Thanks for stopping by my blog for this fun blog hop! I hope you are finding lots of great "tricks" and "treats" along the way. :)
1. Sometimes these kiddos need sensory input. One way to do that in the classroom is to let them use a smelly pencil, eraser, or marker. Remember the Mr. Sketch scented markers from our childhoods? They still make them and they are still fabulous! The smelly pencils or "smencils" are all the rage now. All my second graders had them the last few years I was in the classroom. They even still make smelly erasers. By giving them something scented, you have given them something fun to do their work with and it gives them the sensory input they need and you should see them refocus.
2. Give them a recess "to-do list". Yup! You read that right. Give a kid or a few kids what I call Recess To-Do Lists. This is a list of activities they have to do on the playground that will give them the most amount of activity and input for their bodies so they are ready to focus and learn when they come back in. If a child can't wait til recess and needs more frequent breaks, you can send the child out with a parent helper or other adult with the list. When they come back in, they're ready to learn! I've created some examples for you. Every playground is different though so I've also created a blank one for you to fill in the activities. I think if you read the others, you'll understand how to create one for your student or students. Click the picture below to download the lists.
3. Do your kids drink water from water bottles during the day? Consider letting them drink through a straw. Sucking provides a lot of input that helps children refocus their attention. Have the parents send in water bottles where the child has to suck the water through a straw if possible. If not, head to the dollar store and buy a pack of straws or some smaller straw cups for those couple of kiddos who need one.
4. Use your headphones. Do you have headphones for your computers in your classroom? I used to hand out the headphones for kids to put on during work time. It blocks out some noise and my kids loved it! Certain students needed to wear the headphones but then I'd rotate the other pairs so everyone got a chance to try them out.
5. Here's one that most teachers know but it's so good I'm just going to share it anyways... play classical music. We all know the research on how classical music helps the brain. Some days I would look around my room and think "What is going on?" "Why aren't they focused and working?" Over half the time I would realize that I forgot to put on the music. It really makes a difference.
Of course I have tons more ideas but I don't want to write for pages and pages. Email me if you want to chat about more ideas. I'd love to hear from you! On to....
here. SPLAT is played similarly to slap jack. Students slap words that rhyme instead of the Jacks found in a deck of playing cards. My friend Lindsey Sanchez from 2Literacy Teachers tried it out with her second graders. She said they were having so much fun they didn't want to clean-up when it was time for lunch. Guess it is good if they didn't want to clean up for lunch! :) Here's some cute pics of the kiddos playing Apple SPLAT!
|Someone is about to add a LOT of cards to his pile!|
|Getting ready to SPLAT!|
|They rhyme! SPLAT!|
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Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you've learned some new "tricks" and downloaded your "treats".