Purpose: To think about adaptions to learning activities to support a child in your class.   Directions: Step One: Explain why cooking is an excellent activity to introduce and provide hands-on math and science skills for young children.  Step Two: Search the world wide web ( Internet)  and find a cooking activity geared toward young children and post the web site at the bottom of your response. The cooking activity can be edible or an inedible experience POST STEP ONE AND TWO IN THE DISCUSSION Step Three:  Let′s meet Alexander Alexander is a 4-year-old child diagnosed with Down′s Syndrome. He has slightly awkward gross-motor movements and fine-motor difficulties that affect the use of her right hand. He is currently in your early childhood program and receives weekly therapy from California Children′s Services. When playing with his friends, he may need additional time to move and to complete fine-motor activities.    Photo from Below is Alexander′s Individualized Educational Plan: IEP Goal# 1: Alexander will identify and label at least 5 common actions (verbs) used during preschool routines from a field of 3 pictures  IEP Goal# 2: Alexander will follow an adult′s request to wait for his turn given materials to manipulate during the waiting period for at least 2 minutes.  IEP Goal# 3: Alexander will participate in parts of simple familiar games, songs, fingerplays or routines by doing 1-2 actions with visual cues  IEP Goal# 4: Alexander will communicate using at least 2 words, grammatically correct simple sentences to request or ask for assistance by verbalization and/or picture exchange  IEP Goal# 5: Alexander will perform at least 2 steps of a handwashing routine independently  IEP Goal# 6: Alexander will use both hands to complete a task   Step Four: Comment on 1 student′s posting explaining how the cooking activity could be used with some adaptation/modification for Alexander. Type the IEP goal – then list how you would adapt the cooking activity for Alexander Adaption = Changes made to the learning environment, curriculum, instruction, and/or assessment practices for a student to be a successful learner Adapting the Child Care Environment.   Select one of Alexander′s IEP goals from above – Click on the classmate′s posting –Then Click on Reply- Type the goal- then list how you would adapt the cooking activity for Alexander. Responses  Answer in complete sentences along with why you need to adapt or why you don′t need to make any adjustments. Will you need any additional materials? Are adapted tools required? such as scissors, cups, spoons, etc. Do you need to add or delete steps in order to meet the IEP goal? Do you need to create a rebus or use picture cards to meet the IEP goal? Do you need to adapt the size of the group or the teacher-to-child ratio? Any other adaptions or comments.

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