Spring and Some Other Stuff

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I love spring. Nuff said.
Well maybe not, I love winter, too & summer and fall. I like seasons that’s why I’m chilling in the big OH-IO. haha.
But, Spring. Being able to see trees turning green, flowers blooming, and butterflies growing this time of year is my favorite.

Butterflies. Oh yes. I bet you were all on the edge of your seats wondering how well my class’ caterpillars have faired, I mean after all, one did get thrown.
Well I am happy to report that they did not get thrown this week. Score. That’s a win in my book people, deal.
& I’m pretty sure they are still alive. Well, I mean the did decide to turn upside down and make a cocoon, so it’s not like they are moving much anymore, but I’m pretty sure they are still alive. Only time will tell.

Well, I have some pictures of their transformation.

I wish I could share with you the reactions that I received from my student’s when they saw what was happening. It was priceless. They were all very excited.

So excited in fact, I have kids, begging me, I repeat, begging me to stay in the class and not go to the inclusion times. I tell them we will wait until they get back to talk about anything and that is the only way that they are able leave the room.

Never thought these lessons would be such a hit.


Since this is Autism Awareness month, I made a reader and a lesson plan companion for general education teachers.

You can find it here. Yes. It’s Free.

You may have already heard about it. I’m not sure. I’ve gotten a good response so far. I have to give a shout out to The 3am Teacher, Michelle. I contacted her a week or so ago and asked her if she was able to make some Autism Awareness Clip Art. She graciously accepted my request and a week later, voila. She posted A HUGE 4 Piece Set. It’s pretty amazing. So if you are looking for anyone to make you clip art, check her out. She is a sweetheart to boot!

Also, I was excited this week as I was a first time guest blogger!
It was so exciting Check it out HERE>
And A big shout out to Christine Reeves from Autism Classroom News for actually letting me do it.

Here’s a funny for you.
A few weeks ago we got out class pictures taken and our Spring pictures taken along with them. Well Yesterday these beauties show up in my school mailbox. 
EEeek! What am I supposed to do with these babies?
There’s like 32 of them or something. I plan to file them in a box in my basement somewhere I think, Although my sister is wanting one so she can use it as blackmail at a later point I’m sure.

Well, I hope you are having a good week. Or Weekend.

Let the count down begin.
28 Days Left. =

Caterpillars & Butterflies. Oh! My!

Friday, April 12, 2013

I love spring! It’s a fact. Every year I take my student’s to the Zoo. We are lucky enough to be with in a 45-minute trip to the wonderful Columbus Zoo. They have school rates so it is a way for my students to be able to enjoy the zoo and see all sorts of exotic animals when they normally would not get that chance.
It is usually the big capper to my animals unit. They have loved it.

This year, due to budget restrictions, we weren’t allowed to rent a school bus to take us. I was quite bummed.
After racking my brain for a while I decided that I could still do it, and instead of taking them to the zoo, I would bring a little bit of the zoo to them. Well, the insect part, at least. If you know me, you know I am NOT a fan of creepy crawlies, anything icky sticky, or wonderfully weird, UNLESS it is kept far away in a cage, or some other sort of contraption, which lets it not get to me. Especially Birds. I dislike them. I refuse to go into the open bird sanctuary at the Zoo. I’m terrified. For Real. But enough about that
So I stopped by the Franklin Park Conservatory and purchased two caterpillars. You can buy them online too. They are just cheaper to find them at a local conservatory. (Don’t have to pay for shipping)
So any who, I bought two. I figured that way we would have a 50/50 chance of at least one of the making in to be a butterfly.
I have pictures to share of Course!

(Side Note: Don't judge me and my messy desk. I said I like being organized, not that I am actually organized!)

I’m happy to say they are still both alive a week later. They are there little caterpillar selves. One of them even survived being thrown. (Yes. He was thrown. Not by me. By a student. We occasionally have behaviors, and well if you are going to have students complete a caterpillar observation journal when they HATE fine motor work, well, you may have a few behaviors now and then.) We try not to harm them. We’ve learned how to handle the vials that they come in, so here’s hoping that on Monday they have changed into a chrysalis. Fingers Crossed. =

Here is a link to my TPT Packet on Butterflies.
Look at it! It’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself.

But here is a sample for free. This is recommended by Occupational Therapists for students who need help with letter writing. I hope you check it out!

Have a Happy Spring Weekend! 

Ready for Spring!

Friday, April 5, 2013

So this will be short and sweet because it is BE-A-you-TIFUL weather outside, and well I am going to go enjoy it while I can. This is Ohio people, so I’m just hoping it isn’t 30 again tomorrow. =

Here is my Freebie.  It's very Spring-like! Enjoy it. I hope you find it useful.

I hope it’s warm and sunny where you are.

I, myself, am ready for summer. I need the sand between my toes and a drink in my hands.

Love & Learning, 
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