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I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun Thanksgiving with family and friends! I know we did! 
Here is a recap of some of the things we did the past couple of weeks. I have been meaning to post about them and have not had the opportunity too! There are also some freebies along the way!
1. We filled a pie with pom poms and used tongs! 

2. We just started our gingerbread sensory bin. Great for sorting colors. 


3. I finally got two iPads that we got all set up and ready to go. My kiddos have been loving


And the best part is they are free! :)

4. We did Thanksgiving Flip It, Say It, Stamp It. This you can find in this Thanksgiving activities packet. 


5. We also did count, scan, write. My kids love to check with the scanner to see if they counted correctly! You can find that here. 




Now for a few freebies:
Click on the images to take you to the product. 



Have a great Friday! If you are out and about shopping I hope you get some great deals!




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. As you read the story students point to the different pictures (great for building vocabulary). Following the story you are able to have students retell the story. Ask the students questions and have them point to the answer. 
I have definitely noticed a big difference in my nonverbal students because they are able to communicate what they know to me and answer questions easily by just pointing to the pictures. They seem a lot more excited about reading the stories!
You can send the black and white version home to the parents to review with the child. I keep all of my story boards in clear protector sheets to be easily reused.  

You can check out the storyboards here. 
And for today only this packet is going to be 50% off! :)




Have a great Saturday! 




Be sure to check out today's #SPEDGivesThanks $1 deals. My second most popular pack is availabke today only for $1! Gingerbread Pre-K and Kindergarten Literacy and Math Activities. Check that out here. 

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First, my thoughts and prayers go out to all in Paris! 
I am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Here are some activities we were up to the past couple of weeks.
1. We made coffee filter turkeys. We used pipettes to squeeze the watercolor paint onto the coffee filters. The kids loved that!

2. Here is MI the weather has changed from nice and warm to cool, windy and rainy so we have been starting to do gross motor time inside. 

Last year, the other ECSE teacher and I got a Donor's Choose Project funded and we got lots of fun gross motor equipment. We are now doing gross motor time in the music room or in our classrooms. It is a great motivator and helps reduce some of our challenging behaviors. I definitely encourage you to incorporate a small time for your young kiddos to get up and moving if you don't. It helps!
We have pulled out the trampoline, ball pit


scooters, and bowling. 




3. One of my kiddos has been struggling to keep their seat belt on the bus on so I created a social story, and happy/ sad choice chart and bus order list to help with the problem. Let's hope this keeps my little one from taking off her seat belt. 



4. We have been reviewing colors and shapes. We have read Brown Bear and sequenced the story. You can find that activity and more here. We also painted watercolor brown bear animals. 

We also played spaghetti and meatballs (draw a meatball, identify the shape and stamp it the same color as on the meatball). You can find that here

5. We retold Dog's Colorful Day with these fun story mats. You can find that here. I love that story because it works on colors and number order. Great for my little ones!




 Have a fun and relaxing weekend!



Workbasket Wednesday Linkup for Structured Work Systems and Independent Work Systems
I am linking up with Christine at the Autism Classroom News. 

There are two sets of work boxes. I just changed to the second group yesterday. 
Here are the work box tasks for late October and the first week of November. 




Pipe cleaner shapes. I got these from Tara at Little Minds at Work


Clip a Shape


Sorting Witch Hats










Clip the Number


Eyeball Letters


Puzzle Bin


Here are the ones we just started yesterday. 


Sorting pom-poms by color with tongs. 


Lacing pieces of felt on to ribbon. 


sorting animal beads. 


Putting marbles into a container with a spoon. 


Itsy Bitsy Spider Interactive Book. We have been singing this for the past month. 


Playdough letter dig


Linking cube letters. Students place the cubes in to make the letters. You can find those here. 


Build a shape mouse. You can find the step by step pieces here. 


Sorting bears by size. These cards are from Erin at Creating and Teaching. 


Shape sorting in shape containers from the dollar store. 


Creating patterns from pattern blocks from Confessions of a Homeschooler. 





This past October was pretty crazy at home and personally so I am hoping that November is a little less chaotic, but there is so much to do! We have report cards due this month and conferences this month too. We also host a Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving. My baby girl is  transitioning from the infant room to the toddler room this week. :(  It is bittersweet as I love the age she is at, but my baby is growing up too fast! So November is going to be a little crazy to say the least, but it should be fun! Now on to this month's currently with Farley. 


Listening to the Lions football...ugh!

Loving the fall weather we are having...sunny, breezy and mid-50s. 

Thinking about all the things I need to get done this month...I will be making a list ASAP!

Wanting/ Needing a person assistant or day to myself to get started on the many things to do.

Yummy- Dutch Apple Pie




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