Day 21: Main Activity – Flannel Board in the Morning Circle with the Child with Special Needs

Day 21- Main Activity – Flannel Board in the Morning Circle with the child with special needsThis is a post out of the “31 Days of Morning Circles for the Child with Special Needs”.  You can find the main page for this series here.

Note: If you’re reading this series for the first time, I suggest you look at the daily structure post to understand the routine we follow in our morning circle.

Flannel boards are great in the morning circle because they can be placed on a lap quite easily. The pieces are simple enough to prepare as no sewing is required and the ideas for use are endless.

In the morning circle, I don’t use flannel boards for imaginative play. I use it for concrete hands-on instruction or practice for a concept or skill that we will use later in the day.

Sometimes, I use the flannel board as I share the story in the morning circle. Other times, we use it for numeracy practice. And, sometimes, we use it to practice fine motor skills like picking up the pieces, moving them from one part of the board to another and tapping them down. As always, the interaction in the main activity is simple and quick.

Flannel board activity in the morning circle:

Use flannel board pieces to talk about the parts of the body or even just the face. You don’t have to use a human shape. Make it interesting by creating felt cut-outs of familiar characters or thematic creatures.

 

felt spider

We practiced the names of the parts of the face with a thematic spider in October. The shapes are simple but allow for much interaction. The legs can be counted as they are added to the board, and the nose and mouth can turn to change the expression. It doesn’t matter that a real spider has more eyes than this. My son isn’t ready to understand that, so we kept it simple.

How do you use the flannel board in your morning circle?

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