Counting, Numbers, and Paint Chips! Oh! My!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wow!  The week did fly. That first week back after a long break is always so hard. I had big plans this week for working on a few more TPT products, but boy, that didn’t seem to happen. This week doesn’t look much more promising either. I have 2 trainings in one week, I may be getting another student, and I have an IEP & an ETR to write! For those of you who may have stumbled onto my blog and have no clue what those things are let me clue you in.  IEP stands for individualized education plan and ETR stands for evaluation team report. Phew. And to explain what they actually are is another post. If you can’t get through your night without knowing. Well, I suggest you should Google it! 

 I digress. So here’s the stuff you probably actually want to know.

If you know me, well I am a fan of free things, The Dollar Tree, and the dollar section at Target. There are just so many neat / cheap things that I can get for my room to help my kiddoes learn. So anytime I can get something cheap or free I am there. Especially since the Education service center where I work is under some tight budget constraints as of late.

 I picked up paint chips at Home Depot. I hate taking things for free. I know they are free, I just feel weird about taking them, knowing that I am not actually going to buy any paint. I tell myself that when I have a home of my own, I will actually go back and buy paint from them though. That makes me feel a teensy bit better.

I have a few students struggling with counting by 5’s. Counting to 100 by 1’s seemed to go relatively smooth for them, but for some reason, the 5’s were a bit trickier.

I caught some inspiration on pinterest where I saw a teacher do this, but with letters. SO I grabbed the paint chips wrote with my lovely sharpies numbers by 5’s. Then we practiced. Each paint chip he had to say the number before he jumped on it. My goal is to slowly remove the numbers so he has to think about it before he jumps, knowing that a number is missing. So far we had 5 and 10 before. After using them just 2 times, he can already go to 35! I’m excited. We are going to continue to use them and see just how well he can do. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Happy Blogging!

In Learning & Laughter, 


  1. I love this idea - it makes it fun. I have a student working on counting by 5s too. I might try this with her.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! I'm a new follower and am adding your button to my blog too!

    Brie @ Breezy Special Ed

  2. I've totally done this before with sight words. Years ago I saw an idea to "walk" the sight words. You buy "feet" at the school supply store or if you have a die cut at your school cut them out and the kids 'walk' the words. This past week we've done some upgrading in our kitchen. It required 3 or 4 trips to Home Depot. Every time I went I grabbed paint samples. They don't care!
    Thanks for reminding me of this activity.

  3. Hi there! I found your blog through The 3AM Teacher's Friday link up! I am always excited to find another special education blogger! I also am a special education teacher and love blogging. I have a page on my blog dedicated to special ed. bloggers. I added your button to that list! Here is the link
    Looks like you are off to a good start. Your idea with the paint chips is cute! I love free stuff and the Dollar Tree too!

    Mrs. H's Resource Room

    1. Thanks! That is so sweet of you! I appreciate all the exposure.


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