Saturday, 1 November 2008

I can... get ready for the holidays!

Is it already that time of year again? As 2008 draws to a close, students are starting to think about the holidays, celebrations and time to be spent with family and friends. It’s a time for giving, a time for wishing and a great time to talk about special events that happen only once a year ….


Here are some vocabulary suggestions for the holidays:

Happy Holidays!
Let’s sing some holiday songs.
See you in January!
What are you doing over the holidays?
I’ve been so good this year.  I’m hoping for a….
My favourite holiday movie is….what’s yours?
My favourite holiday food is….what’s yours?
I’m going to miss you over the holidays.
What do you like best about the holiday season?
I want to write a letter to…
Can we play some holiday games?
Have a Happy New Year!

Gift Ideas!
Sometimes it can be challenging to find gifts that are fun and appropriate for students who use switches to control their world.  Here are some suggestions to consider for the wish list (or maybe even the classroom wish list!).

Switch Adapted Products for the Young at Heart:





Switch Adapted Products for Teens:

Switch Adapted MP3 Player: http://rjcooper.com/mp3-player/index.html



Computer Hardware & Software:



Switch It Software: There are many different topics of interest for children e.g. Switch It Diggers http://www.bridges-canada.com/Product/ProductDisp.aspx?id=129&No=40&Page=2


Communication:

AbleNet has made improvements to many of their products.  Now would be a great time to purchase a new Step-by-StepTM. http://www.ablenetinc.com/Store/tabid/205/Default.aspx?CategoryCode=108

No-Tech Ideas 

Light Tech Ideas 

  • Keep everyone up to date with what’s happening: fund raising events, the school play, the Christmas concert. In the weeks leading up to the December school break, there are often many new and different events happening around the school. Designate one of your students to report on the events each week. Classmates can decide on the topic for the week and the information that needs to be reported. A peer could record the messages into a Step-by-StepTM, and then the student could then report to students across the school.

High Tech Ideas

This is a great time of year to complete some topic-specific writing tasks.  Make use of some ready-made activities.

Write to Santa:

Winter Holiday Writing (including Kwanzaa, Christmas, Eid and Hanukkah):

Write about Charles DickensA Christmas Carol’:

 Enjoy some holiday-inspired cause & effect activities:
e.g., Gingerbread Blues, Singing Santa, Have a Quacky Christmas & Up on a Housetop: http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/resources/videos.htm

Fun Stuff!


Mon Jan 19, 2009


“All About Me” displays give TVCC clients the opportunity to show photos, ribbons, trophies, art, stories, and anything else that highlights their successes and challenges.  If you know someone who would like to have a display at this event, please contact Kim Pancino at 519 685 8700, ext. 53463 by December 22nd for further information.