Adventures in Tutoring

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Located in Spanish Fork, UT

Individual and group tutoring services for students with mild (resource)-severe disabilities.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Goop, messy goop

So I found a recipe on pinterest for finger paints. The recipe was:

Sensory Play with Homemade Goop
  • 3 TBS sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 2 cups water

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan heat until mixture thickens. Cool & pour in small containers. Add food coloring to create desired colors.

Well when I finished my "finger paint" was a gelatinous glob. Originally I was considering throwing out the mixture and then figured the kiddos would still have fun smooshing it all around. When they began to play the mixture was thick and chunky. If you rub the mixture on the table it becomes smooth  which is perfect for a writing/drawing surface. The great thing was that it did not dry out and they could write in the goop over and over. Next time I plan to add an olfactory sense as well by including either essential oils for kiddos that need calming or sucker flavoring for a fun scent.

Sensory writing with Goop

Friday, May 17, 2013

Bingo with Stamps

Bingo with Stamps
Once the students had learned their letters and numbers to 20. I had the kiddos create their own Bingo boards. I have several sets of stamps both letters and numbers. I set out ink pads, stamps, and papers and let the students fill in their own unique bingo boards. You could also have the students write their letters or numbers on the boards. Once every square was filled we then played bingo. Below you will find the printable. There are 3 sizes of bingo boards - 5x5, 4x4, and 3x3.
Bingo Card Printable

Bingo letters and numbers

Oral Motor Fun

Whiteboard Math Activities
Since the end of the school year is near the preschoolers are becoming more fidgety. I have tried to change things up. We were doing math on large whiteboards. I would tell them a number and they had to draw that many shapes or I drew shapes on my whiteboard and they had to write the number. We have used the small whiteboards previously however I wanted the kiddos to learn to share space and work together. (Initially there was considerable whining about people in they way) After a few tries they did a great job working together and even helping each other when the need arose. I then had an idea to use the whiteboard for an oral motor game. I put the kiddos on 2 teams and told them they needed team names. They became the Dogs vs. the Tigers. I placed 3 large pompoms on the whiteboard and gave each student a straw. Their goal was to blow the pompoms across the board into the other teams goal zone. They loved this game and it work on breath control, lung capacity, and the ability to work together. This game would work on most surfaces.

Oral Motor Games

Monday, May 6, 2013

Clothespins on Hangers

TEACCH Clothespins & Hangers
Clothespins are great fine motor practice and can be utilized in so many diverse ways. I placed this activity in my TEACCH system. With these two sets of letter I created 3 different tasks. One the students were given just uppercase letters or lowercase letters and they place them in ABC order or the students are given both and they matched the uppercase to the lowercase. This can be easily changed up for things like numbers, matching color words to colored clothespins, matching math problem to the number answers and more.

TEACCH Clothespins &  Hangers

Little Critter Pillows

Animal Pillows
I love my mom! For my birthday she made me these fun and fabulous little critter pillows. I received an elephant, giraffe, monkey, and frog. As soon as my preschoolers walked in they picked a pillow to play with. The only dilemma was that I have more than 4 preschool students. They have already put in a request for more pillows, so that they can all play with one. The pattern can be found in Simplicity #2197.
Animal Pillows

Mother's Day Art Project

Mother's Day Art Project
Flowerpot Art Project
This is a fun and simple art project.  The students painted their hand green to create the flower stem. Once dry they made the flowers using their fingerprints. Make sure they dot the flower center first and then the flower petals. I found a simple flowerpot template that you can either print on colored paper or have the students color. The final step is to have the kiddos write a message on the flowerpot to their mom's. Ideas for this include, I love you, Happy Mother's Day, Thanks for Helping Me Grow, etc.