October is the month when fall begins, and changes are seen as beautiful. One big change at Woodfield this year is we are now providing Occupational Therapy. As a recent graduate of MGSU’s occupational therapy program, I am providing OT after school for Woodfield students who are interested and qualify. I am using my bachelor’s degree in education during the school day for the lower life-skills classroom. This is an amazing job because I can incorporate OT into the classroom all day! We created acorns for the fall board to be displayed for the school to see. I taught the lesson all about acorns, the tree, and the season of fall, but then I was able to do a craft and exercise as the occupational therapy portion. To see the students engage and laugh makes the lesson so much fun. We used scissor skills, fine motor, vestibular system, core strength, stability, coordination, and more for this lesson. We then learned the song and danced to “I’m a Little Acorn” to wrap the lesson up while we sang about all we learned. Each student created an acorn handprint with a picture of them included, and an acorn bobblehead. They were placed on an acorn backdrop with paper to look like the ground and the song in the middle!
We have so much fun at Woodfield!