Innovative is a unique program because children of all abilities play and learn together. There are many opportunities for students with and without disabilities to interact, engage and develop relationships with each other. Interactions occur spontaneously and as a result of staff facilitation in the classrooms, on the playground and in planned play/learning groups. These learning groups occur within the Innovative classrooms and sometimes in other parts of the facility of Loma Vista. Chico Unified and Innovative staff works together so that students experience a variety of blended groupings throughout the day. As part of your enrollment at Innovative we ask for your consent to allow your child to participate.
Play-group: Small pull-out programs with one child with an Individual Education Plan and 3-4 typically developing peers. Each day one teacher goes to each room to pick up children and brings them to the playgroup room (located in the Turtle Room kitchen) and facilitates participation in a smaller setting. Generally there is a well-planned curriculum theme or idea that is supported through different aspects.
Water-group: As part of Loma Vista’s Special Education program’s extended day component (1:30-2:30), the Innovative children participate in a larger group circle that mimics a kindergarten classroom’s curriculum. These circle times discuss more complex social-emotional concepts, encourage leadership skills, allows children to practice more challenging levels of impulse control. In addition there is an activity time rotation where children split into smaller groups to do music, art, a turn-taking game or another type of activity that supports learning objectives.
Challenge-group: Children that are kindergarten age, or kindergarten age eligible can participate in challenge group that takes place during rest/nap time. Five year old children do not have to rest per licensing requirements. We created a program that assists children in independently practicing more kindergarten readiness skills using the TEACCH approach.
Speech & Language: Occasionally our speech and language pathologist will bring children in to speech sessions to help model skills to help children that are receiving speech services. The idea is to create a safe-space for children to engage with a like-minded peer to be motivated and excited to demonstrate speech and language skills.