BY LAUREN MELILLO
HENRY T. WING SCHOOL
Goals, objectives, and activities
To provide an opportunity for the development of creative construction, within the context of an open forum for building, both independently and in teams.
To provide materials that are developmentally appropriate for every level of participant, utilizing different sized Lego bricks and accessories, ensuring success for all abilities.
To encourage and stimulate divergent thinking by posing “Challenges”, and to model appreciation of each child’s work.
To provide an atmosphere of mutual respect, encouragement and communication in a lightly structured, after school setting.
How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
- Full enrollment of students, with a mix of children with and without disabilities.
- Continued attendance of students each month.
- Expanding complexity of structures.
- Improved ability to problem-solve and plan.
- Student to student relationship building, especially as it relates to those with identified disabilities.
- Increasingly creative responses to “Challenges” posed each week.
- Cooperative team approaches to building and designing.
Benefit to the students and the school
A parent survey last spring revealed that programs for 5 & 6 year old students were minimal when compared to those for older, more independent students. For students with special needs, this inequity was particularly pronounced.
This program is an attempt to offer a structured, safe and yet creative and enjoyable activity that children can pursue in a group, but still work independently when desired during in-service days.
It is designed to focus on the social skills of contributing, assisting and cooperating in an age appropriate manner that leads to an understanding of team work that is supportive, yet offers autonomy. It is designed to incorporate ALL children by focusing on the skills and strengths of children with different abilities. By developing an appreciation for each individuals differences, yet showcasing successes, it builds respect and camaraderie that will decrease negative interactions in other settings. Particularly for children on the Autism Spectrum, it is an arena where their differences are diminished, yet their talents are highlighted. It encourages the generalization of the social skills being taught in the classroom, within a community setting.
Budget (Please detail how funding will be used. Itemize as appropriate.)
Costs will be evenly divided between materials ($250 dollars for purchase of Legos, and $250 for staff time). Many materials have been donated, but purchases will address the remaining needs
Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable.)
The program will run for 1.5 hours on monthly in-service days throughout the school year.