We watched a clever you tube video that has really stuck with the kids. They begged to watch it several times. Once we watched it, I stood in front of the class with a few bean bags and showed them a complicated clapping and moving pattern to test if they were ready to become a 'Biscotti Kid' .
I reminded them with the words & motions from Biscotti Karate:
They sat and watched me carefully and then tried to copy my movements. It took a few tries but most succeeded. This activity was followed by several listening games and a following direction game.
The next day they completed a Popplet showing me that they understood Whole Body Listening!
We have been learning how to sit in our Mountain Bodies to listen to the daily bell so they were well on their way understanding the importance of listening carefully with ones full attention.
Enjoy the video and their Popplets below grasshoppers.
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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.