Monday, February 25, 2013
Time to "Let Go of My Legos"!
Wrapping up February in Minnesota is not for the faint of heart! The teachers are restless, the kids are restless and the therapy needs a little bit of fun. So out come the Legos.
Today we used the Lego's for giving and receiving directions. After the activity was done and the data was tallied, the students got to build their own Lego platforms or whatever they chose. I am lucky to have an entire BIN of Legos thanks to a generous donation from another teacher. Just in case you are wondering....yes, my middle school students do still enjoy a good session of Legos once in awhile. My OT will be SO THRILLED I am incorporating fine motor into my therapy sessions also! This direction-giving activity will be geared more towards my students in my developmentally cognitive delayed programs. However, I will leave the tempting bin out and see if any of my other groups bite on the activity.
My articulation groups can earn a Lego for each sentence they produce correctly. My language groups can work on directions, conjunctions, prepositional phrases...while earning Legos. The trick is to allow them to have fun and be kids again while working on their skills. THIS is why I LOVE my job! I always say, "I get to TALK with kids for my job!" What could be more fun than interacting and conversing with kids!!? You can also put up a screen and hand them the same Legos and the green platforms. Then they take turns describing what they would like each other to do. In the end, their platforms have to look identical!
I love "old school" fun and getting students to unplug from electronics for awhile.