Hey there friends, I am excited to share with you some books and activities for autism awareness month and resources for teaching special needs acceptance in the classroom, but first a quick pause for a happy, sappy story… I had one of the best days ever a week ago.My oldest son Mason is autistic and has had his share of success and struggles over the years. This year he started playing the saxophone and it has been a huge comfort to him. He is also incredibly good at it. So... On Friday as I pulled up for car pick up, I heard a 🎷 saxophone in the distance. I drove up and Mason was … [Read more...] about Activities for Autism Awareness Month & Teaching Special Needs Acceptance
Hey there friends, If you’ve been counting down to the Final Four then you know that this was a huge weekend for basketball. I was even able to watch a few games myself over the last couple of weeks! (crazy for me because I rarely sit-down ha!) But even if you aren’t that into sports, watching these athletes work so hard, the emotions, the pep band, the supportive fans, it is all so amazing to watch. So, with March Madness in mind, I created a week all about basketball, growth mindset, and the impact these athletes have had on their greater community. I have spent a lot of time immersed … [Read more...] about Pass, Shoot, Score! Basketball Nonfiction Readers and a Free Text Feature Scavenger Hunt
Hey there friends, I hope you’re having a great week. Here at my house, we are getting excited about some consistent sunshine. You’re probably saying, “Man she mentions being excited about the sun a lot.” Yeah, I sure do, but I live in Washington state and we have 7 seasons here… Fall, Winter, Gray, Spring Teaser, Spring, and Summer. I’m not quite to the “angry at the gray rainy weather stage” yet, but it’s a fine line I’m walking. Ha! So with the sunshine in mind, I made sure to bring some light-hearted, happy, yet engaging texts into my guided reading comprehension and writing … [Read more...] about 5 Reading Comprehension Activities for Context Clues
Hey there friends, Here in Washington state, our Spring break isn’t until April and we can hardly wait for some consistent sunny weather! With Spring in the air, the excitement for Earth Day is building so I thought I would talk to you about some of the activities I have done with my students and my own kids over the years plus share some fun virtual Earth Day activities, too. Earth Day is a fun holiday in our house because my kids have always loved taking care of the Earth and I love that compassionate side of them. Mason, my oldest, vowed at an early age that when he grew up, he would … [Read more...] about Virtual Earth Day Activities, Earth Day Read Alouds, & More!