One skill that is very important to have your kids know is their address and a contact number, in case of an emergency. To practice, we read a book called I Know Where I Live. After, we all practiced our full names, addresses, and a phone number to reach mom or dad. All grade levels worked on this in WIN and wrote out 3 x 5 cards to practice at home. 2/3 graders worked on the difference between tattling and reporting. We talked about how that makes others feel to be told on when it is not for a helpful reason. When we report, that is helping someone in need or in trouble, or it tells an adult something they should know. We sorted some cards with situations on them and they had to justify their answers. It was good problem solving. The first graders worked on the difference between being flexible and being rigid. The kindergarten kids started the Social Detective book with me and we talked about following rules. We read No David! and talked about our group rules. After that we read each day from the Social Detective curriculum. We talked about keeping our eyes, ears, and body in the group. If you have any questions about these topics please feel free to ask!
Return from break was filled with a variety of emotions! Some kids were sad to have break end while others were excited to be back. I hope you all had an enjoyable, restful break. I unfortunately lost my voice and was sick Friday so the kids had some game days in the mix. In the beginning of the week the kids filled out or talked about their breaks. Kindergarten kids now have their own social group! It was great to begin discussing rules and show them our reward/money system. The older kids worked on eye contact for the Hidden Curriculum (video shown under resources). We tied this in with having body and eyes in the group since Social Detective tells us your eyes tell your brain what you do/think about. I was proud overall to watch them get back into the swing of things. We are really looking at any behavior regression or slide from break and they all did wonderfully! Don't forget our book fair is going on right now!
And the winner is...No David! A classic in our program. This week we finished up the voting and did an egg descriptive writing project. The kids colored an egg and had to write about what it looked like, what they would do with it, or how they created it. These are displayed outside of the sensory room. Mrs. Szalay and I also prepped the kids about April Fools Day and the Blue Out. We briefly talked about what autism is, though we did not talk about the kids having it. Just an overview. We also did a chalk talk about some of the recent topics we have covered so I could get a sense of how much they retained. This is a visual thinking map where they have to contribute thoughts. Have a wonderful spring break! I will see you all in a week!
Megan McQuillan is the lower elementary teacher in the ASD program