Not A Box is a simple short story about a rabbit who has many ideas about a box. We began this simple lesson with a simple drawing of a box and asked the kids what it was. As expected they said, rectangle, box, square... I then read the book and they giggled delighted with the simple illustrations and rabbit's flexible imagination.
I then asked them to draw a rectangle or box using a black crayon and then quickly transform it with a red crayon. The only rule was we had to see the black box. They had a blast.
The children then shared their Not-A-Box drawings and we all tried to see if we could guess and see what they had drawn. We talked a bit about how flexible thinking allows us to see the box in different ways and how interesting it was that we all had different ideas for the same shape!
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I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.
I begin my 26th year of teaching this year! I teach in the Bay Area and live in the beautiful redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. My sanctuary, place of reflection and daily sitting practice.
My hope is that this website/blog will help others understand and see children with Autism as talented unique thinkers who can and will contribute to our world and anyone who knows them in positive ways.