Monday, April 16, 2012

Trevy’s April (montessori/tot school) Trays



Trevy attends our local public school’s integrated preschool program four half days a week.  Although next year is K…sniffle sniffle.  Integrated is just a fancy way of saying half the class or less is special needs and half the class or more should be peer models.



I like the program we have wrapped around him.  It’s working and he (mostly) enjoys school.



But we also do a lotta learning here at home too!

(homeschool mommy syndrome?)



I’m in love love love with the workbox/tot tray concept.  The OCD in me adores how organized it is!  Plus it looks so cute and learn-y all cozy in the school/therapy room.



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Inside each of those little drawers (I call them trays) lives mommy picked toys and activities.


I rotate what’s inside them on a monthly basis.  Sometimes more often.  Depending on how creative and energetic I’m feeling.  In love



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We’re blessed to have some amazingly gifted people working with Trevy.  One of them gave me the 3 – 2 – 1 – all done! idea to help Trevy maintain his focus.  I have 3 strips (hanging on the whiteboard for now) with coordinating pictures on the drawers.  Once Trevy fills a strip (which means completing 3 trays) he’s All Done!  And can choose anything he’d like to play – usually that means outside or iPad.  Although he does have a recent infatuation with Chuck the Truck.



Ideally, we’ll go through all 3 sets of trays each day.  I don’t know about your place…but at our place life doesn’t typically flow ideally.  In love   Most days we make it through 1 set.



Rather than go in depth with the trays now…I thought I’ll just do a quickie skim.  And maaaaaybe…I’ll do a post for each tray individually? 


Set 1


All About Reading Tray

Ziggy Zebra and a couple other puppets live inside here.  My AAR tote bag hangs on the back of the school door. 

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Pattern Blocks Tray

I found these awesome easier pattern printables and only have the blocks needed to complete the two patterns in the drawer.  I do keep the blocks in a Trevy safe tupperware so I don’t have to worry about choking.

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Pre-Writing Tray

I do use a large binder which doesn’t fit in the tray as a slated surface.  Dry erase crayons are in the little tupperware.  Again…Trevy safe.  Trust me…I’ve wiped enough crayon off enough walls!  And from between enough teeth! Winking smile

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Set 2


T for Trevy Tray

Spelling his name with magnetic letters.  I intend to start erasing the prompt letters one x one to see if he can generalize.

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Hand Writing Without Tears Puzzle Tray

I printed HWT templates and cut the shapes from foam sheets.

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Gross Motor Play Tray

I found another great printable with movement prompts for the letters of the alphabet.  We have to do at least 5 movements to complete this tray.

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set 3


Speech Therapy Tray

Lots of oral motor play goodies plus flash cards, PECS and a sentence strip or two.

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Craft Tray

We’re making our own ABC book with coloring sheets.

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Life Skills Tray

We’re using I Can Dress Myself by Your Therapy Source to help learn about self care.  We also dress to dolly as we play.

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And that’s a peek in his trays this month.




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