Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Choice Time in the Classroom

Every afternoon in our class we have choice time. Many of my students are verbal enough to state what they'd like to choose, while some of my students use a choice board (a board with a variety of choices on it so the child can make their choice with options available). This summer while garage sale-ing (one of my FAVORITE summer pastimes!), I found this adorable mailbox by Melissa and Doug (<3). It was so cute, fits our community helpers unit, and I knew my students would love it.

This mailbox is, like expected, a huge hit. They love to use our mail carrier puppet to deliver mail to their friends and stick on the Velcro stamps.

But, it wasn't always this way. See, when my students notice a new toy or really any item that is new in our classroom, their immediate instinct is to run around with it. During choice time on the first day of school we had stamps and wooden envelopes flying around like crazy. It. was. chaos. So, I had to teach them through modeling. Children with autism often really need that extra prompt so they actually know what to do with something new. I quickly realized that many of them didn't even know it was a mailbox!

1 comment:

  1. I love it. And Velcro is my best friend :)

    I nominated you for a Liebster Award - you can check it out here

    Brie @ Breezy Special Ed