My new Julia Cook social skills books came in the mail and I brought them to school today. My little guy who asked for them (a kid asking for social skills book might be a SPED teacher's dream come true) was jumping up and down with excitement when he found them on our table this morning! He even asked if "RJ can watch me work." RJ is the main character in many of the books and my student wanted to keep the books next to him while he did math and writing today. Too funny! The best part, he summarized a story unprompted! He's never been able to do that!! This kid has a textbook case of autism and he is like my little miracle child this year. He's making so many gains it makes me feel like I'm really doing something.
It's easy to feel like you're running in circles and not getting far when you teach SPED, but then you take a step back and look at where you started and jump for joy!
Red Panda Chinese Acrobats performed at our school today for an assembly. It was an hour long and my little guys were mesmerized for every single second! I'm trying to put a video of it here, but it's not cooperating with me. So there is a regular pic to see. Does anyone know a good way to send videos to parents? The file is too large to email. I have some with students on them that I don't think I should post on the open internet.
Target has some super awesome Leap Frog learning cards for $1! I also picked up cute little erasers to use as counters. I'm starting to teach addition and subtraction to the kindergarten kids and these were perfect! My next happy moment is when one little guy when crazy and started doing addition up to 14 independently! I think he'd have gone higher, but that was the most he had of each eraser shape.
Last, but surely not least, one kid lost his very first tooth ever today! It was the most adorable thing I've ever seen! It was driving me nuts because it was barely hanging on and just needed to come out. I showed him how to pinch the tooth and pluck it out. I promised it wouldn't hurt, and after an uncertain look he gave me, he just plucked it right out! He was jumping with excitement and I got his first reaction with my camera to text his mom. She seemed very excited earlier this week about her first chance to be the tooth fairy.
Another kid was super sweet and ran to get some drawing paper. He seemed to be on a mission, so I didn't stop him. This is what he created for his friend to show people the way to find the lost tooth! Adorable!!