It is hard to believe how quickly the school year has gone by! June is already here! In the last month and a half we all had learned how quickly things can change that affect not only how we lean and teach but also our daily lives. It was good to hear from the parents how well the students had adapted to the new way of learning. I am very grateful to all the parents for putting lots of effort and hard work to ensure that the learning continued at home. As a team we have been trying to plan and create activities for the students that are similar to what they would be doing at school and at the same time manageable to do at home. It was also very pleasant to hear from the parents how well students respond to the pre recorded music therapy sessions with Shannon. Thank you Fred and Jen for organizing that and making it possible for our students to have this learning and enjoyable experience.
We are now completing our spring unit and will be learning about farm animals for the first two weeks in June and then focusing on summer activities for the last two weeks of June. We wish everyone a restful and enjoyable summer break!
Wow what a difference since our last newsletter! In the last three weeks everyone has had to deal with a lot of changes. Our students have had to adapt to a new way of learning and not being able to come to school. We have been learning about Spring through songs, stories and fun sensory activities. Our team has been making great efforts to ensure that we post fun, engaging and motivating activities for our students. All students in our class love music and we have been posting new music activities for everyone to enjoy. It has been encouraging to receive positive feedback from families. We hope everyone stays well during this challenging time.
While we reviewed the IPP’s it was amazing to see the progress, the students have made since the beginning of the school year. Thank you to all the parents for attending Parent-Teacher Conferences. This was a good time to discuss/share student’s progress and facilitate future learning. Feelings and emotions were the topics for February. We explored these through stories and fun Valentine’s Day activities. We were also working on our winter theme in February, and participated in the Winter Walk Day. This is always fun and enjoyable activity for our students.
Our main theme for March will be “Bears”. We will also will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by making green Jello, green crafts and participating in St. Patrick’s Day activities. Students in our class always respond well to the sensory communication opportunities. March will also be a good time to start celebrating Spring!
Our students all came back from the winter break well rested and jumped back quickly into the school routine. Everyone have been working very hard on their goals, and all of the students have been making good progress in walkers, bikes, standing frames and swimming program. In the last few weeks, we have been working on winter theme. We have learned about winter, winter clothing, winter sports and arctic animals. Students enjoyed crafts, iPads, Tap It and computer activities related to the theme. At circle time, we were reading stories, poems and singing songs about winter. Our theme for February will be feelings and emotions.
It is hard to believe it that October has come and gone already! We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving an October break. Last month we enjoyed some Fall, Thanksgiving, and Halloween crafts as well as Smart board activities. We are looking forward to Halloween this week and our traditional of trick and treading. Students will be able to communicate their message as they visit each class by using a Big Mack.