Thursday, October 31, 2013

Friday Special!!

Hello Blog Pals! 

I am one of the collaborating authors at The Learning Highway. We are doing a $2.00 Friday Special to show our appreciation towards our Facebook fans! If you are not following us on Facebook, we'd love to have you! To find the links for all the great deals, check out The Learning Highway's blog tomorrow. 

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween! 

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Five for Friday

It's Friday!! It's time to link up with Doodlebug's Five for Friday and enjoy a restful weekend! I have been working hard to prepare for next week! I want all of my activities for next week to have a Halloween theme. I have decided to share two of them with you. I am also going to share what we did for our hygiene lesson. The kids really enjoyed it!

The first activity I want to share goes along with the book, "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat". I LOVE this series of books! It repeats a lot of words and has a lot of rhymes, so it's great for emergent readers. The main reason I want to use this book is to work on listening skills. So... I found an "old lady" template and created an activity with it that I think will be helpful for the kids. 
Step 1: Print out template from
Step 2: Cut the template out and cut the circle (stomach) out.
Step 3: Glue or tape the top and bottom together and laminate.
Step 4: Cut a gallon sized zip-lock bag to a size that will fit behind the hole, and staple around it. See picture below.

Step 5: Print these pictures off from Creating and Teaching and cut them out.
Step 6: Put them in the zip-lock bag.

When you are ready to use this activity. Have students take the pictures out of the bag. As you read the story, they will place the pictures in the bag in chronological order.

The second activity I am going to use for next week is the Halloween Spider Sort. It's a nice freebie from Fluttering Through First Grade! After I printed it off, I decided to turn it into a file folder activity! I didn't take a picture of the back, but I taped the recording page on the back before I laminated the file folder. 

I cut a slit on the top of both spider pictures to make pockets. The cards you see below will be sorted and placed in the correct pocket.

We have started doing a hygiene lesson every Friday! Today we learned about brushing our teeth. We watched a BrainPop video, did an experiment that I printed off from the Unique program, worked on a Dental Health Packet, and brushed our teeth! For the experiment, I printed off the book "Toothache". You can find it in the Unique Learning System library (if you use that program). The story has a short experiment at the end that teaches the students how sugary drinks can affect your teeth. I am going to add the steps for this experiment just in case you do not have the Unique Learning System program.

Step 1: Place boiled eggs in coke to soak for 5 hours. 
Step 2: To prepare, you will need: a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a bowl of water. 
Step 3: Read "Toothache" or another story about brushing your teeth. 
Step 4: Show the egg to the students after it has been sitting in coke. 
Step 5: Wet toothbrush, apply toothpaste, and let each child brush a spot on the egg.
Step 6: Rinse the egg and let the students see how clean it is! 

We are having a spaghetti dinner on Halloween to help raise money for one of our students. He is in a wheelchair, and we want him to have a swing outside! Our menu will include spookhetti, ghoulic bread, and Halloween desserts! 


My husband got a new job!! He will be an app developer for one of our local news stations. I'm so excited for him, and we give all the credit to the good Lord above! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!! 

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Monday, October 14, 2013

October Currently - I'm late!!

I am so excited about doing the October Currently! These are so fun, but I haven't done it in a few months. I'm also late for this one! I've had some technical issues, so that explains why my currently is small. Anyway, here we go....

Listening - I have recently discovered The Piano Guys. I guess the way to describe them would be that they mix classical with pop music? Maybe someone would have a better description or term for that. Anyway, I love them!! If you like the song "Titanium" by David Guetta, you should listen to their instrumental version! Wow!! 

Loving - I discovered a blog called Cassey, the author of this blog, posts monthly calendars to give you a list of videos to use each day. She also has a beginner calendar!! I done it and was instantly hooked! The October calendar has been more of a challenge, but I'm hanging in there!  

Thinking - I really want this sinus infection to go away! I have felt icky since this past Thursday. Luckily, fall break started Friday and I got some antibiotics today. We go back to school tomorrow, but I took one more day to allow myself to bounce back. 

Wanting - My husband interviewed for an app developer position! He does it on the side, but still would like to be employed by someone else. We are praying for God's will to be done, but it will be hard not to be disappointed if it doesn't work out. 

Needing - I'm so ready to have my OWN classroom! I won't go into all the details, but they are in the process of finishing the special education room. I am a Resource/Extended Resource teacher! Yes, I feel crazy! I want my own room with my own routine and system. 

Trick or Treat - Even though I am ready for my own classroom, I still love the girls that I work with. We are planning on dressing up as M&M's for Halloween! I'm thinking of sweatpants and sweatshirts that we can decorate! Cheap and comfy! 

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fall Break 20% Off Sale

Hello Blog Buddies, 

It is fall break! Woohoo!! I'm celebrating by throwing a 20% off sale at my TPT store. I have some fun fall activities, and I just completed a writing activity for struggling writers! Go check it out! If I don't have what you are looking for, please let me know! I'd love to work towards providing you with what you need! Thank you so much for being a follower!

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Personal Hygiene - How to Wash Your Hands

We've decided to do a personal hygiene program on Fridays in our classroom. Washing our hands is something that most of us take for granted. We do it on a daily basis without taking another second to think about it. For special needs children, washing their hands can be a challenge. There could be a cognitive issue or it could be a motor skill that they just haven't developed yet. In order to teach special needs students how to wash their hands, it must be broken down into simple steps. We broke it down into 5 steps; wet your hands, get soap, wash for 15 seconds, rinse, and dry your hands. To teach these steps, we watched a BrainPop video and done a short activity with them. See a picture of the activity below. 
(You will need blank paper, crayons for tracing hands, 
hand washing images, and glue sticks!)

We also hung some pictures up in the bathroom, along with a cute little song, as a reminder. Check it out. 

(Sorry for the glare!)

Please share your ideas on how you teach personal hygiene!! 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

File Folder Activities

I absolutely love file folder learning activities!! You can use them for just about any topic in Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies! You can also use them for social and life skills. They are great to use during centers or they can be used as an efficient time filler. 

For the month of October, I have created a fun file folder packet that includes 5 fun, hands-on math activities. The packet includes: 
- Pumpkin Patch Match 
- Candy Corn Color Patterns
- Skip Counting with Ghosts
- Full Moon Sum Sorting
- Candy Change

Click on the link A Tender Teacher for Special Needs to learn more about the October File Folder Math Fun packet! 

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