Groundhog's Day Social Story

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HOW do you teach Groundhog's day to a child who takes EVERYTHING SO LITERAL.  A shadow predicts the seasons?  A shadow?

Well I created a visual social story to explain the holiday and the tradition of Groundhogs day.

Winter Crafts!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter is a fun season because it lends itself to such amazing crafts in our classroom.  I wanted to share a few that I found on pinterest that turned out successfully in my classroom!

First craft is a q-tip painting snowman!

What I Want for My Students-

Monday, January 26, 2015

I care so much for my students.  
I want what's best for them.  
I want to shelter them from the cruel in the world,
I want to push them past their comfort level.

I want them to succeed in every way possible.  
I want them to reach their full potential.
I want them to exceed every expectation,
I want them to surpass any limit that was ever set.

I want them to surprise themselves.
I want them to feel proud.
I want them to feel successful,
I want them to feel LARGER than life.

Most importantly- 
I want them to feel loved.
I want them to feel safe.
I want them to feel nurtured,
I want them to feel cared for.

IEP goals, benchmarks and objectives only mean so much.
You cannot take baseline data on the quality of life.
You cannot report progress or set goals for one's self esteem.

Remember the big picture- at the end of the day, do what's right for you students.  

My favorite quote from a family friend-
"It's all about the good, It's all about the happy."

Kinetic Sand

Friday, January 23, 2015

I have a new favorite toy.  Have you ever played with kinetic sand?  It's not play doh, it's not moon sand, it's KINETIC SAND!  It's like a wet moist sand that is clean and easy to clean up.  If it spills on the carpet- you can pick it up!  It's not like play doh that gets smashed in the carpet and then it's gone forever!

Check it out- you can buy it on amazon HERE

Making Speech Fun!?!?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Looking for a fun way to encourage students to speak? Especially those shy kiddo's that prefer to look away and not respond?  I've got a few tricks to share with you!

First things first- a microphone.  It's amazing how a simple microphone can give your students super powers to talk! and to ENJOY talking!

Snowman Writing

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

This is an oldie but goodie!!!!  We did this activity last year and my students had so much fun so we did it again! Today, we worked on building a snowman.  For the whole month of January we have been discussing the body parts of a snowman and how to build one.  I created this bubble map activity so that students could add and remove velcro pieces as we discuss the parts of a snowman.  My district is pushing hard the "thinking maps" so this is a great way to integrate it into our classroom!

Monday Motivator

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