Tuesday, March 26, 2013

More OT in the classroom and The Giveaway Begins

Hey friends.  Well I was so wrong about the 70 degree weather for spring break.  It has been in the 50's all day long.  Brrr for this Florida girl.    I guess I shouldn't complain most of you are dealing with snow. I am a little envious.  I love the snow but only in small doses.   

 Just wanted to share a few pics of how Occupational Therapy is incorporated into our weekly routine.  We now do PGP's (Professional Growth Plans) in our county.  They are a lot of work and very time consuming.  However, this year I have been so fortunate to work with our OT teacher.  One of the key elements of our PGP is collaboration with other teachers.  Two days a week our OT teacher comes into our classroom for 30 minutes and does amazing exercises with my little ones to build their core strength, gross motor and fine motor skills.  They love it when she walks through the door.

This is called the Superman.  They lay on their tummies with arms and lower legs off of the ground and hold the position for as long as possible.  As you can see by the little guy on the right this is tough for some of my kiddos.  The OT teacher is timing them to see how long they can hold it.  They did really well this time because they had a hershey kiss reward for doing their personal best.  They have really shown improvement.  I have noticed the difference in their writing and their postures when sitting in their seats. 

She sets up 4 stations and rotates the class.  We had just studied about migration and she incorporated it into the exercises.  Here the children had to pinch a clothes pin to match the birds underneath. 

Crab Walking balancing a bean bag.
Rolling from one end of the rug to the other on the scooter, then using tongs to pinch the "bird food" (pom poms) and putting them into the "nest" (container). 
Don't forget the Giveaway going on at First Grade A La Carte.  Several days of great units being given away.  Don't forget to sign up here. 
Have a great day!

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