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 


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Welsh Tasting!

So, it's no secret that my favourite part about St. David's Day is having some delicious homemade welsh cakes. But we also do a lot of different cooking during St David's Day and get the children to taste lots of different Welsh foods.


This time we cooked some lava bread and cockles. Some of the children would touch and smell them, but some of our bravest children even gave a go at tasting them!

Nikki 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Crazy Welsh Hats


Check out some of our crazy Welsh hats for our St. David's Day party! We always have a crazy hat competition during our St. David's parties. It's a great way to get students creative and another way for us to celebrate St. David's Day.

Nikki 



Monday, 27 February 2017

St. David's Day Card

St. David's Day is coming up on the 1st March here in Wales and we have been so excited in class getting ready to celebrate.

Today we made this craft;



St. David's Day is a huge celebration here in Wales and we devote a lot of time to learning about it in our class. These cards were easy to make and look great when finished.

Staff cut out the shape of the dragon and fire and the grass.
Students folded an A4 piece of white card in half, then stuck down the green grass on top. The dragon and fire got stuck down next.

Then, students dipped their fingers into white paint and dotted them on the green grass. On they were dry, staff added some heads and feet to the white dots to make them into sheep. To finish it off the students stuck the 'Happy St. David's Day!' banner on top.

Have you been making any fun crafts for St. David's Day?
Nikki 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

St David's Day: Daffodil Fingerprints

For St. David's Day we have been doing lots of fun Welsh crafts to celebrate. This week we made these adorable daffodil fingerprint paintings.


First, we mixed some water with green paint and painted the page so it and this water effect. Then we left it to dry.

Once it was dry, we used some yellow and orange paints, we dipped our fingers into it then placed them down to make daffodil shapes. Again, we left it to dry.

Once dry, we aded small enters for each of the daffodils, drew some stems and then backed it onto yellow card to create the finished piece!

Nikki 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Birthday Giveaway: 4 x $100 TpT Gift Cards!

So, my birthday is coming up and I've been trying to think of a fun way to celebrate not just my birthday, but also to celebrate my wonderful teaching friends all around the World who are constantly supporting me on my 'Teaching Autism' journey.

It didn't take me long to realise that I wanted to be able to offer out some TpT gift cards for teachers to use to buy some great resources for their classrooms! So, I decided to invite some TpT friends to tag along for the ride and this is where I give you my huge celebration giveaway...

There are going to be FOUR winners...

and..

they are going to win $100 TpT Gift Cards EACH

That's right folks, there are 4 $100 TpT Gift Cards up for grabs in this giveaway. Now, there are 4 rafflecopter giveaways included in this blog post. Make sure you complete ALL the actions on each of the 4 rafflecopters to gain your entries.

The giveaway only runs for a few days, once it's over I'll draw each of the winners, contact you and then send you your gift cards so you can start shopping on TpT!

As always, thank you for supporting me in my Teaching Autism journey/dream - yes, it's pretty much a dream come true. Now, my one wish when I blow my candles out this year, is going to be to spend a little more time working on this blog, sharing the fun that we have in class and some great resources too.

Thanks for stopping by - and good luck! 
(Scroll down for the giveaways - remember to enter all 4!)

Nikki 





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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Visit to the Beach

This month we went on a trip to the beach, we had a lot of fun, checking out the rock pools, looking at different types of shells and then the children collected some seaweed and stones for us to use in our art therapy sessions back in class.

We used the seaweed when we were painting portraits of ourselves. We first painted our portraits, then dipped the seaweed into paint, and dabbed the seaweed onto the paper to make a hair like effect for our hair.

Then, for our stones, we made little rock people.

First, we painted the rocks and. When they dried, we added some eyes and mouths. Once dry again we added a layer of PVA glue to secure it all together and to give it a shiny finish!

Check out our rock people below.






Nikki 


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Chocolate Bananas

We have been trying to taste different fruits in class, so this week we decided to try and jazz up some bananas to make them more appealing to our children. They had so much fun cutting the bananas, melting the chocolate and then decorating the bananas and making them into popsicles!

They were a great way to encourage the students to work independently during the cookery session and to encourage them to taste something new.


Nikki 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Valentine's Card

We have been busy making Valentine Cards today. Do you like them?


First, we folded a piece of A3 card in half, then we watered down some pink paint and used it to make a water effect and painted all over the card and left it to dry.

Then, we got an a4 piece of white card and put it into a work tray. We squirted different colour paints (red, purple, pink, yellow) into the work tray and then used a golf ball to roll through the paints and around the a4 piece of card. Once the card was full we left it to try.

When the a4 piece of card was dry we cut it out into the shape of a heart and added some heart sequins. Then we stuck this onto the front the folded card. Added some messages inside and on the outside and they were done!

They were so easy to make, the kids had a blast and they look great!

Nikki 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

TpT Seller Planner

Are you a seller on TpT? Do you struggle to stay organised and motivated throughout the School year on top of everything else you have going on? Then you seriously need to check out this totally awesome TpT planner (and I'm not just saying that because I made it - I can't live without it!)

So, I don't really know where to start with sharing this planner with you because it includes so much, so I'm just going to try and give you a brief outline of what it includes and how you can use it to improve your TpT life.


This planner will include LIFETIME UPDATES meaning that constant dates will be updated over the years and any additional updates for the planner will be included. Plus, if there's something that you think should be included or other sellers will benefit from, just ask me and I'll try my best to add it for you!

This planner includes the following:
♦ Covers
** 8 different options

♦ Divider cover pages - 12 different styles & editable versions in Powerpoint and Keynote - you can add/edit text - you can not extract images.
** Blog
** Brainstorming
** Calendar
** Conferences/Courses
** Goals/Milestones
** Income and Expenses
** Holidays/Seasonal
** Information
** Notes
** Products
** Promotions/Giveaways
** Social Media
** Stats
** Tips & Tricks
** To Do Lists

♦ Lost and found contact details
♦ Account details
♦ Handy websites
♦ Product description codes
♦ Links
♦ TpT buddies
♦ Goals
** Shoot for Gold - draw/write 3 goals
** Social - facebook, bloglovin', instagram and TpT
** Social - blank

♦ Daily, weekly and monthly tracking/recording
♦ Year calendars 2017-2020
♦ 2017 calendar pages with social media tracking, monthly overviews
♦ 2018 calendar pages with social media tracking, monthly overviews
♦ To do list
♦ Notes and Ideas - 2 x diff. notes pages, 1 x notes and ideas page
♦ Course & Conference Notes - 2 x diff. course notes, 2 x diff. conference notes
♦ My products
♦ Clipart purchases
♦ My licenses - 2 x diff. types
♦ Product ideas- 4 x diff. types
♦ Product updates - 4 x diff. types
♦ Product upload checklists - pre and post upload
♦ Donations list
♦ Promotion tracker
♦ Site wide sale information
♦ Giveaway information
♦ Giveaway set up information
♦ Blog ideas
♦ Blog linkies
♦ Pinterest tracker - 3 diff. types
♦ Brainstorming girl option
♦ Brainstorming boy option
♦ Product requests - 2 diff. types
♦ Newsletter submission tracking
♦ Product statistics
♦ Social media statistics - 2 diff. types
♦ Followers statistics - 2 diff. types
♦ My earnings tracking - 6 diff. types
♦ Incomes and expenses
♦ Sketch it out
♦ TpT milestone fun
♦ Blog milestone fun
♦ Fun milestone template
♦ 2017 holidays
♦ Tips/Advice - TpT, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Tailwind, Blogging
♦ Sight Word lists - pre primer to third
♦ Back page - TpT Now, Cha-Ching Later


These pages are a great way to brainstorm your ideas, keeping all your creativity in one place and a great way to pull product ideas/blog ideas etc. 


These pages are a great way for you to plan out your months. There's also mini social media boxes on the bottom of each day so that you can keep track of what you have done/scheduled. 



Keeping track of your goals is really important, and this social goals page is a great way for you to put all your school goals in one place. 


One of the best parts about TpT for me is to be able to collaborate with other TpTers, but let's face it. When you're put on the spot and trying to find some TpT buddies it can be hard trying to think of them all of the top of your head, I've been using this page to write down my fave TpT buddies, great for when I'm putting together giveaways and opportunities to collaborate etc.


I LOVE having somewhere to note down my ideas or any little notes that I may pick up on advice or courses that may be of help etc. These pages are a great way for me to keep track of them. 


So, if you're anything like me you get lots of product ideas, write them down quickly then when it comes to making them you can't properly remember what your ideas were for that product. These individual product pages are great ways for you to note down all your plans/ideas for the product and also a great box for you to record if you need anything - clipart to be bought etc.


This checklist is a great way for you to double check everything before you upload your resource to TpT. It's so easy to get caught up in the excitement of uploading something new that it can be hard to remember everything.


Have you ever taken part in a giveaway/promotion but had a few things going on over the course of that week and totally forgotten the details? Well, worry no longer! This page is a great way for you to keep track of all the details when you sign up for the giveaway/promotion!


Or maybe you host your own giveaways. There's a page for that too! Great to be able to keep track of all the ideas that you have for the giveaway/promotion in one place.


Taking part in site wide sales is all part of the fun with TpT - but do you record the info and look back on your stats? It's so wonderful to be able to look back and check out how your store has grown/progressed through the different sales.


This is an example of one type of the divider cover pages. I use these to separate the different parts of my planner so I can keep track of where everything is kept.


Pinterest is a HUGE part of my promotion - and many other TpT sellers too. But it can be hard to keep track of so many different thing, but since I've been using these Pinterest tracker pages I've been able to work more on my Pinterest strategies and start to see the progress.


This monthly snapshot is probably the most motivating page in the whole planner for me. I printed out 12 - 1 for each month and spent a bit of time filling in from previous years sale records. Now each month I fill it in with any information, followers, sales etc. It is so much fun to be able to see the progress that my store is making and definitely keeps me more motivated!


This page is a GOD SEND for when I want to jazz up my descriptions, it's so easy now for me to just flip to this page in my planner when doing the descriptions.





If you're anything like me, organising by days, weeks and months can be so much more motivating and helps me to get a lot more done. I like to be able to map out what my days/weeks/months are going to look like and what I can work through.


That's all I'm going to share today. I hope this blog post has been able to give you an insight into what my TpT planner includes and how it can help you stay organised and keep motivated.

If you want any more information check it out here. Or, have you considered becoming a TpT seller? Just click here and be re-directed to find out more information. Referral link included.

Nikki 
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