Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Life Skills

We love life skills sessions!  Every day we practice making our food prep skills.  Each day brings something different and exciting.

Monday - Toast
Tuesday - Hot Chocolate
Wednesday - Weetbix
Thursday - Hot Chocolate
Friday - Noodles

We are learning to pour, mix, cook, stir, spread and of course EAT!


Monday, 8 May 2017

Sewing with Linda

In our life skills programme, we are learning lots of great skills that everyone needs.  One of the important skills we are learning is how to wash our face independently.  Our class needed new flannels.  Linda very kindly brought in her sewing machine and Lisa brought in a beautiful, soft towel.  Summer helped Ana and Linda use the sewing machine.  They did a great job!

May Newsletter

4th May 2017
Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Room 9A Newsletter

Thank you for your support throughout term 1!  We had lots of adventures.  Some of the highlights were:
-     Swimming in the solar heated school pool
-     AdaptedSports Day, where we all came back with plenty of ribbons
-     Water sports day where we got to go down the water slide

Term 2 is looking like lots and lots of fun too! We have lots of awesome learning opportunities planned and most of our weeks will run according to this timetable. 


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
8.50
Circle Time
Circle Time
Circle Time
Circle Time
Circle Time
9.15
Work Stations
Work Stations
Work Stations
Work Stations
PMP
10.00
Movement Break
Movement Break
Movement Break
Movement Break
Life Skills
10.30
Life Skills
Life Skills
Life Skills
Life Skills
10.50
Lunch Eating and Play Time
11.30
Library
Literacy / Playground Skills
Literacy / Playground Skills
Sensory Motor Group
Science
12.15
Mathematics / Bike Skills
Mathematics / Bike Skills
Mathematics / Bike Skills
Mathematics / Bike Skills
Sensory Play
1.10
Lunch Eating and Play Time
1.50
Developmental / Buddy Class
Developmental / Buddy Class
Developmental / Buddy Class
Developmental
Developmental 2.30 Home Time

In our Work Stations, we complete tasks that help us with our fine motor, literacy and maths skills.  We work independently but have adult support.

In our movement breaks we do our physical therapy programmes and get to grow our confidence on many different pieces of equipment.  The hammock swing is proving to be a favourite!

Our life skills programme is always developing.  We are practicing washing our hands and faces daily and also get to take part in food preparation by making toast, weetbix and noodles and pouring our own hot chocolate!

After our 1st break, we take part in our reading, writing and maths programmes.  These are developed specially to your child’s individual needs. As we work in groups, there is also time to practice our physical skills on the playground and the bikes, trikes and scooters.

In the afternoon we are very lucky to have access to the Movement Studio.  This is the time when we take part in developmental, imaginative play.  There are lots of different kinds of activities and toys, (baby dolls, kitchen, farms, cars and trucks, dress ups, tools, and many more).  Each day there are 2-3 items set out for us to let our imaginations run wild!  On a Monday and Tuesday, 5 children from year 2 come to play with us and every 2nd week on a Wednesday, our year 5-6 buddies come from room 21.  Please feel free to send a set of ‘messy play’, old clothes that are well named, for us to keep here for use during art activities.

This term, our concept is ‘We are all Scientists”.  We will be exploring what happens when different ingredients are mixed.  This promises to be exciting, messy fun!
Throughout the school day, we have access to many different communication tools – switches, Core Boards and visuals.  Communication is one of the most important things we practice in a day.

We are on the look out for lots of fun art, sensory and messy play items.  If you have any of the following items spare, we would love for you to send them in for us to use:
-     Clean newspaper
-     Coloured paper
-     Clear plastic bottles (Jolly drinks, Coke bottles etc)
-     Any exciting equipment that could be used to make art (pom poms, wool, string, etc)

As the weather is becoming colder, wetter and muddier, there will be times when children need to remove their shoes before coming inside.  Please feel free to send a pair of slippers for your child to wear in class.

Please keep an eye on your communication books, there are often exciting learning stories and photos for you to share with your child and whanau.

We would love for you to come and visit to see all the amazing learning we have been doing.  Please feel free to pop on in!  Alternatively, you are welcome to write in the communication books or email Lara at lshackleton@papatoetoe-south.school.nz



Lara Shackleton and Team