I am linking up with Kacey for Five for Friday. Here's a peek at what we did this week! 

1. We got to play in our post office. The kids loved it! You can check it out here. 

2. I changed out our winter sensory bin to Valentine's Day themed. 

3. My morning class has needed to go back to some more basic skills and we have been practicing that with these star activities. We practiced matching...

Sorting big vs. small...

and same vs. different. 

3. We had a work day yesterday and I was able to organize, 

and finally got to some items I have been meaning to since we returned from break. I added velcro to the bottom of some of my cube chairs so the kidds can't move them around. 

Made visuals for a couple more songs. This one is for Dr. Jean's Days of the Week. You can grab a similar one here. 

4. We LOVE doing the bear hunt song so we painted cameras and now get to wear those while we are on the bear hunt! :) You can find these here. 

5. Here is a Valentine Freebie for you. I am going to be getting some teddy graham crackers and attaching this to them. 

Have a great weekend!

When my little ones first come in we start table time. For my am class this works great because we are able to get all of their bags checked and unpacked and I am able to help get them to independently put their belongings away.

Table Time Activities are great because you can work on a lot of skills in short time. Fine motor skills, academic skills, social skills, and problem solving skills. This is also a great opportunity to get in some sensory time. 
I also love table time because this is when I introduce some of my work box tasks that they will be doing next year. My aid or I am able to provide some extra help and allow the opportunity for them to explore the new activities before independently having to be able to do it. 
Some of my favorite activities for table time are:
Screws! The kids love these. Fine Motor Feeding the Animals. Lacing Straws on pipe cleaners or string. 

Sensory Bins (straws, cut up paper, kinetic sand, rice. etc.)

Magnetic Boards. Felt Activities

Magnets. Shape Sorters. Counting French Fries, Cakes, etc. 

Scissor Cutting Practice with wrapping paper. Pattern Blocks. Ten Frame Mats or One to One Correspondence Mats.

Putting cotton balls, noodles, pom poms, straws, or buttons into containers. 

Lacing, blocks, and not pictured...cars...building roads for them to drive on. That is one of the kids favorites!

So how do you organize all of this?! 

This year I am taking a picture of the activities and writing a list in a weekly planner. 

To store the materials we use three drawer sterlite containers and placing items on trays as much as possible. That way you can quickly put the items on the tray and slide them into the containers. The other ECSE teacher also has a three drawer sterlite container and we switch (a little less planning and availability to more materials!). 

Do you have a table time? If so, what are your favorite activities?!

I am linking up with Kacey for Five for Friday. Here is what we were up to this week. 

1. We said the poem and identified the shapes and then stamped it. 
This activity can be found here. 
 We have been loving these Super Simple Songs Shape Songs

2. Here are some crafts we did this past week. 

3. We used magnifying glasses to match letters and practice tracing them. You can find these activities here. 

4. We read The Mitten and retold the story. 

5. We counted out snowflakes on to the penguins. 

Lastly, hjere is a fun Valentine Freebie for you all too!
You can grab this right here. 

Fill your carts! This Wednesday and Thursday TPT is having a sale! You can check out my store here. 

Have fun shopping!

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. 
1. We used magnifying glasses to match the pictures. The kids loved using the magnifying glasses! You can grab this freebie here. 

2. We explored water. 

3. We finally have gotten some snow here in MI so we used pipettes to paint the snow and mix colors. 

4. I started to introduce rhyming. We played Memory face up version. You can find this fun game here. 

 5. We had fun with play-doh smashing it on the correct color or shape. You can find this activity here.

This is a great way to review the classroom rules for your little ones. I created short stories saying what the children are doing (positive choices) and the students answer the questions either by clipping the answer, pointing or stamping the answer. This is a great way to discuss what the classroom rules look like and also a great way to make sure your kiddos really understand what the rule is. 

I read the story to the students, showed them the questions (I bound the story and questions on a ring) and then had the students point to the correct answer. If the student was not able to answer the questions then I  reread the story and had them answer the questions using a bingo stamper.
It was a great way to review the rules with the students while also working on comprehension!

You can find these comprehension stories here and for the next 24 hours it will be 1/2 off. :)

  1. I am linking up with Kacey for Five for Friday. 
Here are some of the things we have been up to this week:

1. We had four new students start this week! All of our friends did awesome! I made a few changes to help with these new kiddos starting. You can read more about that here
2. We matched shape eggs to the adult penguin. This game is very easy to make (black cups, add some eyes, the belly, and a triangle beak). You can find the bellies and eggs here.

3. We practiced stacking in order. 

You can grab this freebie here. 

4. We drove cars through the snow. Shaving cream and some water.

5. We unwrapped the 'snowballs' and identified the letter or shape. Then, the kids traced the letter or shape. You can find this freebie here. 

Have a great weekend!

Here are the work box tasks we are currently doing. 

We are doing pattern block patterns. 

There are sorting beads, animals, straws into containers, and buttons. 

Hot Dots...my kids love this! 

Adapted Book about what to wear in the winter. You can find this here from Breezy Special Ed. 

I love these playdough dig mats from Shuna. I use them with magnets, felt letters (below), letter stones. 

We have been lacing numbers. You can find the lacing numbers here. 

We did our opposite adapted book. You can find that here. 

Matching animal patterns. 

These number puzzles are from my Christmas Activities Pack found here

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