This year I have been using a lot of augmented books and adapted books with my kiddos. They love them because they can read them and I love them because they are learning lots of skills in all areas.

Here is one of the augmented books I made. The Foot Book. To make this book I just cut out the phrases and taped them into the book.

Some other augmented books you may be interested are:

Danielle from The Sublime Speech made these. Definitely check them out! 

Here is one of my adapted books. The kids read the story about opposites and match the opposite pictures into the book. I love these because the kids stay engaged more so than if they are just given a regular book. 

You can turn a simple board book into an adapted book by scanning the pictures you want the kids to match and then cutting them out and adding velcro. Super easy and it keeps your kids engaged while learning other academic skills (numbers, counting, abc's, positional words, opposites, etc.)

Do you use augumented or adapted books?! If so, what ones are your favorite?!

If your kids love using the iPad they will love using QR codes. For this particular activity the kids had to share the iPad and take turns. I love using technology in the classroom, but I do worry about them using it too much and not getting the necessary social skills they need (turn taking, waiting, sharing an item, etc.) and language skills (verbalizing what they see). So we did the QR codes on the iPads, but the kids had to take turns scanning the qr code. When it was their turn they would tell us the color and shape and the kids would color it accordingly. They LOVED this activity. They loved how they didn't know what the next shape would be. This activity is simple to do, but the kids were engaged the entire time and loved it. You can grab the freebie here.

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I am very fortunate that my family and myself are healthy. I am so thankful that this year my pregnancy was easy. Madi's labor and delivery went smoothly unlike Ethan's. And my blood pressure is all back to normal! My blood pressure was all out of whack after Ethan was born and right before I got pregnant again it finally was under control and it stayed that way.  I am also very thankful that my Ethan and Madi are growing nice and healthy! What are you thankful for?!
Link up with Blog Hoppin to share!

I am linking up with Blog Hoppin to share what I am thankful for.

Today's letter...

T is for Teaching! I love teaching and cannot imagine any other profession that I would want to be in! I love seeing the growth my little ones make! Many of my kids come in not talking and knowing few academic skills, but when they leave me they are talking or better able to communicate their wants and needs and most of them academically improve drastically.

I am thankful for all the wonderful friendships I have from teaching. I work or have worked with some fabulous co-workers who I am lucky enough to call friends at work and outside of it.

I am also thankful for teachers pay teachers because I have had the opportunity to share my creations for the classroom with others, as well as find fabulous resources that are specifically geared towards my ECSE kiddos.

Lastly, teaching has given me a reason to blog and make connections with lots of people that I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to interact with.

What are you thankful for?! Link up with blog hoppin to share!

Make sure to check out this Pre-K giveaway I am participating in. You can enter at Yay for Pre-K! Thanks to Karry for hosting this!

I am also going to be participating in a blog hop Nov. 28th-Nov. 30th so make sure to come back for that!

Have a relaxing Sunday!


I am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday.

I haven't posted in a couple of weeks so this is a combination of everything.  It is a combination of colors, shapes and Thanksgiving activities. Here is what we have been up to the last few weeks.

1. Colors and Shapes- We read Dog's Colorful Day and retold the stories on these story mats.

Students picked the colors and put them on the mat. 

Then we counted 1-10 and placed the numbers in order on the mat. 

 We read Lots of Dots and made these dot paintings.

We read our shape mini adapted book. 

We made Pete the Cat

We looked for purple items and other items in the color sensory bottles. 

2. Gross Motor- I found this ladder in a box in my room. So our OT did some fun activities with it. They practiced alternating feet across (middle bottom pic). We crawled across it (left) and we took out some of the steps and the kids jumped into the open space, up on to the step, and down again (right). 

3. I have new schedule. It is full size pictures instead of the smaller ones. 

4. I moved my borders to the closet and hung them up on a hanger. No more big box!

5. Happy Turkey Day! We made leaf turkeys. 

On a personal note, my baby girl is 6 months old! Time flies!

We also got a new fridge. I love it!

This weekend we are hosting our 5th annual Friendsgiving. We get a bunch of friends together and have a turkey dinner. It is fun to catch up with everybody that we don't get to see too much. 
 Have a great weekend!

If you use Handwriting Without Tears you may be familiar with matman. If not you  may want to check it out. It is great for reinforcing body parts, where the body parts are located, and how to draw a person. We have been singing and making matman daily as a whole group. The kids love doing this and we have done a few additional activities with him this past week that the kids also loved.

We have done matman on the smartboard. You can get the link to the game here.  The song is included too!

We made our own mini matmen.

Happy Thursday!

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I wanted to share this number identification freebie game and visual discrimination freebie. Enjoy!

You can get the turkey number freebie here.

The visual discrimination turkey cards are here.

Have a great Sunday!

Workbasket Wednesday at Autism Classroom News

I'm linking up with Chris at Autism Classroom News to share some of our past and current work boxes. 
Here are some of the work box activities we have and some that we are going to do:

ABC Puzzle

Teddy Bear Patterns

Ghost Shapes

Teddy Bear Counting. These cards came from Erin at Creating and Teaching

Eye Ball Numbers 

ABC Puzzles in rice

Filling Containers with noodles. I have not done this as a work box, but I plan on trying it. It could also be done with sorting the noodles. 

Ice Cream color order. 

First, I hope you got out and voted! I made sure to go right after work today and here in MI it is a close race for governor so it should be interesting.

Anyways, today we had a full day of technology training. In the morning we had some smartboard training, which I must admit was not too great, but during the explore time I was able to find some great new resources.

In the afternoon we got our learn pads and tomorrow we are going to create some more lessons to use with our kiddos, which will be great. When at the training of the learn pads they talked about QR codes and the different activities you can do with them. So I found this great tutorial on how to make your own QR games...

You can get the tutorial here from Erica at Sprinkles to Kindergarten. and since I had to try it out here is simple scan and color the shape freebie.

I can't wait to experiment some more with this! Enjoy! 

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