The kiddos are, as always, going to have a tough transition back to school after two weeks off. We'll spend the first week getting back into the school routine. Behavior and physical therapy progress are usually the slowest to be retained after break, so we'll focus on those areas most intensively.
In my school, we use the Unique Learning System curriculum (ULS), which is created specifically for students with moderate to severe cognitive impairments. Our January unit is "Staying Healthy," which is a great topic for the cold and flu-ridden winter! Tomorrow I'm going to ease into the unit by reading How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?. In our learning center time, we'll also do a body parts dice graphing activity I created (below):
(The clip art images used in this activity are Symbol Stix, copyrighted to ULS.)
I like using dice graphing activities to intro a unit. My kiddos are familiar with the graphing, since we graph our answers to the Question of the Day every morning in our group circle time. In a classroom where the kids have such different ability levels, dice graphing allows me to hit skills they're all working on, so each kid has at least one IEP or curriculum goal covered by the same activity. Skills addressed - all of which at least one of my kiddos has an individual goal for, include:
-grasp and release (holding and rolling dice)
-concepts of more, less, and same
I do love catch-all activities like this :)
I hope everyone who is also returning to school tomorrow has a smooth transition back!