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I use a 3:1 model at school. This means I work with students three weeks and the fourth week is my indirect week. I use this in many ways- consult with teachers, observe students in classes, testing, due process paper work and I do still continue to work with some students. My favorite part of this week is doing lessons within the special education site based classrooms. This week I tried a fun activity orginally posted on Aunt Peaches.
I follow her on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. I enjoy her humor, whimsy and crazy style. She recently posted a project for making yarn hearts. So I decided it would be a fun messy project to bring into a classroom of students with sensory issues.
The directions for the project can be found here: Yarn Hearts. I used the pictures from this site as a visual map for my students. My interpretation is shown below.
Gather your supplies: (check out your school supply room and use what’s there)
I only bought the Mod Podge. ( I knew I had some in our basement but I wasn’t digging through all those moving boxes!) The rest came from my house or the supply room at school. I got the gloves (for myself to wear) from the wonderful kitchen staff at my school. I knew I was going to be the one removing the excess goo from the yarn.
I taped the hearts on to cardboard before going into the classrooms.
The kids helped me measure the Mod Podge by counting how many times I filled and dumped (3) and one for water. They took turns stirring the mixture and we worked on remembering to hold the spoon as we passed it to our neighbor. If they forgot… whoops wet spoon and that was a real life cause/effect lesson. What can we do now? (ask for help) What do you need? (paper towel)
I used string and yarn and cut it in who knows how long of lengths. I had the kids chose their own yarn or string by requesting the color and if they wanted the thin (string) or think/fat (yarn). After each had a chance to put on one length I had them pick a second color and add that too. Now the interesting twist every one of students touched and manipulated the goo covered yarn/string. This was a big step since these sweethearts with autism.
Lots of fun vocabulary with this lesson: Valentine, squiggle, goo, mushy, squishy, thin, fat, long, wet, dry, inside, next, first, squash it (pushing the string down)…..
How lucky am I to find a roll of sequins in the supply room! Some kids even chose to add it to their creation. I mean who doesn’t like a little sparkle! We also used these to hang our creations.
I created these back in my room (without gloves) to use up the extra goo. I even smushed some into the heart ice-cube try to see how it would work (these took longer to dry). Note to self: Next time wash your hands before you start conversing with your co-worker. I had lovely shiny plastic looking hands and it took a while to wash it off. And by the way the hearts the kids made look flashy hanging from the ceilings in their classrooms!
The hearts from the ice-cube tray found a home in the trees and in a baby monkey’s lap. Ahh..kind looks like a pink diaper! The monkeys are from Walgreens after Chritmas clearance this year. I’m sure they will be doing more than just hanging out in the trees in my therapy sessions! And yes that is a blue glitter lamp!
My door theme is about keeping it simple but fun:
I taped up hearts and found some Valentine jokes. I found mine here but a google search will give you lots of options. The question is on the front and when you flip-up the heart to see the answer. Oh yes now you see the connection with the blog title!
I used this app to create all the borders and picture effects: Photo Captions from Sprite Labs.
Now get out there and add your own twists!
Cindy (who wishes she had chosen a snazzy name like Aunt Peaches)