The host girls with opinions made a cute sign for the RULES of book club tonight.
The host mama served the girls chicken nuggets, fries, and fruit while we discussed the book. We used our general discussion questions to help guide the discussion. They gave it all thumbs up, with one to the side.
|All thumbs up except for one to the side. For us- success!|
|Lots of things to share|
The girls were mainly not happy with the bully in the book who is mean to David. They liked that Catherine did the right thing in the end. They were also curious to learn more about autism and communication disorders.
All the girls were asked ahead of time to send a list of their 20 most important words for a communication board prior to the meeting. I used my Boardmaker software to create the boards for them. Their boards were so cute. It was interesting to see what words they chose. The words were color coded by type (adjectives, nouns, etc). Some chose mostly nouns, others adjectives, etc. Their boards are pictured below.
NOTE: For those of y'all wanting to do this activity who do not have BOARDMAKER, this could be accomplished using clip art and Google image search. Also, there is a website with may premade boards that could be explored to learn more about augmentative communication. They are all free to download as both a Boardmaker file and a PDF. A great resource: Setbc.org PictureSet
For our activity, the girls tried to communicate only using their communication boards for 3 minutes.
We all had a great time! Next month, we are reading Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff.