Thursday, December 6, 2012

Down Time

Hi everyone!
Sorry that it has been a while since I have been able to post or share anything new. Unfortunately, my doctor has upped my bed rest restrictions to try to keep my little one growing as long as possible. Until baby Carl is born (and I get my sanity back), I will be unable to post anything new. I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season! Thank you to all of my readers for your continued support!


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pick Me! I'd Make the Best Christmas Tree! Persuasive Writing Activity!




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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

24 Christmas Books and Free Activities Part 4




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Monday, November 26, 2012

24 Christmas Books and Free Activities Part 3




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Friday, November 23, 2012

24 Christmas Books and Free Activities Part 2




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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

24 Christmas Books and Free Activities Part 1




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Monday, November 19, 2012

25 Winter-Themed Crafts




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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Visuals for Classroom Desks & Homework




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Thursday, November 15, 2012

People First Language




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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Daily Morning Binder Printable Page Inserts




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Friday, November 9, 2012

Free Simple Story Map




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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Free Thanksgiving Party Pack of Printables




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Monday, November 5, 2012

Reading Road Map




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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Free Multiplication Song Printables




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Thursday, November 1, 2012

25 Easy November Crafts and Linky Party




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Monday, October 29, 2012

Don't Pick Me! Persuasive Writing Activity




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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fun Friday (well Saturday Actually)

I came across this cute Linky party that involved making a board with your favorite teaching items from this week (both from your own blog, another blog, and Pinterest). I thought that it was cute and I would join in! It's from Teaching Fourth.



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Pumpkin Pie Fact Wheel




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Friday, October 26, 2012

Give Back Bucket List




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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Free Orioles National Anthem Print




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Easy Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving - Pt 2




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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Easy Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving - Pt. 1




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Monday, October 22, 2012

And the winner is...



The winner of the Little Bunny Sue Sue has been selected by Rafflecopter! The winner is... entry number 36, Sharon M.! Congratulations Sharon on your win of the adorable little baby blanket from Little Bunny Sue Sue! Thank you to all of those that entered!


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Best Educational Websites by Age




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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Little Bunny Sue Sue Giveaway!


**THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT PARTICIPATED!!**
I am excited to share with you a free giveaway from the wonderful Etsy shop, Little Bunny Sue Sue! They sell adorable items for babies and kids. There are so many cute items! 

My favorite item is this sweet little skirt that would be perfect on my niece, Camden! 




And I love this black and orange apron! Perfect for my fellow Baltimore Orioles fans!



I could definitely see Carl wearing this cute giraffe onesie once he was born! 


This hoodie would be perfect for any kid in the Fall! 

I especially love that you can get the onesies customized with your little one's name. Little Bunny Sue Sue offers many items that would make the perfect gift for Moms and Moms-to-Be! 

The Giveaway

Little Bunny Sue Sue is kind enough to offer one of my lucky readers a choice of one of the beautiful blankets below!


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How to Enter

You can make up to 6 entries for this giveaway! The deadline to enter is Sunday, October 22, at 12:01 a.m. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 22. One winner will be picked at random using Rafflecopter. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. If it's not there, try coming back in a few minutes (sometimes it gets busy!). Click the +1 Do It to see how to earn each entry. **You must enter a valid e-mail address with your entries. E-mail addresses are kept private, they are not shown with your comment. They are so I can contact the winner.**



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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

13 Classroom Organization Tips




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Monday, October 15, 2012

30+ Free Nursery and Kids Room Printables




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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Word Fish and Memory




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Friday, October 12, 2012

Spin-a-Word




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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Free Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving Printables




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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

H is for Haunted House Book & Activities




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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gender Reveal Party Materials

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Facebook Biography & Autobiography




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Friday, October 5, 2012

Writing a Haunted House Ad




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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How to Actively Read with Your Child




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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Swat Reading Games




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Swat Math Games




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Monday, October 1, 2012

Alternate Sight Word and Spelling Activities




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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Autism Presentation - for Schools and Parents




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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Oh No! Sight Word Game




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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Simple Behavior Charts




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Monday, September 24, 2012

Pancake Sight Word Game




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Friday, September 21, 2012

Sight Word and Spelling Cheers




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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Welcome to Bed Rested Teacher!





It’s 11:00 am on Wednesday and I am sitting here at home on the couch. Yep, you read that right, the couch. After seven school year beginnings, this one will go down in history for me. I started my first week back to work as an Elementary Special Education teacher; only this year I brought my son with me. My tiny little one-pound son was snuggled in my belly; listening to the commotion of new students in the hallway. I lasted three weeks back at work. Walking, standing, squatting, sitting crisscross applesauce, and cheering sight words proved to be too much for my now 6 month pregnant self. At a doctors appointment on Monday, my husband and I were rushed away to the hospital. They ran tests and found that my cervix was shortening. It had shortened to the point that I was prescribed full-time bed rest. I was turning in my pencils, Whiteboard, IEPs, planner, and students for 24-hour bed and couch duty.

For the first time in my life as a teacher, I had nothing to do. No IEPs to write, lessons to co-plan, or parents to e-mail. At first, I was overwhelmed with the idea of boredom. Then I realized this was it. I was finally given the opportunity every teacher wanted. All of those ideas I had swimming around in my head but never had a chance to make could finally come to fruition. Games, centers, special education presentations, materials for parents – anything my teacher-heart desired. Not to mention all of the things I would love to make for my home, future son, and family. It was my time to create it all.

Then an even bigger idea hit me. Why create it just for myself? As a teacher and parent, we are constantly asking others to share their ideas. We share materials whenever we get the chance. And there were so many items other teachers and parents could benefit from. Why squander all of my materials for myself to use? Instead, I have decided that it would be best to share my materials. I wish I could say that I have thought of all of these wonderful ideas myself, in most cases, these are ideas that I have heard about from someone or somewhere. Some are ones my school even currently uses each day in the classroom.

I promise that my blog will be filled mostly with free materials and printables rather than the ramblings of my mind. Although, there will definitely be times I want to share with others what I have learned. As a special education teacher, I have taught a wide age range of students. There was my first position as a high school special education inclusion teacher for students with more significant disabilities (both inclusion and pull-out classes). At night, I taught continuing education courses to adults with disabilities at the local community college. Then I decided to make a change and began to teach at the Elementary level where I co-teach and pull out students for more individualized instruction. Lastly, for a change during the summer, I have taught students with significant disabilities, ages 3-5. The only ages I haven’t taught have been middle school and infants. I love working with students of all ages and all levels. My certifications are in Elementary Education (general ed), K-8 and in Special Education, Birth-Adult. I also have a Master’s Degree in Technology in Education. I am a strong advocate for people with disabilities and for the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general education classroom. I have also taken courses related to just strictly Autism, an area which I feel I can never learn enough about.

In addition to teacher materials, I can't wait to make and share free materials for the home and for entertaining. I love Photoshop and creating things for my own house and parities. I figured I might as well share them so that other people can use them, too! 

So as I sit here on the couch, creating materials, please keep in mind that these are all free. The materials may not be perfect. But they will, at all times, be free. Each week I plan to share new free materials with all of you. Thank you for visiting and I hope that you can find these materials useful!