Sunday, November 24, 2013

Creating Booklets On Your MAC

Ever wonder how to create a booklet on your MAC?  I've been creating booklets for my students and it's been a 'BIG HIT'!    Here is a tutorial that can help you create booklets for your students.  If you're a MAC lover like I am, this video tutorial may be very helpful.

Enjoy!   :)


Friday, November 22, 2013

Freebie Friday!

Here's an activity that may help your kiddos formulate and write sentences.  Click the link!

Writing and formulating sentences

Also, soon I will be hosting a linky party!  Stay tuned..



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Being Compassionate

I need a little compassion in my life.  Lately, not sure why, I've experienced some very disappointing encounters with people.  The lack of empathy and compassion demonstrated have left me astonished.  It seems more prevalent today, to abstain from showing kindness, understanding, patience and benevolence towards people.  I consider how this will effect the behavior of our children.   As adults, if we lack the skill to put ourselves in another person's place/situation, we will not be able to teach and expect our children to demonstrate empathy towards others.

This experience has really made me think.  How can I teach children the concept of having compassion and empathy?

  My pathway to this journey may take a while, but I've started with a very simple graphic organizer.  I thought about various terms to use during teaching this concept, and narrowed it down to four terms that young children can grasp quickly.

Four terms to describe compassion

1) kindness

2) patience

3) understanding

4) helpful

As educators/clinicians, we have a unique opportunity to teach skills which may be lagging.  My hope is that we can all be responsible enough to begin to teach important character traits that are necessary to sustain intimate relationships and friendships.  At least, I can turn a dismal experience into a lesson to enrich the lives of children.

Click on the link to access the activity.

I hope you all can use this in your classrooms or therapeutic settings.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Grandma Loves a Taste of Synonyms

It's Finally Here!

Looking to work on synonyms during Thanksgiving? This packet will help you to work on this skill with your students. The packet is themed around a Grandmother whom is preparing a Thanksgiving feast. Your students help Grandma choose the best words to use for her menu. In the end, your students will write the menu using the words they have learned.

The packet includes: 
Grandma's Dessert- Choose the synonyms that describes a sweet pie.
Write a sentence that describes Grandma's pie.
Tasty Turkey- Choose synonyms for the word tasty. Add wings on the turkey.
Squish Squash- Take a survey and find out who enjoys eating squishy squash. Answer questions using survey results.
Graphic Organizer and Chart
Describe the Delicious Turkey
Choose the Synonym-Read the sentences and choose a synonym for the indicated word.
Write the Menu- A template is provided for students to create a Thanksgiving Menu.

It's all in black and white so your students can be creative and use their artistic skills!

I also have a freebie available as a preview. (Booklet format)


Friday, November 8, 2013

Grandma Loves Synonyms!

Greetings Everyone!

Today I'm sharing a preview of a Thanksgiving packet that I'll be posting on TpT very soon.  The theme is Thanksgiving and the skill to address are SYNONYMS.  If you are in search for a fun way to teach or reinforce this concept, take a look at my TpT store next week for the full packet.  In the meantime, follow the link for a preview/freebie of one of the activities this product has to offer.

Grandma Loves Synonyms Freebie



Monday, November 4, 2013

Honoring our Veterans

Veteran's day is near and dear to my heart.  My dad served in the Vietnam War and was also part of the national guard after the war.  He continued honoring his country most of his life.  I remember many weekends and summers that my dad would go to serve and protect our country, the United States of America. 
He was so very proud to be part of the US Military and took his role, of course, very seriously.  I learned to honor, and love this country because of my father.  He was and still is the epitome of what God, family and country represents.  My dad still honors this country.  Every Veteran's Day and Memorial Day, he flies the American Flag in front of his house with great pride and joy.  Others from his neighborhood took note and began to honor veteran's in the same format.  If you walk down his block, you'll see many flags displayed in front of homes.
I would like to take some time to honor all our veteran's both living and dead.  I cannot demonstrate all the appreciation and gratitude I have for all who have served our country.  I can however, do what I do best and create an activity, so the next generation can understand how important our military personnel are to this country.
I created a small booklet about Veteran's Day.  It's very simple and to the point.  If you will like to use it for your students or children, please feel free to download the booklet.  Just click on the link.
On November 11th, remember to say thank you to a veteran.  They deserve it!
Enjoy the activity!