Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

My fabulous bloggy-friend Jeannie over at Kindergarten Lifestyle is having another Linky Party!  This one is for us to share based on the phrase "Kids Say the Darndest Things..."

So, here is mine.  I don't even remember what we were all talking about when this came up, but I think one student shared where his/her parents met.  Then a few more chimed in.  I asked this boy (second grade) if he knew where or how his parents met.  Well, he told me "No, but..."
Gotta love these kids and the funny things they say!  Out of the mouths of babes, right?  Join in the fun!  Right-click the blank template and make your own.  Then head over to Kindergarten Lifestyle's blog and link up!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Alphabet Eggs!

I am really excited to share this project with you!  It is simple to create and can be used for the alphabet or numbers.  I created a SlideShare to show you all the pictures and ways that I created my eggs.  Basically, the idea is to put a letter on the top half of a plastic egg (like letter A) and a letter on the bottom half of the egg (for this example, letter C) and have the child tell you what comes in between those two letters: B.  When he or she opens the egg, there is a little chick with the letter B!  What other concepts can be practiced in this manner?

Franklin Anybook Reader Review

I just purchased the Franklin Anybook Reader after it was recommended by our Assistive Technology consultant.  It is a very affordable, user-friendly devise that would fall into the mid-tech level for Asssitive Technology.  It is currently priced at $33.50 on 

With the emphasis on differentiation in today's classrooms this is a very versatile tool that can allow you to have more flexible grouping practices while students are working on independent work.  Small round stickers are activated by the "pen" and then you record.  Once the student presses the pen to the sticker it plays back what was recorded.  Imagine the ability to have a student reading a book that is being read by you on the Anybook Reader and having YOU think-aloud to model what good readers do!  Imagine placing stickers are predesignated spots in text for students to stop and answer a prompt you strategically inserted.  Think about how this can be used for word work: Students are prompted to find the words with a particular sound, or words that belong in a certain category.  The possibilities are endless!
The only con that I have found is that I wish you were able to pause it.  If it were able to pause, you could use it to read to students in smaller chunks and then they could stop it to answer questions or fill in responses.  The other down-side to this one partiular model is that it does not hook up to headphones.  I believe that the 60 hour version has a jack for headphones.  I am not positive though.  The 60-hour version is priced at $50.96:
Here is a brief video from the Franklin company highlighting the product and how it can help students with challenges:
Overall, I think it is a great investment! My students love it (I am a special education teacher) and I also shared it with our school Speech Pathologist and she was very impressed.  What ideas do you have for utilizing this in the classroom?  I would love to hear how you could put this to use in your class! Thanks :)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

You Know You are a Teacher When...

Jeannie over at Kindergarten Lifestyle is having a LINKY PARTY using the pic above!  Come on over and join us!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

If You'll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant

It's really hard not to love anything written by Cynthia Rylant and this little gem is no exception!  This is a sweet book for grades PreK-2 about a little boy who makes valentines for his family, his dog, and his teddy too!  It is simple and sweet and the perfect springboard into creating valentines in class.  Here is a little freebie I made up to go with the story!  Just click on the picture below to get your valentine :) 

A quick shout out about the graphics: they are from Graphics From the Pond and they are FREE too!  Mel has some awesome clip art and gives some amazing freebies so check her out!