Sunday, November 29, 2009

Waiting for my orders to come in...

So I just ordered a few things last week and wanted to share as I'm really excited about getting them  I will be posting more about them after I get them and start to use them.  For now I'm just going to share the goodies that I've ordered.  So here they are... 

PcienviroprintPCI Environmental Print Curriculum: I am hoping to add this as a component to a couple of my student's language arts programs.  I like the direct connection to the communityand how I can ensure that we are looking directly at "real life" applications.  I've had making adapted books and worksheets related to envirornmental print on my "to do" list for about two years now and just have never gotten to it.  I decided to bite the bullet and use some of this year's material budget to buy this package.  I will be posting about it as we get in to it.  If you have used it, please share what has worked and what hasn't worked for you.

FunctionalcurA Functional Curriculum (from PCI): As my students get older and the population of my classroom changes, I'm starting to see a need to focus more on adaptive skills.  I have a few resources for creating a functional curriculum as well as some great links that I've found but am looking to expand my resources.  These materials looked good.  I couldn't really find anyone who had used them when looking at message boards so don't know how they are going to be "in practice".  Again, if you've used them, I would love to hear about it.  If you haven't, stay tuned for how things work in our classroom once I start to implement things from these resoures.

Switchpourer Switch Adapted Pouring Cup: I have read several blog posts about this devise and have been looking to buy it for some time.  We do a fair amount of cooking/baking in our classroom and with our growing dog biscuit business we are only going to be doing more.  I had a parent volunteer to pay for some equipment that will allow all of our students to participate in this business and this is the first thing that I had on my list of things to buy.  I know we will find many uses for it beyond the kitchen as well.  I am also looking to buy a mixer that has a dough hook that we can use with our power links as well as use Kate's flour sifting idea.  I'm still playing around with ideas for rolling out the dough.  I tried a pasta maker but it doesn't quite work.  If you have ever seen a way to switch adapt rolling out dough for cookies/biscuits I would love to hear it.

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