On Saturday morning, we had the opportunity to attend a sensory friendly performance of the Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, adapted and presented by the CM Performing Arts Center (CMPAC) in Oakdale. Named after the late founder and executive director, Noel S. Ruiz, the theater brings joy to so many theater-goers, and is an excellent way to introduce live theater to children – truly a gem in our community!
Finding activities for the kids to do during the Winter break can be challenging at times, and for kids with special needs, sensory issues, or disabilities, not only is it that more challenging, but the choices are limited. More and more businesses that cater to kids and their families are now offering special sessions for kids with special needs and as appealing as that is for some families, the dilemma they now face is that their kids, who already have a difficult time connecting with other kids, continue to be isolated. However, thanks to organizations like Justice 4 Autism, and Bright Pick Businesses like NY Dart Zone, kids of all ages, stages of development, and abilities are able to take part in recreational activities together.
Waltzing warthogs, monkeys doing the cha cha, and the most graceful giraffe you ever did see – just a few of the characters we read about in Giraffes Can’t Dance! We had an amazing time sharing this story with the kids at Darlings & Divas in Amityville.
Calling all educators and parents! Do you ever wonder why your students or child seem to make what “we” see as the same mistakes or have an endless negative attitude? Granted there can be many reasons for the repeated poor choices or continued difficulties, but experience has shown me time and time again we can be contributing to the problem.
We can help children move away from telling themselves,
We had a great time reading Time to Sleep, by Denise Fleming with our little friends at the Sweetbriar Nature Center.We read the story last week and did a fun sensory craft and activity to go along with the book.
Ms. Ann begins her story time greeting all her friends and their parents/ caregivers. We sit comfortably on the floor with enough room for all to enjoy the story being read. Time to Sleep is a great book to discuss and understand hibernation of animals during the winter to a child.
“Bear sniffed once.
She sniffed twice.
‘I smell winter in the air. . . .'”
It is Winter and they are so many great crafts you can be doing with your little ones. Here are some great ideas that we wanted to share. When I think of Winter Snow, Snowflakes , Penguins and Igloos all come to mind. These Winter inspired crafts in the post below have all of those and more.
Tune into News 12 Long Island for Winter Fun Ideas on Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Starting at 5am during the morning show with Elizabeth Hashagen.