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Week Two:


What are You Doing Every Day/Week? Record it on this Calendar. If you can’t print the calendar call Kim or Ericka at the phone numbers below and we’ll send you a few copies, or create a similar calendar on a piece of paper.


Check out this Shelter-in-Place packet, it has GREAT information and interactive exercises!


Visit the Self-Isolated Penguins – How are their communities different? How are they the same? How are they entertaining themselves? Can we learn anything from them?



Week 2 Counting Money Worksheet: click here


Budget for the Week: (Interactive and Ongoing Throughout Facility Closure). Let’s say you can go to WalMart every weekend to get things you need. This week we’ll give you $55. What would you buy with it? Record your transactions on this Check Book Register. If you can’t print the register call Kim or Ericka at the phone numbers below and we’ll send you a few copies, or create a similar register on a piece of paper.  So far you've received:

  • $100
  • $55


Sports & Fitness

Exercise of the Week: Let’s DANCE!!!  Dance for three, five or ten songs every day!  Record how many songs you dance to on your calendar.


Friday Night Dance Party 8pm – 9pm:


Chair Yoga:


Sports Movie of the Week: The Sandlot - In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

Watch it if you can on Netflix, Hulu, or on DVD…




Recipe of the Week: Healthy Spaghetti






























Fruit/Vegetable Smoothie of the Week: Berry Medley - Ingredients: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries

          Choose your liquid base (milk, almond milk, coconut water, water, etc.)
          Fill a cup to top with your cut up fruit and liquid and toss it all into a blender.
          Blend and pour everything back into your cup - you're set!


Tooth Brushing Tips From Captain Encouragement:


Self-Care BINGO: A new BINGO card will come out each week - how fast can you get a BINGO?  Three days? Two maybe?


Independent Living

How To Hand Wash Dishes:

  1. Rinse dishes and stack in piles.  Use a long handle scrub brush and clean large food particles off of dishes.
  2. Fill sink with hot soapy water. (Go easy on the soap.)
  3. Place all the silverware in the soapy water to one side. Place 4-6 plates in the water (or more if you have a large sink). Then lay in as many glasses as you can get in on top of that. Do this so the plates and silverware can soak while you are washing the glasses.
  4. Wash the things that touch your mouth and those that are the least soiled first: glasses, silverware, plates, bowls, serving dishes, pans.
  5. Keep placing more dirty dishes in the sink to soak as you have room. If the water starts getting gooky then change it.
  6. Rinse each piece with running hot water. I just turn the water on and off as I rinse each piece, so I use very little water (only about 2 gallons for a huge pile of dishes). Also, I don’t fill the sink too full of soapy water when I start. That way, as I go along, the rinse water I use keeps my soapy water hot and refreshed so by the time I get to my pans, my water is still hot.People often fill one sink with water to rinse dishes but, if you think about it, after the first glass or two, the rinse water has soap in it and is “recontaminating” (for lack of a better word) each subsequent piece. There is a reason why surgeons wash their hands in running water and the same principle applies to dishes.


Employment Skills

Dress Professionally:

Always dress to match the workplace setting. Some workplaces will provide a written dress code outlining specifically what is appropriate and what is not. For others, you may have to judge based on what others there are wearing.

  • Formal Business attire is typically the dress code used for high-profile jobs: government officials, managing workers, lawyers, and so on. It is also for businesses which cultivate formality, such as credit unions. Be aware some businesses dress formally most days, but have "casual Friday" or will otherwise relax the rules for certain reasons or occasions (such as a walk-a-thon, fundraiser, or if the air conditioning breaks down).
  • "Business casual" is the term often used for less formal (but not informal) office environments. (See below for a more in-depth discussion on what "business casual" means) .Be aware that this varies by culture, region, and profession. Sometimes "business casual" offices will become "business formal" for important occasions, such as a press conference, a high-profile visitor arriving, or an important seminar.
  • "Black tie" is typically only used only for very specific and special events, (such as awards dinners, formal banquets, or galas.) These typically require a tuxedo for men and an evening gown for women.
  • Typically, the higher paying the position, the higher your rank, the more professionally your office clothing should be. (However, note this is not universal--the CEO of a software company may dress far less formally than an intern at a law firm!)
  • Some jobs have a specific uniform. For instance, a chef, nurse, life guard, judge, or police officer. This is a professional dress code, but usually this needs very little further discussion.

Pay attention to those around you. If you are unsure exactly how formal or casually to dress, try looking at the clothing choices of those in your profession, at your office, or attending the same event as you.

  • In general, it is better to be slightly overdressed than it is to be under-dressed.
  • If you are not able to get a good glimpse or have a chat with someone in your field, try searching images on the internet for people in similar positions in the company or last year's event. Pay attention to the appearance of people in these images, and dress accordingly.
  • Be careful of events that may require a dramatic wardrobe change. For instance, at a conference, you may be required to wear suits and ties for the presentation. At the poolside cocktail receptions afterwards, swimsuits, Hawaiian shirts, and flip-flops are the garb of choice.



Travel / Around the World

Travel UNDER THE SEA: The Undersea Voyager Project is a non profit (501-c-3) public-benefit company for Oceanic Research and Educational Outreach. Founded by undersea explorer Capt. Scott Cassell, the Undersea Voyager Project is designed to explore the first 1,000 feet of seawater (the largest environment on Earth) on a continuing series of missions to explore the Earth underwater. UVP is privatizing ocean exploration and science by inviting the public and citizen scientists to participate.

Their mission is to advance scientific knowledge and understanding of the world's oceans, mankind's influence upon them and the life within, while communicating our findings freely to a global audience. To inspire young students to consider careers in the STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by giving real life examples of ocean heroes, creating citizen science opportunities, and promoting educational outreach.

Read more at:


Tour the San Diego Zoo:







Reading/Writing Skills

Word Seach Week 2: Click here


Let’s Write a Limerick: A limerick is a short, comical poem that often borders on the nonsensical or obscene. They are fun to write and to read, as they are meant to make your readers laugh. Composing a limerick takes a little brainstorming and drafting, but before long you'll be addicted to coming up with witty, whimsical rhymes.

Create an AABBA rhyme scheme A limerick has five lines. The first, second, and fifth line should rhyme with each other. This is rhyme "A." To create rhyme "B," rhyme the third and fourth lines with each other. Rhyme "A" and "B" should be different from each other. The rhyme scheme will look like:

  • Line 1: Rhyme A
  • Line 2: Rhyme A
  • Line 3: Rhyme B
  • Line 4: Rhyme B
  • Line 5: Rhyme A

       Example of Limerick:











Mandala Sheet Week 2: click here to pull it up


Art classes, projects and more with AMADOR ARTS at:


Art ProjectOrigami Swan:



































Scavenger Hunt: Each week we’ll have you find an item, keep all items in a “safe place”, such as a small box, for use at the end of the day program facility closure. We’ll use these items to make an art project.   This week, find a 12 inch piece of string ). In your “safe place” you should have:

  • A push pin (thumb tack)
  • 12 inch piece of string


Art / Museum Tour: The Smithonian -


Interested in Acting?  Check out this great website that has TONS of pointers and lessons:



Gaming and Other Technology

Featured Computer/Cell Phone/Tablet Game of the Week: Pokemon GO – who will find the most Pokemons this week? Record your captures on your calendar and share them with your advocate.


Card Game of the WeekSPOONS: The card game known as Spoons also goes by a variety of other names as well, but the fundamental rules are the same – be fast and be sneaky!

  • Materials Required: A standard deck of 52 playing cards, several spoons (one less than the total number of players).
  • Number of Players: 4-8 is recommended.
  • Length of Game: Games are fairly quick – about 5-10 minutes per game.


Have everyone sit in a circle, facing each other.  Shuffle the deck of cards.  Place spoons in the middle.  There should be one less than the number of players; in other words, if there are seven players, then six spoons should be in the middle of the circle.

How to Play Spoons

Deal each player four cards.  With the remaining cards, form a stack.  To begin a game, the first player takes a card from the deck and places it into his hand.  He or she decides whether to keep this card or not.  He or she quickly discards one card from his hand and passes it, face down, to the next person in the circle (in clockwise order).

The goal to try to get 4 of a kind.  Once a person gets 4 of the same rank of card, he or she is now eligible to grab a spoon from the middle.  Once anyone takes a spoon from the middle, the rest of the players can now grab a spoon, even if they don’t yet have four of a kind.  In order not to lose, you must grab a spoon in time.  The last player (the one who was not successful in getting a spoon) loses and must leave the circle.  Decrease the number of spoons by one and repeat this process until there is only one winner left.


Play SPOONS on-line at


Online Gaming:


App of the Week: 2 Pics 1 Word - Mix Pics Puzzle

For Kindle:

For Apple:



Nature and Weird Science

The anglerfish looks like pure nightmare fuel, but you probably shouldn’t worry about encountering one that looks like this: they only live in the deep sea. They’re also pretty lazy hunters; anglerfish don’t chase prey, but rather dangle a fleshy growth on their head in front of their mouth to lure in their meals.

To learn more about angler fish and other bizarre sea creatures check out:





Genre of the Week: 60’s Music – In North America and Europe the decade was particularly revolutionary in terms of popular music, as it saw the evolution of rock. At the beginning of the 1960s, pop and rock and roll trends of the 1950s continued; nevertheless, the rock and roll of the decade before started to merge into a more international, eclectic variant. In the early-1960s, rock and roll in its purest form was gradually overtaken by pop rock, beat, psychedelic rock, blues rock, and folk rock, which had grown in popularity. The country- and folk-influenced style associated with the latter half of 1960s rock music spawned a generation of popular singersongwriters who wrote and performed their own work. Towards the decade's end, genres such as Baroque pop,sunshine pop,bubblegum pop, and progressive rock started to grow popular, with the latter two finding greater success in the following decade. Furthermore, the 1960s saw funk and soul music rising in popularity; rhythm and blues in general remained popular. The fusion of R&B, Gospel -and original rock and roll was a success until the mid-part of the decade. Aside from the popularity of rock and R&B music in the 1960s, Latin American as well as Jamaican and Cuban music achieved a degree of popularity throughout the decade, with genres such as Bossa nova, the cha-cha-cha, ska, and calypso being popular. From a classical point of view, the 1960s were also an important decade as they saw the development of electronic, experimental, jazz and contemporary classical music, notably minimalism and free improvisation.

Read more at:

Find a 60’s station on Sirius XM, YouTube, Pandora, or the radio and enjoy some 60's rock!


Digital Music Fest: Every Saturday during Social Distancing, join this ZOOM ROOM to share MUSIC OF ALL KINDS from musicians in Amador County!

     Round-robin, one song at a time.

     Join Zoom Meeting:

     Meeting ID: 717 784 673

     Meghan Joy O'Keefe is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

     Topic: AmadorArts Digital Music Fest

     Time: Mar 28, 2020 08:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
           Every week on Sat, until May 9, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)
             Mar 28, 2020 08:00 PM
             Apr 4, 2020 08:00 PM
             Apr 11, 2020 08:00 PM
             Apr 18, 2020 08:00 PM
             Apr 25, 2020 08:00 PM
             May 2, 2020 08:00 PM
             May 9, 2020 08:00 PM



Movies (for Recreation-Type Activities)

Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 53rd Disney animated feature film, it is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen". It tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on a journey alongside a rugged iceman, his loyal reindeer, and a naive snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped their kingdom in eternal winter.

Did you know the theme to frozen is just the right length to sing while you're washing your hands???  Sing while you wash to help keep you germ free and healthy!

Watch it if you can on Netflix, Hulu, or on DVD…



Lending Library

DVDs are checked out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Many of the DVD's are listed below.  If you are interested, talk to your advocate or call:

          Kim at 267-5978, ext 24 or

          Ericka at 754-4001, ext 23




Rick Steve’s Europe (4 Disk) Germany, Swiss alps and Travel Skills, Easter Europe, Italy

Rick Steve’s Europe (4 Disk) Great Britain, Ireland, Spain and Portugal, France and Benelux

Rick Steve’s PBS 11 Shows 2013-2014 (2 disk)

Colorado’s Scenic Train Ride

Kiwi Country New Zealand

Must See Places of the World: Australia the Beautiful

Alaska’s Inside Passage x 2

America By Rail, rout of the Southwest Chief

All Aboard the Potomac Eagle A Scenic Train Ride

Point Lobos, Timeless Coast

The States, Volume 2

Travel the World by Train

Rick Steves’ Scandinavia ( 2 disk)

Rick Steves’ Germany, Benelux, and More (2 disk)

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Wildlife Treasures

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Scenic Cruises of the World

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Australia the Beautiful


Animals and Nature

Cry of The Penguin

Deadly Down Under


Wolves at Our Door

Species Hunter

Must See Places of the World: Wildlife Treasures

White Shark, Outside the Cage

Planet-Ocean (5 disk)

Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, Lions

Tropical Rainforest

Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, the hidden world of Africa

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

Swamp Tigers

Living with Tigers

The Best of nature (6 disk)

Discovery Queen of the Elephants

Disney African Cats

Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, Cougars

Flight the Genius of Birds

March of the Penguins

JAWS of the Pacific




The Last Frontier

The Wildest Dream, conquest of Everest

Forbidden City, The Great Within

The Legend of Bigfoot

Flying Scotsman, the World’s Most Famous Locomotive

U.S. Navy Carriers

MythBusters Big Blasts collections (2 disk)

Thunderbirds, Skies of Thunder

Dinosaur Planet

Carrier, fortress At Sea

Ken Burns National Parks (6 disk)

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Marvels of Mankind

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Mysteries of the Ancient World


Informational and Independent Living

My Life, My Choice Person Directed Living

Temple Grandon

Possibilities, Disabilities and the Arts

It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend

Managing Threatening Confrontations

Oops, Wrong Planet (Understanding Asperger’s syndrome)

Normal People Scare Me; A Film About AUTISM

How To Make a Good Decision At Home

How To Make A Good Decision In The Community

How To Make A Good Decision In the Workplace or Day Program

Overcoming Obstacles to Learning

How to Improve thinking Strategies for People With Developmental Disabilities (2 disk)

Understanding Developmental Disabilities (2 disk)

I have Tourette’s But Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me

Leadership Through Personal Change, Ways to Have The Life You Want (2 disk)

The Ethics of Touch, Establishing and Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries

Positive Behavioral Supports, Meeting Unmet Needs



Wii Just Dance Disney Party

Wii Just Dance 2018

Wii Dance Summer Party

Wii Just Dance 4

Wii Just Dance 2014

Wii Just Dance 2

Wii Just Dance 2015

Wii Just Dance 2020

Eat Right For A Long And Healthy Life

Richard Simmons Party Off The Pounds

Wii Zumba

Richard Simmons Dancin’ To The Oldies

Walking Down Your Blood Sugar, controlling Diabetes