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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bright Ideas - May

Non slip mats are an essential part of a special education class that has children with physical disabilities and low tone or poor fine motor skills. This is a non slip mat that can be purchased inexpensively at the Dollar Store.  It's easy to cut into any size you want.

Here are a few ways we use it.

For children with low tone, they often have trouble staying in their seat.  These are the kids that keep sliding out.  A little square on the seat under their bum helps them stay put.

A little square under bowls and plates, stops them for sliding around the table while children are trying to eat.

We roll up a small piece around a pencil to make a pencil grip.  You can make it as thick as you want.  The texture gives feedback to those who need it.

Putting a piece under toys and games will help them stay put while children are using them.  This was our egg spinner from Easter.

The last tip I have for you is to use it use technology.  I keeps the laptops and ipads on the table and off the floor.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Zoo Interactive Readers

Last week we took a trip to the zoo.  I love the zoo.  There is so much to see and do.  There is so much language that can be used to describe the animals and most zoos are fairly accessible for mobility issues.

I decided to redo my zoo interactive books as they were one of the original ones I made and they were in need of updating.

If you have already bought this from me, please go and redownload.  It now contains an extra book and 4 mini take home books.

This is the third book.

This book requires the child to pick the correct word to put in the sentence.  I usually do this book after we have read the first book (it's not interactive) so that the child "really" knows the story.  I use Velcro to keep the words in the book.

Here's a sample of what is the in the rest of the books.
Click on the picture below to grab this for half price until the end of the week.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Bee flash cards and freebie

We are still working on our Bee theme and as we near the end of the year, we've been working on practicing our adding and subtracting.

I redid my bee flash cards with updated graphics and fonts and the kids love them.

Since I did adding and subtracting, I figured I may as well make multiplication and division cards as well.  

Scroll down to the bottom to grab the division set for free.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bee adding freebie

I am so thankful for my fellow teachers and all that you do.  
Here is a little freebie you. 

Children pick 2 numbers and add them together.  They then cover the total on their mat with a bee.  The first person to cover their mat wins.

Click on the picture below to grab it for free.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pizza Math Update

I gave my pizza math unit a facelift just in time for the sale.

It will be on sale for Tuesday and Wednesday for 1/2 price.

Don't forget to enter your promo code for a bigger discount.

You can now get my Pizza math activities and Pizza Interactive books bundled together.
The bundle is on 1/2 price for the next two days as well. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Plant Labeling

Now that spring is here, we have started to talk about plants.

We started by making a plant and labeling the parts.

We also touched on what plants need.