Friday, March 21, 2014

March 21

Today is World Down Syndrome Day! There was a spot on the news this morning in honor of it, but they ignorantly messed it up by saying something like "and  everyone that has been affected by this disease". The lady they interviewed was depressingly somber. Our world has actually been quite the opposite! Not only is Down syndrome NOT a disease, it's NOT sad either! Judah and his three friends here have been homies since they were babies! All four of these kids have brought joy to everyone around them. We don't want sympathy, just respect! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

The end of motion, on to change.

Today was our last lesson from the "Exploring Motion" unit.  We have been exploring motion for a few months.  Today we wrapped it up by learning about how weight can change the force and momentum of something.  In this case we used a bucket on a string and filled it with weighty objects, such as bean bags.  The students had a blast pushing, pulling, throwing, and even kicking the bucket (no pun intended).  


This picture below is a real testament to the drive and progress of my awesome students.  This little girl began our class spending most days in her wheel chair.  She has become extremely self-motivated and driven to walk and move around on her own.  As you can see here she is standing completely independent of any support.  She was so engrossed in the lesson and making the bucket move that she let go of my hand and stood on her own for almost a minute.  


How's that for exploring motion?
  
Up next is "Exploring Change".