This is the first time that I have ever had self contained CI and EI groups of kiddos. All students I have ever had up to this point have been integration for art class. So needless to say I a total newbie at what I should be doing, how to structure projects and even how to manage the energy.
My very first project with them went something like this:
I cut clear contact paper 12x18 sections. I then took black construction paper, placed the smooth side of the contact paper on the black, then peeled off the backing - taped down the edges to the table. I did this so that the students knew where the contact paper was easily and I taped it down so that it wouldn't fold in on itself when the students stuck themselves/paper to the sticky side. (I did learn to tape down ALL sides really well when doing this -- I only did the short sides and it wasn't enough for many sensory energetic students). For one of my students who is vision impaired I taped sand paper around the edge of their paper - and for another student in a wheel chair I taped their paper to a giant clipboard. I want to be as adaptive as possible from the beginning.
Next I prepared buckets with chunks of tissue paper. When students arrived I asked to see their muscles and asked them if they were strong enough to tear paper!! They then tore paper into small pieces and stuck it to their contact paper. This was fun to watch as some students didn't rip, others did, and then there were some that just want to stick their hands to the contact over and over. It was interesting to watch their different sensory levels.
After students were done with the tissue paper - I prepared another area with white construction paper the same size as the contact paper. Here I provided students with DARK colored markers and asked them to free draw me a picture. Some students drew their families in a recognizable format - others scribbled their pictures - but had plenty to say.
When students were done drawing we stuck their drawings to their tissue paper contact paper. The tissue magically colored their drawings -- students LOVED their creations. I wanted to hang them in the hall but they all were far too attached to let me keep them. I made sure to snap a few pictures before they took their creations home.
I did this with both of my groups and while the higher skilled students succeed in this projects - and my lower group struggled a little. I had two kids in the other group try and eat the tissue paper, one just sat and stared at me, and one laid on the floor all class.
Needless to say it will be a new adventure for me teaching kiddos in the CI and EI rooms. I am excited for the challenge as I am sure some of my lessons/activities will be amazing and others will fail miserably. I will post about both throughout the year.