SO happy – it’s beautiful out, I have coffee, and tomorrow is Labor Day! I also “have” to go to Target, which ALWAYS makes me happy.
Yesterday, I debuted a new series of posts called
Today I want to share another series I’m referring to as
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What’s with all the new themes?
My new caseload! This year is going to be
One. Long. Professional.Development
I’m not kidding…it’s like “starting from scratch” all over again, which is both exhilarating and exhausting. We just wrapped up our 3rd week and I’m not joking when I look back and think “It feels like I’ve been working months already” and then in the next minute, I panic “we only have 165 days left to accomplish ALL of this?!?”
It’s going to be a wild, awesome ride!
After the very first day with my new students, I created this pinboard. I’m working with students who have strong sensory stimulation needs, like loud noise, different textures, smells, etc. By the way, I’m also working with students who are overly stimulated easily and dislike loud noises.
I welcome any ideas 🙂
While I’m definitely creating new sensory supports, like these, I’m also looking at items I’ve already created and/or purchased with “a new lens” to see how I can turn them into a sensory-stimulating experience. This week, I incorporated clothespin tasks, spinners (paper clip/pencil), auditory (youtube phonics clips and read-alouds), and magnetic wand/chips.
Here’s a couple TPT Treasures I used this past week:
I’ve really enjoyed using this spinner activity from
The spinners are bright and colorful featuring 5 themed pictures to use for discussion (i.e.: asking the “wh” questions). My printer became possessed and cut off the border of every single page! No worries though, I ended up cutting out each spinner and writing the discussion questions on the back before laminating:
I apologize for the above picture being upside down! Two thumbs up for this product – my students LOVED everything about these spinners. It makes me shake my head a bit though. In previous years, I’ve avoided any spinners because they were SO distracting for my students. This year, everything is being flipped around.
I’m also incorporating magnetic wands/chips (sorry, no picture – the materials are at school) to use with Cara Carroll’s
I’m thankful because there are TONS of these cards in the packet. This lends itself to modeling, guided practice, and then having plenty of additional cards for independent practice 🙂
These circles are the perfect size for those red/yellow chips.
However, those are also apparently tasty, as well 🙁
See what I’m learning this year?!?
MOST important lesson: it’s better to be one step ahead and PROVIDE the sensory experience, before my students seek it themselves! I hope my true excitement is coming through this post though…I’m blessed to be working with such awesome firsties!
This post is most definitely random enough to qualify for Fabulous in First’s Sunday Smoragsbord
And trending on the random theme…I also linked another post this morning with Simply Centers. Please check it out – it has tons of math freebies & ideas!
Enjoy your weekend!