Category: ASD

Welcome Back!
Welcome Back!

Welcome to our new school year! We are sure to have lots fun and learning in our class this year 🙂

We introduced the new children to our coloured work stations, which are at the Red, Blue and Yellow table. They have settled really well into the routine of rotating between them for 8-10 minutes of work activities at each table, based on literacy, numeracy, fine motor and language skills. This week we were testing the children’s memory on colours, shapes, letters and numbers.

At BLUE station, we worked on matching, sorting and identifying colours. At RED station, we matched numbers and shapes, using both inset jigsaws and 3D Shape sorter boxes. We matched and identified numbers 1-10 using inset puzzle and a number flashcard book. At YELLOW station, we worked on identifying letters. We rolled and squished play-dough and stuck magnetic letters into it so we had to pull out letters and name them. We also matched letters to make 3 letter words- cat, dog, rat, sun.

In the Sensory room, everyone is having lots of fun! We enjoy bouncing on the trampoline, climbing up the slide, going on the swing, crawling through the tunnel, climbing up the frame and over the bridge as well as jumping into the ball pool! It’s a great room for burning energy and developing gross motor skills. In the big hall we had fun throwing and kicking large footballs around as well as walking and balancing on the benches.

At circle time, we all sit at the table and listen to our circle time songs such as Days of the Week, Months of the year, We are the Alphabet, numbers 1-10, How’s the Weather?, If you’re happy and Open Shut Them all by Super Simple Songs on You tube. We also take turns filling in the interactive calendar daily on Starfall.com and playing letter and number identification games on Education.com.

For art and crafts, we decorated our names by cutting out mosaic squares and pasted them on black paper to trace our names. We painted paper bowls and pasted petals on to make large flowers, which have a picture of our face in the middle of them. We have them hanging outside of our classroom in our “Kinder Garden” display.

What a busy first week it has been!! 🙂

 

Choo Choo Trains!
Choo Choo Trains!

When we were learning about the letter T, we learned about transport and trains. We listened to the The Little Red Engine story and had lots of fun building building our wooden train set. We took turns putting the pieces together and building the bridges and the little town around the tracks with the small trees and buildings. We also decorated train pictures with shape stickers- putting the circles on the wheels, squares and rectangles on the windows and engines and triangles on the steam chimneys. Underneath we pasted lolly sticks and match sticks to make the tracks. We really enjoyed playing alongside each other moving the trains along our impressive train track! Come take a look 🙂

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated another class birthday this month…Happy birthday to Kyle who turned 5! He really enjoyed everyone singing Happy birthday to him and was delighted with his chocolate cake. Some of the other children helped him blow out the candles. It’s always a fun day with lots of treats and surprises 🙂

 

 

Autism Awareness Day
Autism Awareness Day

On Friday April 5th we celebrated Autism Awareness Day. The whole school dressed up in blue and donated 2 euro each to help raise funds for communication iPads for our class. There were lots of delicious blue icing cupcakes for the staff and class to enjoy. We also had a mini disco in the hall with Junior and Senior Infants which allowed the children in our class to integrate and have fun with other classes. Everyone really enjoyed themselves as we did the actions to all our favourite action songs together-Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, Singing Walrus Action song, Bounce Patrol- To the Music and Can’t Stop the Feeling. Altogether we raised over 410 euro which is amazing! Thank you so much to all who donated 🙂

St Patrick’s Day!
St Patrick’s Day!

We have had lots of fun listening to songs about St. Patrick’s day such as I’m a Little Leprechaun, the Leprechaun dance and Green for St Patrick’s Day. We made lots of lovely crafts like a colourful rainbow coming out of a pot of gold, pasted green crepe paper to decorate our shamrocks and painted Leprechaun faces and hats with orange squares for his beard. We hope everyone has a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Spring Time Crafts
Spring Time Crafts

Spring is finally in the air and we have had lots of fun listening to Spring time songs about the flowers in bloom, baby animals and the colours that are all around us. We painted paper plate ladybirds, decorated colourful butterflies with crepe paper and decorated crepe paper flowers in our lolly stick flower boxes. Spring is here!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

We had a lovely day making our Valentine’s cards for our Mummys and Daddys. We pasted colourful squares into the love hearts on the front which read ” I love you to pieces” and on the inside we put a cut out of our handprint and footprint which we all made using purple paint. Around this we wrote ” I love you form the tips of my fingers to the tips of my toes”. We hope you like them! 🙂

Wibbly Wobbly Jellyfish
Wibbly Wobbly Jellyfish

When we were learning about the letter J, we painted multi-coloured jellyfish on paper plates with colourful crepe paper tentacles. We also tied in learning about lots of sea animals by playing with jigsaws making octopus, seals, crabs, fish and jellyfish. We also made rainbow fish by pasting lots of colourful squares to decorate him. Come take a look 🙂

Happy Birthday!

Birthdays are a very special time and what better way than to celebrate with a big yummy cake and party with your classmates! Everyone enjoyed watching the candles being blown out and eating chocolate treats, cake and crisps. Party songs are also essential to dance along to! It was a very fun 4th birthday for one of our lovely students 🙂

The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs

For Story-time we listened to an animated musical version of the Three Little Pigs. Music and animation holds our attention much better than listening to a narrated story so we really enjoyed this musical version! We then decorated  our own three little houses where we pasted lolly sticks on one house for the stick house, scrunched up and pasted yellow crepe paper to paste on the straw house and pasted red squares onto the brick house. We then stuck on our three little pigs beside their houses with the big bad wolf in the corner. We had lots of fun making these….come check them out! 🙂