Down-time Activities

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  1. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    I always find that no matter how much I plan, I always end up with awkward down-time during week 1. I'm trying to come up with a list of down-time activities that are appropriate for kindergarten/first grade.

    So far I have:
    Read a book at your desk from seat sack.
    Pick a partner and do a puzzle.
    Practice writing your name.
    Write in your journals.
    Play a game.
    Watch School House Rock
    Color to music.

    Is there anything you can add to this list? The more independent the activity, the better. :)
     
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    Do you have any computers? Some computer time would be good. Or those Leapster handheld games? Emily has Mr. Pencil Saves Doodleburg and it is great at teaching the correct way of forming letters. Or one of those V-tech Readers?
     
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    Yep, I have a lot of those things but they're centers. I guess I should have said "Down time activities that aren't centers." :)
     
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    How functional are your SPE kids?
     
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    I set out boxes of math manipulatives the first week (1 thing at a time).

    The kids need time to PLAY with them, so that when it's time to WORK with them later on, they've gotten it out of their systems.

    So it gives their brains a break, fills those awkward in-between times, and helps math groups go more smoothly later on.
     
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    Two words:

    Sponge Box! :D

    Take a tub, fill it with little puzzles, worksheets, books, flashcards, etc, and let them have at it. Saves you from having to make a list for the kids, "Okay guys you can do this, or this, or this---" and instead you can just tell them to choose from the box. :)
     
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    I have Brain Quest (way below grade level, you may have to invest in Brain Quest Preschool). The kids love that. I also have language games- my kids really like one called Classwords, but I think the lowest level is 2. We play an ABC game where I think of a topic and they have to come up with words from A-Z that match the topic.
     
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    Sponge Box Square Pants... that came to my mind. Have a box that looks like Spongebob to put your sponge activities in.
     
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    Do any of your students have goals to work on play skills or social skills? I forget where I saw it maybe on the blog called Autism Teacher and i think, someone on here posted how they had boxes with toys that had visuals that explaied how to play with the toys, which worked on play skills and social skills.
     
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    I just looked at that yesterday!
     

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