Where has the time gone?! I have been meaning to blog about what has been happening in our room, but things have just been crazy here! Here is a quick recap of some of the fun things we have been up too. :)
 1. We have been working on answering questions. I love these question smash mats from Simply Speech! Make sure to check them out. They are especially great for your students that are nonverbal.

2. We worked on counting out goldfish and graphing them. The kids love this. You can find these activities here

3. We have also been working on counting out ants. This is from Lakeshore. The kids love how real the ants look!

We also worked on identifying letters with cars. 

4. We have been finishing up our farm activities. We did a farm vocabulary smash mat! I love these and so do the kids!

We also had fun painting a pig who rolled in the mud!

5. This week my kids had their first official teeth cleaning and did awesome!!!

I also have a new assistant to help with laminating. :)

I hope you have a great weekend! I am off to run a 5k this morning for the Angel Kisses Foundation. This foundation is super close to my heart because of a dear friend that loss her sweet baby to SIDS. If you are in MI you should check out some of their fundraisers to help raise money for families in MI with similar situations. There are still not a lot of services and support readily available for families and this is the ultimate goal of Angel Kisses and of my friend's foundation.

You can link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday here!  Have a great weekend!

I am linking up with Forever in Fifth Grade for Show and Tell Tuesday. Warning...many of these are related to my kiddos. 

Two weeks ago was spring break. We were supposed to go down to TN, but that fell through so we hung around home. I was bummed the weather was so cold and rainy, but we did get to meet two newborns. My kids were super excited about having new friends to play with!

This past weekend Ethan got a loft bed. A friend of ours was getting rid of it and we took it. Ethan was super excited to get a new bed! 

Near our downtown, we have an independent professional baseball  stadium going in and they just connected our park with a bike path to downtown. So this weekend we went for a bike we went for a ride and they were having an open house of the stadium and we were able to check that out too. We are looking forward to going to a few games this summer and it is so close it will be awesome!

Last week we started learning about plants and planted some sunflowers. Some are starting to bloom!

Have a great Tuesday and check out Forever in Fifth for some more show and tell fun!

I am finally linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! I have been meaning too for the last three weeks and it just hasn't happened. This was our first week back from spring break and it was a long one, but fortunately the weather is finally getting nice out and we are able to get outside, which has helped!
Here are some things we did this week!
1. We hammered golf tees. The kids loved this!

 2. We used a fork and made some cute spring chicks!

3. We played spin a pinwheel. For the morning class we worked on colors and for the afternoon class we worked on letters. You can grab free recording sheets here. I got the pinwheels at target a couple of years ago, but I am sure you can find something similar at the dollar tree.  

4. This past Thursday, my son made his first visit to the ER because he got a bad cut near his eye. Fortunately they just had to glue it and not do any stitches. It was an eventful evening and nerve wrecking for Mommy and Daddy!

5. A graduation certificate freebie. I was use some certificates I made with Microsoft Word even before I began creating things myself so it was time for an upgrade! Enjoy the new certificates! You can find them here or click on the picture. 

Have a great weekend! 

Sorting tasks for workbasket wednesday

That is what we have been up to the past month! Check out The Autism Classroom News for more work box activities.

It is April and here in MI we may be getting an inch of snow...NOOOO! Hopefully it will warm up again quickly so we can enjoy some time outside. I am definitely ready for winter to be over. Otherwise, this is one of the only spring breaks I don't really have any plans. I am hoping to get a little bit of school stuff done. I have some scoring that I really need to tackle, but otherwise I am just going to enjoy my time with my kiddos (snow or no snow). 

Have a wonderful weekend!
Oh Boy It's Farley

This year my whole pm class will be transitioning into Kindergarten. Many of these kiddos have been with me for three years and this is going to be a challenging transition for them. They are going to be going from 1/2 day to a full day program. Going from 12 students in the room to possibly 30 students. They are also going to be having to a different schedule daily because of different specials and they will not be with their peers that have been with for 2-3 years. LOTS of changes!!! Some of my kiddos I have already seen some of the anxiety about this change starting (crying because they don't want to go to kindergarten). 

So how do you help to ease this major transition?!

1. In my classroom we use cube chairs, but in March we have taken them away and are practicing sitting on the carpet. If the child needs the cube chair that day then they may definitely get it to use, but it is not something that is automatically there.

2. Getting rid of our rope to walk in and out of school with. We have started using hugs and bubbles and walking in a line to go to and from the bus. It is a little wavy, but we are working on it. 

3. During centers doing some work more independently. I am showing the students what to do then having them completing the work as much as possible by themselves with less prompting and help unless they request for it. 

4. Talking about kindergarten and some of the changes they will experience.

5. Setting up a time for the other school to visit and setting up a time for the child to go visit the school. 

6. Reading a social story about kindergarten. You can find one here. 

7. Making a book for that individual child talking about who their teacher is, their school name, who the speech path and other support staff are. You can find this freebie here. 

7. Reading books about kindergarten. 

Here are some of my favorites:

What are other ways you help ease your kiddos through these big transitions into kindergarten or into a new grade or school?! Hop on over to Mrs. D's Corner for some more freebies and great ideas!

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