* We Love Charlie Brown book

Group by Group has produced another excellent book, along with a week of fun activities, featuring Charlie Brown characters. Their work is always terrific!

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Our theme for this week was lots of fun!  We took a look at some of the characters in the comic Peanuts.  Some of our amazing students posed as the characters–from Charlie Brown to little sister Sally to piano-laying Shroeder.  Our awesome art teacher, Judy, and some of her talented students helped us by painting a Peanuts background for our models to pose in front of.  Very cool!

Here is a link to the book: Who Are The Characters In Peanuts

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* Past and Present

Check out this terrific book by Group by Group on past and present ways to play, travel, and more.  This blog features great free materials for kids with special needs.  Here’s a snippet of a page from Past and Present.


“In keeping with the Unique theme for this month, we are talking about things from the past and things from the present.  Our book features several of our students and staff showing how things have changed from the past to the present.

It was really neat to compare the older pictures with the recent ones.  Check it out to see how much things have changed!”

via Past and Present — Group by Group

* Continuing the Liebster process

James O’Neil kindly nominated me for the Liebster award, which I had already received but who would want to miss out on the fun of nominating their personal favorite bloggers?  I had planned to post this a lot sooner but have been sick.

I am to answer James’ questions and and since I think the questions are terrific, I’m passing them on to my nominees:   Group by GroupFaraday’s Candle (who are currently on vacation),  David Snape and Friends,  Staycation Atlanta, and Vamp It Up Manchester.   Then these folks get to create their own set of questions. (Or borrow James” great set?)

  1. Which sex do you think has it easier in your culture?  If we look at salaries and powerful positions, men still have the advantage.  Especially white men.
  2. What is your most treasured memory?  Meeting my dearest widower as a 19 year old in community college.  He smiled and my heart was captivated.
  3. For a person you loved deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing there would be little chance of seeing your friends or family again?  Definitely for my dearest widower.  Fortunately, he is not interested in moving anywhere.
  4. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?  Being pursued and loved by Jesus.
  5. What makes you angry?  Racism and bullying.
  6. Did your schooling connect to your life?  So much so that I became a teacher for life!
  7. Have you seen a good movie lately?  What made it good?  Not too many good movies around.  I like sci fi, action, and spy thrillers.  I recently took a squad of kiddos to Zootopia and the animation is terrific.
  8. Who is the most important person in your life today?  My dearest teaching widower.
  9. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?   Teaching and loving kids.
  10. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as your dinner guest?   Friends and family.
  11. What do you like best about your life?   That I am loved by my widower and my heavenly Father.liebster-award

* The Emmy’s book

This special ed team has the MOST creative ideas! Here is their version of the Emmy’s, featuring kids dressed as favorite TV show characters. You gotta love it!

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IMG_4013We are SO excited to be talking about the Emmy’s during our groups this year.  For the book, we thought of some different television shows that our students might watch during the week.  Our wonderfully cute students got to be models for us again and pose as some of the characters from the different TV shows, such as Sesame Street, Doc McStuffins, and So You Think You Can Dance, to name a few.  The front of the book even features one of our students with an Emmy of her own!

IMG_3814Here is a link to the book: This Show Deserves an Emmy

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* Jobs with Hats book

These specialists have a great time with their kids. You should look at their “Hats at Work” book, which makes excellent use of technology to create a fantastic group of kids at work! Awesome resources!

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IMG_2639We are learning about community helpers by talking about all the different jobs with hats!  Our lovely student models posed for the different pictures  and make these jobs look like fun!

Some of the different jobs with hats we talked about were cowboys, construction workers, and Buckingham Palace guards.  Take a look at the book and see lots of different jobs with hats!

IMG_2452Here is a link to the book: Look at All the Jobs With Hats!

We also have another book about jobs with hats which Michael, one of our parents, helped us out with.  Thank you so much for your help with this, Michael!

Here is the second book link: Hats at Work

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* North Carolina

If you haven’t ever visited Group by Group’s blog, you’ve missed out on some amazing work with special needs kids. The projects this team creates (freely shared!) are wonderful. I am so delighted they wrote a book on North Carolina!  Wouldn’t it be a joy to work with these folks?

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IMG_3793Well it is almost time for the annual pilgrimage when many Floridians head for the cooler mountains of North Carolina 🙂 so this week we decided to learn more about that fabulous state. We would also like to give a shout out to our North Carolina friend at teachezwell.me (a great blog you should check out) who gave us some ideas for this unit! Our sensory group explored boxes related to some very interesting facts about the state. The fine motor group made art projects related to state symbols and the language group used the official state drink to make a tasty treat!


IMG_3639This box contained tinsel and beads in the colors of the state flag—–red, white, and blue!

There were also some gold beads representing the state mineral and the state song recorded on a voice output device.

The state reptile (turtle) and tree (pine) could also…

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