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I need ideas for integrating "Heavy Work" into a mainstream Kindergarten classroom. My son and another little girl without an IEP but obviously has sensory issues would benefit from heavy work, but I am brain dead trying to come up with good suggestions for the teacher. I am in the classroom as a volunteer aid until ds' IEP is in place, so I can implement some strategies, but I can't think of anything right now.<br><br>
Heavy work, for those not familiar with the term, is things like lifting heavy items, pushing things, pulling things, and stuff that gives really good input to the joints like that. This teacher likes a quiet, orderly classroom, so having them jump through the room and things like that aren't going to be integrated easily.
 

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Are there bins of things they can pick up and move? Can they help the teacher by carrying heavier items (not dangerously heavy, but as you are suggesting)? Hmm...that's a tough one. 'Course my kid starts pre-K next week so I'm not exactly in the same ballpark you're looking for. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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hmmm..maybe help with the lifting of chairs for nap time or carrying the lunches for lunch or milk for snacks...or helping out in another classroom for nap time ( my SON will not nap so she has him help her clean.)
 

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Try this site for lots of ideas!<br><br><a href="http://www.coping.org/intervention/sensory/heavyactiviti.htm" target="_blank">http://www.coping.org/intervention/s...vyactiviti.htm</a>
 

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My son has sensory integration disorder and needs lots of heavy work too. His teacher is totally not with that and has been uncooperative! I liked the other link. I would think that moving chairs and desks, carrying books, carrying containers filled with stuff, maybe getting other kids backpacks for them (full), stuff like that. Do they have a wagon in the classroom? that would be great for pulling stuff around.
 

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I don't know if this would work at all but...a rope and pully with a bucket attached suspended on a beam or something else (you might need to get creative with this) allows for filling the bucket with toys, etc, pulling, lowering, and provides sensory input in this way. You can find a bucket/pully system on the magic cabin site and other waldorf-y type catalog/internet sites. We improvised our own and the kids all loved it, and often this ties into some sort of science/math curriculum for the early grades.<br>
Also-can you get some big logs for the playground to move around? Move stones with child-sized wheelbarrows? Build a hay-bale playhouse and have kids lift and move the hay bales?<br>
Good luck!
 
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