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!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Parent Gifts 2014

Well since Christmas is over I feel I can safely share the parents gifts we made.  I am not sure if any of my students parents actually read my blog, but I wanted to be on the safe side just in case!

With having such varying ages this year I did a few different things.  The first gift we made is an ornament.  All of the kids made these and I think they came out super cute!  I used a wreath die cut to cut out wreaths from foam in varying colors.  The kids then picked which wreath they wanted to decorate.  They then added stickers to it to make it their own. This made for lots of fine motor work as they had to peel the backs off of the stickers to get put it on their wreath.  My two year old class LOVED this activity.  After they finished, I added a piece of white foam to the back. I attached it with glue dots, but I am sure hot glue would work great also.  Then to add a picture to the middle I used the pictures that we get from our school pictures every year.  In addition to the kids pictures that they order we get 4 "stickers" with their pictures on it.  I stuck one of those stickers in the middle.  I then hole punched on the top and added a piece of yarn. Simple, yet cute and no out of pocket expenses.  Everything I used I had in my classroom already.

The next gift my older kids made. On the giveaway table I found some of the create your own mugs.  You know the kind that come with a coloring sheet.  We used something similar last year for Mother's day to make plant pots (Hmmm, did I ever write a post about those?).  To make the mugs the kids used brown paint and the finger of their choice to make finger prints on green paper.  I then added a nose, eyes, and antlers to make reindeer.  I just love the way they came out.  Personally as a parent I love these types of gifts and use them to store pens on my desk or my makeup in my bedroom.  I am hoping my students' parents treasure them as much as I do.

To wrap everything the kiddos used simple brown bags and added stickers and colored on them.  We then stapled the tops shut.  Not fancy, but done by the kids.  You can see them in the pictures above behind the mugs.

What kinds of parent gifts did you do this year?  If you wrote about it or have pictures please leave them in the comments. I always love new ideas!

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Color Snowflake freebie!!

Hi everyone!! Guess what!?!  I am posting and it is not a linky party or a blog hop.  Just a good old post from me.  It has been busy with the 3 boys for Christmas.  My living room floor is covered in toys and packaging.   Grandpa bought the boys play bow and arrows so I have been dodging arrows being shot through the living room while a transformer runs over my toes.

I have been working on a lot on some of my TPT products and stuff for my classroom.  I found that the color tree file folder game I made recently was a big hit with my students, so I just made another one!  This one has snowflakes and instead of the color word purple it has the color word white.   You can get it by going here.  Please leave a comment on this post if you download it.  I love to know if you find things useful.

My boys and I have also been working on our Random Acts of Kindness.  Anyone else? I was so proud of my middle son on Christmas day.  He opened a present from his aunt that was in a Koh;s box, except he never made it past the box.  He thought it was his gift.  He told his Aunt thank you for the box and moved on to the next gift.  We had to tell him to look in the box.  My husband and I were so proud that he was happy with a box and showed appreciation to his aunt for it.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

My favorite things

Hello!!! Welcome all of the new shipmates to Learning Ahoy!! Are you enjoying the blog hop?  So many great things up for grabs and lots of great products 50% off!!! (Be sure to search for #myfavoritethings2014 in TPT to easily find everything)  So now it is my turn to share my favorite things.(Make sure you go all the way to the bottom so you can enter the giveaways!)

One of my favorite ways to start the holiday season is to visit my family Christmas tree farm.  My grandfather started this farm when I was just a baby and I grew up helping him.  My boys have grown to love the farm just as much as I do!  This picture of B was taken at Thanksgiving when we made our annual trip to start off our Christmas season.

So my next favorite thing to share is my favorite restaurant.  Now, I am not sure if it counts as a restaurant, but I big puffy heart Dunkin' Doughnuts.  I love their coffee and their doughnuts.  I think it goes back to being younger and my dad always stopping at DD when we went to "The Shore" to visit family.  I am working on passing this love onto my children. (I promise there was no coffee in that cup and he had a pacifier in his mouth. )

my third favorite thing to share is an It Works! Body Wrap.  I love this for the holidays because it helps with all of the holiday extras you eat!  And to help one of you out with those extras, a wrap is what I donated to the giveaways.

If you want to check out what I have marked down head over to my TPT store .  If you have had your eye on Oh snow! or Where is the Gingerbread man? now is your chance to get them at 50% off!

Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event of the season:

7 winners for 7 prize packs!

Come and enter the giveaway and check out my bloggy friends' favorite things:

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gingerbread Man!!! (Freebie)

I am linking up with Carla over at Comprehension Connections for her Thematic Thursday (Yes, I know it is only Wednesday!, I am getting a head start.)!

I have posted about my Gingerbread stuff before, but I wanted to share again for all of our new shipmates!

I love doing a week of Gingerbread man and all of the activities that go with it. One of my favorite activities (which I cant find a picture of right now) is making Gingerbread man ornaments.  Then one day just before break while the kids are out of the room, the ginger bread men all run away.  We go on a hunt for them throughout the building by following clues that are left behind. This works on so many skills, communication, social skills, reading, gross motor and it is just plain old fun!!!  I found the clues pre-made somewhere, again not sure where. (I think finals has my brain a bit foggy!)

Another activity I do is use this  interactive book featuring cute little gingerbread men (and women) during circle time. These gingerbread people are dreaming of being put in the correct spot such as over the house or between the elves.  My students have loved this book!

Last, but not least  is this gingerbread themed practice sheet works on time to the nearest 5 minutes.  I made this for a group I had a few years ago.  You can get it by going to this link!

I would love to know what Gingerbread themed activities you do in your room.  Leave a comment or link up over at Carla's blog!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness

I hope you all enjoyed the Special Educators blog hop this past weekend!  There were some great freebies.  I spent some of my planning today printing them all out and the rest kicking  gently caressing the copy machine.  How does that machine always know when I am short on time?

Anyways, if you are following me on Facebook then you know that I am challenging my boys to one deliberate Random Act of Kindness (RAK) each day for the month of December.  My hope is after spending a month working towards RAK that they will begin to do things for others without thinking.

Today we started by complimenting one person.  We talked about what it means to compliment someone and practiced lots of examples on our way to school.  Then over dinner we talked about who we complimented today.  I am so proud of my boys for stepping out of their box and really trying this today.  A said he told a classmate that he had a nice shirt (This was very hard for A as social skills are his major weakness) and B was super excited to tell me that he complimented 3 people today.  I was informed by my husband that C hugged a classmate as he left daycare this afternoon.

So, now I challenge you! Can you do one deliberate RAK this month each day?  I am creating a linky so other bloggers can share their experiences with us about their RAK.  If you are not a blogger I would love your comments or post your RAK on the Learning Ahoy Facebook wall.

 I will include the linky on all of my blog posts about RAK so be sure to follow along.  To see out daily RAKs check out the Learning Ahoy facebook page!

Need some help getting started? Check out these links below for some great ideas!

RAK 2014 Calendar
Spread the Love
10 Free or Low cost ideas

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Thankful for special educators blog hop (Tip & a freebie)

Hello!  I am hope you are enjoying our Thankful for Special Educators blog hop.  If this is your first time visiting Learning Ahoy, Welcome Aboard!

So first I am sharing a tip on how to make those cool white boards with the handle.  You know that ones that you pay easily over $100 for a class set.  Well one of my fabulous co-workers made her own and I just had to share it with you. It is so simple!! All she did was use the paddles from paddle ball and glue them on the back of old white boards that another teacher was getting rid of. Genius!! Her husband cut the boards down for her and sanded them so they were not sharp, but depending on the size of the white board you might not need to even cut down.

So, now for my freebie!  I was going to make it Thanksgiving related, but then remembered, Thanksgiving is over when our hop goes live!!! So I want you to have something that you can use in the rush of December.  In my classroom right now we are working on color words big time, so naturally I made a color word file folder game!  This will be a task box for one of my students.    I hope you get some use out of this and I would love a comment to let me know how you are planning on using it.

Ready to check out what the next Special Educator has in store for you?  Click on the button to check out Preschool Wonders!
Preschool Wonders

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