Friday, October 30, 2015

Five for Friday

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Here is what we were up to this week...


For the Halloween party this year we played with play-doh, made popcorn and filled a witch hand with it (and ate some too) and made small pumpkin bottles (we filled the 'pumpkins' with orange paper that we tore and then scrunched).

We tore and scrunched paper to fill the jack o lantern bag. Great for fine motor!


We read 10 Timid Ghosts and retold the story on the felt board. 


We tore paper and scrunched it into the bottles to make pumpkins. 


Our librarian has the kids decorate pumpkins in story book characters. This Pete the Cat was adorable! 


Have a Happy Halloween and relaxing weekend! 



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Playground Visual Schedule

I have a few students that whenever we go out to the playground they just chase the other students or run around the playground. I get concerned about them running into the other kiddos because they are not aware of where they are going or hurting themselves because they have ran into the bench or playground equipment. So this past year we started using playground visual schedule. We took real pictures of the playground items for the students to use and gave each item a name (narrow slide, double slide, wide slide, steps on pole, etc.). You can either put the items on the strip for the child to complete or you can have the student put them up in the order they would like (we worked towards this). For some of the items we also added how many times you do it (spin the steering wheel 20x's). For my little ones that are on sensory overload outside this has helped A LOT! They are now playing on the playground and are interacting more with the students. They are also learning how to wait their turn and to be aware of the others around them (they have to wait to go down the slide because another friend is going down).




Monday, October 26, 2015

SPED Tricks and Treats!


Here is a trick for those children that need some external motivation to behave...




This is a great management tool for those little ones that need some external motivation.


You choose a toy that the child is willing to work for and put the picture of what task they need to complete on the top of the box. If the task gets completed they get to keep the toy for a short time. As the child continues to get the item more frequently you include more activities they need to complete. 



You can find a fun Halloween Freebie below by clicking on the button!















Creating & Teaching


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Song and Dance Choice Boards

I have updated my song and dance choice boards. I made them a couple of years ago and have not used them as much as I should. This year my morning class is mostly nonverbal and I really need to step up how I can get them communicating. I made song and dance boards similar to the book one below originally.


However, it was time for a revamp and to include more songs and dance choices. This is what I am using now. 


I have attached a baggie with the song and dance prompts behind each. 


The kids love it because they can tell me what they want to dance or sing to and they can be understood more easily. 


If you want to check it out you can find it here. 


Friday, October 23, 2015

Five for Fridays and Freebies

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1. We read about monsters. We rolled a number and built a monster. 


We read Go Away Big, Green Monster. The kids loved this story. We also watched the YouTube video of it and we built the big, green monster on the Smartboard. 




2. We clipped spider legs to the spider plates (there is a number on the back).


3. We made a couple of different types of bats. 



 We made bat hats. 


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My kiddos have also been loving The Spooky Walk and The Skeleton Dance. 
 




 I also have a freebie for you:

Witch Hat Color Sorting

Which Witch Hat?


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Five for Saturday

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I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for five for Friday!

Here are some of the fun activities we have been up to the past couple of weeks: 
Pumpkins, spiders, and bats, oh my!

1. We have been practicing counting and writing 1-6. 


The spider spin and trace is part of my Halloween Games pack. 



2. We have been loving using the storyboards for story time. This has really helped my kiddos out keeping their attention and has been a quick and easy way to assess comprehension for verbal and nonverbal students. You can check out the story board pack here. 

Pumpkin, Pumpkin we used the storyboard and I again assessed their understanding of how a pumpkin grows. The pumpkin w.s. is available in my pumpkin pack. 





3. We have been writing in our writing journals. 

4. We have been exploring the sensory table. 

5. We have been making some crafts! 

We laced webs and added a spider ring to it!
 



Today is my little guy's 4th birthday! Time sure does fly. I started this blog when I was pregnant with him, which is also crazy to think about! Well, I need to finish up some last minute things for his party! Have a great weekend and GO BLUE!!!!








Sunday, October 11, 2015

Letter of the Week Activities

Many of my students know the letters of the alphabet but need to work on the sounds or understanding that the letters are in words and all around us. 

Each week I introduce a new letter to the kiddos. Here are the activities we do each week to review the letter.

Monday- 

Alphatales Book is read. The kids enjoy them and there is a fun song at the end. 


We watch ABC Mouse video:



Tuesday: 
Is the letter in your name pocket chart activity?

You can find this in my Mystery Bag pack. (There are lots of fun goodies in there and I have been adding regularly). 


Wednesday:

Letter Bag and Letter Activities. This year I have been using the letter activities from my ABC Mega Pack.  We work on discriminating upper and lower case letters, identifying the letter, writing the letter, and the letter sound. 


Thursday- 
We watch the Have Fun Teaching Letter Song. 



We also look at and repeat the pictures from the ABC Sounds Photo Cards from Lakeshore. 

For the pm we try to put the words into a sentence. 

Friday
is show and tell and the students bring in an item that begins with letter. This note has really helped to make sure that all my kiddos send something in. I put the show and tell on a monthly calendar too but some of the parents misplace it or forget so the note has helped to get more participation! 



You can grab this note freebie here. 

Do you do a letter of the week and if so what activities do you love to do?!

Have a great week!