I am linking up with I Heart Recess for Monthly Goals: Back to School.

Personal: I always find myself doing lots of work at home as soon as Ethan goes to bed. I need to make sure to set some time aside for myself.
Organization: My desk is organized chaos. I need to put everything away where it belongs right away rather than letting it just pile up.
Planning: I am one of two ECSE teachers in the south end and there are three teachers in the north end. I would like to plan with them more often if possible.
Professional: I have all of my PECS ready to go. I just need to use them effectively and consistently.
Students: Try to get them to have fun and meet all of their needs to the best of my ability. I have a lot of kids returning this year, which is nice because I know them and they know me. I know what works for them and what doesn't so I should be able to meet their needs more easily.
Motto: I feel like we are getting away from play and play leads to discovery. The kids want to learn more without even realizing they are learning when it is presented through play.  
How a child plays, shows their strengths and abilities in creativity and social skills.  It encourages them to think for themselves, and be their own person.  One can learn a lot from watching a child play.

I am also linking up with Covered in Glitter and Glue for What I'm Loving Wednesday.

What are your back to school goals and what are you loving this Wednesday?!

I am linking up with Sticky Notes and Glitter for An Apple Day. This week is all about intervention.

ECSE is all about intervention.  Some of the interventions are simple and some are more complex depending on the students need and ability.  It may be a providing a different seating option for circle time or centers...

wiggle seat for movers in the classroom $13
wiggle seats

cube chairs

Or it may be giving the student a transition object to make the transition be less stressful. Last year's favorite was the American flag.

Also, a matchbox sized bus for coming into school or leaving.

One of my students last year also loved fake flowers.

The use of visuals is another huge thing. I have made lots of song visuals this summer. See last week's Monday Made It for some great sites to get visuals.

The arrangement and use of  schedules. This is the main schedule, but I also have the order of washing hands, getting snack, etc. displayed throughout the classroom. Make sure to stress the to do and all done.

First/ then card. Showing students what they need to do and then showing them what they get when that task is completed.

There are a lot more interventions done throughout the day from the scissors different students use to length of time they spend on an activity. Make sure to utilize your resource room teacher and support staff and check your Intermediate School District for other great resources too. All these people  can provide interventions for individual students or for the class as a whole.  I could not do my job without my fabulous support staff!

A great resource is the

You can get this on Amazon and it has LOTS of ideas and suggestions for everything!

What kind of interventions do you use?

I am linking up with Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics. Make sure to check it out for some great classroom ideas.
Well, it is my final week of summer school and I am heading back into my room this coming week. Yikes! Where did the summer go?!

Here are a few crafts I was able to make this week. Nice and easy ones!

I made some alphabet gems inspired by Polka Dot Kinders

I also made some felt letters. I used foam instead of paint chips like I saw at Make, Take, Teach.

I finally put labels on the containers I have in my bathroom. The jars are from Bath and Body Work candles. You can get the labels at www.thriftyandchic.com

I also decorated my clipboard with Washi Tape!

I found new student bag labels on pinterest, but when I went to print the labels I realized I did not have just 8 labels per sheet, so I made new labels with 10. If you want to print 8 you can too from Miss Kindergarten.
Last, but not least... I am having a Birthday Sale. My birthday is this Wednesday so from today to Wednesday my tpt store is all 20% off!

Also check out Oodles of Teaching for a great giveaway I am participating in.

Have a great Monday. I am off to summer school!

I am not sure if Cara is hosting it this week, but if not here are some of my fav pins from this week anyways. There are some great ideas of things I need to print and/ or make before heading back into the classroom.
( free download) Taking charge of my feelings and behaviors | self-regulation_of_emotions.pdf
Check out Victories n Autism for lots of free resources!
scratch off reward tickets
Scratch Off Reward Cards. Check out Christina's blog Bunting, Books and Bainbridge

diy letter tiles

diy tactile letters

This is from Make, Take, Teach. She always has great ideas and great DIY projects. I have made a few of these things and will share them on Monday.

alphabet gems

This is another fun craft I made this past week. You can get step by step directions here at Polka Dot Kinders.

wiggle seat for movers in the classroom $13
Wiggle Seats for only $13...a great deal!

Now for some unrelated teaching ones...
Coral. Nude. Teal

DIY headbands. This one actually has directions! :-)
Criss cross headbands.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Well, the second week of summer school is done. Here are a few pictures of things we did this past week.

We played the sticky hands game again. The kids LOVE this! They have been requesting it daily. All you need to do it get some sticky hands at the dollar store and put cards out for students to catch. It can be used for anything. We have been using vocab cards and then the kids have been tracing the word. You can get a hand slap freebie here

We made some fish, seahorses, painted the sea with bubble wrap and wrote our numbers with q-tips.

We have been writing daily. We have completed the sentences:
I can...
I like (color)
I like (food)
I see...

Next week is our last week. We will be celebrating being in Kindergarten.
Have a great Thursday!

I am linking up with Miss Kindergarten for 10 Things I've Learned from Teaching Linky.

1. You will learn something from each of one of your students.
Every year I find myself having to make changes to the way I teach because my students are each different and in being so I have to try something new. The great thing about this is it is another trick I can add to my ever growing bag of tricks.

2. Love each of your students for who they are.
There always seems to be one student that may drive you a little crazy at times, but they are not going to change so learn to love the little quirks and smile at them.
Replace "teachers" with "people" and "kids" with "people" and you have a great rendition of the golden rule.

3. Be flexible!
You never know what may happen...a fire drill, the kids moods, a classroom visitor, etc. Just roll with it.

4. Have high expectations for all your students.
Your students will strive for whatever expectations you have. If you want to keep them working hard have high expectations and encourage them as much as possible as they try to reach them.

5.  Stay calm because the kids feed off your energy.
Put on a smile and relaxed so the kids don't freak out too.
Teacher quote
6. Get to know your parents and students on a personal level.
My parents are always impressed and tend to relax when you ask about the students siblings or the child's baseball game, etc. They know you genuinely care. The kids will feel better connected with you and respect you.
Treat students with dignity and respect.
7. Have fun!
Get up and dance and sing loud and just have fun. The kids will love it and want to do it with you.

8. You can't do everything.
This is the hardest one for me. Sometimes you need to just walk away and finish writing up the IEP or filling in report cards for awhile. Some days you are just done and if you are you need to leave it for tomorrow when you will have more energy.

9. Don't spend a lot of money on clothes.
I am all about sales. My kids have gotten glue, paint, boogers, blood, and everything else on my clothes. Fortunately I can't be too upset if it doesn't come out because I spent little on it.

10. Love what you do!

technology rocks. seriously.: Saying & Posters & Quotes OH MY! {Part 5}
Sweetest Teacher Quote ever…

Also, I am participating in Lola's giveaway over at Preschool Wonders. Make sure to check it out! There is some great stuff for you to win!

Have a great Tuesday. Only 6 more days of school. Time flies!

I am linking up with Fourth Grade Frolics for Monday Made It.
Since I have begun teaching summer school I have not had as much time to craft and once summer school begins I know I only have a few weeks left of summer! Yikes! Anyways, here are a few things I got around to. I put my Learning Through Play Book together. I am going to put the kids pictures in there once the school year starts.
I made some more song visuals. The one on the left is Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. You can find the visuals (better ones...of course I found this after the fact) on Boardmaker Share
I also found them on Boardmaker Share.
The Chicken Dance visuals also came from Boardmaker Share. There are lots of great activities and visuals on this site as well!

Another great site for visuals is Prekindergarten...The Right Beginning. They have lots of visuals!
I also got a coupon book to store my calendar month tags and numbers. This idea came from Erin at Eberhart's Explorers.

Last, but not least I have made a few fonts that you can have. Just click on the font to download it. If you do you use it if you could just put Font By: Kate Merian http://funinecse.blogspot.com/ I would appreciate it! Enjoy!



Have a great week!
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