Handprint Reindeer & Holiday Cheer!

I can’t believe there are 9 days until Christmas and only 3 days left with my babes at school!!!

Today we made these handprint reindeer. Cute right?? And my kiddos are finally embracing (read: tolerating) having paint put all over their fingers 🙂 First the turkeys, now this! What handprint art will be do next?!

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All I know is that these cuties will be going home to moms and dads on Friday & are just the things to really get me in the Christmas spirit! Run, run Rudolph!!

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Let it Snow!!!

We’re getting ready for winter at school and {wishful} thinking about snow!!

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My class made pretty snowflake art using lace doilies and glitter!! Then we wrote about what we would do on a snow day! {Again, wishful thinking for these middle Ga kids :)}

More wintery school ideas coming soon!

Gobble, Gobble!

It’s not Thanksgiving until your class make handprints turkeys 🙂

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How cute is that?! Each one of my kids made one, and they loved every minute of the messy fun! We also wrote journal entries (using picture cards, of course) to tell about what we are thankful for! Such a wonderful way to get ready for the holiday!

And the fun didn’t stop when I got home… more doodles! Please enjoy this free download of the “Gobble, Gobble!” print!!

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Veteran’s Day Activity for Special Education

I love holidays!

I also love allowing my babes to have access to learning about said holidays just like their peers. That’s really important to me. That my kiddos get to see, learn, and do the same things as their peers.

For those of you who may not know, I teach 4 beautiful children with severe intellectual disabilities. And they are perfect in every way. They may not speak or walk the way some children do, but they have so much love in their little hearts and they are the BEST at expressing that love. Yes, even without words.

So I try to give them the most exciting, engaging, and meaningful education possible while still meeting their physical and medical needs. That means that I hit all the same standards as my regular education colleagues. And when there aren’t materials readily available so that my kids can participate, I make them. I make a lot of materials.

Recently I’ve begun putting some of those things on Teachers Pay Teachers. My thought is this: If I can help just one special education teacher out there give their students some access to what their buddies in the general education classrooms are getting, I think I’ve done an okay job at being a special educator.

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So this week we’re learning all about veterans, Veteran’s Day, and how the U.S. armed forces serve and protect our country.

What an honor it is to teach.