Friday, 11 August 2017

Do you want to be a WINNER?



Fancy winning some extra spending money to help you purchase everything you need for your 2017-18 classroom? Myself and a team of amazing teachers have grouped together to gift TWO awesome teachers with a TPT or AMAZON gift cards. 

The prizes can be seen in the image above - $250 TpT gift card and $250 Amazon gift card! To enter, just complete the rafflecopter below.

Good luck!
Nikki 
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Monday, 24 July 2017

Classroom Management with Table Cloths

In our classroom it's really important to provide consistency for our students, but also to help them follow the daily routine and to know what to expect, so transition can be quite tricky, especially from different activities.



This is where we introduced our 'table cloth' idea. So, basically we have a different themed table cloth for every activity within our classroom. After a few days/weeks the children soon begin to recognise what the different table cloths mean - and their favourites are always party, cooking or snack! 

These table cloths are also great for keeping tables clean and they last us the whole year - sometimes longer. They are PVC thick material, so although a little pricey to start the year with when you're buying multiple different ones, they wipe clean and will last you a long time. Our birthday one is about 3 years old now - it's only used a few times through the year, wiped clean then put away so it's definitely been worth the cost!

So, to give you an idea of the different table clothes we use, I've attached some images below. See if you can try to guess what the different table cloths are used for.

This is for art - and it's perfect for the activity. Plus, because it's covered in paint splatters, if paint does get on it that you can't get off, it blends in anyway!

Maths - granted it's more of a snakes and ladder game, but it's covered in numbers and colours, perfect for our math activities. 

The FAVOURITE - this one always gets the kids excited when it's pulled out - and it's the party one! It's pulled out for birthdays and special occasions.

Snack time! This is used for our morning and afternoon snack sessions and ties in with our promoting of healthy eating.

Cookery.

Literacy.

Free choice activities.

iPad work.


So you kind of get the idea of the different types of table cloth that we use to try to relate to the activities. And if there's one tip I can give you for going into your Spec Ed classroom this year - it's to use these table cloths! 

We get all our table mats from Dunelm however you can probably get similar ones in any local fabric/craft store to you or even online.

Nikki 



Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Teaching Life Skills

Teaching life skills can be a hard task in any setting - whether it be in a classroom in School or at home. Plus you might not always have access to the life skills that you want to teach, and this is where we hit the same brick wall. Sure, we try to take our students to places like shops and cafes whenever possible to encourage them to use money and learn how to purchase items but this isn't always possible. This is when I decided that I needed to come up with an interactive resource that would help students work on a range of different life skills and after spending many hours working away, figuring out how to make these life skills work in a book, i'm pleased to say the book is a resounding success. The children have so much fun working on the activities in this book and we can already see progress being made, especially in the understanding and knowledge of what they need to do in different situations. 



The book works on a huge range of life skills, just look at the pictures below or watch the video to see the book in action!





















So many different skills are practised in this work book, and these are just some of what's included! Plus, because I know some of my followers are from different countries around the World I've included a variety of different coins/currencies etc. to suit different countries!

You can find out more about this life skills binder here.


See what other professionals have said about this resource;

* Putting these interactive binders together now for September. It's so great to find products that can be used independently by my primary grades students with moderate-severe disabilities.

* so excited to incorporate into my life skills activities!

* Great resource!!!

* Love it! Thanks!

* Great stuff! Thank you.

So, join in the fun and have your students working on their life skills in a whole new way! Find it here, or if you prefer to shop on TES, find it here.


Monday, 8 May 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week: Win a $25 TpT Gift Card

So, for Teacher Appreciation week, I'm not just giving you the chance to win 1 gift card but 2 gift cards! Below you will find my 2nd giveaway for a TpT gift card - this one for $25! Don't forget to enter on the previous blog post for the chance to win a $100 TpT gift card too!


Nikki 
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Mother's Day Baking

This coming weekend is Mother's Day in the US. Here in the UK, we've already celebrated it, so I wanted to share with you some of the goodies that we made in class with our students to take home for their mothers on Mother's Day.

Today, I'm going to share with you some of the lovely baking that we did and sent home - trust me, it was a huge hit with the mums!



We made some flower biscuits and some white chocolate hearts/butterflies then wrapped them all up into this adorable bag to take home and look more presentable. Just continue to read this blog post to find out how you can make what we did..


Flower Biscuits

What you will need;
  • 100g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • A couple of drops of vanilla essence
  • 175g plain flour
  • Icing sugar / pink icing
  • Pink food colouring
  • Hundreds and thousands
What you will need to do;
  1. Preheat your oven to 150C
  2. Mix butter and sugar together
  3. Add vanilla essence, mix together
  4. Add the flour, mix together
  5. Bind together then roll out to approx 5mm depth
  6. Use a flower cutter to cut out into flower shapes
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden 
Once cool, simply mix together some pink icing - or purchase pink icing - and decorate the top of the flower biscuits, then use some hundreds and thousands to decorate on top. Leave to set - either out or into the fridge.

Chocolate Hearts / Butterflies

What you will need;
  • Moulds - heart and butterfly shapes or whatever shapes you want
  • Hundreds and thousands 
  • White chocolate bars
What you will need to do;
  1. Sprinkle some hundreds and thousands into the moulds
  2. Melt the white chocolate and then pour into the moulds
  3. Leave in the fridge to set
Once the biscuits and chocolates are all set, add into a cellophane bag and you're all done!

Nikki 

Teacher Appreciation Week: Win a $100 TpT Gift Card

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to educators everywhere. Please know, that you have helped to touch lives every day throughout your career and we all appreciate how much each other works in this field.

So, to kick star Teacher Appreciation week we are giving away a $100 TpT gift card! Just enter below! Good luck! 

Nikki 


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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Mother's Day Handprint Mum Craft

With you guys over in the US, Mother's Day is fast approaching. So why not use this quick and fun handprint craft to send home to your students mum to celebrate Mother's Day this year. The handprints make them a little more personalised and you can use colours to personalise to the mum's as well!


What you will need;
  • Brown paint / coloured paint for hair
  • Skin colour paint - cream/brown etc.
  • Flower felts/stickers
  • Heart felts/stickers
  • Googly eyes
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pink card
  • White card
What you will need to do;
  1. Paint your students hands in two different colours; the hair is going to be the fingers and the face is going to be the palm of the hand. Place the handprint down onto a white piece of card and leave to dry.
  2. Once dry, cut out the handprint and then stick it down onto pink card.
  3. Stick on some googly eyes and the heart for the mouth. Use a marker to draw the nose and then add the flower onto the hair.
  4. Use a pen or print out a 'Happy Mother's Day' sign to put on the bottom.
  5. Finished!
Nikki 


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