Preventing the summer slide: Part 2 (Freebies!!!)

summer, learning, schoolLast year I wrote a post about Preventing the Summer Slide for TeachHub and included a calendar to give to your students for the summer. I have updated the calendar for 2017. (I think it looks much better!) I have also added a sheet for parents about ways to practice sight words at home.   You can find if for FREE at my Teacher's Pay Teachers store.

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This year I am adding a few new things to my packet to send home to parents for the summer.  In addition to the calendar, stamped postcards, and list of websites that I have sent home in the past I am also going to send home sight word and number flashcards.  I made a new game called SPLASH!! So far I just have number recognition completed.  You can pick it up for FREE over at my TPT or Teacher's notebook store.  I am hoping to make a sight word version, but in case I do not get that done, I will be sending home a copy of my game Shipwrecked!

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If you are looking for more ideas to help prevent the summer slide, I have started a pinterest board to collect  different items I have found. You can find that by clicking here.  While you are there follow some of my other boards so that you never miss anything new.  Also check out this blog post I wrote last year for the VA loves teachers blog!

I really hope that all of these added activities help my students retain the information they have worked so hard on learning this year.   I would love to hear about what you send home for the summer to help your students.  Please leave me a comment!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


Teacher's Notebook Moore Relief Effort Bundle

Teacher's Notebook has created a bundle with over $500 worth of products donated by teachers. Scratch that, it is now over $1,000.   100% of the proceeds from the sale of this bundle will go to the Moore Relief Efforts. You may purchase the bundle for as little as $25.  Please consider purchasing this bundle. You will not only be helping to raise funds for this devastated area, but you will also be gaining an arsenal of teaching products.  This bundle will only be available for a few days.  So far I have donated my beginning sounds pack' but I am thinking at going back and also donating my Shipwrecked pack. I will be purchasing this pack tomorrow and I hope some of my readers will join me. Please leave me a comment if you do or if you know of any other ways we can help. Photobucket Follow my blog with Bloglovin


work box: Flower Power

beginning sounds, center, game, reading This is my newest work box for my students.  This box may need to be more teacher directed depending on the student level.  The original intent was a beginning sounds activity, but then when I was putting it together I realized that there is so much more I can do with it.  This is what I came up with:  
Ask the student to find the picture of the...
Have the student pick out a flower and identify the object
Have the student pick out a flower and verbally identify the beginning sound
Ask the student to find a flower that begins with a ...

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If you are interested, you can purchase this activity at my Teacher's Pay Teacher's store or my Teacher's Notebook store.



puzzle, fine motor, learning ahoy, special educationpuzzle, fine motor, learning ahoy, special educationWe do a lot of puzzles in my classroom. Puzzles work on fine motor skills, orientation, and also social skills. Sometimes I will have the kids all work on one big puzzle together. However a few days ago they each were working on their own. This provided the opportunity to ask each other for help (I am sure if you read the post about making lemonade then you now have realized that we are working on asking peers for help instead of adults). I keep a lot of different puzzles in my room so that there is variety and a puzzle that everyone can be successful at.

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International MPS Awareness Day

Until I started teaching in my current district 5 years ago I had never heard of MPS. Now, I have been given the privilege of teaching another student diagnosed with disease. Last year I did a post about MPS to give some basic information regarding the disease  Since then I have learned new information and found some new sites that can share great information. 

  • MPS stands for Mucopolysaccharidoses
  • MPS is a genetic lysosomal storage disease (LSD) caused by the body's inability to produce specific enzymes.(From the MPS Society Website)
  • Affected individuals may have mental retardation, cloudy corneas, short stature, stiff joints, incontinence, speech and hearing impairment, chronic runny nose, hernia, heart disease, hyperactivity, depression, pain and a dramatically shortened life span.(From the MPS Society Website)
  • There is currently no cure for MPS or related diseases, research is making great strides. (From the MPS Society Website)



Making Lemonade

 Sometimes the simplest activities can be the most fun!  This past week for our cooking activity (life skills, measurement  reading) we made lemonade and then delivered it around the building (social skills & communication) and the kids loved it! It was so easy, but we got so much out of it.

We started with gathering the items we would need.

Next the kids tried to open the container of lemonade mix.  This was difficult and I had them ask each other for help before they could ask me. 

We read the directions and decided how much mix we would need.  Then each person took turns pouring the mix into the pitcher. 

Next we read to find out how much water we needed.  We then took turns filling up the measuring cup and pouring the water in. 

Then it was time to mix.

Finally, we were ready to drink up!!



Social Skills: Question of the week

Each week on Tuesday my students do a "Question of the week". They each have a sheet with a question on a clipboard.   We practice asking the questions in the classroom to each other.   Next, We walk around the school (usually to the front office, cafeteria, nurses office, etc.) and ask our question of various people. Some students do this verbally while others use a communication device. This activity allows us to practice social skills by giving students the opportunity to start a conversation with someone by asking a question. Some students record the answers themselves, while others will ask the person to record the answer.

I have the sheets printed out and in a folder all ready to go a few weeks ahead of time.  I have found a lot of great questions on Make Learning Fun (if you have not checked out this website, I love it!  Lots of great ideas on lots of topics).  There is section called Question of the Day. The questions cover all types of content and I often am able to find one that fits in with our current theme.

I have received a lot of positive feed back from our question of the week as it allows others to get to know my students more and allows my students to become more comfortable talking to various people in the school building.