It is Spring here in the Northwest. Many of the classes use butterflies for instruction on the cycle of life. They watch caterpillars form cocoons and develop into butterflies. I found directions for folding paper butterflies on Pinterest. They made a good activity for my bulletin board and a direction following activity. It also helped to reinforce what was happening in classrooms. Here is a picture of the bulletin board.
The directions were fairly simple and could be completed within a 20 minute time frame. I added pipe cleaner antennae. The students just bent a pipe cleaner in half and wrapped the ends around their fingers a couple of times. They then stapled it to the top.
These directions really reinforced the concept of half. We also talked about parts of a butterfly. I was surprised to find my students didn’t know what antennae were.
I couldn’t make better directions then what were already posted here. There are easy to follow directions on goorigami.com. I just put them up on my iPad.
Progress reports are in and it is time to get back to planning for therapy. February is a short month so it goes by quickly. I find I still need to keep things simple for my younger folk. We dressed the bulletin board up with heart animals. This activity was more open-ended then the ones I have done in the past. I used a die cut to cut a variety of hearts in different sizes and colors. They used sequins for the eyes. Students were told to put the hearts together to form an animal. I showed them a few pictures from Pinterest and then they were on their own. It was hard for them to get started. When they found they could try pieces out 1st before gluing they got a little more adventurous. It was a good opportunity to practice social skills to ask for tools and materials. We have worked a lot on sequencing and this activity required them to think about the order of gluing. I also listened to my articulation students to see how they were progressing with their spontaneous speech. Quite a few of my students decided to take them home to give for Valentine’s Day.
They came up with a good variety of animals.
I have noticed that there are a lot of wintery cold places across the United States weather map. Some of you have even experienced a snow day or two. We have experienced mainly cold here with blasting wind. We have not had the ice that is typical of this time of year or snow. We needed to make our own.
January is a good month to bring out the winter theme items. I found a snowflake on Pinterest that was easy to make and looked impressive. It looks so good that the students don’t want to leave thenm for my bulletin board after making them. Thus I only have 3 of the large ones up there. My bulletin board is looking like this. I put the snowflake directions on the free app Storykit. You may download them here.
I added the corner template to make it easier for the students to draw the curved arches in the corners of the triangles. I used cardstock. and cut the slits just wide enough for a pencil. Download a copy here.
The students were able to make them within a 20 minute time period. The directions review vocabulary such as half, triangle, corner, arch, curve, middle, small, medium, large, and center. Have fun. Of course they also get practice following directions.
My art project for this month consisted of folded paper leaves I found on Pinterest from this site http://krokotak.com/ . They are a very simple to make and even my youngest students were able to complete one in 15 minutes. It only required colored computer paper and a glue stick. We also used pipecleaners because I had them on hand and they were easier for making the stem. I am not sure what language the directions are in but they are still quite user friendly because of the clear pictures. I put them on my iPad and let the students follow them. The directions are here.
We put the leaves on the bulletin board and I was able to make more use of that tree.
It has been a very busy Fall with another school added to my caseload. I am a little slow with the bulletin board. My students are young this year and I need to keep my projects simple.
The students always seem to enjoy paper-folding and I discovered these easy bat folding directions at WikiHow here. They may not look very fancy but they did serve the function of working on following directions. We also talked about what they knew about bats. This was an easy board to put up because I kept the tree from last month and just added my spider. You may recognize the spider as my pompom and pipe cleaner spider from years gone by.