“Centers” are easier for us. I set up 5-8 “centers” 3-5 times a week to let the kids rotate through. At least one of these “centers” is next to mom to work on fine motor handwriting. They include things like play dough, a light table, mirror work, a mini trampoline , pattern blocks, coloring, sticker pages, scooter board running, pegs, and the list goes on! We are like a mini therapy center here with the EIGHT hours of therapists we entertain each week. If it is a therapeutic device designed for under age three and costs less than $45, we probably have a version of it!
Here’s a few pictures of the centers we have set up so far:
This is how I’ve organized my centers. I am using the “scrapbook” organization boxes because they are easy to stack and semi-clear for easy viewing. I place each center into each of these boxes (assuming it will fit).
I am planning to have boxes geared towards therapy days and non therapy days. Mondays and Wednesdays, we have 2 full hours of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy simultaneously. This consumes a BIG chunk of time from 8:30-10:30 AM.
Another approach I am thinking of trying: Subject boxes for when we only have a few minutes here and there.
I can set up a handwriting or a reading box in a Target shoe box type of box. These are more child friendly and they could be a bit more independent.
My goals this semester are:
Phonics recognition to beginning to read
Phonetic sound awareness
Independent copy writing
Independent letter copy work
Single digit addition
Oral counting to 50
Number writing to 20
Grouping in groups up to 10
Learn to listen for details in a story and recite those details
Learn to draw a picture and tell some facts about it
Start a 50 states study with the colonies in the forefront
Keeping the above goals in mind, we should have a great semester! Below are some fun therapy pics from our house! Hope you enjoy!