October 29, 2017

October Lesson Plans: Halloween

Hi All!,
      I am so excited to share what we are doing with our little ones this week!  Here are a few photos with links and lesson plan!  Enjoy!

Here is our Circle Time Picture Schedule.  Notice the Jack-o-Lantern.  We've added this cute Interactive White Board Activity from Starfall to our Morning Circle.

Many of our littles are still learning their colors so we practice naming and matching colors.
We've been learning about the colors orange and black all month!  Here is a color sorting activity from my spiders unit.
Check out this spooky spider one of our littles painted in the art center!

We are also learning our shapes!  Here is a shape matching file folder game that we used.
The kids are having fun counting with these spooky spiders!
And our Halloween activities would not be complete without these candy corn 10 frames!  The kids love these!
In our Discovery Table, we added lots of spooky fun!

And Last but certainly not least, we made these super fun Halloween Treat Bags!

We put all the treats out and let the kids do a Halloween Make & Take!  They chose their own snacks and labels!  We used the prompt:  I want _. to encourage speech.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post & thanks for stopping by!



October 21, 2017

October Lesson Plans: P is for Pumpkin!

Hi All!,
      We have been having so much fun this week with pumpkins!  We learned about the letter P, the color orange, shapes, colors, counting to 5 and a whole lot more!  Come take a look!

We mixed red and yellow play-doh to make orange...
We practiced forming the letter P with Playdoh
Using the same mats; we also practiced tracing with dry erase markers
Letter Tub Object to Picture matching is always a hit!

We explored the inside of a pumpkin!
And guess what we did with this?

A Pumpkin Volcano!  Each student got a turn to put a small cup full of vinegar in the pumpkin!
We measured the pumpkin with a tape measure
And we measured it with cubes

We counted cubes
We painted these super cute jack-o-lanterns!

We practiced pumpkin shapes!
And we made pumpkin prints!

And of course our unit would not be complete without a visit to the pumpkin patch!

Thanks for taking the time to check out my post!  And thanks for stopping by!



October 15, 2017

October Lesson Plans: Ff is for Fire Fighter!

Hi All,
      This year is off to a running start!  We will end our 1st quarter this Friday!  I just wanted to take a moment to share a little of what we've been doing in our classroom this past week.  I've included pics and the LESSON PLAN.

We used a toy fire truck instead of a car to trace uppercase & lowercase F! =0)
We practiced 1-1 counting & number to quantity matching with this Fire Safety themed 10 frame set.
These Initial Sounds Mats are a staple in our classroom!  I use them for every letter, the kids love them!

This Fire Safety themed Sort by Size file folder game was great practice for our little ones!

My co-worker helped the kids make this super cute fire truck from construction paper!
The fire trucks in the blocks center were a big hit! 

We love costumes!  What would it be without taking a pic in this super cute fire fighter costume to round things out?

Grab the lesson plan here!

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August 29, 2017

Back to School File Folder Games!

Hi all,
Summer has flown by and the first weeks of school have started!  We are working on routines.  Because some of our students are returning, I expect that they will be ready for work.  When you are ready to start learning, I made some super-cute file folder games!

Click HERE to check out ALL of my File Folder Games for all throughout the year!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!


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June 19, 2017

Fidget Cube Review

Hi All!,
      Did this school year fly by or what?  I can't believe I haven't blogged since November!  Anyway, I discovered this toy through my kids (personal kids) and I had to get one!  It's called a Fidget Cube and THIS THING IS AWESOME!!!  It's designed for everybody; but I think this can be an especially useful tool in the special education classroom.  It can be a little noisy so you will have to do a little planing on how you will incorporate it into your routine but it is definitely worth trying!  Click HERE to see my Fidget Cube Unboxing video.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

November 6, 2016

November Itinerant Teacher Bag

Hi All!,

      I'd like to take a moment to share how my teacher life has changed this school year.  One might say that it is all over the place but I love it!  This year I am part classroom teacher and part itinerant.  For 2 days out of the week I work with a team to service special needs preschoolers in our own classroom.  The children come to us for half a day; then we get a 2nd set for the 2nd half of the day.  The rest of the week we are servicing a 3rd & 4th set of students out in the community which includes homes, day cares, and schools.   These students range from 3 to 5 years old.  And 1 Friday per month we host a community event for our families!

      One of the most interesting parts of my job this year is the itinerant component because I've never done it before.  It took a little observing of others and a little feeling my way but now I am in love!  I feel like a traveling teacher who goes around getting to visit cute little kids and teaching and playing with them.  When I arrive at a site the kids are happy and one of the 1st things they want to know is, "What's in the bag?"  Yes, I am that teacher!  I have a magic bag that has all kinds of resources to play with!  How fun is that?

      So of course it becomes a challenge for me monthly to come up with what am I going to put in there.  I take great pride in planning and packing this bag because I never want to disappoint.  I'm so excited, I have to share this with somebody so I thought who better to share it with than you?  So here's what's in my November Bag:

      I'm going to go through these items from top to bottom, left to right.  The first is "The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie."  Can I just tell you that I have never met a kid who didn't love this old lady?  Super fun!

 Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

      This month I'm going to focus on Tt for turkey, Nn for Native American, and Pp for Pilgrim.  Right now we're doing Tt so I packed my Tt Playdoh mats along with playdoh and tools!  

      Next is "5 Little Turkeys"  This is an emergent reader with a pattern of repeating sentences that feature basic sight words.  It also squeezes in a little counting! 

      Fourth is "Turkey, Turkey What Do You See?"  I love this!  It's another repeating sentences with simple sight words book.  This one features colors.  I've paired it with another resource, Turkey Color Word Matching which is FREE in my store and I use it with chip clips!  

      Fifth is "Where is the Leaf?"  Love this!  It's positional words mini posters or emergent reader however you choose to use it.  I've paired it with leaves that I made from the Ellison die cut machine and a little scare crow that I found at the dollar store!  The real objects paired with the posters really help give the kids a better understanding of the concepts.

      Sixth is "Turkey in Disguise Number Strip Puzzles!"  How cute is that?  It is so much fun putting these puzzles together to see what you're going to get!  

      Seventh is Turkey 10 Frames!  I love these!  I've paired them with candy corn to make it a little more fun!  

      Eighth is a cute little counting game.  It's great for taking turns!  I use a pencil and paper clip for the spinner.  The game pieces stand with binder clips.  I didn't have the clips at the time that I took this picture. =(    

      And finally, the 9th item is "Thanksgiving 4-in-a-Row!"  This is like BINGO.  I like it because it squeezes in a little seasonal vocabulary and picture matching.  Great for a small group!  The photo shows the calling cards and 1 of the BINGO boards.  I've paired this game with these super cute harvest beads that I got from Oriental Trading.    

      I've taken the time to put it all together in a "Lesson Plan-ish" format with covers & links for you.  Just click on the picture below to download.  If you find this resource to be useful I'd love to hear from you!

 November Teacher Bag Plans w/Links

      That's all for now!  Thanks for taking the time to read my post!  And thanks for stopping by!  Have a great November!

October 15, 2016

Counting Bear Activities

Hi All!,
      This has really been a busy week for me!  Sorry I missed you guys Friday but I was swamped with paper work!  I had to get it done by Friday and there's something about the last minute that motivates me like nothing else! 😉  Wish it wasn't so but that's what it seems to be. 

      Any who, I feel terrible!  Friday Freebie is my favorite and I missed it!  So I dug around in some of the things I've been doing in my class and this isn't a ton of pages but I find it to be a very useful resource so I thought I'd share it here on the blog. 

      This is a simple printable.  1 page.  I ran it off on red, yellow, & blue paper; then laminated & cut them out.  It's Color Sorting Bears.  It's a FREE download in my store!

      In the classroom, I paired it with the filled number 10 frame (didn't take a pic) from my Number of the Week: 10 packet.  Once introduced, we kept the sorting mats & 10 frame in the clear shoe box container with the bears and it is a center choice.  It's great practice! 
1 Counting Bear 10 Frame
Well, that's all I have for now.  Thanks for taking the time to read my post & thanks for stopping by!
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