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Roll-a-Dough Letters

LGS students have been working on improving their handwriting and strengthening their hand muscles, all while having fun with Play-Doh!*

Students use the Play-Doh to shape letters on cards inserted into a plastic tray. On this day, students were practicing letters that start with a “Magic C” including C, G, O and Q.

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Warhol-Inspired Flowers

K-2 students recently created brightly colored artwork inspired by Andy Warhol’s flower prints.

Andy Warhol loved to create artwork based on things in pop culture. Pop culture is what you see every day all around you, ranging from images of movie stars to cans of Campbell’s soup. Warhol would take the images and repeat them over and over.

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Mummified Apples

As Ms. Kuehnle’s 6-8 Team students are nearing the end of their social studies unit on Ancient Egypt, she presented them with a theme-related STEM challenge.    

Ancient Egypt is known for, among other things, mummies. The ancient Egyptians believed the physical body is important in the next life. Thus, they used mummification to preserve the bodies of people and even animals. Part of the mummification process included removing the organs and putting them in canopic jars containing natron, a naturally occurring compound of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate (salt and baking soda).

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The Great Cookie Dunk

Mrs. Wink’s 2-4 Team science students recently had an opportunity to compare items that floated in liquid and those that didn’t—with tasty results!

Students watched a video showing various items that sank in water (a treasure chest and a rock) and other things that floated (an ice cube and a hollow boat). They talked about different characteristics that seem to affect an object’s ability to float, including its weight and its shape.*

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Blotter Bugs, Blooms and Butterflies

LGS students recently learned about color mixing while creating “blotter bugs”.

First they learned/reviewed that red, yellow and blue are primary colors—these are the colors used to create all the other colors of the rainbow! When two primary colors are mixed together, the result is a secondary color: red + yellow = orange, yellow + blue = green, blue + red = purple.

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Cooler than Caterpillars

Watching live caterpillars transform into butterflies is a regular part of LGS student activities in the spring. The life cycle of a butterfly—including egg, larva, pupal, and adult stage—is an example of a complete metamorphosis, when one thing changes into something completely different.

Mrs. Hoffman’s students, however, have been learning about another example of a complete metamorphosis: that of the mealworm and how it is affected by its habitat.

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Parent Educational Opportunities Provide Tools and Support

Educational opportunities ensure parents have the tools to actively support their child’s development and learning, and help parents feel supported.

Linden Grove School’s Program Samplers offer parents 25-minute sessions led by school staff on topics such as Functions of Behavior, Using Visuals at Home, Anxiety & Your Child, Interoception, Echolalia, and Choosing a High School. Additional sessions offer overviews on some of the specialized programs utilized at LGS including Lindamood-Bell Talkies® and Visualizing and Verbalizing®, Orton-Gillingham, and TouchMath.

LGS also provides parents with information on opportunities available through the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati and other community partners.

And Linden Grove School regularly seeks extraordinary educational opportunities. Currently, in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, LGS middle school students are participating in Achieving Independence and Mastery in School (AIMS), a school-based intervention program developed to help students improve executive functioning and other skills to increase academic success; AIMS also includes four educational sessions for parents.

Ahn’s Taekwondo Continues 15+ Years of Support Amid Expanding LGS Recreational Opportunities

Ahn Taekwondo Institute has offered instruction at LGS during the school year and summer for more than 15 years. Students learn basic motions, forms, and techniques while working on coordination, flexibility, listening, cooperation, and more. During the school year, students can test up to the next color belt. At the end of summer classes, students break boards using kicks and then take their broken boards home as a memento.

Additional recreational opportunities offered by LGS in 2021-2022 include a Tech & Gaming Club, arts and crafts, basic and intermediate soccer skills classes, and individual music lessons.

LGS also supports and promotes a range of recreational activities for students throughout Greater Cincinnati. For example, LGS staff have provided cooking classes through the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, and the school promotes opportunities such as the Mason Challenger League baseball program.

Left to right: Maggie Wesley mixes light to dark shades of fall colors; Charlotte Baringhaus shows off her Mickey Mouse-shaped pretzel ready for the oven; and Nathan Titzer practices brush strokes in art.

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