardinals around our school! Recognize that animals need food is a science access point addressed with this activity.

IMG_3278Our students did a really great job spreading peanut butter on a pine cone—-although it was a little hard to resist the temptation to sneak a taste for themselves 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3267Then they put their pinecones in a tray, practicing pincer grasp skills as they picked up and sprinkled birdseed on top of the peanut butter. This activity was pretty messy but the students had a BLAST!!!!

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3313TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3350After everyone had finished their bird feeders we brought them outside and hung them up—–there are going to be some pretty happy cardinals around here soon 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

IMG_3185It was a race for the roses in the language group!  The focus for group was to follow the directions. In addition to verbal prompts we used picture symbols to help our students follow the directions. The students raced 2 at a time holding a hobby horse (some of them needing a little help, of course).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3191The racers had to make sure to watch and listen for the directions to “GO” and “STOP”.   Everyone got a turn to race and it was all very exciting 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3177IMG_3206For our student “spectators”, we provided some fun hats to wear—–everyone knows that when you’re at the Kentucky Derby, anything goes!

IMG_3200                                                                                    Even pizza hats!

 

 

 

IMG_3219IMG_3225Once a jockey won, their horse received a floral wreath, just like the ones received by the real winners of the race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3230This was such a fun activity, filled with so much fun and laughter——because that is just how we roll Group by Group 🙂

 

 

Elephants

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IMG_3266September 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day—–who knew! We decided that it would a great theme and an opportunity to learn more about elephants. Our sensory group explored boxes that related to places we would find elephants. The fine motor group stamped and painted elephants. In the language group we had an elephant dance party—–how fun is that!

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_3312IMG_3431There are 2 different kinds of elephants—-African and Asian. We decided to represent them with some cool and colorful discovery bottles. The African discovery bottle contained beads with the colors of the continent—-black, green, and red. There was also a little elephant bead to find floating around. The Asian discovery bottle was filled with colorful sequins like those that might decorate the headdresses the elephants might wear during a festival. There was another elephant to find in that bottle also.

IMG_3460                                   What a fun way to explore the science access point track objects in motion!

 

IMG_3134One of the coolest things about elephants are their TRUNKS. This box contained our grey Floam which has an interesting texture and is easily moldable into shapes—-such as an elephant’s trunk! Most of our students really enjoyed squeezing, rolling, pushing and pulling the floam but some of them did not like it at all. While we encourage exploration we try to always respect our students preferences.

Bilateral skills are addressed as students use their hands to roll the Floam into tubes. The science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is also addressed.

 

 

IMG_3314IMG_3237This box was total fun, it contained a voice output device that had elephant sounds recorded on it. We also included a small plush elephant and an elephant hat.  Our students had a blast with this box, such great opportunities for pretend play……and they looked SO CUTE in the hat 🙂

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

 

 

IMG_3213Here at home, one place to see elephants is the circus. Our circus box was filled with these colorful packing peanuts and a cute little circus elephant. We also put in a cup for filling and pouring——so much fun! This was also a great opportunity to practice fine motor skills such as pincer grasp.

Solving problems involving small quantities of objects using language such as enough, too much, or more is a math access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3471IMG_3450Another place we might see elephants is at the zoo. Our zoo box was filled with some coarse sawdust—-kind of like the sawdust at the bottom of the circus tent. Since it was coarse rather than fine, it was easily brushed off hands. This was the first time we have used this and we were pretty happy with the way it turned out. Of course, we made sure to watch our students very carefully since this material is not edible.

This box allows the opportunity to address the science access point match animals that are the same since there was more than 1 elephant in the box.

IMG_3494We also put some sunglasses in the zoo box—–if you live in Florida you always need sunglasses for any outdoor activity! Our cool students always rock a pair of sunglasses!

 

IMG_3308We practiced making vertical and horizontal strokes—–the basic strokes of the letter E—-in our shaving foam. Messy play is always a hit with our students!

A super fun way to address the science access point apply a push to move an object.

IMG_3145The foam was rinsed off in Bath and Bodyworks Into the Wild scented water. Elephants are WILD animals so it sort of works 🙂  Since elephants like to eat fruit, we put in a fruity shaped sponge.

In this activity the science access point recognize water as a liquid is addressed.

 

 

 

IMG_3331We finished with some banana scented lotion from World Market. Bananas are another fruity snack that elephants enjoy. We left our students smelling totally yummy—–with the precaution to stay away from hungry elephants 🙂

Recognize one or more external body parts is the science access point addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_3339On Tuesday for our art project we stamped elephants! We started by discussing the rectangular shape of our paper and asking our students to show us its color using the communication symbols.

Recognizing objects with 2 dimensional shapes is a math access point. Identifying objects by one observable property such as color is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_3350IMG_3377Then we had a lot of fun mixing black and white paint to make GREY paint—–recognize a change in an object is the science access point addressed here.

The grey paint was applied to an elephant stamp with a foam brush. An empty thread spool was hot glued onto the stamp to make it easier for our students to grasp. The students took turns stamping 3 elephants onto their papers.

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

 

IMG_3399                                                                            TA DA—–elephants on parade!

 

On Thursday we made fun elephant masks!

IMG_3651We started by cutting paper plates in half using our switch operated electric scissors—-which are pretty darn cool 🙂 Of course we discussed the shape of the plate and the fact that we were going to cut 1 plate into 2 halves!

The math access points recognize a common object with a two-dimensional shape and distinguish half from whole using objects can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3702After the ears were cut, Ms. Katie stapled the ears onto another paper plate (with eye holes already cut out) and the students began painting their elephants.  They really did an AWESOME job—–we were so PROUD!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3669Recognize a change in an object is a science access point addressed here.

Probably the coolest part of this art project was the trunk. We made it using some trash to treasure spiral notebook bindings—–are we creative or WHAT 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3680IMG_3714Ta DA—–cue elephant trumpeting sounds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

IMG_3535IMG_3524We were up and moving again for our language group.  After reading the book, we put on some elephant music found when searching elephant kids songs on youtube.

Attending to oral presentations (ex. stories, songs, verbal messages) is a language access point.

IMG_3533We practiced following directions, such as STOMP YOUR FEET, SWING YOUR ARMS, HIT THE DRUM, and of course, DANCE!  Some of our students required a little bit of assistance swinging their arms like a trunk might swing on an elephant, but for the most part, they did really well!

 

IMG_3559We got drums out so we could be LOUD like elephants are loud.  Our students with visual impairments especially liked this part of the dance party!

Recognize and respond to common sounds is a science access point.

The students, AND teachers, had lots of fun at our elephant dance party!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3501Elephants were certainly appreciated around here this week 🙂 Hope you enjoyed seeing all our activities. Join us again next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

Birthday Party

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IMG_9419IMG_9252Time to blow your horns and pull out your party hats! This week’s theme was birthday parties and our students had a blast with all our activities. Our sensory group explored boxes filled with textures and bright colors. The fine motor group made their own cool party hats and the language group made some yummy cupcakes.

Read along to see all the things we did.

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_9546IMG_9533Yellow paper shred was the base for this first birthday box. We added a little ribbon, tinsel, and crepe paper streamers for even more color. Then we put in some cute toys and a noise maker—-like those that might be found in goody bags or given as gifts! What is a birthday without cake? There were 2 cupcakes to be found, 1 big and 1 little. We also added a few little people and the word FRIENDS.

Besides the great textures to compare and contrast, the math access point recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects is addressed.

 

IMG_9573It’s always fun to get packages wrapped with colorful ribbon. This box was filled with all sorts of ribbon in lots of colors—-a really fun box to dive into! There was a lot of curling ribbon in the box which was especially fun to pull straight and watch spring back into curls.

Concepts of forces and changes in motion are explored as the science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes if move is addressed.

Recognize length of real objects, such as big, little, long or short is a math access point also addressed.

 

 

IMG_9376You HAVE to have balloons at a birthday party! Our students eyes lit up as soon as they spotted it and couldn’t wait until it was their turn to pull it up and down. Ms. Kim donated the balloon and she chose a mylar balloon because some of our students and staff have latex allergies. Myler is also a lot more durable than latex!

What a fun way to address the science access point track objects moving up and down.

 

 

 

 

IMG_9551On a voice output device we recorded some of pre-k students singing the happy birthday day song. This was a huge hit and our students loved listening to their little friends singing!

IMG_9383This addresses the science access point recognize and respond to commons sounds and the language access point respond to rhythm in familiar songs and rhymes.

 

IMG_9183IMG_9195Birthdays are about numbers and we put lots to find in our rainbow rice. We used the magnetic ones you can find in the dollar store—-a fun colorful way to work on number identification.

 

 

 

IMG_9209We put our Wikki Stix “candles” in this box. These waxed strings have a different texture, slightly tacky that our students always find interesting. Of course, the really cool thing about them is the way they can be bent and shaped.

Since they come in so many colors, the science access point match common objects by one observable property such as color can be addressed.

 

 

 

 

IMG_9199One of the best things about birthdays is the CAKE—-especially if it is funfetti! We added a bunch of colorful sprinkles to our cloud dough. We also included 2 different sized scoops which some students enjoyed using, while others preferred using their hands to squeeze the dough together.

IMG_9394 Needless to say, things got a little messy but then again that is part of the fun 🙂

Explore, observe, and recognize common objects in the natural world is a science access point addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9519Of course, some of us think the best thing about cake is the icing! Ours was made with colorful shaving cream. We let each class vote on which color they wanted their icing to be —–pink or blue. Blue won each time!

Using body movement or nonverbal expression to communicate preferences is a language access point.

As the students mix the color into the shaving cream they are learning about changes in matter—-addressing the science access point recognize a change in an object.

 

Umm—-did we mention it gets a little messy 🙂

 

 

IMG_9407IMG_9595Philosophy makes “wedding cake” scented bath gel and since we figured birthday cakes and wedding cakes are both cakes it was perfect for our theme! The students enjoyed rinsing their hands (and arms and faces) in it’s very yummy scent but they especially enjoyed finding this lighted pool toy in the bowl! We found it in the Target dollar section—-thanks again Ms. Kim.

Recognize sources of light is a science access point addressed with this fun toy.

 

 

IMG_9415Lemonade is a perfect party drink so we finished our group with some lemon scented lotion.  Our students really liked this light citrus scent rubbed on their hands and arms. It was a great scent to help us remember all the fun we had talking about birthday parties!

As usual, the science access point recognize one or more external body parts is addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_9265Our Tuesday art project was a birthday cake made from a pool noodle. We just love pool noodles, they are so inexpensive and versatile!

We started by discussing the color of the paper we were using. The students were given a selection of 3 color symbols and were asked to show us the color yellow—–they did an AWESOME job!

Identify objects by one observable property such as color is the science access point addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_9351IMG_9273The strips were cut using either our paper cutter or our switch adaptive electric scissors then taped around a piece of noodle—–to make the filling of course 🙂

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

We noted that our noodle was a cylinder addressing the math access point recognize a common 3 dimensional object.

 

 

 

IMG_9305We discussed each students age and pointed to it on a number board. Then we asked them to point to the number—working on number identification!

After they pointed to their age, we counted out the same number of popsicle stick “candles” and helped them push their candles into the noodle.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_9347IMG_9361TA DA—–time to blow out the candles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday we made some pretty fabulous party hats out of paper plates. We saw this idea through Pinterest at http://meaningfulmama.com.

IMG_9637We started by discussing the shape of the plate addressing the math access point recognize a common object with a 2 dimensional shape.

Then we discussed the 3 different colors of glitter glue we planned to use and counted the bottles.

Match objects to marked spaces to show one-to-one correspondence for quantities 1 to 3 is a math access point.

 

 

 

IMG_9643Squeezing the glue onto the plates was lots of fun and great for hand strengthening! It was also a lot of fun to watch the sparkly glitter glue drop down onto the plate 🙂

Track objects that fall is a science access point related to concepts of earth in space and time.

When we changed colors, we asked the students to let us know if they wanted “more” using their communication boards.

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

 

 

 

IMG_9657IMG_9694Ta DA, we have our hats—-let the party begin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

IMG_9429Since we’re celebrating Birthdays this week, we HAD to celebrate with some cake!  The language group made some cupcakes earlier in the day.  After the cupcakes were baked, they HAD to be decorated and that is what we did in our group!

We put some vanilla icing in 2 bowls and put blue food coloring in one of the bowls and pink food coloring in the other.  We had our students STIR in the food coloring, turning the icing into that color.

They really loved watching the icing change—-and recognizing a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_9450After stirring the icing, we counted out cupcakes for each of our students. Counting from 1 to 5 using objects is a math access point.  They are getting to be such great counters—-of course who wouldn’t want to count cupcakes 🙂

The students got to choose which color icing they wanted on their cupcake using words, gestures, or eye gaze.  One of our clever students chose to have BOTH colors on her cupcake.

Communicating a preference is a language access point.

 

 

 

IMG_9469After choosing their icing color, some (not all, due to oral motor concerns) of our students were able to choose a topping. The choices were between sprinkles and Birthday cake M&Ms.  Of course, if they chose M&Ms we counted them out!

IMG_9478If they chose sprinkles they got to shake them onto their cupcakes—-with a little help, of course 🙂

Again, communicating a preference is a language access point.

 

 

 

 

What’s a Birthday without singing the Birthday song?  We all sang the Happy Birthday song and then dove into the cupcakes.  YUM!

IMG_9483It was a day for choice making for our language group and they are getting so good at effectively conveying their wants and preferences 🙂

IMG_9521Hope you enjoyed seeing all our activities this week and got some good ideas for your own students.

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

New York Vacation

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IMG_5021It was back to school but spring break vacations were still on our minds with our New York City theme.  It is a popular vacation spot and such an exciting place to visit——we had so much fun planning the different group activities! Our sensory group activities included a trip to Time Square, the fine motor group made art projects related to New York City symbols, and the language group explored tourist destinations on the Smart board.

All our activities focused on looking at the world in spatial terms and the social studies access point associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

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IMG_5266We started our tour with the most exciting place in NYC—-Time Square! We put 5 strands of battery operated lights on our umbrella and it really gave a fabulous “Time Square” effect. Needless to say this was a HUGE hit,  our students really loved all the lights and could hardly wait for their turn!

The lights were attached using good old twist ties and we used velcro to attach the battery packs as they were a little heavy.

The science access point recognize sources of light is addressed in this activity.

 

 

IMG_5027We also pulled out our battery operated spinning lights so that students could put on their own light show. The science access point apply a push to move an object while also working on fine motor skills is addressed.

 

 

 

IMG_5001IMG_5299NYC is filled with skyscrapers. Our students made their own cityscapes using Duplo blocks to make “building” impressions in moon sand. The blocks shape made them easy for our students to hold and manipulate—-they worked perfectly!

Again the science concepts of forces and changes in motion are addressed as students apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5330Bright yellow and black taxis are EVERYWHERE in the city and a great way to get from one destination to another! We put some soft yellow pom poms and hard black beads in this box to compare and contrast. The colors gave this box a pretty striking contrast and most of our students found it intriguing.

As the students sort the items they can address the science access point recognize 2 common objects that are identical to each other. They can also address the math access point recognize 2 objects that are the same color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5211IMG_5296Central Park is one fabulous place a taxi might take you! Besides lots of grass, the park is filled with trees and flowers so we put silk ones on a layer of basket filler. We also included a bunch of animals—–zoo animals, butterflies, dogs, ducks, squirrels, birds—–you can find all of them in Central Park!

With all that walking, you might want a snack and a NYC hotdog would certainly hit the spot 🙂 The play food hotdog usually elicited smiles when found in the box.

Recognize the leaf and flower of a plant are science access points that can be addressed in this box as students explore organization and development of living organisms. Recognize a model of a real object is another science access point addressed.

 

 

IMG_5321Another exciting thing to do on a NYC vacation would be to see a Broadway Show. For this box we brought back our Wizard of Oz discovery bottle with it’s green glitter and red Barbie shoes! Music from The Wiz—-found via a Youtube clean video search—- was recorded on our voice output device.

As the students turn and shake the bottle tracking objects in motion, a science access point, is addressed.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5615Our students—–and teachers 🙂  had a blast rocking out to “Ease on Down the Road” from The Wiz and showing their moves.

Attending to sounds from various sources is a music access point addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5280Our students searched for the letters N Y C in rice. As the rice was shifted aside, a picture of one of the biggest symbols of not just NYC but our country was revealed——the Statue of Liberty! This box didn’t have a lot of rice, so it made it especially easy for the hidden items to be revealed.

IMG_5063Recognize a symbol that represents America, such as the Statue of Liberty is an access point related to the understanding of structure and functions of government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5228IMG_5259Finally, the scent of the week—–APPLE, of course 🙂  A fitting end to our tour of the Big Apple. A fabulous yellow ducky floated in our scented water and the students had a great time using the big apple sponge to give him a shower.

Explore, observe, and recognize objects in the natural world is a science access point addressed in this activity.

Our students enjoyed this week’s scent and as usual, we gave them an opportunity to communicate where they wanted the lotion.

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_5101IMG_5145On Tuesday our art project focused on the Statue of Liberty! We started by making the torch. The first step was using our paper cutters to cut green paper into a rectangle shape.

Once again, working on the math access point, recognize a 2 dimensional shape and the science access point recognize a change in an object.

Then we taped the rectangle to a toilet paper roll and ROLLED!!!! Our students did a great job and showed such concentration.

This was great for working on bilateral coordination.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5165Time for the really fun part—–stuffing tissue paper in the top to make our flame! Our students certainly did a great job demonstrating the science access point apply a push to move an object!

Prior to the group, we had cut the center out of a paper plate and stapled on some green paper that we had freehand cut for the statue’s crown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5137                                                                                             Ta DA—–welcome to New York City 🙂

 

 

IMG_5496IMG_5455For our art project on Thursday we used apple stamping to decorate a cityscape!

We started by gluing a precut cityscape—-here is the pattern Joy drew SKMBT_42314032815140—–onto a piece of white rectangular paper. In addition to the math access point recognize a 2 dimensional shape, the science access point recognize a change in an object is also addressed.

Then we discussed the different paint colors we were going to use and asked the students to choose which color they wanted.

Recognizing an object by one observable property, such as color is the science access point addressed. Using body movement or nonverbal expression to communicate preferences is a language access point addressed.

 

 

IMG_5468Little hands and big slippery apples are not a good combination so we stuck a fork into the apple which made it so much easier for our students to handle!

So did we count the numbers of apples stamped?

OF COURSE 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5507IMG_5521Ta Da! These cityscapes turned out pretty fabulous—-the Big Apple never looked so good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

IMG_5411After reading Cara’s book about the sights to see in New York, we decided to take a closer look with a virtual tour.  We had the students gather around the SMART board for this group.  We printed out some pictures of places from our book, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

These pictures were put on an All Turn It Spinner so that our students were able to pick a place to go.

Cara found a couple of websites with virtual tours of New York.  The one she had planned on showing, http://www.airpano.com, didn’t end up working on our SMART board; however, it has an amazing virtual tour.  Instead, we used http://newyork.arounder.com.  This was also a virtual tour, but wasn’t an eagle eye view like airpano.

 

IMG_5393Our students loved being able to experience seeing New York with a 360 degree tour.  We used different adjectives to talk about what we were looking at.  We commented on the TALL building, the LONG bridge, and the BRIGHT lights.

Developing an understanding of language concepts related to linear measurement is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5403The final consensus was that we all wanted to travel to New York on our next CBI trip:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5057Hope you enjoyed our geography themed activities this week! Join us again for more fun and learning Group by Group!

The Colors of my Country

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IMG_3163We celebrated the colors of our country this week—–between the Winter Olympics and Presidents Day we were in a patriotic frame of mind and thought this theme would be a fun way to finish out the month! Our sensory group boxes were filled with items that were either red, white, or blue. The fine motor group combined the colors to make fun art projects. The language group had fun sorting the colors.

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_3377IMG_3171So many fabulous things to discover in our red box! All sorts of shapes, textures, and things that made NOISE—-especially important for our students with visual impairments. There was paper shred, chenille ribbon, accordion tubes, stuffed animals, and a squeaky toy that was by far the favorite!

As with all our color boxes our students are engaging in the practice of science by exploring, observing, and recognizing common objects in the natural world. They are also exploring properties of matter and addressing the science access point identify common objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

IMG_3249Our white box had some wonderful textures including feathers, a dusting mitt, and some imitation sheepskin. A lovely soft box to run fingers through. We also put in some pompom yarn that was perfect for shaking and draping!

The practice of science is again addressed as the access point use senses to recognize objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3361IMG_3216This blue box was also filled with more wonderful textures and items to explore. We included some shiny curling ribbon, basket filler, some kitchen scrubbers, and an accordion tube.

As students pulled the accordion tube apart and pushed it back together they worked on bilateral coordination. 

Forces and changes in motion were explored while addressing the science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

                                                   LOOK at the concentration on the students faces—–fabulous!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

IMG_3235This red moon sand had a great tactile feel and is very moldable. A melon baller helped make it even more fun to explore. Discussing the little spheres that were made addresses the math access point recognize 3 dimensional shapes. Of course, even though it looked like a ball it didn’t quite act the same way——some of the students were quite intrigued when the balls didn’t bounce when dropped!

Exploring, observing, and recognizing common objects in the natural world is an access point related to the practice of science.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3390White flour filled our next box and it is pretty messy stuff—–we LOVE it! Spoons and scoops of different sizes were included for filling and measuring.

Develop understandings of addition and subtraction strategies are addressed as students solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3362We dyed some navy beans blue for our next box and they turned out really cool! We found the instructions on the Fun and Home with Kids website. Everyone, including the adults, was pretty fascinated  by the blue hue! To also go along with this weeks theme, the letters U S A were hidden in the box for our students to find.

Finding the hidden letters addresses visual and tactile discrimination skills.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3218Forces and changes in motion are explored and the science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move was addressed when playing with the white shaving cream. Since the shaving cream is naturally white, we had to include it as part of this unit!

As usual, our students made a mess and had a blast 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3434We rinsed our hands in cherry scented water—-cherries are RED after all 🙂 We also put 2 foam puzzle dinosaurs in the water. Since one dinosaur was blue and one was red, colors could be discussed and the science access point identify objects by one observable property is again addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3424Our students also enjoyed exploring our discovery bottles. One was filled with blue beads and glitter while the other was filled with assorted red, white and blue beads.

As the bottles are turned the motion of objects is explored as the science access point track objects in motion is addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3443IMG_3444We finished our session with some cherry scented lotion—-yummy! Our students loved the aroma and loved when it was applied to hands, arms, or ears 🙂

Concepts related to the organization and development of living organisms are explored while addressing the science access points recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli AND recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_3002On Tuesday we started by counting out some grey rectangular paper—–counting the pieces  of course! We always ask to the students to sign their names by first identifying theirs from a choice of two.  Our students are emergent writers and we encourage them to “write” as we say the letters of their names out loud. Some of them are starting to say their letters along with us and stop writing after we say the last letter!

Using pictures, symbols, gestures/signs, or words to communicate meaning is a language access point related to the writing process.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2999Next we counted out 3 shapes, asking the students to point to the number 3 using our communication symbols. Then we asked them to point to or touch the circle (all our shapes came from a shape sorter toy).

Recognizing a common object with a two dimensional shape is a math access point. Recognize quantities 1 to 3 using sets of objects or number names is also a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3027IMG_3075To complete our art project we stamped blue squares, red circles, and white triangles.  We asked our students to identify the paint colors we were using, again using our communication symbols.

The students did a great job stamping the shapes, showing really nice eye hand coordination!

As they stamped, we counted to 3 aloud. We were really excited when some of them stopped stamping when we got to the number 3!

 

 

 

 

IMG_3094TaDa!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3604IMG_3541On Thursday we made a color collage. We love doing collages——they are so much fun AND a great way to use up all those odds and ends hanging around the art closet!

In addition to eye hand coordination, pincer grasp skills are also addressed in this activity.

As items are added to the collage changes in matter are explored addressing the science access point recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

Here’s to the RED,IMG_3631IMG_3613 WHITE and BLUE!

IMG_3581                                                                                                          TA DA!!!!!!

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

IMG_3461For our language group, we focused on sorting and answering the question, “what color is it?”  Each of our students had a turn putting their hand inside the bag of goodies Joy put together.

There was a lot of reinforcement to not peek 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3463Once an object had been pulled out, the student had to say what color it was——either red, white, or blue.  They could do this either verbally or by pointing to a communication symbol with the different colors.

Communicating information that tells about an object is a language access point related writing applications.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3469IMG_3452IMG_3492After labeling the color, the student then had to put it in the matching colored basket.

For some of our visually impaired students, we talked about how the object felt.  We used adjectives such as bumpy, smooth, soft, and hard.

 

Our students did a pretty great job with the sorting and identification of colors.  They sure do know the colors of their country!

IMG_3339IMG_3474Thanks for joining us again this week, it’s been a lot of fun—–hope you smiled along with us! Join us again next week for more fun and learning Group by Group.

Rainbow

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IMG_7681It was all about COLOR with our rainbow theme this week! Our sensory boxes were so vibrant—just beautiful. Due to a special school activity our fine motor group only had one art project but it turned out pretty fabulous. Our language group had a blast making rainbow toast! All the students enjoyed Cara’s book, in each classroom we discussed the colorful objects on each page and looked around the room to find people wearing the different colors.

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_7400IMG_7436Our primary color boxes were filled with a variety of textures and objects. Lots of things to look at and touch!

There were things to shake….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7519Pull apart…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7467IMG_7420Explore and discover!

All our boxes addressed the science access point identifying objects by one observable property—-color 🙂

IMG_7489Individual items addressed the science access points applying a push or pull to move an object, tracking objects in motion, and recognizing common objects in the natural world through observation.

IMG_7545Purple Bubber filled this box. We have extolled the virtues of this stuff before but we can’t sing its praises enough. It’s so soft and squishy but dry—you just have to keep touching it!

We included a letter R (for rainbow) cookie cutter. While making letters the science access point applying a push to move an object is addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7497It took a couple of hours to dye our pasta this nice vibrant orange but it was totally worth it. There was also a definite auditory component as the pasta trickled off fingers or was swirled around.

We included 3 orange items to find in the pasta. The items differed in size and shape from the pasta making it especially interesting to our students with visual impairments.

This box addresses both visual and tactile discrimination.

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

The math access point associating quantities with number names is also addressed.

 

 

 

IMG_7403We used dried split peas for our green box with a little scoop and also 3 green items to find—-including a Yoda figure which our students found pretty intriguing!

These peas feel so soft as fingers are run through them—very relaxing!

Responding to new vocabulary that is introduced is a language access point that can be addressed here. After all, it’s important that our students know their Star Wars characters 🙂

 

 

 

IMG_7594Finally, what do you get when you put all the colors together? A rainbow of course 🙂 We had to include our rainbow rice in this unit!

There were 3 letter R’s to find and a colorful rainbow picture taped to the bottom of the box.

Applying a push or pull to move an object is the science access point addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7516We finished with Rain kissed Leaves lotion from Bath and Bodyworks—without rain you wouldn’t have any rainbows 🙂

A nice soft aroma and a fitting scent to remember  all the colorful fun we had!

It also addressed the science access point recognizing and responding to one type of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Motor Group

IMG_7708These book dividers were cast offs from the media center—-score! We hot glued them to some dollar store sponges to adapt them for our students. Sometimes it does pay to be a hoarder 🙂

We used them to make sponge painted rainbows seen on the Teaching 2 and 3 year olds blog.

 

 

IMG_7673First we counted out pieces of rectangular paper (counting all four sides) and then practiced writing our names.

Recognizing the sides of a rectangle and recognizing objects with 2 dimensional shapes are math access points.

We pressed our sponges onto the paint trays and then slid them across the paper.

Applying a push or pull to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

IMG_7691IMG_7701It was kind of magical how the rainbows appeared. Our students were pretty excited about their projects—

Ta DA!

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

 

 

 

 

Language Group

IMG_7603This week, we decided that it would be fun to make something edible—-food is always fun 🙂  Cara typed out directions for making rainbow bread, using a recipe found on food.com.

Recognizing the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7615We started out by pouring sweetened condensed milk into 6 clear plastic cups.  Then, we went around the table and the let students pick out which color they wanted to add to the milk using a color board made with Boardmaker symbols.  They used food coloring  to add the colors.  We discussed the fact that 2 colors were needed  to make purple or orange.

Effectively communicating information, wants, and needs using pictures, symbols, or gestures is a language access point addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_7641Next, we mixed the colors into the sweetened condensed milk.  This was fun!  Each student got their own cup and watched how the colors changed.

The science access points applying a push or pull to move an object and recognizing a change in an object are addressed in this activity.

We counted out the bread and the plates.  The students then used the paintbrushes to “paint” the colors onto their bread.  The colors looked so vibrant on the bread!  Very cool.

 

 

 

IMG_7656IMG_7662After painting the bread, we toasted it and then got to enjoy the goodness!  YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7482Such a fun, colorful week we had! Be sure to join us again next week where there will be more fun things to discover and learn about—-Group by Group!

Alice in Wonderland

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IMG_5199We had such a great time this week exploring the classic story of Alice in Wonderland. Cara’s book was wonderful and it was so exciting for our students to see themselves in her book! Hope you enjoy seeing how we made Alice’s adventures a multi-sensory learning experience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_5203Our first box was filled with paper shred since most books are made from paper—or at least they used to be 🙂

Nestled among the paper were some playing cards (hearts of course), some Mad Hatter party hats, rose petals, heart garland and ribbon, caterpillars, a variety of white rabbits…..

AND a cute fluffy “dormouse” that makes a crinkly sound when squeezed! We found it at the dollar store—-score!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5342We also included a play food cupcake with the label “eat me” and a plastic bottle with the word “drink me”.

It was so fun to see what the different students gravitated towards—-everyone had their favorites!

Exploring and interacting with a selected object is a language access point addressed in this box.

Visual discrimination in addition to reach and grasp skills are also addressed while exploring the fun contents of this fun box!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5071A is for Alice and we hid 4 letter A’s in this box of tea leaves.  The tea leaves have an interesting texture, kind of crunchy and mild aroma—–a different sensory experience!

The students also had fun using the small scoop to cover them up again.

The math access point recognizing when items have been added to or removed from sets of objects to 4 is addressed here.

Picking up the letters is an opportunity to work on pincer grasp skills—–most beautifully illustrated by this picture—and eye hand coordination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5044Chenille stems make for great caterpillars! This box was filled with regular size and giant size ones for some size comparisons. Soft and colorful—-you just HAVE to reach out for one!

These are perfect for twisting together (and promoting bilateral coordination) to make some new creations—-sensory group meets fine motor group 🙂

This also addresses the science access point of recognizing a change in a object.

All the different colors and sizes help address the science access point of identifying common objects by one observable property, such as size or color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5310Pink and purple are the theme of this next box—-for the Cheshire Cat, of course!  All that was left was his grin!

We used a Mr. Potato head mouth for the grin and hid it in the hard beads and soft pompoms 🙂

This box addresses the science access point of identifying  common objects by one observable property such as size or color.

Recognizing common 3-dimensional objects, such as balls (spheres) and two objects that are the same size or color are math access points addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5347We used black cherry kool-aid to make the perfect red for our Queen of Hearts playdough. It turned out really well, a perfect squishy texture! Not only did it look pretty but it smelled wonderful also!

We used our heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out lots of pretty hearts.

Counting how many hearts were cut out addresses math skills and one to one correspondence.

It also addresses the math access point of recognizing 2 dimensional shapes that are the same shape and size (congruent).

The science access point of recognizing a change in an object is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5356These flowers didn’t sing but our students sure had fun making them dance in the air!

Tracking objects that fall to the ground and indicating that an object has fallen are the science access points addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5237Continuing with our floral theme, the students had fun with our sweet pea scented water. We put 2 different size measuring cups for scooping fun…….but sometimes it’s just more fun to play with the bubbles!

Recognizing water as a liquid is the science access point addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5263We finished with some Crabtree and Evelyn rose scented lotion. Wow this stuff really had a strong aroma. Some of our students really like it…………

IMG_5133Others not so much 🙂

Either way, it made for a memorable experience—–and an opportunity to address the science access point of recognizing and responding to one type of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_5146On Tuesday we made some Mad Hatter hats! These were assembled by gluing a paper bowl onto a paper plate.  We cut a  hole in the plate to help it fit onto our students heads.

We had one of our students decide what color to start with and began painting.  Jeannie’s favorite color is purple—-hmm, I think someone is looking for extra brownie points from his teacher 🙂

The different colors were then passed around so that everyone ended up with a very colorful hat.

Adjusting nonverbal expression, referent objects to communicate wants and needs to familiar persons is a language access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5153IMG_5172Everybody had a great time painting their hats.

The paintbrushes were taped to paint stirring sticks to adapt them for our students with physical disabilities.

The science access points sharing objects with a partner and recognizing a change in an object are addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

Ta DA!

IMG_5182                                                                   Love it!!!! This Mad Hatter is ready for the tea party!

 

 

 

 

IMG_5295On Thursday we made some card soldier puppets. We pulled some of the heart (of course!) cards from a deck. 4 holes were punched and a popsicle stick was glued to the back.

The rectangle shaped cards were counted as they were passed out and then we counted out 2 chenille stems for each student.

We also counted the number of hearts on each card.

Recognizing common objects with two dimensional shapes and associating quantities with number names are math access points.

Chenille stems were threaded through the holes to make the arms and legs. Pincer grasp, eye hand coordination, bilateral coordination—–a PERFECT fine motor activity!

 

 

 

 

IMG_5455IMG_5461These were a huge hit, our students loved their puppets!

IMG_5451Recognizing that the appearance of an object has changed and recognizing one or more external body parts are science access points addressed here.

IMG_5465                                                               Did we mention our students LOVED their puppets 🙂

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

IMG_5401We placed pictures from our book on the All Turn it Spinner. With each turn, our students got to try on a costume prop that matched the character.

Using nonverbal expression, gestures/signs, pictures, symbols, or words to responds to familiar read-aloud stories by identifying characters, objects, or events is a language access point addressed here.

Responding to a technology resource is another language access point addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5424IMG_5418Some of the props we used were the Queen of Hearts scepter, Dormouse ears, Cheshire Cat mask, Mad Hatter hat, IMG_5432                                                                                      a Singing Flower hood……………………..

 

 

 

IMG_5391AND some White Rabbit ears! This student really got into character, making sure we took a picture of  his rabbit impersonation 🙂

IMG_5405We held up a mirror for our students to be able to see themselves, and BOY what a hit that was!  The students who were verbal expressed WHAT they had on and WHO they were while the nonverbal students followed directions with prepositions such as “hold it UP”, “put it ON”.

Selecting a familiar object to explore and communicating about the selected object using nonverbal expression, gestures/signs, pictures, symbols, or words is the language access point addressed with this activity.

The students had a great time and the adults in the room definitely enjoyed themselves as well.

REALLY—–who doesn’t love to dress up!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5105That’s it for this week, we had so much fun going down the rabbit hole with Alice and making a wonderland of experiences for our students!

If you are looking for some more traditional October themes—be sure to check out what we did last year—–BUT don’t forget to join us again next week for more Group by Group fun!