Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Quick Time Out to Apply Some Learning.

When I hear a great idea, I either act right away, or the great idea sits on my Pinterest board, undone.  Since I posted the other day about early learning ideas for reading and math, I decided to be proactive today and make some books.

Ellie and I made four books in the last two days.  While I cut out photos and magazines, laminated, and wrote, Ellie threw paper around and grabbed pictures of herself.

We created the following four books.  The first is a number book, downloadable for free from DSFOC.
My "work" was printing, throwing pages in sheet protectors, and laminating the matching cards using those easy "document laminator" sheets with "no heat needed!"  If you use those, I suggest that you are a more patient person than I, because my matching cards have serious wrinkles.



The second book is modeled on the books from DSFOC.  It's a book with simple, repetitive text.  "I like my ball.  I like my book."  Each page features two photos - one of Ellie with the object, one of the object alone.  I am super lazy, so I took the photos with my phone and emailed them to myself.  The photos are not high quality, but they work.  I made a "matching grid" with all 6 of the object photos, then printed an extra set of the photos to create matching cards.  I also wrote the words in a second grid, and made word cards for when Ellie gets older.  I would suggest that if you use this method, you use very "first grade" printing.  I wasn't thrilled with my new markers, but I did form the letters the way Ellie will see them in her early learning.  

Kids with Down syndrome (and some learning disabilities, and I believe with autism) have trouble generalizing knowledge, so seeing the same word in different fonts and locations can present a challenge.

I also made two color books, which just have magazine pictures and my own photos of blue things and green things, respectively.  They are bound in blue and green folders, which can be used as mats for sorting.  I plan to do red, orange, yellow and purple as well, and I need to find a pink folder!

My munchkin of course is a bit young for sight words, but I do want her to learn to match, and I don't want to add to the books later, so she gets the sight words in the back as a "preview."  If you're having trouble with my poor explanation, seriously, go to DSFOC.  No cost.  Just sign up and print.  And if you don't have time to make your own, order their sets, which come with parent/teacher instructions.  Or listen to Dana Halle's session at NDSC.  (But that's not free.)

Since I was on an early development roll today, I decided to implement an idea to help Ellie with her utensil feeding.  Since someone would rather use her hands, she discovered that she can take the food off her fork and shove it in her mouth.  While hilarious, this will not be socially acceptable for long, so we're trying to encourage utensil use.  Ellie isn't having it.  She is capable, but unwilling.  Her speech therapist suggested having Ellie "paint" with purees to work on tool use, and without pressure.

Warm up with Crayola "paint".

Master artist at work.  Note the face.

Messy, and not because she put the brush in her mouth.  She dipped both hands straight into the mashed sweet potatoes.


We'll keep working!

I hope you're having a great week.  More on behavior, person centered planning, and speech as soon as I have time!
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1 comment:

  1. Oh, Megan - You just need to make a duplicates for Eli as you go - I can email you any pics you need! Great work. Lisa D.

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