Sunday, November 18, 2012


I've been searching for the fonts that are on all these cute printables that I find on Pinterest and I finally found them.  They are called Alphabets and can be bought at Lettering Delights for about $4.00 an Alphabet.  If you sign up with your email, every once in a while they will send you a coupon for 40% off.  Here are just a few of my favorites out of the hundreds o their website.

Rise and Shine


Modern Desk Caddy


Fidgets are small objects that can be beneficial for students who constantly have to move or have difficulty with paying attention or anxiety.  It is something that a student can fiddle with while paying attention or working.  If a student "plays" with the object, it is not a fidget but a toy.  Here are some awesome fidgets that I have found and just bought:

Set of Pencil Fidgets- $8.99 at Abilitations

Hyperflex Stretchy String- $5.95 at Amazon

Pull and Stretch Bouncy Ball- $5.30 at Amazon

Desk Buddy Multi Textured Tactile Chewable Ruler- $9.99 at Sensory University

Koosh Ball- $7.99 at ToysRus

Tangle Jr. Textured- $3.49 at Tangle Creations

Tactile Tiger Hand Fidget- $7.99 at Sensory University

Sensory Stixx Hand Fidget- $7.99 at Sensory University

Ziggy Pasta- $5.99 at Therapy Shoppe

Shaggies Pencil Grip Fidgets- $2.40 by It's Academic

Squigglets Sensory Bracelet- $4.49 at National Autism Resources

Figurative Language and Analogies Cards

Here are some of the awesome things I bought with my school money this year. They are picture cards for teaching metaphors and similes, idioms, and analogies.  They are $12.95 a deck at Super Duper Publications.  They also have other "fun decks" for nouns, pronouns, verbs, sequencing, prefixes and suffixes, plurals, adverbs, conjunctions, classifying, cause and effect, predicting, "wh" questions, irregular verbs, subjects and predicates, possessives, homonyms, homographs, comparatives, multiple meanings, antonyms and synonyms, compound words, contractions, plurals, and SO much more! This is going to be great for my autistic students to have visual!

Free Picture Exchange System (PECS) Cards

I learned about this website in college and have used it ever since.  It is called Do2learn and it has a variety of free printable pictures in the following categories; self-help, activities, home and school, social, safety, and a calendar.  The website has a lot of other resources but the picture cards are my favorite!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

College for Students with Disabilities

Landmark College is a fully accredited 2 year college that is exclusively for students with Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and other disabilities.  It is located in Putney, Vermont.  They offer social courses and faculty that have expertise in autism spectrum disorders.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Free Handwriting Website

I know there are a lot of handwriting worksheet generators on the internet but I like this site because you can choose the size, layout, number of times, and whether you want the whole word/s or just the starting dots.  
Click image to go to link.

3D Shape Party

Who doesn't love parties?  My students were having so much trouble with learning their 3-D shapes so I made it more relevant and fun by giving them a 3D Shape Party after they learned all the shapes.  Can you guess what we ate at our party?  That's right, coke (cylinder) and an ice cream cone (obviously cone)! I also gave them a present (cube) with a bouncy ball (sphere) in it.  We had so much fun!

ZAC (Zone for Autistic Children )Browser- FREE

Me and my students love the ZAC (Zone for Autistic Children ) browser.  It was developed by a grandfather so that his grandson could safely and easily navigate the web.  It's an easy to use browser for children to watch videos, play games, draw, and listen to music.  It's free so try it out!
Click on the image to go to the webpage.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Learning Earnings- FREE

Learning Earnings is a free website for teachers to use for positive reinforcement.  Each month the teacher gets an allotted amount of tickets to give out to the students.  Once a week, the students get online to deposit their tickets to their checking or savings account.  They may redeem the tickets whenever they get enough money for the reward they want.  The reward will be shipped to the school.

Homework Linky Party

I am linking up with Lesson Plan Diva for a homework linky party.

My student's homework for the week:

-homelink sheet to do from our Everyday Math curriculum
-read a story from our Readwell curriculum to a parent or teacher
-complete 3 items on the Spelling Tic-Tac-Toe board per week

Click on the images to download.

I don't use Homeworkopoly yet but I heard it was a great way to encourage students to do their homework.  When a student completes their homework, they can roll the dice and move around the board.  There is different prizes on different spots of the board that they can get if they land on it.  If the student doesn't do his/her homework, they can't move anywhere. Click on the image to go to the link.

Common Core Books

I found a list of books at Scholastic to go with the common core reading objectives for K-2 and 3rd-5th grade.  I love and have a lot of these books.  Click the image to go to the website.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Class Dojo

My neighbor at school told me about a website called Class Dojo.  It's a behavior management website, which is intended for smart boards.  You can program your own good and bad behaviors, which have different sounds.  It logs the behaviors for each student each day, which I love so I can print or email them to my behavior therapist.  In my class, once they get a 5 points, they can have a ticket for the school store.  My favorite part is that there is an app for smart phones.  I literally can be reading with a student and just click a button and the students usually look up at the board to see who did what but quickly get back to work.  

Scoot for Place Value

I found some place value task cards at Swamp Frog First Graders blog.  The teacher had one place value task card placed on each desk.  She played music for one minute and the student had to write the answer on their answer sheet and then they would repeat until all 20 were finished.  I love how the students got to get up and move around the classroom while learning! Click the image to download.

Monday, January 30, 2012

CrunCHy MunCHies Party!

How fun is this.. having a "CrunCHy MunCHies Party" to learn the "CH" sound.  Love! What kid or teacher for that matter doesn't love an excuse for a snack! Thanks First Last!

Short and Long Vowel Posters

I found these posters at Oceans of First Grade Fun.  These are going in our reading helper folders too!
Click on the pictures to download.

Blends and Digraphs Charts

I found these charts at Ladybug Teacher Files.  I love how colorful and fun they are.  I'll probably put them in our reading helper folders! Click on the pictures to download them.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Posting a Youtube Video to Your Blog

Go to youtube and find the video you want to post.

Click "Share" below the youtube video.

Click "More" underneath the Facebook icon.

Click on "Blogger" icon, then publish your post.

Alphabet Songs

I found these alphabet songs at Have Fun Teaching. They are up beat and very repetitive, just what my students need!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Reading Centers

The Florida Center of Reading Research website has a TON of reading centers.  I want to make every single one of them but that might take a while!  It has center activities from kindergarten to fifth grade.  The centers include phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Keeping Up With Books!

Between home and the school, my books are scattered everywhere.  Sometime I forget what books I have.  So I came across this application for my iPhone called Home Library. It's 99 cents but it was worth it to me.  You just scan your books, DVD's, or games and it saves it for you.  There's even a place in the app that you can write who you loaned a book, DVD, or game to!

Making a Google Doc Preview in your Blog

It took me forever but I finally found an easy way to post a preview of a Google document in my blog!


Go to file, then save as a jpg.

Go to your blog and click on the "insert image"

Find your jpg image and click "add selected".


Go to file, then save as a pdf.

Open the "preview" application.

Open the new pdf document.

Go to file, then save as a jpg.  

Go to your blog and click on the "insert image" icon.

Find your jpg image and click "add selected".

Making and sharing a Google Doc

Log into your gmail account.

Select documents at the top.

Press the "Upload" icon to the right of  red "Create" icon.

Find your file, then press open.

Click start upload, then your document should appear.

Click on your document to open it.

Click the blue "Share" icon in the top right hand corner.

Copy the link to share.

Go to your blog.

Click the blue link icon and paste the link.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Staying Seated

Today I really struggled with students not staying in their seats.  They found little excuses to get out of their seats.  I am a teacher of many ADD students, so I usually let them get out of their seats every 30 minutes or so to do some jumping jacks or just have a break.  Anyways, I made these "Get out of your seat" passes and gave each student two for each subject.  After they used the second one, I started deducting five minutes off of their recess.  They have already become more responsible about getting all their supplies before they sit down.  Hopefully it will stay that way!