July Currently

Oh goodness.. I'm AHEAD of schedule this month :) Dang I am proud of myself... maybe I deserve a margarita... hahaha! 

Here is my July Currently that I linked up with Oh' Boy 4th Grade!

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Our Long Road to School - Parent Perspective Guest Blog


My final guest blogger has shared her journey with us and opened up about the challenges she faced when finding the right placement for her son.  I hope this story reminds teachers that every child in your class has a parent(s) who's whole world is that child.  We must be sensitive to the parents wants and concerns for their children as they know their child best.  I am so excited to introduce this blogger mommy and the story she so willingly shared with us :)

It's reading stories like this that remind me that I should continue send those happy notes home to share with parents the mini milestones their child makes, the successes they encounter, and the work they produce.  Every text or phone call home to a parent must mean so much more to them than it does to me.  

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IEP Virgin- A Parent's Perspective Guest Blog

This next guest blogger is a new friend of mine from the Social Media World.  She is an advocate for both of her children with Autism.  She is an inspiration to those who read her story.  She needs no introduction, as her story will tell you itself.

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Dear Special Education Teacher- A Parents Perspective Guest Blog

I am excited to introduce my next guest blogger!  She has written a letter to special education teachers.  She is a special education teacher herself as well as a mom of a child with Autism.  She is an inspiring mom who shares her journey with her readers to help inspire those around her.

To Special Educators, I quote Kate's mommy, "Finally, and most important. If you do not LOVE your students. If you do not refer to them as , MY KIDS, then leave the profession. It is not for you."



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ASD Affects my Family Every Day- A Parent's Perspective Guest Blog



This guest blogger has become a great "friend" through the social media world.  She doesn't share this in her guest blog below, but from knowing her I can tell you she has gone to every length to advocate and provide for her son with Autism.  She researches strategies that can be implemented in her home to provide the structured environment her son needs.  She is up in the wee hours of the night networking, creating and producing supports for her son.  She is an inspiration, and I hope she can inspire all the new moms with children who are being diagnosed.
I quote this guest mommy, "My biggest hope is for acceptance and understanding of ASD from our community, peers and family"
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Life With Legos- A Parent's Perspective Guest Blog

This first guest blogger brought tears to my eyes when I first read her article.  This story shares the challenges a Mom faced when advocating for her son.  Her son was mistreated and the school shifted blame away from school personnel.  Nobody wanted to take responsibility for her son during school hours and the school's actions drove this mom to advocate for her son to find the right setting for her baby.  I am inspired and in awe of the fight this mom made for her son.

To all teachers out there, I quote this guest blogger mommy, "Be interested in them; love them for who they are and who they can become."  

Reading her life story (only the small part she shared with us) makes me want to go hug all 11 of my kiddo's and tell them I love them and to tell them how special they are to me.



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Kicking Off "A Parents Perspective- Guest Blog Week!"

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I wanted to take some time to thank families of children with Autism and Special Needs.  As a teacher, I could not do what I do if it were not for the families of my student's.  As a teacher, I work with students from 8-3... for parents its 24/7.  It's a on-going job with never ending rewards.

I am dedicating this week on my blog to guest bloggers.  I am so excited to share with you 5 different perspectives, 5 different families and 5 different stories.  Each day I will be showcasing a guest blogger and share with you their story.

I hope you find these stories inspiring, eye opening and honest.


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SUMMER!

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Please continue to check back for blog updates/posts! I can't get back into my classroom until August :( That totally sucks because I would love to spend more time getting things ready! Anywho, I have a ton of projects/pictures that I took throughout the year that I have not gotten able to share with you guys yet on my blog.  I also plan to share a lot of new products I will be creating over the summer!  Don't mind my hodge/podge of posts these next few weeks, I am going to take this summer to post all of the random thoughts/ideas/theories I have that I have not been able to squeeze in during the school year :) Thanks to all of you for being such great followers!
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Yesterday, we had our last day of school Student Award Ceremony! We invited parents to attend :)

(I had a 2nd grade buddy decorate our board for us!)
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"I Want to Listen To..."

Do you have music time in your class?  Music is my go-to when we finish something early and I have 5-10 minutes to kill.  Rather than just play music, I turn it into a communication activity.  To do this, I created a music/song book requesting system!

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Here is a last minute art project I put together... and I have to say it turned out great :)
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10 Pin Linky Party

I am joining the link party that Mrs. Ashley is hosting.  10 Favorite Pins from Pinterest about classroom decor.  The hardest part was limiting it to ONLY 10! Here are my 10 favorites... in no particular order :)

http://first-grade-garden.blogspot.com
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Monday Motivator! (a day early!)


Happy Father's Day!

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Spell Your Name- File Folder Activity

One of the most important skills I teach my kids is how to spell their name.  I created these cute file folders for each of my kids that were still learning their name.

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Magnetic Board!

I found this idea on Pinterest last summer.  I created my own version!!!!

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Copying Skills- OT

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Adapted Addition Flash Cards

Once my student's have mastered 1:1 correspondence and matching quantities to numerals, I being to introduce them to the concept of addition!


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Monday Motivator


My biggest pet peeve is when people say, "oh you must be so patient."  I am not just patient.  I am educated, smart, talented and caring.  This is what makes me a good teacher.  If patience was all I needed, I would fail.  There are many days I feel that what I really lack IS patience.

I honestly believe I am the person that I am today because of my student's.  They change me every day for the better.  They really do inspire me to work harder, be better and inspire more.  I love my kids and love going to work everyday.

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Adapting Graduation Ceremony for my Kiddo's!

I have two weeks until my 6th graders graduate and leave me :( I always get stressed during graduation because there are so many different factors I need to calculate.  My student's participate in the 6th Grade Graduation Ceremony which consists  of 150 other loud obnoxious students!

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Oh Darn!

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!! I let my student's play with my ipod and ipod dock during free time.  One of my student's changed the language! To japanese! I cannot figure out how to change the settings.  All I can do is laugh right now....


I want to hear some of your favorite stories of things your students have done or gotten into!  Share with me so I know I'm not the only one that gets stuck in these sticky situations...

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June Currently

I am linking up with Oh' Boy 4th grade for the June Currently linky party! Here we go....

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Peek-A-Boo, Where is the Graduate?

I know I'm a little late... but my school year goes late! I still have two more weeks left until summer!  I wanted to share with you my Adapted Book for the month of June! Since I teach 6th graders that will graduate to middle school, we talk about graduation for the whole month of June.

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My Monday Motivator


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