Monday, October 22, 2012

The Little Old Lady who Was Not Afraid of Anything FREEBIE

Happy Monday, Everyone!

I'm back from a quick but fabulous trip to South Georgia where I got to spend time with my family, eat at my favorite home-town restaurants, enjoy good home-cooking by my mom and mother-in-love, shop, visit my old church, have a pumpkin-carving contest (my husband won!), and play soccer in the front yard with the kids! It was extremely fast-paced and I'm exhausted, but spending that time with my family was sooo worth it! Even though I'm yawning every 15 minutes, I'm at least mentally and emotionally rejuvenated after a fun-filled get-a-way!

Anyway, I LOVE teaching The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything during Halloween! It is a wonderful book for predicting, WH questions, vocabulary, Story Grammar Marker, feelings, sequencing, and just plain FUN! A few months ago, I joined LessonPix, an online resource for clipart images and templates, and I'm completely addicted! The price is great ($36 a year), the pictures are awesome, and my favorite part: if they don't have an image you need, just email them, and they'll make it for you! Bill over at LessonPix has given me permission to share this download with you! I created these vocabulary cards for the story, and my kiddos are LOVING them! It makes story retell and identifying the story elements much easier for struggling kiddos. You can print them, laminate them, and either use Velcro (my choice), or hot glue sticks to the back of them! If you haven't tried LessonPix yet, it's a MUST! Hope you enjoy the activity!


Here's an Amazon affiliate link for the book:

Have a fabulous day, and as always, thanks so much for your support!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween Language Packet Giveaway!

Hi Everyone!

I have a new download up on TPT! I recently grouped all of my Halloween products together into one money-saving Bundle! The target skills include: Halloween WH (&How) Questions, Halloween Story Starters, Halloween Antonyms, Halloween Synonyms, Halloween Costume Inferences, Halloween Pumpkin Pronouns, Halloween Sort & Stick Categories, Halloween-Themed Idioms, and Halloween Safety True or False!

I'm going to give away a chance to win this packet for free (a $17.50 value)! All you have to do is: 1) Follow my blog on Bloglovin if you aren't already, 2) Comment on the post about your favorite thing about Halloween! You can find this bundle on TPT by clicking on the picture above or the link below.  Hope you enjoy!

Good luck, and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Ghost Toast for the Letter "T!"

Happy Friday!

This week in Pre-K, the letter of the week is "T." In additon, we're working on learning The Five Senses, and of course, we're incorporating "Halloween" into everything possible! Today, we made Ghost Toast with Toasters! We let the students cut ghosts out of bread using cookie cutters, and then we put them in the toaster. They spread cream cheese on top and used mini chocolate chips for the eyes. For each thing we used, we talked about what senses they were using:

They could see the chocolate chips, toast, toaster, cookie cutters, cream cheese, and spreader

They could hear the chocolate chips when we shook the bag, the toaster as it popped up, and the knife scratching the toast as they spread the cream cheese

They could smell the chocolate chips, toast, and cream cheese

They could touch the chocolate chips, soft bread, squishy cream cheese, hard cookie cutter, and rough toast

And best of all, they could taste the sweet chocolate chips, cream cheese, and toast!

Have a WONDERFUL Weekend!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Donors Choose = Awesome!

Happy Tuesday! I'm currently at a CPI training, but took the hour long lunch break to do a little work! I wanted to take a quick break from the Halloween/Fall posts and let you know about a great opportunity for teachers/SLPs! If you haven't already heard, is an online grant opportunity for teachers. You can create projects for your class and request specific materials (books, headphones, rugs, etc.) that you need, and generous donors all over the country will give money to help you complete your projects. I started a project requesting over $600.00 worth of books over the summer, and a few weeks ago, I was notified that my project was fully funded! How excited was I to have a HUGE box full of books I specifically chose for different groups of children delivered to my school! DonorsChoose has also been featured on several big shows, such as Oprah. It is a wonderful way for teachers to get the materials they need, and for people to see exactly where their tax-deductible gifts are going...back to the children!

Have you requested any projects on DonorsChoose? Have you ever given to any DonorsChoose projects? If you haven't, I highly recommend doing both!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Halloween Booooks!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderfully relaxing weekend! Halloween is in full swing around here! I *adore* Halloween, so we're busy learning everything we can while incorporating Halloween fun into it all.  As you all know, I use books in most of my speech & language lessons. I thought I'd make you a list of Halloween Books I'm using this year, and see if any of you have other suggestions as well! I linked my book companions for some of them too!

1. H is for Haunted House-A Halloween Alphabet Book, by Tanya Lee Stone
2. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, by Linda Williams
3. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat, by Lucille Colandro
4. The Night Before Halloween, by Natasha Wing
5. Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
6. Ten Timid Ghosts, by: Jennifer O'Connell
7. From Seed to Pumpkin, by Wendy Pfeffer
8. Tucker's Spooky Halloween, by Leslie McGuirk
9. The Bones of Fred McFee, by Eve Bunting
10. Turkey Trick or Treat, by Wendi Silvano
11. Spiders, by Gail Gibbons
12. Big Pumpkin,  by Erica Silverman
13. Happy Halloween, Little Critter, by Mercer Mayer
14. What's In The Witch's Kitchen, by Nick Sharratt
15. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, by Steven Kroll

What are your favorite Halloween Books? I'd love to add new favorites to my collection!