Sunday, March 31, 2013

New theme.....

Tuesday we are starting a new theme...Spring

Friday I made a quick stop at work to see how my new boards had dried out. Friday before spring break my wonderful staff took all the dino theme art down and put new paper on the wall. Before leaving I painted a rainbow and dark clouds with raindrops (and flower on the bottom). We keep the sun. 

They actually came out really cute (even the dark clouds/rain on the green paper - there was no more blue) and I cannot wait to add the activities the kiddos do. 




Happy start of April!!!!!

handprint spikes (last dino activity).....


What you need:
Use the same dino from the shaving cream activity but make copies in a different color (you can really sue any color you want, we did the color green as the theme color)
Glue
Paint

Preparation:
Cut dinos
Mix paint with soap (for easy washing)

Activity:
1 - have the student pick a color dino and glue it on a piece of paper
2 - paint one hand and have them stamp it three times (have them count with you as you put the hand print)

What you are working on:
Making choices
Color identification (specially if you are suing different color paint and dinos)
Counting



**** This is it for the dino theme. I did not do anything for Spring so far (I am still on Spring Break) but on Tuesday we will start Spring and I will start posting pictures. Hope you had a great Easter!!

painting with shaving cream.....

This activity combines sensory and math, it is a two day activity.

Make copies of a dinosaur. Cut the copies to the shape of the dino.

Day One:

What you need:
Paint
Glue
Shaving cream

Preparation:
Mix the paint, the glue, and the shaving cream together (you can also have the kids mix it)
* Make sure you out enough glue to amke the shaving cream stick.
** The more shaving cream you use the more puffy it will be

Activity:
Have the students color the dino with the shaving cream with their hands (make sure they don't put it in their hair, due to the glue it is hard to wash off, if you think the kids will make a huge mess add some soap so it will be easily washed off) - make sure you wash their hands right away so the glue doesn't stick to their hands with the paint

What you area working on:
Attending
Sensory
Following directions



this is is just regular paint

Day two:

What you need:
Google eyes
Clothe pins (enough for every student to have 5, they will be the spikes)

Preparation:
Nothing

Activity:
Have the kiddos glue the eye
Have the students count the cloth pins
Help (if needed) to open and close the clothe pins (you may want to let them practice a few times)
Place clothe pins on the top of dino (to look like spikes)
Count the clothe pins again

What you are working on:
Counting
Fine motor
Attending



Shaving cream with paint- spread very thin


Pterosaurs

Pterosaurs (I hope that is spelled corretly)..

What you need:
Toiled paper rolls
Green construction paper
Blue/brown/different color construction paper
Pipe cleaner
Hole puncher
Paint (green or brown)
Glue
Google eyes

Prepare:
Cut the wings out of green paper
Cut a tail (a triangle) and the head (you can really use any color you want)
Cut pipe cleaner to the size you want the tail to be

Day one:
Have the students pain the pipe cleaner either green or brown
Open a hole on the pipe cleaner for the tail

Day two:
Have the students follow the steps on putting the dino together - glue the head, wings, and the eyes 
Put the pipe cleaner through the hole of the toilet paper roll and the tail

Once the glue dries open another hole on the dino and hang it from the ceiling.

What you are working on:
Attending
Following directions
Color identification
Taking turns




**I think this is a mailbox magazine activity (I have done it for a few years so I cannot be sure)

Friday, March 29, 2013

coming up....


I think I have three more dino acivities to post. 
1 - hand prints
2 - pterosaurs made of toilet paper rolls
3 - painting with shaving cream

Then I will move on to Spring. We are doing Spring April and a week in May. I have planned the activities and I will put some up in the next few days. I will also try to post a completed activity once my current students complete them.

I was also wondering how teacher collect data in their classrooms. I come from an ABA background and I use ABA data sheets (that I copied from Louisa) to keep IEP data that can be graphed. For centers I keep data in a data sheet that I used when teaching at LAUNCH in Torrance but I am not sure where it came form or who made it. I will also post the ABA ones I made in case anyone will like to sue them (as well as a sample) maybe in a few weeks.

I am currently in Spring Break, returning to work 4/2. April 5 I will be attending The Handwriting Without Tears workshop in SF. I am very excited, I have been wanting to go for years. We use the workbook right now but mostly for practicing grasp. I am excited to learn exactly how to implement it and applying it next school year with my classroom kiddos as well as my itinerant kids. When I did student teacher my master teacher used the whole process to teach writing and that is how I learned about it. the last few years I have used it but I am looking forwards to learn the right way to implement it. What is even better is that I get to go with a great friend. She is also an OT so I will also get her perspective...oh and did I mention I will get a lot of material?! YAY.  Here is the information in case anyone is interested - http://shopping.hwtears.com

The picture below is my box of Spring activities (a few of them), for me to take pictures to post an dmake sure all the prep work is done for the next few weeks. 





If there is anthying that you would like me to post let me know..........

Thursday, March 28, 2013

dinosaur skeletons.....

We did two different dinosaur skeletons this theme.

Acticity one -

What you need:
Black or gray paper
White/beige paper
Q-tips or white pipe cleaners
A lot of glue

Preparation:
Cut the black/gray paper the size and shape of a dinosaur
*Optional - cut white/beige paper into the bone face of a dino
If you are using pipe cleaners, cut them in three to use as bones

Day of activity:
Give each student one dinosaur
Give each student one face (if you are doing the face)
Give each students a bottle of glue
Give each student enough q-tips or pipe cleaners (you can give them as many as they can count, or count them with them, is a good way to practice counting, you can also count them again once they have place them)

What you are working on:
Attending
Participating
Following directions
Counting
Colors
Taking turns

You can display a sample or have them use their imagination. Last year I used a small dinosaur (the one I used for sand) and let the students put the "bones" anywhere they wanted. This year I had the original sample (used in 2010) and I helped the students with the glue.



What you need...


Step 1 - glue the head


Step 2 glue the bones

** made by a student **


Activity 2

This activity was done by the SLP, Kate.
I do not have pictures of the steps but I will try my best to summarize and I do have a picture of a complete skeleton.
She got the paper from a site (don't know which one, sorry) but it can be easily drawn. This is a very simple skeleton, but it is very appropriate for my students.

What you need:
Pasta (penne)
Oatmeal
Glue
Print out/copies of the dino outline

Preparation:
Make copies of the print out
In a bag put the oatmeal and the pasta - students will dig for bones

Day of activity:
Have the students take turns digging for bones and gluing them on the print out

What you are working on:
Taking turns
Attending
Following directions
Counting
Immitation of sounds




I have seen this activity done a lot of different ways, however this one was the most appropriate for the students I ahve this year.

sand dino....

This is more of a sensory activity. 

What you need:
Construction paper (any color you want) cut like a dino
Glue
Sand

Preparation:
Cut paper into dinos
Have enough sand for all the students (you can either put it in a big container or use small Ziploc bags for individual students
Have enough glue
Use a lid of a box for faster and easier clean up

Day of activity:
Let the students choose a dino
Have the students squish glue into the dino (for this activity the more glue the better)
Have student use hands or small shovels to put sand on top of the dino, let them cover the dino and then help them to lift the paper and shake the extra sand off
Let try and display

What you are working on:
Attending
Following directions
Sharing
Sensory - touching sand/texture







** This was the first time I do this, I had used this dinosaurs for skeletons last year but did a different activity this year and wanted to use the cut of dinos, so this is what we did....
This activity was originally made with paper plates, however I did not have any big enough this year. The big circle is the size of the plate and the tail, neck/head, and feet come form another plate. I used thick construction paper instead. 







What you will need:
Paper plates or construction paper
Glue
Google eyes
Pipe cleaner (mouth)
Paint
Dot art markers

Preparation:
Cut one big circle for the body
Two rectangles for leg
A tail and a neck.head
** You can either put it together yourself or you can have the kids put it together. This year I choose to out it together and let the kids do the decorating.

Activity day:
day 1 - have the students pick a color paint to paint the dino, you can have them use brushes or hand paint, or a combination of both
day 2 - use dot art markers or paint to draw dots, designs, scribbles on the dinos, have them glue the eye and the mouth, you can also have them roar like dinos (their fave part)

What you will be working on:
Attending
Participation
Following directions
Sharing
Color identification
Making choices
Imitating sounds

** I am not sure where this idea came from, it may have come from the Mialbox magazine but I am not sure.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

pinterest..

I can honestly say I am addicted to pinterest. I have the app on the iPhone, the iPad, the laptop, and the kindle fire (work tablet). I find myself pinning for hours....

Here is the few ideas I pinned for dino month - http://pinterest.com/loremaldo14/dino-theme/
I tried to do the bell pepper one but I keep forgetting the belle peppers :(
I did not do any baking this time around or the dino feet.

Last year we did the dino eggs, it takes a few days - day one make the mixture and hide the dino in the middle of the mixture, day 2-4 let the egg harden, flip it so the whole egg hardens, and day 5 (hopefully Friday) you let the kids open the egg and find the dino. The kids really enjoy it but it is extremely messy. 

I have done the skeletons and will post a blog on it soon, as I have done them differently and Kate (SLP) did a pasta activity as well.

In the mean time enjoy the pinterest pins and hopefully you will find something useful. 


all fixed...

For some reason no one could leave comments, that is now fixed.
Please leave a comment, let me know what you are working on and I will post ideas for that or if you try any idea, let me know how it went.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

sensory bags.....

One more for tonight.....

Using ziplock bags (the one gallon ones) fill them up with paint (depending what color you will be learning about). Make sure you use packing tape to secure the top, you don't want the paint coming out.
The bags can be used for different thins;

1. using a q-tip or fingers you can practice pre-writting skills or writing words
2. studnets can squish the bags for sensory imput (make sure you sue the tick bags so they don't pop
3. you can place things inside for the studnets to find (letters, numbers, shapes, animals, etc)

You can make bag per theme color with theme items. If you add some soap to the paint then you will be able to wash the items once you are done using them.

I do not have a picture but you find more information on http://handsonaswegrow.com/practice-printing-bags/

What you will work on:
Sensory
Letters
Numbers
Shapes
Colors

Practice Printing Bags - A great fine motor activity and fun writing practice!

Oval dino...

I have done this activity with different type of students. Depending on the level of your students you can work on different aspects (colors, size, following directions, etc).

What you will need:
Different color paper
Glue

Preparation:
Cut different color/size ovals - for each student cut :  one oval for the head, two ovals for the back of the eyes,  two ovals for the inside of the eyes, and one oval for a nose (you can choose what size you want them)
Cut different color teeth

Day of the activity:
Have each student pick a color for the dino face (they can point, touch, or say the color depending on what you want to work on)
Let each child pick the color for the eyes, the nose and the mouth
Have the students follow the steps on how to put the dino together (steps with pictures below) - you can make one with them or have pictures of each step, or have a finish dino for them to see.

What you will be working on:
Color identification
Pointing
Size
Following steps
Shapes
Naming colors



Step 1 - cut one big oval for the face, cut three different size of ovals for the nose, the back of the eyes, and the inside of the eyes. you can cut a mouth (teeth) or have the kids draw it.



Step 2 - have the kids glue the back of the eyes and then the inside of the eyes


Step 3 - glue the nose


Step 4 - glue the teeth



Step 5 - help the students to draw eye brows and mouth

** I think this idea came form the mailbox magazine, if you have a chance to get a hold of one or a subscription they have great ideas.

Cutting...

Cutting is a skill that we work on at least once a week. From holding the scissors correctly to snipping, to cutting lines, etc. is a good skills to work on for preschoolers.
This activity was done by the OT.

What you will need:
Brown paper
Long thick white paper
Red paint or red duck tape or red masking tape (you want to make it thicker for the kids to cut on)

Preparation:
Cut brown paper into volcanos
Glue into white paper
Either-paint red lines or tape duck tape or masking tape to make it look like lava

Day of activity:
Have students cut the red lava (in this activity the OT had the students cut the white paper around the lava and volcano, she was working individually with each student on cutting skills)

What you are working on:
Fine motor skills
Following directions
Attending

Lacing.....

Also with dinosaurs we did shamrocks (great combination as they are green).
I brought a few real ones for the kiddos to see. We did a few different shamrock activities.
The lacing activity can be done with for any theme.

What you will need:
Laminating sheets
Personal laminator
Green paper (and shade you want)
Single hole puncher
Pipe cleaners/yarn

Preparation:
1- cut green paper into the size shamrock you want to use
2- laminate shamrocks using a 5mm laminating sheet (you can use the big machine as well, but the 5mm sheets are thicker so you will be able to save the shamrocks for made years)
3- cut the shamrock after laminating
4- use hole puncher to make holes all around the shamrock

Day of activity:
Present students with pipe cleaner or yarn (I use pipe cleaners because my as my kids are just now learning how to lace, the pipe cleaner is easier for them to hold, you will need to help the, connect two or three pieces together).

Show the students what you want them to do, help them get started, do hand over hand (depending where your students are).


What you are working on:
Fine motor
Attending
Following directions
Color identification
Making choices








March was dino month.

March was dinosaur theme. All activities during the month were done around dinosaurs and the color green. Some fun things we did were painting with shaving cream and green paint, we painted with broccoli (which was the vegetable of the month), we follow steps to make a dino skeleton, we made dino faces with ovals, and we searched for dino bones (pasta) on sand (oatmeal) to name a few. I will post a few activities and what we learned from them.

Dino eggs. This was a two day activity.
1. Cut two big ovals per student.
2. In one oval draw the lines you want the kids to cut.
3. Make copies of dinosaurs for the students to color.
You will need glue, scissors (appropriate for your students), dot markers, crayons, hole puncher, and bras fastener tabs.

Day 1. Have the students cut the oval with the lines. Have them cut it all the way through.
Day 2. Have the students decorate both eggs with dot markers and color the Dino. Have students glue the Dino in the oval that was not cut. Hole punch both oval parts at one end and put the tab in. Make sure that you don't put the tab to tight, the oval that is cut should be able to open up and down so the kids can see the Dino inside.

What you are working on:
Cutting
Color identification (dot markers, choosing an oval)
Following directions
Using glue appropriately
Grasp (coloring with markers/crayons)
Crossing midline (put dot markers on the opposite side of dominating hand)
Taking turns
Waiting


** I am not sure where this idea came form I have been doing it for years.

Monday, March 25, 2013

new blog......

After looking through web pages and web pages to find ideas for this months classroom activities, I decided to start this blog. I realized that I send so much time looking for idea, then prepping for it, making modifications to have it meet the CA Preschool Standards as well as the IEP goals of each of my students. 

I am a special education preschool teacher. We do a LOT of arts and crafts but they all have a purpose, the kiddos are learning something from each and every activity. We have a sensory/OT center every day. I will post different activities we do in the class, the items we used, the steps to make it, and a finish product. For confidentiality purposes I will not be posting names or pictures of my students, however I may have my own kiddos (twin boys) do a sample for me and I may record the activity through pictures and I will post those. 

I am hoping this blog will help new teachers, or even veteran teachers looking for ideas of what to do in their classrooms. The arts/crafts, lessons, goals, etc will be guided for special education preschool students. 

It is my hope that someone may find this useful....Hopefully you will enjoy the blog, please leave comments, ideas, etc...

Lets share the journey of teaching together!!!