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Monday, August 27, 2012

Links for studying ABC's

ABC Links

I Love My ABC's - from Kinderkorner

ABC Activities - activities and theme links for each letter of the alphabet
ABC Ideas - ideas (with photos) for each letter at Little Giraffes
Alphabet Review - from Teachers.nett

Printable Alphabet Worksheets - free from Beginning Reading
Alphabet Coloring Book - free printables from Alphabet Soup
Alphabet Coloring Pages - from Crafts for Kids

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ABC Bingo Cards- free printables from Mrs. Bottom's K Class
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - from A to Z Teacher Stuff
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - lesson from Webbing Into 
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - from Teaching is a Work of  Heart
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Printables - free from Making Learning Fun
Multiple Alphabet Crafts for Each Letter - from the Best Kids Booksite
Printable Alphabet Materials - from First School
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Printables - from DLTK
Mini ABC Books - free printables from DLTK
ABC Printables - from ABC Teach
Letter and Rhyme a Day - inside Hubbard's Cupboard
Nursery Rhyme Links
Nursery Rhyme Rhyme Printables - from First School

Words to Nursery Rhymes -inside Hubbard's Cupboard
Kindergarten Rhyme Time - activities for a family night - inside Hubbard's Cupboard
Nursery Rhyme Coloring Sheets - printables from Henderson Police Department
Nursery Rhymes: Tales to Live By - What can we learn from our favorite nursery rhymes?
Stories From Rainbows Edge - In depth questions for nursery rhymes, printable nursery rhyme puzzles, etc.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Online Reading Websites...

Some free Listen to Reading websites we use are:

Barnes & Noble Online Storytime
Read to Me
Storyline Online
RIF Reading Planet

These are great for rotation centers, for enrichment for K/1 or Special Needs students. They are easy to navigate and take little time from the teacher. 

I would recommend, however, that a "shortcut" for each link be created so the students can double click and go. 


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Top Ten List of Bullying Words

Kathie’s Top Ten List of Bullying Words.

THIS IS WHERE YOU START TEACHING PEOPLE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM ABOUT BULLYING because these are the keywords that I feel are important for our people with ASD to know. They are also words that are important for parents and all professionals to know and understand.

Kathie’s Top Ten Bullying Words

Bully• To threaten or scare a person with words or physical actions

Bystander• Someone who sees what is happening without taking part or action

Gossip• Telling things about another person that may 
or may not be true in a negative manner in order to spread lies

Harass• To continuously bother or upset another person with words or actions

Humiliate• Embarrass or make another person feel unworthy

Intimidate• To frighten or threaten a person to make them do what you want them to do

Name calling• To call a person unpleasant names that are degrading

Physical abuse• To bodily harm another person

Ridicule• To make fun of someone or laugh at them and make them feel stupid

Verbal abuse• To verbally harm another person by what is being said

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An Extensive Collection of Math Resources

Sometimes when you are looking at Tweets and following people on Facebook you stumble upon a website that you can put to use right away. One such site that I found today is

This site provides an extensive collection of free resources, math games, and hands-on math activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Their math printables are suitable for use in math centers, small group or whole class settings. Instructions for each activity are presented in large print on a task card in child-friendly language to enable students to work on tasks independently after a brief introduction to the task.

I found several for my exceptional education students whereby we can improve their numeracy skills, their counting, and general overall learning of math. Please check them out and leave a thank you in their comments section, too. After all one does like to see how far information can travel in the digital realm.


Education Blogs for Parents

On Sunday, August 5, 2012 Katie Lepi posted a list at of the "25 Education Blogs Perfect for Parents (and Just about anyone else)."   I found these to be of great help and have recommended some of them to parents with or without children in schools.  They are all written well and serve as resources for parents (and just about anyone else).   Check out her listing:
25 Education Blogs Perfect For Parents (And Just About Anyone Else)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Differentiated Teaching on a budget has a great set of resources on Differentiated Teaching strategies and resources.  The website is part of the George  Lucas Educational Foundation and offers videos, articles, blog posts, and practical ways to use differentiated teaching on a low budget.

Check it out HERE.


Common Core Resources for Math & ELA

Justin Tarte is a passionate educator with a love of learning and technology. He is the Director of Curriculum & Support Services in the Union R-XI School District in Union, Missouri. 

He is someone that I follow on Twitter and his blog has great resources for teachers and administrators. 

His recent posting on Common Core Resources for Math & ELA is a great place for teachers who are trying wrap their arms around the CCSS.

Be sure to check out and subscribe to his blog, as well as, read other postings by Dr. Tarte on Common Core standards. Don't miss the great posts on leadership either.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Bedtime Math is awesome!!

Wow! A great way to help our kids get better at math... check it out:

Bedtime Math is the brainchild of Laura Bilodeau Overdeck. Laura has no professional training in teaching, but she does know something about numbers. As a kid she sat and memorized perfect squares for fun, back before it was cool. As a mom, she (along with her husband John) started giving math problems to their two older kids; when their 2-year-old started hollering for his own math problem, they knew they were onto something, and Bedtime Math was born.

This is a great way to help them with the new common core state standards of math in a deeper level.