August 29, 2017

Back-to-School File Folder Games

Hi All!,
      I hope that you had a restful summer!  Back to school is in full swing for me!  We've had our workshops and the kids have been in school for about 2 weeks now.  We've been working on establishing rapport, building our classroom community and Routines, Routines, Routines!  Now that those are underway it's time for some work!

      If you didn't know, I am a preschool early interventionist.  I work with children between the ages of 3-5 who have special needs.  The range of skill levels and abilities is broad.

      In our TEACCH center, some of our students work on what we call "put-in" tasks where they sit at a work space and put objects in containers.  They start with with 1 and gradually work up to completing 3 or more tasks in one sitting.  The purpose is to help them to develop the concept of "work" and build their stamina for completing a given task and eventually multiple tasks.

Student completing a "Put-In" task in the TEACCH center.
      Other students in our group are ready for more challenging and academic work.  For these, we are using file folder games!  I am really excited to begin adding to my file folder games collection.  I started it last year during the 2nd semester because that is when the students were ready.  This year we have returning students who are ready now!  For them, I have created some Back-to-School themed file folder games to practice basic skills.

      I plan to work on these basic skills through out the year as different students will be ready at different times.  I will be adding skills as needed.  So far, here is what we will be working on:

  • Color Matching
  • Shape Matching
  • Emotions Matching
  • UPPERCASE to lowercase Letter Matching
  • Letter to Initial Sound Matching
  • Number to Quantity Matching

      These make great assessment tools, and are also are good for independent practice depending on the skill level of the student.  I have uploaded these games in my TpT store if you are interested.  Below are clickable photo links:

      Be sure to check back throughout the school year for more file folder games with these skills in different themes!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my blog post and my products!



      Thanks again!  Have a WONDERFUL school year!

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!

September 6, 2016

Number of the Week

      It's been a while since I last blogged.  Summer has come and gone and now we are in a new school year.  Where did the time go?

      Anyway, I've been working for a LONG TIME on my latest product:  Number of the Week!  I'm beyond excited that I am finally able to share it with you!  I've had an opportunity to use it in the classroom and guess what?  The kids love it!  I've shared it with other teachers & guess what?  They love it!  I hope that you will love it too!

      It includes number packets 0-20!  Tons of HANDS-ON number recognition, writing, & number sense activities!  If you like my Letter of the Week, you're going to love my Number of the Week!


Here is what you get:
  • Common Core Alignments for Easy Lesson Planning
  • 6 Number Sense Posters (except 0 which has 3)
  • Number Sense Matching Cards (Use for Memory Matching Games or Pocket Charts)
  • 10 Frames Page (filled & empty)
  • Book (6 pages; 1 copy makes 2)
  • Color, Count, & Trace Page
  • Trace & Write Page
  • I Spy Number Page
  • Number Sort 1 (just numbers)
  • Number Sort 2 (Number Sense)
  • Show it 5 Ways! 
  • Counting Mat Printable (Multi Purpose)
  • Collage Number Page
  • Number Hat
Follow Limars Stars on Facebook, Instagram, & TpT to be sure not to miss!  I have posted the Number 1 packet as a 4Ever FREEBIE so you can try B4 you buy!  

Here are a few photos from the Number 1 Packet:

Each Packet 0-20 has a book!  1 copy makes 2!

Multi-Purpose!  Print 2 to make Memory Matching Games or Use with a Pocket Chart!

You will get a lot of use out of this page!  Get creative with cereal pieces, stickers, stampers, etc.

Color or Use Bingo Markers with this I Spy Number page!

Let your kids get their Glue On!  Use a variety of collage materials through out the year to keep it fresh!

These Number of the Week Packets would not be complete without my signature 10 frames!

Are you ready to BUNDLE?  Click the Cover Below!

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


January 9, 2016

Happy New Year & Martin Luther King Resources!

Hi All!,
      Happy New Year to you!  I hope that everyone had a restful and enjoyable break!  I also hope that your students went easy on you for your 1st week back! =0)

      While planning for next week I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up a copy of I Have a Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented by Kadir Nelson.  This book looks great for little ones!  Not too much text per page, and beautiful illustrations!

      In addition to shopping, I whipped up a couple of MLK themed Numbers resources so I could carry my theme across the curriculum.  I also made a couple of letters practice pages which is the real reason for this blog post!

      I've been making these type of pages lately for a couple of my little ones who need extra practice.   I haven't included them in any of the resources in my store because I thought they might be too low for everyone else.

      Do me a favor, download this FREEBIE and let me know in the feedback in the store or here on the blog if you could use more of this type of resource in your classroom.  If people like it, then I'll start putting them in the store.  You can Check Out ALL of my MLK Resources here.

      Click on the cover below to download my MLK Letter Work FREEBIE!  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!


December 5, 2015

12 Days of Christmas FREEBIES!!!

Hi All,
      Me and my little elves are getting into the Christmas Spirit!


      We're also gearing up for my 1st ever 12 Days of Christmas Celebration!  What is it?  Well, it's 12 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF 24HR FLASH FREEBIES!!!  You will not want to miss this!

      In addition to the FLASH FREEBIES, I am "MAKING A LIST & CHECKING IT TWICE!" I'm looking for FEEDBACK!  Since it's 12 Days; 12 will be the MAGIC Number!  If by the end of the celebration I see 12 FEEDBACKS ON EACH FLASH, I will do an EXCLUSIVE BONUS FREEBIE which will be delivered to your TPT Inbox!

Double it (24 feedbacks on each item) and I will throw in a new FOREVER FREEBIE in the store!

Finally, A COUPLE OF MY ELVES HAVE GONE ROGUE!!  They are going around adding 10 Frames to items you may have already purchased!  Be on the look out for them throughout the 12 Days of Christmas Celebration!  They will pop-up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to let the world know about their mischief!  When you see them, if they're holding a unit that you own, go re-download, they've added 10 frames!

Join me in the fun!  The Celebration begins on TpT, Monday, December 7th and ends on Friday, December 18th, 2015!  Be sure to follow my store and check daily so you won't miss a thing!  You may also want to follow my Facebook and Instagram to KEEP UP WITH THOSE ROGUE ELVES!  I hope to see you there! =0)

Thanks for stopping by!

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