We have had a lot happen in our classroom during January. With getting back in the routine of school after the winter break, we also started using our individual schedule schedules and a new method of learning in the afternoon called PRT. This helps use practice the skills we learn in regards to social skills (sharing, requesting items, working together as a team, etc).
January we had weekly themes. During January, we learned about our 5 senses, musical instruments, pets, animal habitats, and groundhogs day. The students loved our special speech groups and occupational obstacle course.
There are over 80 pictures for January, I tried to cut it down as much as I could, but this is as small as I could get. So enjoy looking through our month through pictures.
Onto semester two of the school year....that means we are moving on with our learning. There are a few changes to our daily schedule and routine, this is shown in the new home note.
The morning is our academic focus. This is the same as it has been with small group work sessions presented in an ABA (applied behavior analysis) format with a ration of 2:1 or 3:1 student to teacher/paraprofessional.
We also have a whole group lesson during mid-morning.
During the afternoon, our primary focus is on social skills through PRT (Pivotal Response Training). With our PRT time, students choose what they want to play with when there are a limited number of activities...forcing a set up for social interaction. Each student has individual goals based on their IEP (Individualized Education Plan) that they work on specifically during this time (requesting, sharing, fine motor tasks, etc.).
Another slight change is our group rotation. This is a 45 minute to hour long time span that we rotate tables every 15 minutes. At each table, there is an activity based on the theme for that week. Table activities vary between art/craft, gross motor, fine motor, science experiment, games, etc.
From parent feedback from earlier in the fall, I kept the sections on the home note regarding amount of lunch students ate. If you have any questions on these minor schedule changes, please reach out to me.
December literally flew by. Sorry for the delay in posting a blog for the month. But I have several posts for December from our different activities. This first post is a catch all for the random daily school activities. One of the highlights was making our very own snow that we played with; throughout the month we have gotten this snow out several times to explore. We also practiced our letters in shaving cream, played with the phone, celebrated some birthdays, colored on the chalk board, and had lots fun through learning experiences.
On Tuesday Dec 20 as part of our holiday celebration we had a polar express day! We each made a conductor hat, read the Polar Express Story, went on a train ride through the office where Principal Liz collected our tickets, and ended the day by watching Tom Hank's Polar Express movie. We had a lot of fun! We have pictures of creating our conductor hats, the parade, and the movie party.
December is a busy time, but thank you to all those that were able to come to our winter preformance on Thursday, December 15th after school. After much practice it was time for our preformance. We sang Once There Was a Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Below are some pictures that were generously shared by parents. If you have more, please send them to me and I'll add them. It was quite busy in the gym so not everyone was in a spot to be able to take pictures.
On Tuesday, December 20, 2016; we had a special visitor straight from the North Pole. He took some time out of his busy schedule to visit our class and give each student a candy cane and listened to what each student wanted. It was fun to see all the student's different reactions! Some that I thought would be more timid were not and students that I thought wouldn't be shy completely were.
This post I decided to combine two weeks since one is quite short with the Thanksgiving weekend. We have been learning about different food groups and how to have healthy bodies (just in time for Thanksgiving, right?). We had a fun event daily last week of going to the office every morning to lead the whole school in the Pledge of Allegiance. I wasn't able to get a picture from everyday, but all the students that wanted to go to the office to participate were able to (usually 3-4 students).
I didn't realize that last week, I forgot to post pictures. So here's pictures from the last three weeks of learning and fun! Also be sure to check out our para section on this blog; we are sad to see Sammi leave us (she'll still be at Spectrum Academy, but is needed in another class) and we are welcoming Kelly to our class! Kelly has been paraprofessional at Spectrum going on her third year (since our PG campus opened).
It has felt like a long time since we have had a traditional 5 day week! The student's felt it. This week we learned about the four seasons of the year-focusing on a different season each day. Monday we had an overview of all the seasons. Tuesday we focused on summer. Wednesday we focused on fall/autumn-we made a painting using a corn and rolling it on the paper. Thursday we focused on winter-we made a "hot coco" mug (with popsicle sticks, paint, and cotton balls) and a snowman bottle. We also practiced cutting by each making our own snowflake. Friday we focused on spring- making flowers out of egg cartons and worms by stringing cheerios onto a pipe cleaner. Friday, we also learned about Veterans. This week was full of art activities. Unfortunantly, I didn't get as many pictures. But here are a few that I captured throughout the week. Enjoy!
This post is mainly going to have our Halloween festivities. We had a great day! Our morning we had a parade around the school - it was great to see so many parents of our students there - THANK YOU for your support! The kids did great staying together and handling the big crowd. We then continued a normal morning of small groups. After our PM recess, we started our classroom celebrations. Bowling, spider/ghost toss, spider blowing race, dance party with glow sticks & bubble wrap, and playing with our teachers. The pictures speak for themselves on if we had fun or not. ;)
Here is a collection of pictures from our field trip. I had a hard time picking pictures to not include, so there are a lot. But so many priceless photos. Enjoy the laughs as you see your child's faces and the reality of getting a class photo. Feel free to save any pictures, but do not share pictures including other children on any social media (cropping pictures and then sharing is just fine).