Friday, July 31, 2015

Back to School Freebie!

It's time for Doodle Bugs Teaching Five for Friday linky.  I've been super busy this summer, but managed to squeeze in the following this week.
I finally finished my 'All About Me' theme that I plan to use at the beginning of the school year.  Most of these activities are things I already do, but never took the time to put in a pack  It did motivate me to create a few new activities too!
Here's a peek at some of the activities:

All About Me Theme:  What’s Included
Let’s Graph!  The following class graphs are included:
What Color Are Our Eyes?
What Color is Our Hair?
How Many Boys and Girls Are There in Our Class?
How Many Letters in Our Name?
What’s Our Favorite Color?
How Old Are We?
You may choose to do all, some, or one class graph.  Individual student recording sheets/graphs are also included.  You may choose to run the pieces in black and white and have students color or run the pieces on colored paper.  Graph on chart paper, butcher paper, whiteboards, pocket charts or whatever works best for you1
All About Me Emergent Reader and Cutout Craftivity
Included are two emergent readers {one boy version and one girl version}.  After completing the book, students can cutout and/or decorate a boy or girl cutout to display the book.  Run on colored paper or on white paper and let your students color.  There are three boy and three girl patterns to choose from.
All About Me Bag
Attach the parent letter to a lunch bag, gallon size baggie, or any other bag of your choice.  Parents can help their child fill the bag with favorite items from home.  You may choose to do this during your ‘All About Me’ theme or spread it out during the school year.
The ABC’s of Us Class Book
Send home with the attached parent letter.  Parents fill out and return.  Laminate or place in a page protector once returned.  Hole punch and attach book rings or bind together.  Place in reading center for all to enjoy!  You may also choose to send the book home with each student for a night so they can tell parents about their classmates.
All About Me Craftivity
After having parents fill out and return the ‘All About Me’ page, you may choose to display it by having students put together a boy or girl craftivity.  To make the craftivity, run the patterns on the appropriate color construction paper and glue together.  Students can draw the face or use wiggle eyes, if desired.
‘Look at Us, Cute as Can Be!’ Class Book
A class book where students can draw themselves or use photos of children.  Personal information, such as hair/eye color is also included to help little ones learn about their classmates.
This is Me Monthly Drawing Pages
Use once a month, if desired, to have students draw themselves and write their names.  Keep in a portfolio to show monthly progress, then bind together or hole punch to make a book to send home at the end of the year!  Parent LOVE this and it’s a great way to see growth throughout the year.
When I Grow Up….
Students draw what they want to be when they grow up.  I also use this at our end of the year celebration.
‘I have/Who has Shapes Game
Game with boys and girls holding shapes.  Shapes included are circle, square, oval, triangle, pentagon, rectangle, trapezoid, and rhombus.
Color pages with an ‘All About Me’ theme!
Color words in both black and white and in color options are available.
It's just $2.00 this weekend only!
I have been able to get into my room to start setting up.  I changed buildings at the end of the school year.  While it's bitter sweet to leave my friends.  I am very excited to be now teaching a full day preschool class.  I've always wanted to teach full day, for the mere fact that I always felt so rushed to get everything in.  I'm anxious to see how it all unfolds.  Since everything had to be moved, I was a bit overwhelmed to walk into this……
I've made a little progress, but still have LOTS to do.  This is how I left it for the weekend.
I just finished two classes.  One was Office 365.  It's amazing how much is now online.  Our staff notebooks may soon be online with the ability to teach kids through OneNote.  Wow, is all I have to say!
I also took a phonemic awareness class.  It was awesome.  I learned a ton about the reading program Pathways.  I'm excited to try a few activities this upcoming school year.
A couple years back, I did a photo booth for back to school night.  Both parents and kids loved it!  I plan on doing it again.  I made these speech bubbles that I plan on printing on card stock, laminating, and attacking to a popsicle stick.  Click HERE if you would like your own set.

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Be sure to check out TPT sitewide sale August 3rd and 4th.  Everything in my store will be 20% off and with the TPT promotion, you can get up to 28% off…….just in time for back to school!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Made It & Preschool 911!

I am linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for 'Monday Made It'.
Although I have posted about this particular behavior management tool before, I wanted to talk about it again for a couple of reasons.
This is what I have posted in my classroom to remind the little ones of our classroom rules.  I used actual Mr. Potato Head pieces to make it.  I simply glued on the pieces with a hot glue gun.  Just today I  am participating in a 'Back to School Blog Hop' and made a set of rules that can be printed off, instead of using Mr. Potato Head pieces.  There are two versions.  Both are in color, but one version uses less ink.  Click HERE or on the pictures to get this freebie.
Another reason I wanted to talk about the Mr. Potato Head rules poster is because they were featured in a book written Jennifer Chop.
Sweet Jennifer contacted me awhile back to ask for permission to feature my Mr' Potato Head' rules poster in her book.  She was nice enough to send me a copy once it was published.  It is an amazing book {and I don't just say that because I was featured in it}.  The perfect book for new teachers in the field of ECSE.  Jennifer goes through step by step instructions on how to set up your classroom, how to hold IEP meetings, communicate with parents, teach language through play, facilitate Circle Time, maintain a calm classroom, and so much more.   It's also very reasonably priced.  If you're a new teacher in a special education classroom, then this is the book for you.
Also, be sure to check out the 'Back to School Blog Hop' for an e-book filled with lots of freebies, trick, tips, and giveaways hosted by 25 special ed teacher/bloggers.

Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.  :)

Back to School Blog Hop!

It's here!  'A Back to School Blog Hop' full of tricks, tips, and freebies offered by 24 SPED teacher bloggers!  Be sure to take advantage of all the wisdom and generosity offered in the e-book!  Click HERE or on the picture above to download your own copy!
In honor of this fabulous blog hop, I am having a rafflecopter give away.  Enter below for a chance to win!

Plus, everything in my store is 20% off.

An InLinkz Link-up

I hope you are able to find some great ideas, freebies, and materials to use in your classroom!

Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.  :)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cat's Colorful Shoes and Other News!

It's been forever and a day since I have linked up with Doodle Bug's Teaching for Five for Friday. {And I thought I was going to be SO much better blogging this summer! Ha, did I prove myself wrong! :) } Well, I haven't been sitting around on my duff and eating bon bons {not that that doesn't sound amazing, right?!?!}
Here's a look at what I have been up to….. I just finished 'A Cat's Colorful Shoes Retelling and Extension Activities Pack'.
I plan on using this when I read 'Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes'. 
Here's a peek of some of the activities…
There are color sort, match, and pattern activities.  An emergent reader with three levels to allow for differentiation and cause/effect pages.
Comprehension/Essential Questions
Sequencing pages

If/Then pages 
Yes?No Questions
The pack is 70 pages!  It contains both color and black and white activities.  There are many, many ways to meet the needs of your learners who are often on multiple levels of ability.
I'm also super excited about participating in a Special Education Back to School Blog Hop that will feature over 20 bloggers in an e-book filled with freebies and BTS tips.  The kick-off will be Monday, July 20th, so be sure to check back to take advantage this!
It hasn't been all work and no play, however.  I've had the pleasure of traveling this summer.  One stop was in Minnesota for some quality sister time!
Three of the five sisters got together to work on our mom's 90th b-day party.  I hope I'm as vibrant and active when I turn 90!
Saugatuck, Michigan was another trip I made.  Such a beautiful, quaint town.
It's definitely worth the trip.
Last, but certainly not least, earlier in the summer, I visited my daughter in Arizona.  I have to say, I think our relationship finally reached that mature mother-daughter thing I have been waiting for.  It's a beautiful thing.  :)
What have you been up to?  Hop on over to Doodle Bug's teaching and let us know.

Thanks for reading.  Have a great day!  :)