Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Special Tidbits: Marble Jar Reward System

Hey everyone!

I hope you have had a restful weekend so far! I had to clean house and run to Walmart yesterday for a few classroom items, but for the most part it was restful! I'm looking forward to our typical Sunday of church and spending time with family!

First of all, I apologize for the lack of pictures! I want to share with you all my Marble Jar Reward System! It's a great way to motivate your students as a whole group. Start by allowing them to earn 5 marbles and work your way up. Here is an example:

5 marbles earned - extra 5 minutes of recess
15 marbles earned - movie/popcorn
30 marbles earned - game day
50 marbles earned - ice cream sundae party

Obviously, all classrooms have unique children and the rewards that work for one classroom will not work for another. Make it work for you! :-)

It'll be free until this evening! As always, I would really appreciate your feedback. Happy Sunday!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Special Tidbits: How I Track Data for Letter/Sound Recognition

Hey everyone!

Today, I want to show you how I have started taking data for letter/sound recognition. I use the Seeing Stars intervention program with my kids, but I am not crazy about their data sheet. I wanted a way to track daily progress and a place for notes. The picture below will show you what I came up with. I use a + symbol for correct letters/sounds and a - symbol for incorrect ones. There is a data sheet for each set of letters. For example, set 1 only focuses on t, n, r, m, d, s, l, c, p, b, f, and v. While working with one child in a group, I will have the others color a page of our letter of the week. They really enjoy this, and they participate more for me when I allow them to do something fun like that in between our letter/sound practice.

The data sheets are now in my TPT store. and they are free today! I would really appreciate your feedback! :-)  

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Special Tidbits: Repurposed Containers for Task Box Activity

Hey everyone!

I am blogging on my phone tonight because our internet is down. This is my first time doing this, so I'm hoping it goes okay! We had some leftover toothbrushes and toothpaste from last year that came in carrot containers. I didn't want to use the containers because I like for the toothbrushes to air dry, but I hated to throw the containers away! I decided to turn them into a useful tool for a task box activity. I wrote a number on each one from 1-10 and added that many marbles for each one. The students will practice taking the tops off of the carrots, opening them, counting the number of marbles to put inside, closing the container, and putting the lid back on. This will be a great fine motor activity for them while working on counting and cardinality! 

Have you repurposed anything into a task box activity? If so, please share!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We Heart Special Educators Giveaway and Freebie Hop!!

Did we mention how much we love special educators??! 
Well just to show you how much, 24 of us have joined together to help you start your new year out with a BOOM! 
We are beyond excited and even more excited for you! Ok, maybe even just a wee bit jealous! :)
These 24 awesome special educators, including me, have put together 5 fabulous giveaways and a freebie hop with over 20 freebies just for you!! 
Shall we get this party going!!? 
Are you ready?
The first 3 giveaways are split into 3 categories; early childhood, primary, and intermediate! So be sure to enter the one for your grade level! You can click on any of the pictures to view the product in their store or to wishlist it in case you don't win!!{wink}
Here's a look at everything one teacher will win in the Early Childhood Pack!
Here's a look at everything one teacher will win in the Primary Pack!
Seriously!!!!?? Are you feeling the Love?!
Here's a look at everything one teacher will win in the Intermediate Pack! As you know, it can be a challenge finding resources on TpT for this level, but we did manage to put a few things together that we think you'll love!
a Rafflecopter giveaway But wait! There's MORE! David at "Attainment Company" was generous enough to give two lucky teachers a copy of this e-Book for their iPad. (This e-Book is compatible ONLY for iPad, so if you do not have an iPad do not enter!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway How many of you have seen this book, or are even using it in your classroom to assess and determine presents levels?? Brigance CIBS
Last year a new and improved updated version was released...... Brigance CIBS II
and we're super excited that Robin at "Curriculum Associates" has generously donated it for us to give to one of you!! Folks, this is a $339.00 value!! Now this one definitely makes us just a wee bit jealous!  (Our apologies, but this one is for U.S. residents only) a Rafflecopter giveaway And now it's time for a............... FREEBIE HOP!
As I've mentioned before, I am in another room this year. While cleaning, I have found tons of index cards cases. I felt like they could be used for something and hated to throw them away. So, I decided to make some task box activities with them. I thought it'd be fun to share one of them as my freebie until the 25th!

Click on the image to download your freebie!

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