Saturday, January 28, 2012

Heart Calendar Numbers

Here's a little freebie for your Saturday.  I know February doesn't have 31 days but I included all 31 in case you wanted to use them for another month.  The hearts form an ABAB pattern (pink, purple) and an ABCD pattern (different hearts).  I had to make the pattern more difficult as my kids at getting so good at picking them out.

Monday, January 23, 2012

What to do when it's due tomorrow?

This post isn't about my class but about one of my kids.  On the weekend my oldest, who is in grade six said, "Mum, I have to make a 3D model of the universe". 

I said, "Sorry, I am NOT buying that many Styrofoam balls.  Are you sure you don't just have to do the planets?". 

He thought that yes, maybe it was just the planets and the sun. 

Well as life goes, we forgot all about it.  YIKES.  This is project is now due tomorrow and we have no 3D model. 

I did a quick Internet search (thank goodness for the Internet) and found this great website Crafts For Kids that had wonderful instructions for making a 3D model.

So I bought the Styrofoam balls and we got out the paint and the toothpicks and the brushes and wooden dowels.......

 We  He painted the balls and we let them dry (thank goodness it didn't take long).

 We cut the dowels to the right lengths depending on the distance to the sun.

 And stuck all the planets into the sun.  Phew! I wonder how he's going to get it to school?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

And the Winner is....... and a sale

Rachel and I are super excited to announce the winners of our Pizza Giveaway! I ended up with 80 comments! If you didn't win here, don't forget to check Rachel's blog: Ms Rachel's Room.

The winner is:    Valerie

Valerie won these wonderful prizes:
Rachel's pizza unit

My Pizza Math

my interactive Pizza Interactive Reader

If you didn't win, not to worry.  My pizza unit and interactive book are both on sale for the rest of today and all day tomorrow for 20% off.  Rachel is putting her pizza unit on sale too.   You can find them here.

Mandy's Pizza Math

Mandy's Interactive Reader

Rachel's Pizza Unit

Friday, January 20, 2012

Freebie Friday

Valentine's Day is on the way.  Here is a little alphabet matching activity for you.  Just match the upper case to the lower case letter.  I would love a comment if you download.

Don't forget to enter my Pizza contest from yesterday.  You can read about it here.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pizza Giveaway

Hi Friends! My special ed. blogging buddy Rachel from Ms. Rachel's Room are teaming up to giveaway our Pizza Units!
We will be giving away THREE units to 2 lucky winners!!! Let's check out the goods:
My Pizza Math Unit
My Pizza Interactive Reader
and Rachel's Pizza Math and Literacy Unit!
There are 4 ways to enter on each of our blogs!  Each blog will have one winner!
Follow my blog- leave a comment on each of our blogs saying you do so. (ex: on each of our blogs leave the comment: "I follow Mandy's blog")

Follow Rachel's blog - leave a comment on each of our blogs saying you do so. (ex: on each of blogs leave the comment "I follow Rachel's blog")
Follow Mandy's TPT Store by clicking HERE!
Follow Rachel's TPT Store by clicking HERE!
Leave a comment on each of blog's saying I follow Mandy's TPT store or I follow Rachel's TPT store!
That's it!  4 entries!  The contest begins today (Thursday, Jan 19) and will end this Sunday (January 22).  
And for a bonus entry blog about this giveaway leave a link to your blog! 
The winner will be decided by the Random Number Generator!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Love to Joplin Linky Party

I'm joining up with Mrs Wills Kindergarten to send a little love to Joplin.  The town was torn apart last year by a tornado and the teachers need a pick me up. 

Here is Erica's email: 

I teach in Joplin, which made worldwide news last May when our town was cut in half by an F5 tornado. Many of our elementary schools were destroyed or damaged, and as teachers, we have had a roller coaster year. I came from a meeting yesterday where many are struggling with the weight of all we are dealing with. My request is this: would you be willing to donate a created pack of your choosing to give away at a drawing at our upcoming district Kindergarten grade level meeting? The meeting is Monday and I am sorry for the short notice but I did not realize until the meeting how down everyone is feeling. 

I donated my pizza unit for Erica to give away as prize at her kindergarten meeting.  Head over to Mrs. Wills Kindergarten to find out how you can help.  Let's spread the love.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Look what I'm doing CURRENTLY

Ugh, I can't believe that the holiday is over and I'm back to work today.  I have a feeling it's going to be a long day.  I'm joining in on Oh' Boy 4th Grade for the linky party.  Head over there to link up what you are doing CURRENTLY.

Friday, January 6, 2012

And the Winners Are......

Thank you so much to everyone that joined our big giveaway! I am so excited to see so many new followers! It has made my week! Now, on to the good stuff...the WINNERS!

Congratulations to the three THIRD PLACE winners. They may choose any ONE item from any of the stores listed below!
Lost : please email me at

Cindy L: I have emailed you.

Unknown: I have emailed you

Congratulations to the TWO second place winners. They may choose any TWO items from any of the stores listed below!

 Jennifer: I have emailed you

Rodriguez: Please email me at

Congratulations to the FIRST place winner! You may choose ONE item from EACH store below!
 Monica: I have emailed you.

Classroom Confections

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Friday Freebie

Woo Hoo!  I reached 400 followers.  Here's a freebie for you to celebrate.

Match the mittens and hat.  Match the number word to the number to the tally.  Enjoy.  Leave me a note if you download it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What is your Go-To book?

Stephanie over at Teaching in Room 6 is having a linky party.  What is your Go-To book?  I think that one of best books around about teaching literacy to children with severe disabilities is "Children with Disabilities: Reading and Writing the Four-Blocks Way" by Karen Erickson and David Koenhaver.

I saw Karen Erickson at a conference and she is absolutely amazing.  If you ever get a chance to see her, you should.  This book will give you some excellent literacy ideas for children with mild to  severe disabilities and for children that use augmentative and alternative communication.

The book is written with sample classrooms and children, offering practical real life examples, and sample IEP goals. It is not necessary to have an understanding of the the Four-Blocks framework to use the ideas in this book.  The suggestions can be used in any literacy program.  If you have a special needs child in your class, you need this book.

What is you go-to book?  Head over to Stephanie's blog and link up.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Another Giveaway

Melissa over at

is having a giveaway for her 40th birthday.

It features one of my units so follow me here and click on the picture above to head over there to let her know.

Don't forget to also check out my give away here.