This year our school had a classroom that was being used for other purposes. My brilliant and fantastic principal gave us permission to expand our sensory break space into this room since our space was so limited in our tiny little classroom. I'm counting my lucky stars to have it for as long as I get it. I know it is HIGHLY unlikely we will have it next year. So, we are enjoying it while we do!
Check out our Gross Motor Center (complete with racetrack!)....
Our Fine Motor Center....
And our Calm Body Center...
I change out the activity offerings in each center (except the gross motor center which remains the same) on a weekly basis so it can stay interesting to the kids.
The kids check in at the Learning Zone poster when they enter the room.
They then choose a center that will help get their bodies into the green learning zone.
We are also working with Leah Kuyper's Zones of Regulation curriculum to help us identify "tools" for our ready to learn toolbox.
This week, we will be working to identify the effect various "tools" have on our emotions. Each child will have his own "toolbox" available. Click here to download a copy of the toolbox.
This space has been such a blessing! We are able to start our days feeling good, conduct periodic sensory breaks as needed (or as scheduled!) during the day, and end our day in the room while we wait out the noisy chaos of dismissal. This has helped us start and end our days feeling calm!
I know that it is unlikely that we will have this space every year, but even if we don't I can use the same centers model with smaller and easier to store activities.
Thanks for checking our our Sensory Break Space!