Firstly, an apology. Due to a technical issue, I’m not able to put any photos on the blog until Monday, so this one will be a bit boring till then, when I can add them in.
Due to home learning, it was a short week, but the Little Badgers still got up to plenty! They continued practising getting ready for bed and waking up in the morning, when the alarm went off (and not before). They also brushed their teeth and got dressed. We have been encouraging them to do as much as they can by themselves. They also had lots of fun reading the Owl Babies and exploring the story resources.
Some parents have asked what “Bucket Time” is. This is the first stage of Attention Autism, which is a strategy to help children with autism and attention difficulties learn to focus on learning tasks. In our class we have a beautiful green bucket and when the children see it they come and sit on the carpet. In the bucket are some special toys which an adult takes out one at a time, after we have sung a special bucket song. The children can’t touch the toys, they just have to watch and respect the bucket time rules.
In Stage Two, we spread out a shower curtain on the floor and the adult demonstrates an activity. In Stage Three, the children get to take turns to do the activity and in Stage Four, they get their own set of equipment to carry out the activity independently. The whole session lasts between five and thirty minutes, depending on the children’s attention skills.
We have just started Stage Two and the children have astonished us with their attention skills and with how quickly they have learned to follow the rules.
Well done Badgers!
Our Star of the Week this week was Haseeb, who has been learning to cooperate with adults and follow the class rules. He has had a really good week this week, so we thought he deserved it.