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.
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.
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. 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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
Hand Writing Without Tears Puzzle Tray
I printed HWT templates and cut the shapes from foam sheets.
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.
Speech Therapy Tray
Lots of oral motor play goodies plus flash cards, PECS and a sentence strip or two.
We’re making our own ABC book with coloring sheets.
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.
And that’s a peek in his trays this month.