Monday, March 04, 2013

-in Word Family Pack

Just a quick post today to show off my new pack - I really like this one! It is 70 pages covering the -in word family. This is about 20 pages more than the -at and -an word families I've already posted, but I'll be updating them soon to include the extras I've included in this pack. 

There are 17 Word Word activities in total with a good combination of "print in color and laminate" activities and "just photocopy" worksheets.

I have a few more in the works and then I'll be giving a set away. If you don't want to wait, you can find -in here (20% off at the moment), -at here and -an here. Once I update -at and -in with the 20 extra pages the price will go up slightly so you could grab them now and get the updates for free!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Differentiating for Special Needs

I've mentioned before that I've got 2 little sweeties in my room who have special needs. Both are intellectually impaired with one also having global development delay. His development in all areas is around that of a 2 - 2.5 year old. Obviously, everything we do has to be modified for both of them. I thought I'd start sharing some of the things they're doing in class in case you are looking for ideas for your own class. I'm also on the lookout for new activities, so please share! 

Today, I'm going to share some staples that we use almost every day. 

Bowls, beads and teddy counters. We use these for colour naming, sorting, matching etc. When naming colours, we also use non-verbal gestures (e.g. red is touching the chin). We use the beads for threading to develop our fine motor skills. We also use the bear counts for counting.

Here are some more things I've bought to develop their fine motor control. The smaller tweezers can be held with the pointer and thumb (like a pencil) to pick up poms, cotton balls or any other small manipulative. These are a little hard for my two to use at the moment though. The bigger animal tweezers are a little easier. We use the tweezers to move the manipulative from one spot to another and to drop into numbered cups to help with counting  (this is mostly done verbally since number recognition isn't there yet). We also attach pegs to the black tub and to the numbered cups for counting.

The sand trays are used for hiding pictures and objects in (so far this year we are learning the letter s and m) and for letter writing with our fingers. 

What do you do with kids who need to develop basic skills and concepts? I hope to share more of what we are doing soon.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

March Currently

Listening: I missed seeing Pretty Woman on TV last night so I couldn't resist pulling it out and watching it on this rainy, depressing day!

Loving: I'm completely surprised that I love teaching Grade 1 so much! I have a great bunch of kids and they're not as scary as I thought they'd be. I'm also just feeling GOOD about teaching and that I've finally got the hang of it! I know many teachers leave teaching after a few years, but now that I'm in my 5th year I'm FINALLY feeling great!

Thinking: I've had a gym membership for over a year and I've been once... 

Wanting: I hate that I'm wasting so much money, but I really just don't want to go!

Needing: I've had a few new pairs of shoes lately and my feet are feeling a little worse for wear. 

Like, Love, Hate: I couldn't think of anything that starts with 'K' so I made some up!
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