Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy New Year...a sale and some resolutions!

Happy New Year, everyone - and happy bloggiversary to me! I realized the other day that I began this blog on January 1, 2012. Spedventures will be 1 year old in just two days! This past year has been wonderful - I have met friends (Michigan ladies, when is our next meetup?!), blogged about some fun things in my classroom, even sold a few products in my store...and most importantly, I've grown so much as a teacher - so many wonderful ideas and resources from all of you. I am still feeling newly energized and inspired in my teaching, and I owe that to teacher blogs...So, thank you all! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

To say both Happy New Year and Happy Bloggiversary to Me, I'm having a sale! Click the image below to get 20% off at my TPT store from the 31st through Jan. 3:

I'm also linking up The Teacher's Cauldron's New Years Linky. I'm not big on a lot of New Years resolutions, so I really like this idea of just a couple:

My personal resolution is to work out at least 3 times per week. I have not been working out regularly at all over the past several months and I can tell! I have tried more strict "working out" resolutions in the past (5 or 6 days per week, etc.) and it hasn't happened. 3 days is doable for me, and bonus - I will feel great if I surpass that goal on a given week! I am looking forward to being healthier in the new year, and at the same time not stressing too much about getting there.

My blogging resolution is to comment more on blogs! I used to do this a lot more. I do always read my blog roll...and I tend to bookmark posts to go back and comment on, but never do...I just need to comment "in the moment" rather than saving it. I get such joy out of receiving comments on my blog; I would love to be better at leaving comments myself.

Link up by clicking the image below to share your own resolutions!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Holly Bloggy Christmas Exchange!

Merry Christmas, bloggy friends! I am scheduling this post out, so I hope by now you are enjoying your Christmas Day!

I had fun participating in the Holly Bloggy Christmas 2012 over at Teacher Blogger Exchange!

My partner for the exchange was Jennifer from The First Grade Dream. Go check out her cute blog!
The exchange's theme was "My Favorite Things," (a la Oprah or Maria VonTrapp...though no, I'm not providing anyone with a LEXXXX-USSSSSS or Girls in White Dresses with Blue Satin Sashes - sorry!). I had fun picking out a few of my favorite things to send to Jennifer! Here's what I sent:

-a jar of my favorite homemade Mexican Hot Cocoa Mix - so yummy! I love making this for stocking stuffers every year. (When I made this one for Jennifer you'd better believe I made one for myself, too!)
-Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate and Caramel chocolates...I saw on Jennifer's blog that she loves chocolate and caramel, and I definitely do, too!
-"You Are Here" bookmarks and "Just Sayin'" post-it notes...I have always loved these sticky notes, list notepads, etc. from Knock Knock Stuff - they're so snarky and cheeky and just plain fun. I give them to all my teacher friends - my best friend who teaches 7th grade uses one version of them (can't remember which one...there are a lot!) for notes on her kids' papers, even!
-Burt's Bees lip shimmer lip gloss - I use this stuff every day; love it!
I hope you enjoyed your surprises, Jennifer! Merry Christmas!

And here is what I received in the exchange...yes, I cheated a little bit and opened the package two days before Christmas...because I was going out of town and not bringing the computer...yeah, we'll go with that reason and not that I just couldn't wait any longer :) I received an adorable package from Mrs. Santana at The Learning Tree - check out her blog if you're not already a follower!

I wish I would have thought to get a photo of the package itself - let's just say Kimberly sent me a true "brown paper package tied up with string" - how adorable! I was all giddy just at the packaging! Here's what was inside:
Four super-cute mason jars filled with goodies - jumbo binder clips, a plant (so excited!), apple post-its, and colorful pens! I love absolutely everything! These are some of my favorite things, too!

Take a look at the tops of the jars, too - I can't wait to display these on my desk! Thank you, Kimberly, for such a fun, thoughtful surprise!

Merry Christmas, bloggy friends!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Holiday celebrations and "The Mitten"

Happy winter break, everyone!

Our December unit was all about winter holidays, and we learned about and celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Las Posadas. I was a bad picture-taker this month, but here are a few things we did:

-Made sweet potato pie for Kwanzaa! We used this recipe (rather than the one in our curriculum), and it was absolutely amazing. My new favorite holiday dessert! Several of the kids enjoyed it, too. We also made latkes for Hanukkah. Also a big hit - we served with ketchup, not the traditional applesauce, though. Kids ate the applesauce separately - couldn't quite get them to buy into the applesauce-on-potatoes thing.

-Played the dreidel game. My one kiddo was quite the dreidel shark! I mean really, he just kept winning. Every. Single. Game. Told him he needed to give us numbers and we'd play the lottery and probably win! We used the Dreidel Game Rules from Chapel Hill Snippets and I found a set of 4 dreidels for something like $1.99 at Party City. I was impressed when a couple of my guys could even spin the dreidel correctly! (The rest, who could not spin due to fine motor difficulties, rolled dice-style.) Great fine motor activity, and of course doubles as a counting activity including the concept of "half." It was a big hit!

-We had a holiday party with the two other classrooms at our same age level. We decorated cookies and had a $1 gift exchange. Fun!

-We made gifts for parents - file this one away in the "try before attempting at school" bin! We attempted to make Cinnamon Stick Candles...all the directions online/Pinterest/Martha-Freaking-Stewart, even - which say to use hot glue or even just regular glue were wrong. I'm here to tell you any sort of glue that we could find did not affix cinnamon sticks to waxy candles. We ended up finding one set of directions that said to soften the wax of the candles in the microwave little by little, pushing the sticks into the wax bit by bit. It worked, and the gifts ended up looking very nice, but it was time consuming and the kids ended up not being able to do much themselves. Too bad I didn't get any photos during this process - it was probably pretty funny!

-We made cards for parents and for our buddies at our sister school. We used the printable below - which one of you on my blog roll had mentioned - can't remember who, but if it was you, thank you!
(Click the image to go to the contentedathome.com blog post.) Instead of using do-a-dot markers, my students used their thumbprints...I wish I would have gotten photos of these, because they turned out SO adorable!

-On our last day of school (Friday) we made snowflakes for the students at Sandy Hook Elementary, to help them decorate their new school building after the break. This was a nice tangible way to "do" something after the tragedies in Connecticut. Here is the article I originally read about the project; you may have seen a post on Facebook about it, too. I am going to have my extended family make more snowflakes over Christmas to add to our class' and then send them on their way. Here are some of my students' snowflakes:
(Yes, many were staff-assisted - we are still working on our cutting skills. All the glitter decor was independent student work, though!)

This afternoon I'm heading off to my parents' for Christmas. Before I do, though, I'm already thinking about school starting up again and some of the fun winter projects we'll be doing in our classroom. The Mitten by Jan Brett is one of my favorite winter stories to share in the classroom. Last night I just finished a bundle of math and literacy activities to go with this great book!
Click the image to check it out on TPT...If you purchase it (or any of my other products) between now and January 14, all my proceeds will go to the teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary.

A very merry Christmas to all of you! :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Teachers Supporting Teachers

Like for many of you, it felt different going back to school today. I had to take a half day for personal reasons on Friday, and found out about the Sandy Hook tragedy on the radio as I was driving away from school around noon. I am not exaggerating when I say it took all my willpower to not turn the car around and go back to school to see my kids. I had been rushing to get everything set so I could leave on time...did I smile at each one of them before I left? Did I address each one by name as I said goodbye? Did I remind my student who was having major behavior issues that day that Monday we would start fresh and that I still love him even when we're having a tough day?

I have never thought a horror like this could happen at my school. We are an all-special ed school, servicing the most severely cognitively and physically impaired students in the county. The possibility of one of our students being physically or cognitively able to commit a massacre the likes of Columbine, etc. has always been slim to none. And Sandy Hook has taken this possibility and turned it on its head. A person only remotely connected to this school entered the building and killed these innocent children and teachers. For the first time, I am very realistically aware: it could happen here. And that is terrifying. My students, though they are teens and pre-teens, are just as - if not more - vulnerable and unable to protect themselves as those precious kindergartners were.

We have lockdown drills at our school. I make them into a game for my students - kind of like the "quiet game." We have to be very quiet. We have to keep the lights off. We have to stay away from the windows. Who can do that for me? Let's see how quiet we all can be! Who can be the quietest?  I have never seriously entertained the possibility of needing to put the drills into practice. Now, I do.

I hope I would be as courageous and heroic as the Sandy Hook teachers. I hope I would hide my kids well. Barricade them in. Protect them. Lie for them. Hold them if they were scared, encourage them to be quiet. Ask them to show me their smiles. I think we can all only hope to respond just as well as they did. They are heroes, all of them, every single one. My heart breaks, many times over. And I am also so fiercely proud to be a teacher right now, to call these heroes colleagues.

Even driving home on Friday, hearing the news for the first time, I wanted to do something. That's a normal response to tragedy, I think. My blog roll was filled with hearts yesterday as we all observed the day of silence. I wore green for Sandy Hook today. And now, I'm so glad to be able to respond in a more tangible way, thanks to Teachers Supporting Teachers hosted by Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten.

From today until January 14 (one month past the shootings), all proceeds from my TPT store will go to Sandy Hook Elementary. I am linking up with Little Miss Glamour and joining her fundraising campaign. If you have anything from my store on your wishlist, now is a great time to buy - not only will you get that product you've been eyeing, but your money will go to the students and teachers at Sandy Hook.

-If you are looking to buy, click the "Teachers Supporting Teachers" banner above to shop at all the participating stores who are donating all or portions of their proceeds to Sandy Hook.
-If you are a TPT or TN seller, consider donating proceeds until January 14 to Sandy Hook, and make sure you link up @ Little Miss Glamour's post via the banner above.

Friday, December 14, 2012

prayers...

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Newton, Connecticut and especially those at Sandy Hook Elementary School. What heartbreaking, tragic news...

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December Currently and a freebie

December already...I'm linking up with Farley's December Currently (better late than never, huh?), and also hoping I'll be blogging a bit more regularly this month!

Loving - I'm doing Fatmumslim's Photo a Day challenge this month, and I'm loving it! Taking a photo each day for the prompts is fun, and looking through others' photos is even more fun!

Thinking - My sister-in-law's brother is going to finish my basement for me this winter! I'm so excited, since it's going to become a space for lesson planning/creating/laminating/blogging...as well as working out. I still need to figure out how I want it to look and function.

RAK - I always think the Salvation Army bell ringers have such a cold job...They are often positioned in doorways/entrances of stores and they are essentially outside whenever a customer enters. Brrr....This weekend I will be doing a little Christmas shopping, and I'm planning on buying hot chocolates for those I see.

Now for the freebie...I picked up this holiday chess set at Walmart for 97 cents earlier this week. Even better than the Dollar Spot! (gasp)
(How it's considered a "chess game" is beyond me...it seems more like checkers to me...)

Anyway, so many things we can do with this...sorting by color, counting, patterning, use for partner game markers, use the included game board for one-to-one correspondence...For my higher math group, I made up a super-simple little "grab and add" activity - we'll put all the pieces in a bag, kids grab out a handful, sort by color, and add the red and green pieces to find the sum. If you got the same set from Walmart, or have some other random red and green manipulatives laying around and want to grab the sorting mat and recording sheet, I uploaded it to scribd here:
Walmart Chess Set

Super simple, little to no setup...Perfect for a quick 'filler' activity or center during our busy holiday season!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas freebie + a sale!!

I hope everyone in the US had wonderful Thanksgivings! I had a good one with extended family, and it's my mom's birthday today, so it's always a busy weekend! I'm not entirely sure I'm ready to return to school tomorrow after having Wednesday through Friday off. :)

But I'm switching gears and finally thinking about Christmas....with a fun new freebie! This is an interactive book that focuses on positional words and phrases (which many of my students continue to need practice with). It's the same as my pirate-themed book, except with a Christmas theme! Click the image below to grab the freebie on TPT:

Freebie Fridays



And speaking of TPT...is there a sale coming up or what?! I am joining in on the Cyber Monday + Bonus Tuesday sale, of course, and my whole store is going to be 20% off for those two days - so use TPT's code CMT12 at checkout for a total of 28% off!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Teaching Tip Linky

I'm linking up with Miss Kindergarten's Teaching Tip Linky Party!

This is something I started this year with my class, and it's been great.
Yes, these are photo albums from the Dollar Tree. My students all have one in their desk! Inside I've put pages that are very simple ways to work on their various IEP goals and objectives. The sky's the limit with these!
One of my students has a goal of matching and sorting coins. So his album has pages like this. All staff have to do is say, point to the coin that is the same and he's practicing an IEP objective!

This is such an easy way to get objective practice in. I don't use the albums for official IEP goal progress reporting (but I could) - I use these purely for "practice." During our busy morning work time (while kids are arriving from buses and before breakfast) staff can take a few moments to flip through an album with a student and quickly do some goal work.


 This non-verbal student has goals for identifying shapes and colors. Staff can show her the album pages on the left and ask "which one is the circle (or square)?" and she touches the correct shape...On the right, the question is "which star is red (or blue)?"

One of the best parts of the albums is that they require no laminating, no setup in the classroom, and are so easy to switch out if an objective is achieved or a new IEP with new goals is written.

This student has a goal of identifying letters from sets of 4. "Point to the B." "Which one is G?" etc.

A more simple numeral identification goal - staff shows this verbal student only one album page at a time. "What number is this?" Flash card style.

On the first page of each album, I write simple notes (also easily changed out with new objectives) on how to use that particular student's album. Most of it is self-explanatory! So nice if we have a sub in the room, by the way. One of my staff members has been out for a couple weeks because of a surgery...we do not always have the same sub for her. And still, if one student is having a seizure and another is having a behavior meltdown (at the same time - not an uncommon occurrence in my room!), I can say to someone brand new in my room "take so-and-so and work in their album with them," and they're able to step in while my other staff and myself are unavailable/busy in crisis mode! My students know what their "albums" are and then the rest runs itself.

One more example...this student gets asked "which van is the smallest?" or "point to the medium-sized helicopter," etc.

Like I said, the sky's the limit with these albums!

Link up to share your own teaching tips here:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Winner, winner turkey dinner!


I enjoyed reading what everyone is thankful for! Congratulations to V from Special Teacher for Special Kids! Your packet will be in your email in just a few minutes :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thanksgiving Math Centers...flash giveaway!

Giveaway at the end of this post :)

I can't believe we're this far into November already...it has snuck up on me! I have been preparing for parent-teacher conferences next week...writing report cards and IEP objective updates...working on our travel/transportation unit...getting ready for my observation/evaluation towards the end of the month...

I just finished putting together some Thanksgiving math centers we will be using for the rest of the month, which include a dice addition game, strip puzzles, flash cards/number word-numeral-dice-ten frame sorts, patterns and a spinner/graphing activity. I put the bundle on my TPT store for $2:
...But wait! As my thanks to all you wonderful people, I figured I'd give the packet away to one lucky follower. This is a flash giveaway, so it's only lasting 24 hours.

If you want to win this packet, leave me a comment telling me two things you're thankful for this year. I will choose a random winner tomorrow afternoon. Be sure to leave your email address so I can get the packet to you!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November Currently

I know I say this every month, but I can't believe it's time for another Currently! Even despite the l-o-n-g October in our classroom, this school year is going so fast!

Listening - I discovered Delta Rae a few weeks back on some late-night show (maybe Letterman?). They played this song which immediately hooked me. It is unique, kind of creepy, and oh so amazing:
I love the rest of their music, too. I think this one is my favorite (and is very different than "Bottom of the River," if you didn't care for that one):

Loving - Yes, we finally received our classroom iPad on Tuesday! We are all so excited about it - we've been practicing holding it carefully, touching and finger swiping gently...and of course exploring all the free apps I've downloaded already. I'm so excited about the possibilities for curriculum support, IEP work, and just plain fun this is going to provide us!

Thinking - We have records day without kids on Monday, but I want to get all my reports done this weekend so I can have time to work on other things in my classroom then!

Wanting - One of my favorite things about fall and winter is soup! I love making and eating it. I am constantly looking for new soup recipes! I have a cheese/bean/veggie soup going in the crock pot right now and the smell is making me hungry!

Needing - My darn back is acting up again...2 weeks of chiropractor visits and it was doing great, but I woke up this morning with it feeling all stiff and achy again. I have another appointment on Monday...my plans for this weekend did not include taking it easy, though. I hope it holds out!

Music - I play classical or piano music as my kids are coming into the classroom in the morning, and again after lunch when we have classroom jobs and choice time. I need something lyricless, because I have a couple kids who will not get anything done if they are busy singing along! Plus, it's very calming :)

Go ahead and link up with Farley - and remember her rule of 3!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Teachers Helping Teachers

As we are all aware, Hurricane Sandy has wreaked havoc on the east coast of the US this week. I have cousins in Maryland and New Jersey, and while they all have made it through with just a few days of no power, others have not been so fortunate. On top of damaged/lost homes, many teachers in Sandy's path are also dealing with damage to classrooms and loss of valuable teaching supplies! I can't imagine...

A wonderful teacher over at The ESOL Odyssey - who has Sandy-related damage in her own classroom, even - has come up with a great way for fellow teachers to show our support for our colleagues affected by Sandy. If you have a TPT or TN store, click on the button below for how you can help. I am donating a few of my best-sellers from my TPT store to go to Sandy-affected teachers. Laurah is making it so simple to help by taking care of the logistics end of things. What a great opportunity for all of us to show our love and support to our colleagues in need!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012 is in the bag

I think it should be a rule that Halloween at school is always celebrated on a Friday! I am exhausted! I almost fell asleep at my chiropractor's this afternoon (I love my chiro - I get a massage before every adjustment!); the lady doing my massage told me I should definitely go home, lock the door and turn off the porch lights tonight!

Halloween morning, the kids usually get to go trick or treating in the neighborhood across the street from our school, who set out displays and candy especially for our students. Because of the weather (rain and cold) this was postponed, so we did "regular school" in the morning! Is it bad to say I was kind of relieved for a relatively "normal" morning?

After lunch was costumes, parade, and Halloween dance in the gym...Then back to our room for some fun center activities:
"What's in the Witch's Soup?" roll and cover game by Kindergarten Faith - like my Halloween colored dice? (I found them last night in a stash from some conference swag a few years ago!) My kids used bingo markers to cover their numbers.

"Halloween Fun Counting Teeth" with candy corn by Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers

My kids loved both these activities, so check out the links for the freebies...save 'em for next year if you're done with Halloween centers this year!

We also completed our pumpkin observations and put them together in our observation books:

We described the outside of our pumpkins, predicted whether our pumpkin would sink or float and then checked our predictions (the kids were shocked to discover the pumpkins floated!), measured height and width of our pumpkins with Unifix cubes, and explored and described the inside (always my favorite part - if only for the expressions on my kids' faces as they have to touch the "goop!").

We also painted our pumpkins, but I didn't get photos of that.

Glad Halloween is over for another year (even though it was a success and we actually had no meltdowns or seizures - I think a first for our room!!).

Happy almost-November, everyone!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Election 2012, Mercy Watson, and a sale!

Is there an election coming up soon in the US? I hadn't noticed! (I'm sure you notice my sarcasm!) I meant to add this to my post yesterday, but it slipped my mind. Here is a fun little activity we did back in September, when our unit was all about government and leaders...We made campaign posters!
We first looked at several different campaign posters from both Obama and Romney and discussed some common similarities that each poster tended to have. We came up with this list:
-The candidate's name (usually the last name only!)
-The candidate's picture
-The year
-The colors red, white and blue
-The American flag, stars, or other US symbols

From our list, we designed our posters...I printed each student's last name and the year in bubble letters (the font is called "Janda Manatee Bubble"), they put the letters of their last name in order and colored with their red and blue crayons. (We do so much with students' first names, so this was good practice recognizing and spelling their last names!) They added their photo, and then decorated with US flag stickers and painted with star sponge stamps. This was an easy, fun activity that connects so well to the election, and it looks great in our hallway, too! We have staff members stopping by to tell us who they would vote for in our class ;) For higher-functioning students, you could add a writing activity for the students to tell what they would do if they were president.

Switching gears...do your students love Mercy Watson? If you don't know about her, this is a series of beginning chapter books by Kate DiCamillo (author of The Tale of Despereaux) about a spunky, toast-loving pig named Mercy! Check her out! Her stories are tons of fun. And I've decided that after Henry and Mudge, the next chapter book my high reading group tackles will be the first in the series, Mercy Watson to the Rescue.

I created a packet of vocabulary, sequencing and comprehension activities to go with this book - it is the same format as my Henry and Mudge packet. You can snag on my TPT store by clicking the image below:

And...speaking of TPT, I missed this weekend's influx of Halloween sales...but never fear - I have put my entire store - including the new Mercy Watson bundle - on sale, beginning tomorrow through Halloween. 20% off though the 31st - just click below starting tomorrow (or in just a little while, if you're like me and still awake!):

...I'm still awake because the Tigers are tied at the bottom of the 9th in the game they must win to stay in the World Series! Go Tigs!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

What we've been up to...

It's been a week since I blogged last...October has been quite a month for us. We have had 3 fun outings this month but have (unfortunately) had to spend much of the rest of our time at school completing state testing...especially since the state told us mid-month that we needed to have tests submitted a week earlier than we'd first been told! I know I said I'd talk about the supplemental materials we've used for our food chain unit, but to be honest we have not done much with the unit past our existing curriculum materials...we just plain have not had time.

To top it off, my classroom has been short staffed...one of my staff members had (planned) surgery, so she is out for a while...another had an emergency trip to the hospital due to a blood clot in her leg, so she has been out, too. We are always short on subs in our building, so we have had several days of not getting our needed sub or subs. AND I hurt my back in a major way last Sunday; visits to my chiropractor have helped a great deal but not enough for me to be 100% back to my usual lifting/bending/carrying abilities at school...CRAZY!!! I am ready for October to be over!

We have managed to squeeze in some fun fall things in between testing and staff shortages, though...
My lower math group took turns spinning a spinner to determine how many of each fall-colored leaves (found @ The Dollar Tree) should adorn the tree just inside our classroom door (and we added some fun "spider web" stuff for Halloween!). They graphed their results as they went.

Our three outings included the trip to Meijer to pick out our new fish, a visit to our sister school to kick off the new year and meet our new buddies, and a trip to a local orchard/farm!


We got to hold and pet bunnies...
Feed goats...



And go on a tractor/wagon ride through the fields and orchards! This was a surprise treat...we hadn't paid for a wagon ride (I didn't even know it was a possibility), but the wonderful gentleman who works at the farm asked when we arrived if we would like one...free of charge...and the wagon was fully accessible with a ramp and everything! The kids especially loved that it was extremely muddy so some of our teachers and friends got sprayed with mud as we drove down the farm roads! We still have mud on wheelchair wheels...I'm sure parents - and our custodians! - are just so happy about that!

Next week, we will be exploring (observing, measuring, describing, and eventually carving) pumpkins...

And very exciting news - we will finally be getting our classroom iPad on Tuesday!! We have been waiting a long time for this day!

Happy weekend, everyone!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

New Counting Product and...I've Been Boo'd!

Happy weekend, everyone! Last night I had dinner out and saw a movie with a friend (the local cheap theater was still showing Brave - have you all seen it? so good!), which was the perfect, uplifting/relaxing end to a really rough week. I'm feeling much better after some great company and entertainment!

My TPT issues from the other day seem to have been resolved, and I finally got my new product uploaded. I was writing an IEP for one of my kiddos, and was thinking about how quite a few of my kids need more practice with counting and quantities 1-10. Our unit next month is all about travel/transportation, so I decided to create a bundle of activities for numbers 1-10 with a transportation theme. You can check it out on TPT by clicking the image below:

In other news, I've been Boo'd!
I know you have all seen this fun linky party hosted by Cynthia at 2nd Grade Pad. Kate at Fun in ECSE Boo'd me - thank you, Kate! Check out her blog for some great ideas for special ed and/or early childhood classrooms!

Here are the rules for this linky:
1. Choose a fellow blogger that has MORE followers.
2. A blogger that has about the SAME number of followers .
3. Someone that has LESS followers.
4. Highlight their blogs with links to encourage others to check them out.
5. Don't forget to let your fellow bloggers know that you shared about them.
6. Lastly, leave them some love by offering them a goody from your store as their "treat."

So fun to highlight some of my favorite blogs...these are all special education blogs, but on every single one you will find great ideas, inspiration and info for teachers of all types!

-More followers than I have:
Erin from Creating and Teaching always has great ideas and adorable products I just love. And a bonus - on her other blog, Creating and Designing, she created the incredible design of my blog for me! I love it! Go give Erin a visit:

-About the same number of followers:
Becky from Lesson Plans & Lattes posts about great activities from her classroom, as well as shares her awesome organizational systems and tips. As organization is not my strong suit, I am always inspired by her posts. Check Becky out here:
Lesson Plans and Lattes

-Fewer followers:
Brie from Breezy Special Ed has a brand new special ed teaching blog! You may know her from her other blog, Breezy Pink Daisies. I'm so excited to hear more about her experience teaching a transitional-level class - and the first activity she posted about I'm definitely using in my classroom next month! Go give Brie some bloggy love:
Breezy Special Ed
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