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Louisiana

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img_3261img_2983We traveled again this week but a little closer to home—-the great state of Louisiana! Our sensory groups explored boxes related to facts and symbols of the state. The fine motor groups used markers and crayons to complete their projects and the language group led a Mardi Gras parade.

img_3667It was a really fun week that both students and staff enjoyed—–so let the good times roll!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_2611img_2929This box was filled with symbols of Louisiana including the state bird (pelican), beverage (milk), amphibian (frog), honey bees (insect), and mammal (black bear). We also recorded a version of “You are my Sunshine” one of the state songs, on a voice output device. All of this was put on a base of paper shred in state colors: blue, white, and gold!

img_2779Recognize a model of a really object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3354img_2603We made 3 discovery bottles made using the state colors. One was all gold and one was all blue. The third was a mixture of white, blue, and gold beads floating around in gold glitter. VERY eye catching!

img_3295The science access point track objects in motion can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2144img_2891New Orleans, Louisiana is known for its Mardi Gras celebrations and the colorful beads thrown from the floats during parades! This box was filled with beads in Mardi Gras colors. Fun to look at, wear, touch, or watch move when pushed or shaken.

img_2733Track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_2214img_2251Looking super cute while wearing Mardi Gras beads–

img_2881                                                                 that’s just how our students roll 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2641img_3291This Mardi Gras rice was made for a unit we did a while ago and it was fun bringing it out again. It really is one of our prettiest mixtures and is just so eye catching! We put in letter L’s and a map of Louisiana for the students to find.

img_2172The social studies access point, associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3353img_2169We made some sunshine yellow play dough for the state song “You are my sunshine”. The students had fun squeezing together, pulling apart, or rolling the play dough into balls. We also included a little textured rolling pin to make some “sun rays” and a cookie cutter letter L to add to the fun.

img_2719Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2220img_2240For our messy play we went back to the Louisiana state colors—-we sprinkled BLUE and YELLOW glitter into WHITE shaving cream! The students had fun making swirls, lines, letter L’s, or just squishing it between fingers 🙂

img_3316The science access point recognize pushing and pulling an object makes it move is again addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2771img_3245We put some plastic crawfish and a rubber alligator to swim around in our water this week. Bath and BodyWorks vanilla sugar bath gel was also added because we thought it smelled like beignets—-those yummy New Orleans donuts!

img_2187The science access point match animals that are the same can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3387img_3399The matching lotion was a hit with our students this week. They really liked its sweet aroma and after having it rubbed on hands and arms they left the group smelling like yummy beignets!

img_2266Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we made some trumpets in honor of Louis Armstrong who was born in Louisiana. We used the state colors again for this project!

img_3036We started by asking the students to identify a rectangle——the shape of the paper we were going to use.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_3086img_3094Then they used markers and crayons to color or draw on their papers.

img_3096Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_3179img_3127The drawings were wrapped around paper towel tubes that had been taped to paper bowls and……….TA DA!

img_3190                                                       Our students are ready to play a little jazz!

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students decorated a pelican, the state bird, using this: pelican-template

img_2286img_2277First we discussed the state colors and asked the students to identify the color blue using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_2352img_2336Then the students scribbled on their penguins with blue and yellow markers. One of our students scribbled using a pressure switch activated vibrating massager with a marker glued to it. He activates switches using his elbow and is getting really good at it!

img_2321Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_2333img_2378TA Da! We love the Pelican State!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since Mardi Gras is coming up, we decided to have our own Mardi Gras celebration!

img_3416img_3470Our language group entertained the entire elementary staff and students with a small parade around the building.

img_3436Our students dressed up in hats and boas and gave out beads to all of the spectators.  We even put on some zydeco music to walk to!

 

 

 

 

img_3482img_3579It was a fun crowd after all——– everyone loves a parade!

img_3533                                                                    We are a really fun bunch 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Once we rounded everyone up, we gathered together in the multi-purpose room for our party!

img_3636img_3639What is a party without cake and ice cream! We had King cake of course and topped with vanilla ice cream (thanks Jeannie) with apple juice to drink. The students requested what they wanted using communication symbol sentence strips.

img_3927                                                                                       YUMMY!!

 

 

 

 

img_3996img_3842With zydeco music playing, we had to start dancing 🙂

img_4013                                                                              Our students have moves!!!!

 

 

 

 

img_3994img_3936Whether sitting and listening to music or getting their groove on—–

img_3951                                                                       the students had a blast!

 

 

 

 

image002img_3628The photo booth was also so much fun and we had lots of colorful props!

img_3984 Lots of opportunities for communication as the students had to communicate which props they wanted for their photos.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3973img_4142All of the dancing and fellowship was awesome and we all had a great time!

img_3969                                                         We hope your week was as fun filled as ours!

 

 

 

 

img_3697img_4010Be sure and join us next time for fun and learning——Group by Group!

Minnesota

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

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

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

img_8210img_8204First the students identified our paint color using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

img_8477First the students identified a circle using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8505img_8576Ta DA!

img_8626                                                                            It’s Babe the Blue Ox!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

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

Very cool and super reinforcing!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8837img_8847Then we set out for the Owl Mart of America.

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

 

 

 

 

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

img_8896                                                                          Decisions, decisions!

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

Winnie the Pooh

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

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

img_6324img_6337TA Pooh diddly Da!

img_6372                                                           We love that Winnie the Pooh!

 

 

 

 

 

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

img_6707img_6703First our students identified the color PINK using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6780img_6748Ta DA!!!!!!!!

img_6742                                                                  Such cute little Piglet puppets!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thumbnail_img_2588thumbnail_img_2587We decided it was a totally Pooh worthy dessert 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

New Years Around the World

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img_4574img_3665Happy New Year! We welcomed 2017 with a fun New Year’s theme. Our sensory groups explored boxes related to New Year’s celebrations. The fine motor group (we only had one because it was a short week) painted fireworks and the language group made some lucky New Year’s food!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_3640img_3773Celebrating the New Year is all about the passing of time so we thought a “sands of time” box would be fun. Dry fluids are so mesmerizing as they are swirled around with fingers or drifting down from the sifter scoop.

 

 

 

img_4170Track a falling object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3662img_3738People often wear colorful beads while celebrating. As usual, this eye catching box of colorful beads was a hit with the students.

img_3708The science access point track objects in motion can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_4226img_3649We recorded some firework sounds on a voice output device and added a couple of discovery bottles with beads and confetti——a total New Year’s Eve experience 🙂

 

 

 

img_4218The science access points track objects moving up and down; and apply a push to move an object are addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_4167img_3770We put the numbers 2-0-1-7 for the students to find in a box of dried black eyed peas. Here in the south, black eyed peas are eaten for luck on New Year’s Day!

img_3749Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3644img_4179We included a light box this week to represent all the colorful lights and fireworks associated with New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Needless to say, the students really loved this box!

 

 

img_3698Recognize a source of light energy is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_4251img_3656More color was found in our shaving cream messy play——it was sprinkled with confetti this week! The students had a blast creating their own swirling patterns.

Very eye catching!

img_4210Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3695img_4216Hands were rinsed in bubbly scented water from Philosophy. We had a couple of different sized scoops for the students to compare and contrast.

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_3803img_4268We found a Bath and Body Works lotion that was called Midnight so we HAD to use it for this theme 🙂 Whether rubbed on hands or necks, a great way to work on body part identification!

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_4313img_4329We finished by popping some firecrackers—–of the bubble wrap kind!

This is always a lot of fun and resulted in lots of smiles and giggles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_3864img_4083Vestibular, visual, and auditory input is provided in this activity which addresses the science access point recognize and respond to different sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

img_3902It also addresses the how to have FUN access point 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

In keeping with our New Year’s theme, the fine motor group made fireworks pictures!

img_3942img_3945We started by discussing the color of our paper and then asked the students to identify the shape using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_4024img_4009Then the students stamped a colorful mixture of neon paints onto their paper. We emphasized stamping UP and DOWN.

We made our stamper by fringing then rolling up a piece of craft foam. It’s held in place with a rubber band.

img_4054Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3972img_3986Glitter was added for added sparkle—-you know we never pass up the opportunity to add glitter to a project 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_4064img_4038Ta DA!

img_3974                                                                     Colorful fireworks…….

 

 

 

 

 

img_4116The pictures looked pretty cool in regular lighting but the paint seemed to fade into the paper a little, so we brought out our blacklight.

WOW under blacklight——–let the oohs and ahhs begin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This is going to be a new, fantastic year and we wanted to start it out by eating some foods that are considered lucky for the New Year.

We made 2 different things today for our lucky New Year’s snack.  Here is a powerpoint with the recipes:  lets-make-a-lucky-new-years-snack.  Pixon communication symbols are used throughout the recipes so that our students could match the symbols on the book to their own symbols.  The symbols used are some of the symbols that we use frequently.

img_4363First, we started by making some cornbread.  Cornbread is supposed to symbolize gold because of its color.  I’m sure none of us would mind finding some gold during this new year!

Our students helped count out the cupcake liners and we talked about the number 6.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_4365img_4373Then we poured in the cornbread mix, an egg, and some milk.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_4382img_4389Our students helped MIX up the ingredients.  Then we put them in the oven to bake.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the cornbread was baking, we started making our drink: Banana Grape Smoothies.  In Spain, when the clock strikes midnight, people eat 12 grapes–one for each month of the new year.  It’s been said that sweet grapes are a sign of good months to have while sour grapes are a sign of not so great months.  We made sure all of our grapes were super sweet!

img_4408img_4415We first felt the grapes and bananas that had been in the freezer.

They were COLD!!

img_4402The science access point distinguish between hot and cold objects can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_4426img_4432We put those in the blender then added some grape juice, vanilla Greek yogurt, and some cinnamon.  Our students helped PUT each of these ingredients into the bowls.  Very tricky at times (grape juice!) 🙂

img_4441The science access point recognize when an object has been added to a situation is again addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_4463img_4470Then they got to activate the blender using a switch–always a fun time.

img_4490Recognize that electrical systems must be turned on (closed) in order to work is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_4547img_4509Finally, when our cornbread was ALL DONE, our students got to eat some cornbread with grape jelly and drink their grape smoothie.

img_4570                                                           Cheers to a brand new year!!

 

 

 

 

img_3671img_3757We are so happy to be back and looking forward to a year of fun and learning——Group by Group!

The Netherlands

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

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP 

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

The vibrating tube was a real hit with the students!

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

img_0692 The students had a blast, as usual 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

img_0399Use senses to recognize objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0613img_0524TA DA——some pretty colorful shoes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

img_0755img_0762We started by asking the students to identify a rectangle.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

img_0834                                                                      Ta DA—–wind power!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

img_1239                                                              This is how it turned out!

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

Talk Show Hosts

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img_4247October 23 is National Talk Show Host day—-yes, there really is a day for everything!! While kind of an unusual theme, we had a lot of fun with it.

Our sensory group explored boxes related to some of our favorite talk show hosts. The fine motor groups made some fun art projects and the language group looked to Rachael Ray to make a tasty treat in less than 30 minutes 🙂

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_3622img_4304Oprah is a legendary talk show host. The base of her box was green paper shred—-we learned that green is her favorite color! We added things that we associate with Oprah like books (for her book club), a peace sign, the word FRIENDS (she has lots of them), and some little play people (one in a dress that is the color purple). We also included lots of hearts because of all the love Oprah spreads 🙂

img_4072Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_4268img_4055Harry Connick is not only a talk show host but is also an actor and singer. He starred in the movie Dolphin Tale. Our students got to swim with the dolphins with our underwater umbrella. There were also some dolphin sounds we recorded on the voice output device.

They LOVED this umbrella!

 

 

 

img_3639img_4065The science access point match common living things with their habitats is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_4087img_4151Whoopi Goldberg is another talk show host who is also an actor. She starred in the Sister Act movies. We took a cue from the colors of the nun’s habit that she wore in those movies and used white rice and black beans for her box. There were lots of letter W’s as well as a picture to find at the bottom of the box.

img_3607The science access point recognize common objects as the same can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_3609img_4078Our super cool galaxy play dough would be a sure hit with astrophysicist and host of Star Talk——Neil DeGrasse. We added regular gold glitter in addition to some chunky silver glitter to make the black play dough look out of this world! There were two different sized star shaped cookie cutters for our students to make size comparisons.

img_4384Recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_3633img_3653Lots of people turn to the Dr. Oz show for health advice so his box was filled with “doctor” stuff. There were some gauze bandages, medicine cups, cotton balls, tongue depressors, and a stethoscope.

Of course, we included a little patient for our students to take care of.

img_4165Associate an object with a person is a social studies access point.

 

 

 

 

img_4109img_4129Conan O’Brien is well known to late night talk show fans. He is also famous for his red hair. We laminated a picture of a bald Conan and our students had a lot of fun re-styling his hair using orange shaving cream. Perhaps he should come to our school for a makeover 🙂

img_4453Track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_4163img_4340Ellen DeGeneres not only has a hit talk show but starred as the voice of Dory in two movies that are huge hits among our students! Ms. Kim found a fun Dory pool toy that, when it’s string was pulled, swam around our little ocean. We didn’t have a Nemo toy but we did include an orange toy fish that resembled him—– and squirted water when squeezed!

The science access point recognize the change in the motion of an object can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

img_3670img_4172Our scent this week is one we are pretty sure Rachel Ray would like—-cucumber melon from Bath and BodyWorks! Our students really liked this aroma.

img_4500Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students made microphones!

img_3812First we discussed that styrofoam balls were spheres and identified their shape using communication symbols. We had pre-painted the balls with silver tempera paint.

This activity addresses the math access points: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes, and recognize three-dimensional shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3819img_3709Then the students used cutting tools such as paper cutters or switch operated scissors to trim some black construction paper. We noted that the shape of the paper was a rectangle.

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

 

 

 

 

img_3750img_3834Next the students used a glue stick to apply glue to the paper and then they rolled it around a toilet paper tube. The styrofoam ball was pushed onto the top for a finishing touch.

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

 

 

 

 

img_3835img_3765Ta Da—-

img_3806                                                           —-time for an interview!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the fine motor group made picture frames—to hold a picture of each student with Jimmy Fallon (cleverly made by Power Point whiz Cara).

img_4191We started by discussing the shape of the picture frame and asked the students to identify it using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_4201img_4208Then the students painted the frame with some watered down glue.

img_4213The science access point recognize pushing and pulling an object makes it move is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_4230Time to add gold or silver glitter—-a celebrity photo needs to be framed in shiny glitter 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_4237img_4226Ta Da!

img_4217                                                   We are just a little starstruck!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We channeled Rachael Ray today and made one of her recipes for the language group.  We made her recipe Whole Wheat Sweet Cinnamon Chips with Creamy Honey Dip (recipe found here: http://www.rachaelray.com/recipes/whole-wheat-sweet-cinnamon-chips-with-creamy-honey-dip).

img_4513img_4514Since the tortillas had already been pre-cut, we talked to our students about what shape they were.  They had to indicate the triangle out of a field of 2 shapes.

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

 

 

 

 

img_4521img_4534Our students got to HELP us spray the tortillas with cooking spray and then SPRINKLE cinnamon and sugar on top.  Of course, they got to smell the cinnamon first!

img_4525Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_4545img_4556While the tortillas were in the oven, our students helped PUT the yogurt and honey in a bowl.  We observed how the ingredients MIXED together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_4559img_4572While we were waiting for the tortilla chips to finish, we got out our Dolphin Tale umbrella for them to look at

img_4581—–what a fun way to pass the time!

 

 

 

 

img_4588img_4591Once the chips were done baking, we counted out bowls for each of our students and put together our snack.

Lots of opportunities to use communication devices with this yummy treat!

img_4593Thank you, Rachael Ray, for the wonderful recipe!

 

 

 

img_4136We had a great time with our talk show host theme. Join us again next week for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

 

Extracurricular Activities

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img_0431What kids do after school, extracurricular activities, is our theme this week. We found out there are LOTS of things to choose from! The sensory groups explored boxes related to specific activities. The fine motor groups made some fun art projects and the language group helped figure out what items are needed for different activities!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_9848img_9950Many extracurricular activities involve sports that use balls. The students molded white foam into different sized balls—-SMALL like golf balls, MEDIUM like baseballs, or BIG like volleyballs.

img_9812Identify objects by one observable property, such as size, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_0245img_0357Our ballet box was a real hit! We put in some fluffy feather boas, pieces of tulle, and a butterfly headband. Ok, so the goofy headband was a bit of a stretch as a ballet prop, but we did record music from the Swan Lake ballet on a voice output device 🙂

img_0520As the ballet props are tried on, the science access point recognize one or more external body parts can be addressed.

 

 

 

 

img_0317img_0251Cheerleading is another activity some of our students enjoy. We put in some shaker pompoms and our students totally got their cheer on!

img_0377The science access point recognize the change in the motion of an object can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_0277img_0554Learning a musical instrument is another popular extracurricular activity. The ever-popular finger drums were found in this box, along with a tambourine, and electronic maraca. Our students totally rocked out!

img_0303Recognize and respond to common sounds is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_9992img_9920Many students, including our own, have fun at their school’s After School programs. We represented ours with a rice box in our school colors and some alphabet letters. There was also a picture of a teacher reading to children to find at the bottom of the box.

img_0271Track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_9927img_0266We went back to sports with our messy play. Since many sports include round balls, we asked the students to make round circles in shaving cream.

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_0327img_0548After the students rinsed their hands they got to go fishing in our little water pond. With rivers, lakes, and the ocean nearby, fishing is a fun extracurricular activity that many of our students enjoy! There were 2 fish to find—–a big one and a little one!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0393img_0576Our scent for our water and lotion was vanilla sugar from Bath and BodyWorks. We thought this scent reminded us of Girl Scout cookies! A delicious reminder of the fun we had exploring different extracurricular activities.

img_0382Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

Students at our school are always proud to show off their Special Olympics medals so we let our future olympians make some of their own using our go to favorite—paper plates!

img_0019img_0025We started by discussing the shape of our paper plate and using communication symbols to identify it.

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

 

 

 

 

img_0065img_0109Then the students painted their plates using gold paint and then added glitter for additional sparkle—-we never pass up the opportunity to add a little sparkle to our projects 🙂

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

 

 

 

img_0121Next the students placed a small circle with “1st” printed on it DOWN onto the plate. The paper stuck to the paint easily so glue was not needed.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0130img_0151Ta Da!!!

Our students are winners for sure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our other fine motor group made art projects related to another fun extracurricular activity—-fishing! We used this:fish-template

img_0429img_0442First the students used communication symbols to pick the color of the crayon they wanted to use to color their fish. We used Easy Grip crayons for this project and the crayons lived up to their name—–they were easy for the students to grasp!

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

 

 

 

 

img_0410img_0437Ta DA——

img_0466                                                           let’s go fishing!

 

 

 

 

img_0471img_0489After the students finished coloring their fish, we attached a paper clip to the tail and put them on the table.

Our fishing rod was made from a sturdy cardboard tube with a cute flower magnet attached with yarn. Recognize that objects can stick together is a science access point.

img_0478The students were completely intrigued with how the magnet picked up their fish. This activity was a real HIT 🙂

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week we changed it up a little bit in our language group.  We discussed some of the items that people will need if they are participating in extracurricular activities.

The 5 activities we focused on were baseball, basketball, fishing, music, and cheerleading.  Each of our students took turns indicating which item fit with which activity.

img_0595img_0599For each turn, the student  was presented with 2 pictures of different items.  They were asked, for example, “which one do we need for baseball?  A baseball bat or a fishing pole?”  They would then have to point to the correct item.

 

 

 

 

img_0588img_0583After they chose the item, they would point to the pixon symbols for “we” and “need” and then point to the item to convey “we need baseball bat”.

We used the photos from the book for a visual prompt.

 

 

 

img_0632img_0625The students finished by gluing down their picture choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_0622THEN, since this is the language group and we like our snacks, we each got to eat a Thin Mint in honor of the Girl Scouts 🙂

 

 

 

img_0506Well we hope we inspired you to try some new extracurricular activities! Join us again for next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!