1. Preschool Screener went very smoothly this week. Now on to writing up IEPs and holding the meetings next week.
2. I am on instagram...I know I am super late to the party! I signed up a long time ago and was overwhelmed and didn't really try it, but I am going to be trying it again (and with more success!). 
Follow me on Instagram here or @funinecse
3.So this week was a super crazy! I have been in the dr with my kids 4/5 days. We have had pink eye, strep throat, dislocated elbow, and ear infection. Needless to say, since returning to work this week I have felt some major Mom guilt! :(
4.  Before the dislocated elbow incident yesterday I was able to get in my room for a short time and get my 'closet area' all made up. 
Everything is labeled.

Workboxes are sorted.

And it is good to go!

5. Check out this fun Apple Maze Freebie here
Ethan loves mazes and was super excited about this!
If your kiddos like that check out my ABC Mazes or Number Mazes or Shape Mazes
They are great for fine motor practice and identification!

Have a great weekend!

When I first started in ECSE my fine motor center was mostly arts and crafts. As my students needs have changed so has the 'art center'. Now it is more of a fine motor center. It is more about pre-writing skills, pre-cutting skills, increasing their core strength, and all about fine motor practice. 
This center is a daily center. While at the center the students is led by my aid. The center consists of 3-4 students. 
The importance of this center is to prepare students for writing and cutting.  
It teaches students how to follow directions. I do this through visuals that show what to do step by step. You can find these visuals here
You can read more about how I store and use these pictures here
This center also teaches students how to ask for help or clarification.
Teaches students to be creative. 
Exposes students to a variety of art materials. 
It exposes students to shapes, colors, awareness of lines, and dimensions. 
Increases spatial awareness (where things need to be placed and the size of items). 
This center also increases students social skills by talking with their peers about what they are making. Answering questions that are posed and asking questions about others work.

Materials Needed:
kwik stix (love these because they are mess free!)
variety of paint
salad spinner- (my kids love spin art projects)
a variety of tongs
pipsqueak markers (forces students not to grasp the marker incorrectly)
large crayons broken into pieces (again forces students to grasp correctly)
lacing cards
Feed the Animals from Lakeshore
a variety of scissors
Aluminum foil
variety size of paper and construction paper
contact paper
easel (helps increase the core so students hold the writing utensil correctly)
chalkboards (also in a vertical position)
bingo daubers
There is probably a ton of other items we use that I totally forgot about! Is there anything you cannot live without in your art center area?
The teacher's role is to help students grasp the items correctly and to guide them, but to let the student's create without making it identical to the model or the exact same. Encourage creativity and how to make an idea come to life.
Hop on over to Preschool Wonders for more great Art center ideas!
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Last year I created a variety of ABC activities to help my little ones learn to identify the letters, letter sounds, discriminate letters, beginning sounds, and write the letter. 
The great thing about the amount of activities is you can reach your students that are just learning to identify letters to students that are ready for beginning sounds. Also, if you have students for more than one year (I have some of my kiddos for up to three or four years) you have enough different activities that the kiddos won't have to repeat any. 
There are Alphabet Language Cards great for increasing vocabulary and talking about beginning sounds. 
There are ABC foldable books. Students trace the lower case letter and at the back of the book practice tracing and writing the letter. 

There are ABC Adapted Books great for reinforcing words that begin with a particular letter. 
There are cut and sort beginning sound word sorts.
There is upper and lower case discrimination stamping.  
Beginning Sound Spin and Color
Write, Color and Stamp Letters

You can find the ABC Mega Pack here. It is half off for the next 24 hours!

Well, my summer is over and preschool screener has begun! We do a child find every summer and then screen the students to determine appropriate preschool placement. It is a two-week process. 

My room is in the process of being put together. I did a lot of rearranging to make more defined areas in the room and to add some storage for my our gross motor materials. 
Disclaimer: It is still a work in progress! :)

A couple of weekends ago one of my best friends from college got married! It was a fun wedding on the water on the west side of MI. It is beautiful over there!

I have been trying to spend as much time in the pool and with my kiddos these last few weeks. We went to the zoo and saw the baby giraffe and visited the penguin house one more time! We have gone for some bike rides and to the park too! 

I have a slight obsession with adapted books. Why do you ask?! 
1. Able to be used for many skills and for all ability levels.
2. Great way to promote working independently.
3. Great extension activity. 
4. Great for early finishers.
5. The kids love them!

You can grab a free back to school counting adapted book here.

You can find some other fun adapted books by clicking on the pictures.

Zoo Adapted Books (2 included)

You can check out these fun construction adapted books (6 included) here.

Do you use adapted books in your classroom?! What do you love about adapted books?

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