August Class Updates
Facilitated Gross Motor Play
In Gross Motor Play, our Caterpillars practised rolling a ball to their teachers and each other. Instead of following instinct to throw or bounce a ball when they see it, they focused on listening to their teachers’ instructions to roll the ball instead.
Exploring with Playdoh
A sterile and malleable non-toxic product originally developed as a non-drying alternative to modelling clay, Playdoh’s unique texture made it a wacky and wonderful substance for our Caterpillars to tear, pinch, roll, pat poke and make shapes with.
With children along the spectrum sometimes finding it difficult to identify an outlet for overloaded emotions and senses, sitting at a table and spending time exploring and squashing Playdoh acts as a ‘stress ball’ of sorts to calm down, and provides a fun channel for creativity.
Colouring and Labelling Pictures
In their workbooks this month, children found pictures of animals, shapes and fruits. They filled them in with colours and labelled them according to given instructions, and learned the proper tripod grip to colour and strengthen their fingers. The building of muscles in children’s fingers, hands and wrists aids in manipulating small objects.
With colouring and labelling exercising both one’s left and right brain, as well as helping build their fine motor skills, our Caterpillars were gainfully stimulated in their Worksheet Practice this August.
Eating by Myself
Children were taught the proper sitting posture when consuming food, and how to scoop their food to feed themselves their lunch and snacks.
Fine Motor Skills
Children learnt to make use of an assorted variety of scoops, spoons and containers to securely scoop items such as beans, macaroni, marbles and liquid into different containers to train their fine motor skills. The transfer of objects and liquids with minimal spillage trains their hand-eye coordination and focus, and strengthens the grip in their hands.
Understanding the World around Me
This August, we fixed puzzles, traced numbers in the sand, and mimicked the actions of our teachers. We also matched emoticons to their labels to better identify how people around us express their feelings.
With children along the spectrum for autism sometimes experiencing the world differently than the neurotypical population, it may be because they do not recognise and the facial expressions of others, making it difficult for them to get a read on the emotions of others. To help deal with this battle, we provided visual aids in the form of emoticons.
An Introduction to Instruments and How to Play Them
We explored the different ways of making and producing sound using instruments. With the help of the teachers at Quinn, the Caterpillars learnt to manipulate instruments and blow, tap or shake them to make music.