Friday, March 6, 2015

Virginia is for Book Lovers (Freebie & giveaway!)

Hello again!!  Yes, I am hopping again.  All of these hops give me a focus (and you lots of freebies).  I have been networking/collaborating with the Virginia Teacher Bloggers since last summer.  It is a great group and we talk way more than blogging.   A few weeks ago (maybe even months ago) we decided we were due for another blog hop.  Virginia is for book lovers was born!! 

I have always loved to read and I have shared that love with my children.  We all get super excited about going to the book store or library.  I also think our school librarian gets excited when we get to the book fair.  We have been known to buy a few ton of books. 

Today I am sharing with you one of my favorite books, Aliens Love Underpants. (Feel free to giggle!!) I found this book last year and it was a favorite of my preschoolers.  This year, I have been reading it  my K-2 kids and they also love it.  I think it is the underpants that wins them over. The great thing is that there is a whole series of underpants books.  You can check them all out at  Yes, that is really the website.   There is even a new book coming out (Monsters love underpants) just before my birthday in May.  It is on the top of my birthday wish list

Today I wanted to share with you part of what is becoming my Underpants Bundle of activities.  This is a matching game to practice rhyming.  Some of the words are from the book, others were just added.  Kids can play this like a simple matching game during literacy centers or you could put one half of the pair in a pocket chart and hand out the other half.  Read the word and have the kiddo with the match come up and put it in.  So many options!!  You can get it by clicking  here.

Be sure to keep your eye out for when I finish more activities to go along with this book.  Also, make sure you enter the giveaway below to try to win your own copy.  Keep hopping through to make sure you get to the HUGE giveaway at the end.

Keep hopping along to Owls  & Lessons Etc.

Owls and Lessons, Etc.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Read Across America Week

Snow, snow everywhere!!!  For our little town in Virginia we have had a lot of snow these past two week.  We also have only been to school for 1 1/2 days in the past two weeks.  To say my kids and I are ready to go back is an understatement.

As we go into Read Across America week I just want to share links back to things I have done over the past few year.

Last year we talked about the book,  10 Apples up on Top which inspired my interactive book, How many Apples up on top?

Another year we used bananas and strawberries to make the red and white kabobs.    We were able to practice fine motor skills, patterning, and communication with that activity.

I think my favorite activity I have done was a few years ago making green eggs.  We used "magic" pudding.  You can check it out by going to this blog link

I also have a Pinterest board where I collect ideas for all of March.  You can check that out by going here.

I have not been able to prepare much at school for Read Across America week, but we do have different activities going on each day. Do you do anything special to celebrate Read Across America week in your classroom?

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Monday, February 23, 2015

100th day of school outfits

I just wanted to take a few minutes to share some happenings in the Learning Ahoy classroom!

Recently, we celebrated the 100th day of school.   I made myself a shirt using graphics from one of my favorite artists, Laura from Whimsy Clips (aka My Cute Graphics).   I knew she would have just what I needed to make myself an awesome shirt.  To add the tally marks I used a font called tally marks and you can find it here.  Then I just created the image in powerpoint and printed it on a t-shirt transfer.  I got my transfer from AC Moore, but you can also find them on Amazon .

My son, B, who is in kindergarten needed to dress up like an old man, so I made him a bow tie and suspenders using another T-shirt transfer.   He wanted a shark pattern for the bow tie.  I found the bowtie pattern on Google images and then filled it with a shark pattern that I also found on Google Images.   To make the suspenders I just drew a rectangle and filled it in green.  I used Powerpoint again to design this shirt.  B, also wanted a beard and a mustache, but all I had was brown eyeliner.  We used that to make his beard and mustache and to fill in his eyebrows a bit.   He then put baby powder in his hair to try to make it look white or gray.

Did you dress up for the 100th day of school?

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Valentine Blog Hop: My turn!!!

 Shamrock ShamrockWhoop!! Whoop!! It is my turn to have a Valentine treat for you. Before I share my goodies though, how has the hop been going? Lots of fantastic stuff!!! Last year I made a book called Valentine, Valentine (You can check it out here) and it was a huge hit in my classroom. I read it again this year and my students just love it. One of my boys gets so excited when I bring it out he almost falls out of his chair. To keep the excitement going into March I made a new book call Shamrock, Shamrock. It is the same pattern, just using a St. Patricks Day theme. I thought this would be the perfect thing to share since we are nearing the end of February. Please leave me a comment if you download this file and let me know what you think. I would love to know if your students like it also.  (Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post, there is a giveaway!!!)

Without further discussion, here we go! You can download the file by clicking on the picture or at this link. I had hoped to to have actual pictures so you could see this book in action, but the weather had other plans.  I ventured out to school today just to get out of the house.  I brought home my copy of Shamrock, Shamrock, but unfortunately the pictures are not the best.  To make the book, print the pages, laminate, bind, and then use the included shamrocks (or foam ones made out of a die cut) and put velcro on the page and one the shamrock.  I try to put the Velcro to the side so it does not interfere with the picture (someone else put the Velcro on this one for me, so I need to move a few pieces).  Then as you read the book, students can take turns pulling off the Shamrocks. My students often start chiming in and saying the repetitive line with me.

 I am not only giving away Shamrock, Shamrock to everyone, but I am having a giveaway for winner's choice of 1 item from my Teachers Pay Teachers store!! There will be two winners!!!
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Count and match hearts

I made this task for one of my kiddos who is working on 1:1 correspondence.  I am hoping that being able to feel what he is counting will help with the input and make it easier for him.

To make the hearts I used foam sheets and heart die cut.  I then cut the hearts in half using various craft scissors (just like these ).  After that I took some left over puffy/fabric paint that we had from another project and started making dots on the left side of the heart.  I then wrote the corresponding number on the matching right side of the heart.

My student  had to count the dots and find the matching number.  The student then needed to try to match the heart halves together to see if they fit.  My student was able to count up to 5 dots independently, but needed hand over hand assistance to count the higher dots.

This was a well liked task and I am planning to make a few more just like it using different die cuts to fit into our various themes.

I am linking this task up with Christine over at Autism Classroom News for her monthly Workbasket Wednesday. I am just a few weeks late. Oops!!!

Workbasket Wednesday at Autism Classroom News

To find more great ideas head over to the Linky to see what else has been shared.  You can also find more work boxes I have made by clicking here!

Also don't forget to see what freebie is in store for you today through the Special Education Secret Valentine hop!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Special Education Valentine Facebook Hop

Are you as excited as me about the month long blog hop from 28 special education bloggers?  I will be posting on February 20, but you can start today by heading over to The Bender Bunch.  Just click envelope number 1 on the graphic below.  Make sure to come back everyday to follow the map to a new surprise!

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Work box Wednesday.... A few days late


It is time for the monthly linkup at Autism Classroom news for workboxes..... I am just running a few days late.  I made a work box for one of my students this week.  He has not started it yet, so I am hoping it goes ok!  

I will fill you in later this week.  My students have been working on sorting by size, but only two sizes: big & little.  I want to add to their vocabulary and challenge them a bit.  I came up with this work box to sort these bears by size.  I have no idea where these bears came from as they were in the room when I moved in.   The sorting container came with a train set my son got for his birthday.  I saved it just knowing I would use it someday.   I made the labels in board maker, laminated them, and just taped them down.  I did not make them showing pictures of the Bears so that I could easily change out then manipulative.  I wrote the word, small, medium, and large instead of using boardmaker because I wanted it in color and I didn't have a color printer to access. To do the task the student simply sorts by size in the appropriate section of the tray.  I honestly do not expect them to stand the Bears up all neatly like I did, but you never know!   I can't wait to see how this goes tomorrow!  

To find more great ideas head over to the Linky to see what else has been shared.  You can also find more work boxes I have made by clicking here!