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Introducing – The Elementary Helper!

Introducing – The Elementary Helper!

I have been keeping a little secret from you all. We have been hard at work over here developing a brand new website! I am so excited to introduce The Elementary Helper – a new collaborative blog for early childhood educators. Please – share with your... read more
Summer School Must Have: Visual Movement Cards

Summer School Must Have: Visual Movement Cards

It’s summer. And your kids know it. You can see it. They have got the squirms. The I-have-been-sitting-too-long-and-may-explode- squirms. I get it. They are kids. We needed a fun way to get them moving… but still in a summer school appropriate way. I also... read more
Visual Recipes: Summer Treats & Snacks!

Visual Recipes: Summer Treats & Snacks!

It’s June, people! Whether you are trudging your way through the final days of the school year, embarking on an epic summer school journey, or getting yourselves nestled in for a fun summer home with your own babies – it’s time for some fun.... read more
Vehicle File Folder Activities

Vehicle File Folder Activities

Many of my students had a fun filled month of vehicle activities.  Just to recap my students and I read the adapted book “I Spy Vehicles” and completed a vehicle identification worksheet.  Then we read “Toot Toot Beep Beep” and made puff paint... read more
Summer Freebie Links

Summer Freebie Links

If you are a summer schooler or home schooler – it’s all about fun and easy actives. Nothing better than a bunch of freebie links from some of our fav TpT authors. Check out my roundup below and don’t forget to leave some love after you download 🙂... read more
How Drawing Pictures Helps Build Cognitive Skills

How Drawing Pictures Helps Build Cognitive Skills

One of my favorite activities to do with some of my learners is working on copying pictures. It works on color identification, visual perception skills, fine motor abilities, spatial awareness, and sequencing. You sold yet? This is huge for cognitive skill building.... read more
Summer Reading Centers & Literacy Games

Summer Reading Centers & Literacy Games

Let’s let the pictures do the talking. These centers are the bomb (god… do people even still say that anymore?…). I get somewhat giddy each year to bust them out. I made these years ago and never took actual photos of them so excused their... read more
Vehicle Bingo Fun!

Vehicle Bingo Fun!

Previously in speech therapy this month, my students and I read the adapted book “I Spy Vehicles” and completed a vehicle identification worksheet.  Last week we read “Toot Toot Beep Beep” and made puff paint cars.  This week we are playing... read more
Summer School Ideas

Summer School Ideas

A great summer school session is a perfect mash up of a chill school day while still keep some of the structure and rigor that we thrive on during the school year. It’s definitely appropriate (and NEEDED) to take it down a level. Work on social skills. Have fun.... read more

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