Yes He Can!!!
(This is a re-post from my original post, which I just realized deleted a bunch of pictures and text. Blahhhh)
We spent some time this morning working with CANS, since we’re working on letter C activities this week. We had canned green beans and canned CORN. My kids, for some reason, LOVE playing with the cans in the pantry. They are constantly taking them out and stacking them, putting them in a toy grocery cart, or bagging them for pretend play. Bella (3) joined Noah (5, DS) and me for this activity.
Our work here, again, falls into the category of life skills, since Noah will need to differentiate between cans of vegetables in his activities of daily living. When to start working on those ADLs? There’s no time like the present!!!!
Instead of working on things like ADL skills or alphabet skills in isolation, it is both practical and beneficial to work on them fluidly. This way, our children with special needs learn that corn is not just corn when he sees it in the bin at the grocery store, it’s not just corn when he sees the label on the can in the pantry, it’s not just corn when he eats it straight from the cob. It’s all of those things. It’s also true that our children need to see that numbers don’t just apply to the buttons we count out into muffin tins, or the figures on the refrigerator, they apply to all objects and numerals.
So, we did our usual counting by lining the cans up and pointing and counting together,
patterning by placing one can of corn, then one can of green beans:
sorting by contents (there’s a corn stack and a green bean stack),