Learning About Community Helpers in Team Time & Move to Talk

In Team Time and Move to Talk our theme this session is community helpers. Last week our community helper of the week was a mechanic. We learned about fixing a problem and enjoyed washing our “cars!” We took turns with the cleaning supplies, shared space when cleaning a car with a friend, participated in a variety of sensory play, requested items from others, and had a lot of FUN!

Let’s Think Flexible!

Yesterday our theme in Team Time was: Flexibility & Stuck Thinking 

 

  • Hello: To say hello this week, we practiced asking questions to our friends after they shared a story with the group. For example, when a friend shares a story, it’s expected to ask a social wondering question (e.g., “Who did you go on vacation with?” or “What did you eat for your special dinner?). Children tossed bean bags to the story-teller after they each asked one question, as a visual representation to keep track of the conversation and ensure active participation.

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Thought Bubbles Vs. Talking Bubbles

This week our theme was Thought Bubbles & Talk Bubbles, with special focus on Interrupting / Blurting 

 

Volcano Song: We warmed up our bodies and brains by watching a “Preschool Learn to Dance: Exploding Volcano” video and then following along with the body movements. Imitating body positions as part of a music & movement type of activity tends to be a staple of early childhood classrooms – it’s important that our kiddos practice thinking with their eyes and ears in order to follow the group plan

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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes!

Last week in our social-motor group, we learned about BIG and little problems. We read the book “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” by: Eric Litwin. If you don’t know the story of Pete, enjoy the video here!

Just like Pete, we stepped in strawberries, blueberries, and even mud!!! Did we cry?! Goodness no! We remembered what Pete the Cat says, “No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song…because it’s all good!” Now that is flexible thinking!

Team Time: Whole Body Listening

Team Time welcomed group members back for our second week of Team Time. Last night our lesson was all about Whole Body Listening.
1. Mat Man: Mat Man is part of the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, which many of the children are familiar with from school or from their individual therapy sessions. We listened to the Mat Man song and followed the group plan to build Mat Man together. Each child was responsible for a different body part, and we practiced remembering each other’s names as each friend took a turn contributing to Mat Man’s body. Mat Man has many different body parts that he uses to do good listening!

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