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 


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Mother's Day Card: I love you to pieces

Here in the UK, we've already celebrated Mother's Day, but I thought I would share some of our Mother's Day crafts again for my US followers who are going to be celebrating soon. In our class, we love to make a fuss of our parents on Mother's Day and Father's Day so we get the kids to do lots of fun crafts and baking in the class to give to them. 




This 3 fold card is actually super easy to make and looks absolutely amazing - it looks even better in the flesh. These are actually super simple to make, so don't be put off.

What you will need;
  • Tissue paper in different colours ripped up into small pieces
  • Heart template
  • Felt pens
  • Large white card
What you need to do;
  1. Fold your white card into 3 pieces
  2. On the first page, stick some of the tissue paper pieces on and write 'mum'
  3. On the second page, stick some more of the tissue paper pieces on and write 'i love you'
  4. On the third and final page, stick down the heart template, then stick on some of the ripped tissue paper pieces. Then add 'to pieces' on the bottom.
  5. Finished
Nikki 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Ways to Cool Down on Hot School Days

Are you still in School when the days get hot? Does your classroom get even hotter than normal and get your students - and yourselves - all antsy and hot and bothered? Then check out these 10 ways that you can help cool everyone down..

10 ways to keep cool in the classroom

1) Paddling Pools


A lot of Schools aren't able to allow students to go into paddling pools and use swimwear but you can use paddling pools in lots of different ways. You can dip your feet in them, you can sit around the sides and just play with the water. The great thing about cool water is it's going to cool you down! 

  2) Water Pistol Fight!


So, in the Summer we always ask parents to send in some spare clothes and if they're happy for them to have some water play - they always are, especially when it means helping their children stay cool. Now, we tend to keep this activity as an after dinner one so we've done our work for the day and then it's relax time. We change them into their spare clothes, go out into the garden and give the students their own water pistol each, then have fun! You can either get them to shoot water at each other or at obstacles around the garden, at staff, at themselves etc. This is a free choice activity and just a way for them to cool down so you can encourage them to play as they wish - within means.

3) Water Bombs


Have you seen these bunch o bombs? Our kids had so much fun last summer filling them up and throwing them onto the floor and watching them burst! We put wellies on them so they could throw them to the floor and not worry about their shoes getting wet. It was a great way for the students to cool down.

4) Outside areas

If you have an outside space, invest in a pop up gazebo to provide some shade when outside. You can put a table of cool drinks, ice or water play under here to give students somewhere to go to cool down.

5) Cooling Mist Spray


This spray is one of our most important items during the hot, summer months. You can spray it onto your face to cool you down or on any body part - and onto students. When we mentioned this to the parents of the kiddos in our class, they all invested in some and sent it in with permission for us to put onto our kids, we always taught our kids how to apply it to themselves when they are really hot - it really helps cool them down quickly.

6) Make frozen lollies!


This is great for you to do together with your students. Just simply invest in some lollipop moulds, fill them with juices, water, chopped fruit, whatever you want then put them into the freezer and let them go hard. Once done, you can pull them out on hot days to help cool everyone down. 

7) Have lots of FLUIDS



The most important thing to do during the hot, summer days is having lots of fluids available. Make sure you take cool water drinks through the day, allow extra breaks for students to be able to grab a glass of water - encourage water over sodas and try to engage your students with working on dehydration and the importance of fluids.

8) Fans


If you are able to invest in some electrical fans and have them around the classroom - do it! Put them out of the reach of your students and if you can have more than one, dot them around the room to rotate around.

9) Blinds


If you have blinds in your classroom, try to keep these closed where possible - either around all of the room or most of the room, this avoids letting the sun into the room heating it up and also provides shaded areas for your students.

10) Ice Play


Use the summer months to learn about ice and the arctic. You can use this opportunity for lots of ice play in the classroom, especially in tough-spots where you can have ice all around for students to play with, this will help to create a cooling atmosphere.

I hope these tips help you to stay cool in the classroom! Do you struggle with a hot classroom/learning space? What tips/tricks have you picked up?

Nikki 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Pixie Dust Fortnight: Freebie!

Today as part of my pixie dust fortnight, I've put one of my paid resources to FREE! This is for today only so head on over quick to get it for free and remember to leave some feedback!


This resource contains 2 different types of Spring themed counting task cards; put a peg on the correct number or circle the correct number. 

22 different task cards in total ranging in numbers from 0-20. 

There are 4 task cards per page and come in color/colour and black/white option. 

There are instructions included on the front page of the document. I recommend cutting them out individually and then laminating them, this will make them stronger and longer lasting - meaning you can use them over and over again.


So, what are you waiting for? Check it out here.

Nikki 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

$1 Pixie Dust

There's not many more days left of my pixie dust fun.. so be sure to grab the deals while you see them! Today, I'm reducing my very popular conversation prompt task cards down to just $1! You'll never see them this low again!


This resource includes 104 different prompt cards to help and encourage students to make conversation.

Conversation is a hard skill for our students to master, especially when trying to start one. These prompt cards help to break the ice and encourage your students to feel more supported and confident when starting a conversation. A conversation helps to build relationships between students or even staff. It's also a great way for you to find out more about your students in class - especially if you have many shy students who usually struggle to keep a conversation flowing.

So, if you think this resource will be a big hit with your students - get it now when it's just $1! Check it out here.

Nikki 


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Pixie Dust Summer

Pixie Dust fortnight is almost coming to an end. I've had so much fun pixie dusting you all with some great resources i'll be sad to see it come to an end.

Today you can grab my Summer adapted / sentence building books pack reduced from $8 to $2!!



This pack includes 7 different sentence building / adapted books all related to Summer theme. All books come in b/w and col option but 2. The books come in different levels of sentence building to suit individual learners.

Check it out here.

Nikki 

Monday, 10 April 2017

TWO Pixie Dust Resources!

So, as you may know my pixie dust fortnight continues.. I'm doing this fun pixie dust fortnight as a one time event just because I'm having so much fun on my Disney holiday, I wanted to share some pixie dust love with all my teaching/professional friends around the World.

So, today is a little bit different because I'm pixie dusting you TWO fabulous resources! These are going to be reduced for TODAY ONLY so hurry and buy them quick while you've got time!

First up is my Sorting Categories Task Cards (a GROWING bundle!)


This resource is a growing bundle of different sorting categories task cards. A growing bundle means that more activities will be added to the bundle over time. 

This resource is a great way for students to work on their sorting and categorising skills. They are used with an Autism Classroom on a regular basis which have really helped to develop the children's understanding. As well as suiting an Autism Classroom, this resource would also benefit Spec Ed Classrooms and even Mainstream Classrooms.

This resource is currently worth over $60 and is going to be added to as I made more task cards over time. But today, you can grab it for just $5!!!

How can you refuse an offer like that?
Check it out here.

And second, we have my Community Helpers Activity Bundle.


Now, this activity bundle is packed full of amazing resources that you can use your community helpers unit. It has over 700 pages of resources and is worth over $40! There are a wide range of different activities included that will keep your students engaged, focused and eager to learn throughout your community helpers topic. And today only you can grab this great resource pack for just $2.50!!

This is an amazing deal and you won't want to miss it!
Check it out here.

I hope you're enjoying my pixie dust fortnight and grabbing yourself some great resources at amazing prices!

Nikki 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Pixie Dust Fortnight Continued...

So, are you all enjoying my pixie dust fortnight? Today is another special treat as I've reduced my GROWING bundle of SOCIAL STORIES to JUST $5!! 😱

But you'll have to hurry because it's for today only!


This bundle is constantly growing with more social stories being added over time. Purchase it today for just $5 and you'll get lifetime updates to all the new stories that get added!

Many students with autism are visual learners and like to learn through seeing something in action. These book come complete with matching and simple yet engaging graphics to help describe what is being said on the page.

So, what are you waiting for? Check it out here!

Nikki 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

2 Weeks of Surprises!

Hi all!
I'm currently away on vacation in Orlando and I am LOVING the heat! While I'm having fun at Disney I wanted to share some pixie dust magic with you al!!

So, over the next 2 weeks, keep an eye on my social media accounts - either here or my instagram @teachingautism - for some great deals. Who knows what could be offered? Bundles could be reduced crazy low, resources could be 1/2 price, some resources could even be made FREE!

Today, I'm kick starting the fun with my 



This bundle is currently valued at $62.10 and is PACKED full of great write the room activities that you can use year round. AND it's a growing bundle, so the more 'write the room' activities that I make they will all get added to this bundle - giving you free lifetime updates!

TODAY ONLY, you can grab this bundle for NOT $62.10, but $7.50!

But hurry, this deal is for today only!

Check it out here and remember to keep checking back on here and my social media accounts for more great deals over the next 2 weeks. 

Nikki 


Friday, 31 March 2017

Keep Calm; I'm Away on Vacation BUT I'll Be BACK SOON!




Hi guys,
Just a quick heads up to let you all know that I'm away on vacation from the 31st March until the 15th April. If you have any urgent queries, I will try to keep on top of these and keep an eye on my mail box, but please bare with me as my replies may be slower than usual.

Hope you all have a great Easter and Spring Break - it's well deserved, for sure!
See you soon,
Nikki 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Mother's Day Fun

This Sunday is Mother's Day here in the UK so we have been having lots of fun in class this week making some goodies to send home to our students mums. We always make a card, some crafts and bake some goodies for them, then put it all together in a big envelope/gift bag for the mums to have. 

The work is all done by the students too - so it makes it a lot more personal for the mums to receive them. 😊

MUM, I LOVE YOU TO PIECES card




We folded a large piece of card into 3 parts. The first part we decorated and had the students write 'mum' the second part we had them decorate again and write 'i love you' and the last part we had them use the pieces of ripped tissue paper to make a heart shape and added 'to pieces'



Next, we made some melted chocolate hearts/butterflies and some flower biscuits. We just made the biscuit dough, had the children use a flower cutter to cut out the biscuits, baked them, let them cool then decorated with some pink icing and decorations. For the chocolate hearts/butterflies we just used some heart and butterfly moulds, poured some hundreds and thousands into the moulds first, then melted some white chocolate and poured it into the moulds over the hundreds and thousands then put them into the fridge to harden. 

We wrapped them all up into this beautiful cone to make them more presentable.



Next, we used our hands. The children love having their hands painted and it definitely adds that personal touch. We painted their fingers the colour of the parents hair and their palms the skin colour. Then pushed the handprint down onto white card. Once it had dried, we cut out the handprints, stuck them onto pink card, deception with eyes, nose, mouth and a flower in the hair and added 'happy mothers day' on the bottom.



Being from Wales, sheep are pretty well known around here, so why not include them in our Mother's Day crafts? This adorable sheep is made from the children's fingerprints from white paint. Simply get the students to dip their fingers into white paint and put it into the shape of a sheep. Once the paint has dried, simply add all the pieces onto it to make it look like a sheep and add 'I love you maa' on the top.


And.. more handprints! This is on a canvas and is the most adorable gift. We painted the children's hands purple, then pressed them down onto white card. Once they had dried, we cut these out. We then got them to decorate a heart shape piece of card with glue and pink glitter. Once this had dried, we cut this out. Then we stuck them all onto the canvas and added some writing on to make this.

What do you do to celebrate Mother's Day?

Nikki 


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