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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bake Sale Success

Our bake sale was a huge success.  We had lots of customers and had a chance to practice our money skills

One of my students has a head switch mounted on his wheelchair.    We hooked it up to his Step By Step.  You can program it to play recorded messages when it is activated.   We programed it to say "Would you like to buy a treat" and "everything is 50 cents".

When he presses the switch it activates the Step by Step.  We mounted the Step by Step to the bottom of his wheelchair with Velcro.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Baking

Tomorrow we are having a bake sale to raise money.  We are going to take the city bus to the bowling alley.  This will be quite the outing as we will need to take two city buses to get there.   All of our city buses are wheelchair accessible.  I'm hoping we can squeeze our 4 wheelchairs in the allotted space.  We had parents send in some items for the sale and we made cupcakes to go with them.







We made sure no one sneezed in them LOL

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Summer to do list Linky Party

Littlest Learners is having a summer to do list linky party.  Here is mine.


1. Be more organized. I think I say this every year, but it's true.   I would like to have September all planned out.   I never seem to have enough time to get organized so hopefully the summer will give a good chunk of time.
2. Investigate the Daily 5.  I have ordered it from the library because I'm not sure that it will be suitable for my types of students.  I believe it is similar to our 4 Blocks. Does anyone use Daily 5 with kindergarten? I'm wondering if it is possible to do with a group of special needs students?  It looks like next year's class will include 3 children with no speech at all. Could the Daily 5 be adapted this way? Any suggestions would be welcome.
 
3. Revamp my current 4 Blocks method of literacy instruction (if Daily 5 won't work).  My kids are great with sight words but I'd like to work on my word families and blending. 
 
4.  I'm joining in the Math Stations Work Group Blog Party and I'm so excited.  I have my copy of the book (I had to get the e-book as getting it in Canada was challenging).
 
5. Make more items for my TpT store.
 
6. Make more accessible books for my non-verbal students.
 
7. Brush up on my switch accessible software.
 
8. Relax.
 
9. Enjoy my children and husband.
 
10. Visit with friends.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Campbell's Labels For Education

Campbell's Labels for Education™ is a school support program whereby registered schools or institutions collect labels from Campbell product labels and redeem them for educational resources ranging from sports equipment and musical instruments to video equipment.

This is a wonderful program and I think we have participated all 13 years it's been in Canada.  We have gotten cameras, computers, printers, crayons, books, sports equipment and DVD's from them.

We now have a dedicated team of volunteers that collect and count our labels.  This is our newest item




Here is the link for the Canadian Campbell's Labels For Education
The program in the US is much bigger and you can redeem many more products.  Here is the link for the US Labels For Education Program.

And the winner is......

Please contact me with your email to claim your prize.  ( mum_to_2_boys@yahoo.ca ) Thank you to everyone who joined in.  I will have another giveaway when I reach 100 follower.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Adapted Measuring

In yesterday's measuring activity we used links.  Today we used the same animals but used tiles instead to measure them.


For one of my students, the tiles kept getting knocked off of his tray.  We also couldn't lift it up after we placed the tiles on the paper as they just slid off.  We decided to add Velcro to the back of the tiles and to the animal pictures.

My student can now place the tiles on the mat without fear off losing them to the floor.



 When we stand the mat up to count the tiles, they stay in place.  No more tiles on the floor.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway.  Today is the last day.  I'm picking a winner tomorrow.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Measuring with forest animals

We had lots of fun today measuring our forest animals with links.  The children did an excellent job and caught on very quickly.  I think we will measure them again tomorrow with tiles instead of links.  They had to follow the yellow line that was on the animal.






Don't forget to enter my giveaway.  Tomorrow is the last day.

Writing a letter

We had not gotten around to writing  a thank you letter to Diane from Cock a Doddle for coming in and helping us with our ceramics.
This was a great opportunity to explore another form of writing.  We added pictures at the end and will take it down to her so she can hang it in the store.


Don't forget to enter my first giveaway.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Whatever floats your boat

We had a beautiful day today which allowed us to get outside and do one of our favourite activities without making a mess in the class.  Sink or Float.  We set up 2 tables.  This one is set up 2 standers.  In order to get a good stretch in their legs and for a change of position (who wants to sit in a wheelchair all day) the children who have them need to get into their stander for 1/2 hour each day.  This is the perfect activity to work on both school skills and physical needs.

 The other water we set up on our picnic table.

 What will sink and what will float.  That is the question.  A lot of things surprised us.
 We kept track on a big chart.  It was very windy yesterday.  We were lucky it didn't blow away.


 We had some fun in the water when we were done.
 Our finished chart.
 When we dried off, when came in each child had to remember something from our experiment and had to tell me if it sank or floated.  We then wrote it on a response sheet.


Don't forget to enter my first giveaway. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

My First Giveaway

Happy Victoria Day to all my Canadian blogger friends.  To honour the long weekend and the fact that I surpassed 50 followers this weekend, I'm hosting my first giveaway.  The prize will be any of my products (your choice) up to a total of $10.



There are 4 ways to enter:

1. Be a follower of this blog and leave me a comment saying you are.
2. Be a follower of my TpT store and leave me a comment stating which products you would like if you were to win.
3. Add my button or blog to your blog roll and leave me a comment letting me know.
4. Blog about this giveaway and leave me a comment with the link to your blog.

Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry.   I will pick a winner on Saturday morning.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Spring Interactive Book

Here is my new Spring Interactive Book

This is a set of three easy readers for spring. They all contain the same story but two of them are interactive. The first one is a regular book with easy repetitive text.  The second book has interactive pieces. Children read the sentence and put the correct interactive piece in the picture. The third book has fill in the blank sentences. Children need to read the sentence and fill in the blank with the correct word by checking the picture. The books come packaged together and ready for you to print out, laminate and bind together.

You can get it at my TpT store.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Planning Day

Today was planning day at school and as we wind down the year (we have 28 days left) it has gotten me thinking about what I want to work on next year.

The first is the dreaded IEP.  I really want to make this document more useful.  I also want to tie in more therapy goals and make it clearer for the receiving teacher.   I mean, the overall goal is to have the children return to their home schools with strategies in place for successfully learning.  I'm not sure I'm conveying that well enough.  I think it's time for an overall revamping. 

The second is to be more organized.  I think I say this every year, but it's true. 

Another thing I would like to investigate is the Daily 5.  I believe it is similar to our 4 Blocks.  Does anyone use Daily 5 with kindergarten?  I'm wondering if it is possible to do with a group of special needs students?  I haven't got the books but thought I would ask others opinions before I spent the money.  It looks like next year's class will include 3 children with no speech at all.  Could the Daily 5 be adapted this way?  Any suggestions would be welcome.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

TBA

I'm so excited to have been asked to blog over at Teaching Blog Addict.  Check out my bio



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Measuring

Today we worked on two kinds of measuring.

First we measured our bodies.  This activity was lead by my teacher candidate.  She measured their bodies with tape and then they used different items (links, hands and feet) to measure how tall they were.

Next, we made pancake.  We had fun measuring all the ingredients and mixing up the batter.  Not as much fun though as eating them.







Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spring Bulletin Board

Here is the finished bulletin board that was done by one of my co-op students. I think she did a good job for her first attempt.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Spring Flowers

We let our creativity shine with these spring flowers.  My kids LOVE to paint.






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