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B6 has been exploring different sensory inputs through out the school day. Through collaboration of teachers, SLP, OT, and Art therapist - B6 has been loving all the sensory input. Sensory processing deals with how the brain processes sensory input from multiple sensory modalities. These include the five classic senses of vision (sight), audition (hearing), tactile stimulation (touch), olfaction (smell), and gustation (taste). After the sensory needs of our students are met through art and group, students are able to participate and remain regulated longer in the school day.
This picture shows Weston using the IPAD during vocal imitation skills. Imitation skills are so important because the ability to imitate will lead to important language skills, play skills and social skills. Vocal imitation skills (echoic skills) is the ability to say a word upon request. In order to teach a child to say new or novel words they need to be able to imitate you.
Kerkstra Room 22 enjoyed an amazing community outing exploring the many interesting exhibits at the Chicago Children's Museum on Navy Pier!! We dove into the WaterWays exhibit first and then headed to the Tinkering Lab to design our own project using real tools and materials. Next, we were able to dig for dinosaur bones at the Dinosaur Expedition. The Skyline area gave us the opportunity to use real tools to construct skyscrapers and houses. Then, we took turns crawling up the ropes and bridges of the Climbing Schooner! Finally, the students explored fire safety rules through the eyes of a firefighter at the Play It Safe Exhibit. Last, we ate our sack lunches in the family pavilion and investigated the Crystal Gardens before heading back to school. CCM gave us the opportunity to have fun AND learn at the same time!!
Kerkstra Room 7 paired up with Room 22 and headed to Navy Pier for a day at the Chicago Children's Museum. Our day started off in the Construction Zone where we were able to use real nuts, bolts, and screws to build anything our hearts desired. Then we headed to the Dinosaur Dig where we learned about fossils and that we may have some aspiring archaeologists on our hands! After dirt digging tired us out, we headed over to Kid's Town. Here we explored different occupations such as: grocer, chef, mechanic, mailman, and bus driver! We ended our museum time in Water Works, where we had a blast experimenting with water...and "accidently" soaking our teachers in the process ;). In typical Room 7 fashion, we ended our outing with a tasty lunch and a long bus ride nap.
On Friday December 22nd, Room 7 celebrated the start of Winter Break by throwing a Polar Express Party! All of our friends showed up to school in their pajamas, ready to board the Polar Express. Earlier in the week, our students read the story of the Polar Express, which made everyone so excited for the special day. We started our party off with making our very own reindeer food to leave out for Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve. Then, we practiced sequencing and requesting at our very own hot cocoa station. After we assembled our yummy cocoa, we settled in to watch the Polar Express movie. It was a great way to kick off Winter Break!