When I return from spring break we will be taking our field trip to the Wolcott Mill Farm. I am really excited to go as so many of the students have never been to the farm or zoo and have not had the opportunity to see the animals that we read about. In preparation when I return we will be doing some fun farm activities. I have found a lot of great stuff on other blogs and have created a couple of my own. I created a power point that has the animal sound and then the kids can guess it and when you click again the picture of the animal shows up. They should have fun with that one. The other two books focus on colors and the sounds of the animals. Enjoy! And if you are going on spring break this week or next. Enjoy! :)

Farmer, farmer what do you see?

Farm Animal Power Point

Animals on the Farm
This past week we began reading Fairy Tales. Last year, we did a couple weeks of nursery rhymes so to mix it up this year we are going to do fairytales and next year I will go back to nursery rhymes. We focused on the Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Three Little Pigs this week.

We did this fine motor Jack and the Beanstalk. The kids had to connect the dots and then had to paint leaves. We also added sand to the bottom and a "magic" bean.

Something I have been meaning to do for some time now and just have not had the opportunity to was make picture prompts for Dr. Jean's Zoo Movement Song. Many of the my kids do not know a lot of animals so this may help them to make better connections.
Zoo Movement

I did the same for both of Greg and Steve's Animal Action songs.

Animal Action Song Pics

While going through my Kindergarten files I came across my procedure book that I used at the beginning of the year. This summer I want to update it for my preschool kids.

Procedure Book

So lots of randomness. I feel like that is how my life is right now as I try to get all my stuff done for work and get to spend as much quality time with my little guy. I am also going back to school this spring-summer semester to complete my second masters. I am five classes away and do not want to waste all the time I have spent in school (after two years my classes can pretty much expire). Before all that though I am definitely looking forward to spring break down in TN with family. Just have to get through conferences and a couple of IEPs this week and I am free!!! Yay!
We use handwriting without tears and one of the fun activities I do daily with my morning class is mat man. (Song #8)  The kids love it and it helps the students visualize what they need to draw when they draw a person. Each child gets a piece and we build him as the song directs.
I wish had seen this sooner on pinterest. Some of my little ones still do not understand how to build Mr. Potato Head so hopefully these picture prompts will help!!! I will let you know! :)

Mr Potato Head Pics
I came across a bunch of my stuff from when I taught Kindergarten and decided to upload some it. I must admit I do miss teaching kindergarten. They always had the funniest stories to tell and it was so much fun to see the progress they made, which was a lot! My ECSE kids the progress is much slower and it is much more minimal, but they are lovable in their excitement and how genuine they are. Well, anyways here are a few things I used all the time when I taught Kindergarten. I am also trying out google docs since Scribd has not been working as well.

ABC Suggestions
Visual Schedule

The visual schedule I used with a student when he needed immediate satisfaction and to know a task and period of the day was completed. It worked well and if he completed all the tasks or certain subjects successfully he would receive a sticker. We worked towards a prize daily and then once that was consistent it changed  to weekly and so forth.

I used this editor checklist daily with my kids. We would check our writer's workshop writing and we would go through each thing and they would check their writing. I had drawn some picture cues to so the kids could remember.

Editor's Checklist

As I go through my stuff I will upload some more goodies that I come across.

These two things have helped some of my kids immensely. Instead of wearing a weighted vest one of my students holds this weighted dog on his lap and it helps him to calm down. A friend of mine made it and she also made a frog and they are awesome. They are nice and fleecy and just the right size for my little ones. Also, this activity mat is used for putting whatever activity your child is suppose to be working on and our OT said that especially for autism children it helps them to complete the task. We made our own from shelving plastic and checkered duct tape. The checkered duct tape is the key to it being successful.
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