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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Recess IEP Tips for Teachers

Recess IEP

From Diane Postman, a teacher in Yorktown, Virginia:
“When I taught preschoolers with disabilities, I did indoor recess once a week in order to focus on specific IEP objectives. Here are a few ideas which could work with other student populations as well.

• Review nursery rhymes. For example, read ‘Jack be Nimble’ and make a candle from a toilet paper roll. Recite and jump over the candlestick. Read ‘Jack and Jill’ and use formed and flat mats to make a hill and a flat area. Crawl up and roll down.

• Make obstacle courses. This can be done by just moving a little furniture. Here’s an example of a course: a crawl thru tunnel, roll across a mat, ride on a scooter board, stomp on bubble plastic then walk on small plastic or tin-can stilts.

• Use indoor equipment. A bean bag toss is fun! If you don't have one, use buckets, baskets, or the like.

• Use a small parachute. Put items on it and have children shake them off, retrieve them, and start again. Some fun shaking items are balloons, rolled socks, very soft and light toys.

• Go on an
animal walk!” 

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Brooke3705 said...

I am currently in school to become and Elementary school teacher and after taking Special Education classes and I now leaning more towards that way. I think your tips for recess are excellent and creative!

Brooke3705 said...

I am currently going to school to become an Elementary School teacher. After taking many Special Education courses, I am now leaning more towards that way. Your tips and games for recess are excellent. They are very creative and fun! I'm sure the children loved playing these games!