April 2018
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Fun Sensory Projects

There are so many sensory activities to do with your special needs child!  These are just a few fun ideas that you can do with common items you might have around the house.

  1. Shaving Cream Ziplock Bag:  Use a gallon Ziplock bag and fill it up with shaving cream and place tiny objects inside the bag (i.e. an army dude or matchbox car) that will squish around inside the bag when the child squeezes it.  Also, you can add food coloring to the cream for a multiple sensory affect.
  2. Sensory water bottles:  Recycle old water bottles and place fun items inside with the water ( The Iowa Farmer’s Wife: Baby & Toddler Sensory Bottles

    marbles, pony beads, pompoms, glitter, rhinestones, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, etc.) Hot glue the cap back on once the bottle is full of water and sensory item

  3. Different textured balls:  Kids love to feel and look at things so why not get a bunch of different textured hand held balls for them to feel and play with.
  4. Cooked pasta and shapes:  It’s easy as cooking pasta and putting the noodles in a bin with their favorite little toys.  They will be able to search for the toys and feel the texture of the noodles.


Welcome to our Thematic Units!

The 6 oldest SXI classes (including myself) have been hard at work on our combined efforts to plan and teach specific units throughout the year.

In the past, we have included a book, such as To Kill A Mocking Bird, along with our unit.  However, this theme, we have decided to do poetry and incorporate different poems that each classroom has chosen throughout the 8 week span.

Our classroom , SXI 14, have chosen to share with the group the poem Oranges by Gary Soto.


Oranges by Gary Soto

The first time I walked
With a girl, I was twelve,
Cold, and weighted down
With two oranges in my jacket.
December. Frost cracking
Beneath my steps, my breath
Before me, then gone,
As I walked toward
Her house, the one whose
Porch light burned yellow
Night and day, in any weather.
A dog barked at me, until
She came out pulling
At her gloves, face bright
With rouge. I smiled,
Touched her shoulder, and led
Her down the street, across
A used car lot and a line
Of newly planted trees,
Until we were breathing
Before a drugstore. We
Entered, the tiny bell
Bringing a saleslady
Down a narrow aisle of goods.
I turned to the candies
Tiered like bleachers,
And asked what she wanted –
Light in her eyes, a smile
Starting at the corners
Of her mouth. I fingered
A nickel in my pocket,
And when she lifted a chocolate
That cost a dime,
I didn’t say anything.
I took the nickel from
My pocket, then an orange,
And set them quietly on
The counter. When I looked up,
The lady’s eyes met mine,
And held them, knowing
Very well what it was all
A few cars hissing past,
Fog hanging like old
Coats between the trees.
I took my girl’s hand
in mine for two blocks,
Then released it to let
Her unwrap the chocolate.
I peeled my orange
That was so bright against
The gray of December
That, from some distance,
Someone might have thought
I was making a fire in my hands.

We will be doing a variety of activities with this cute poem and you will see our poster hung up in the hall * which is themed Oranges, when you visit for conferences.

Here is a sample of a lesson we plan on doing:

oranges lesson plan

Community Based Instruction

Next week Thursday, April 30th, we will be attending Michael’s Craft Store.

While we are there, we will be participating in a Mother’s Day Craft.

Our students love to create so it should be a good time.


Welcome to my classroom!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to SXI 14!

Let me introduce our class to you.

I am Bridget Stout, the teacher of this classroom

There are two Para-Professionals that also run the this room: Wendy Falk and Wendy Seiler.

Our class has a variety of boys and girls and an across the board range of disabilities.

We strive to do our best and test our abilities on a daily basis.

Enjoy the blog.

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