Tasks Galore – Book 1: Early Education or Beginning Steps (Yellow)
People working with students who cope with learning challenges, such as autism, should keep in mind the features of structure that have proven useful in classrooms and programmes for students of all ages. These features include the organisation of physical space, scheduling, and teaching methods. The key to all of these features is individualisation.
The mission of the Tasks Galore series is to help teachers, therapists, and parents design meaningful, individualised tasks with an emphasis on funcional academics. All too often, children are left to attempt traditional pencil-and-paper tasks even when they are either incapable of doing the work or do not see the meaning of it. Teachers often are not quite sure how to present academic material in a hands-on approach. Many students with special needs learn best using a multi-modal approach to learning. They require movement or sensory input while processing and learning new information. The task ideas in Tasks Galore will help lay a foundation for that learning.
Tasks Galore Book 1 takes a look at developing tasks that address skills across curriculum areas. Task ideas are presented within the following categories:
Fine Motor Skills: Pre-writing, writing, and computer skills
Readiness: Matching and sorting skills
Language Arts: Book, print and phonemic awareness, decoding and word recognition, comprehension, and vocabulary
Maths: Number sense, numeration, and numerical operations, spatial sense, measurement, patterns, relationships and functions
Reasoning: Concepts as relate to the student’s environment: exploring materials, making predictions, generating attributes and using common objects
Play: Art, music, manipulatives, games and independent play