Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Freebie - Safe Spot

Safe Spot (Calming Station for Students)

Sometimes I need a Time Out!  If I need one, I know that my students need one too.  I will send students to Alaska in order to cool off, but that's a Time Out that I put them in.  A Safe Spot is a place where students can ask to visit because they are upset and/or angry. 

**Before downloading this freebie, check out how I use it in my classroom!  Throughout this post, I have included some affiliate links to products that I think will help you.**

I have a bench of 3 milk crates with a cushion on top that students can visit.  Inside one crate is a Calming Caddy. The other crates have stuffed animals.

Calming Caddy Contents:
* Books about behavior like

* Stress Ball
* Homemade Find-It Game made with rice and items I had laying around.  Below is a Find-It Game for your reference.

How I Run This:
I demonstrate how students should use the Safe Spot before they ever get there.  I don't want it to be used as playtime!  

1. Students flip the timer when they get there.  I like the 5 or 10 minute sand timers for this since they are quiet.  

2. They must fill out a reflection form before completing anything else. 
3. Then students can use anything in the Calming Caddy to relax. 
4. When the timer ends, they turn in their form and can return to their seat.

I know that students may take advantage of this time, so I have a recording form to keep track of all the times students actually use this Safe Spot.  I can use this information to have 1:1 conferences with the students, parents, and the social worker.  The goal in using a Safe Spot is for students to develop appropriate coping skills. To get your own FREE download of my Safe Spot packet, click on any of the pictures below.

Safe Spot (Calming Station for Students)
Safe Spot (Calming Station for Students)     Safe Spot (Calming Station for Students)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday - June 20, 2017

I have missed Show and Tell Tuesday for awhile but I am glad to be back today!

Although I could put reading and binge watching Netflix on this list.  That's about all I have accomplished.

I have to include a pic of my favorite (only) niece!  She is such a happy baby!

While I am excited to be on Summer Break, I would love to not be sick.  Tons of pills and multiple doctor visits, I am finally just feeling a littler better.  It's been a month of being sick.  Yuck!

Decided to make things for my classroom every Monday.  Click HERE to check out my post on how I made this Health Station for my classroom.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Made It Monday - Health/Nurse's Station

I am so glad that school is over and summer is here!  Even though I have lots of plans to relax, I do actually want to accomplish some things as well.  That brings me to Mondays.  My goal is to make something new each week for my classroom.  This week, I made a Health Station.  In the past, I had things all over the place and had to search my desk (table, counter, drawers, etc.) just to find a band-aid.  No more!  This Health Station has it all.

To start, I went to the dollar store for some basic supplies:
 - Caddie
 - Vaseline
 - Q-tips
 - Hand-Sanitizer
 - Lotion
 - Gloves
 - Peppermints
 - Mini Containers

I made some cute labels to attach to everything, and made a cute container.

I am super excited at how cute it came out!  I can't wait to use it.  While working, I also decided to set up a Google Form to keep track of student visits.  I thought this would help me have actual data on repeat offenders.

To get your own Health/Nurse's Station, click on any of the pics below.



Friday, March 17, 2017

Five for Friday


Another week has flown by!  How is it already the middle of March?

Check out this week's Five for Friday linky!  


I normally hate pictures of myself, but I think this is a pretty good one!


St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans - I found these cute headbands at the dollar store.  I couldn't decide which to get, so I got month. (I know I am a big spender!)  While the students were at lunch and gym, I switched headbands and pretended nothing happened.  My normally unobservant students were quick to notice the difference!


PARCC Testing Fun - We spent a lot of time preparing for the PARCC test by playing with the tools on the practice tests.  I wanted them to get play time out of their systems before testing next week.


Donors Choose - Have you tried Donors Choose?  I love it!  I have a current project up.  Right not, I am getting a little worried about getting it founded.  I only have 15 days left to get it funded.  If you are interested in helping or want to check out Donors Choose, click the pic below!

Thank-you photo


My Beautiful Niece - I love this pic of my niece doing her tummy time!  She is the cutest!  

Friday, March 10, 2017

Five for Friday


 Last week felt very eventful.  This week not as much.  While we got a lot done, I must admit there was nothing super memorable.  It flew by in a haze of test prep and dealing with behavior issues.  Lucky me.

Check out this week's Five for Friday linky!  


Read Aloud - I decided it was time to throw in another chapter book into our daily read aloud. February was full of picture books, so it was definitely past due.

My students actually are the ones to choose which book we read.  This week was spent reading the first chapter and looking at the covers of four different books (Charlotte's Web, The Boxcar Children, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  All the books had something very important in common - there are movies that accompany them.  We will be forced to watch the movie after PARCC testing (timed just right for the finish of the book). Darn! 😀

* For anyone interested, my students voted on The Boxcar Children.  They were immediately obsessed by them!

Laminating - Try not to be too jealous of me, but I have a fun night of laminating and cutting out these task cards so they will be ready for next week.  This is a great review for my low students. Interested in your own set?  Click the pic to get your own set.


Women's History Month - I love using these sheets to teach my students a fact about a woman that has made a difference in history using math skills.  They have brought up great conversations.


PARCC Testing - We finally got the PARCC Testing schedule.  I am first to test.  My luck keeps growing and growing.  The fun begins in 11 days.


New Toy for my Fur Babies - My fur babies got a new cat stand from my dad.  They are on it all the time.  Unfortunately, Lemur has become a hog.  Poor Kiwi is stuck on the kitchen chair.