Lightbulb Pattern Pieces

This package of fun Lightbulbs Mini Accents from our teacher store are probably meant for bulletin boards in the classroom but when I saw them, anyone who knows Andrew also knows that I had to have them!

Package of Lightbulb Mini Accents by Edupress.

Checking out a new colored . . . → Read More: Lightbulb Pattern Pieces

Look How Far We’ve Come!

As you all know, this past weekend was Mother’s Day and my husband was on call which left me with a good deal of free, non-scheduled time at home with Andrew Saturday and Sunday. I figured I would give myself a Mother’s Day gift of doing something I had been putting off for a long . . . → Read More: Look How Far We’ve Come!

Geoboards – Fine Motor Skill Building Tool

The “geoboard” is something that is found in most elementary school classrooms and is generally used for the purpose of building math skills like making geometric shapes and finding area and perimeter. This is something that I will definitely work on with Andrew someday but when I looked at this tool I realized that it . . . → Read More: Geoboards – Fine Motor Skill Building Tool

Recognizing Feelings Using Photographs

This is an early My Obstacle Course station activity that I did with Andrew (he was four at the time). I wanted to help him recognize and understand facial expressions in other people and thought that it would be a good idea to start with pictures of himself.

My Obstacle Course Station Activity: Match the . . . → Read More: Recognizing Feelings Using Photographs

Building Letter Recognition – Letter Sort

This is another really basic station activity to reinforce letter recognition. I love to use the concept of sorting because it gives a lot of reinforcement in a short amount of time. If you are looking for something more challenging, it could also be done with word families, words with common vowel patterns, or beginning . . . → Read More: Building Letter Recognition – Letter Sort

Building Letter Recognition – Sensory Bin Letter Hunt

I recently received a letter asking about activities to work on beginning letter identification and uppercase/lowercase matching. As with any concept I work on with Andrew, I begin by providing him with very basic activities and build according to what he needs. This is one of my favorite ways to approach this and lots of . . . → Read More: Building Letter Recognition – Sensory Bin Letter Hunt

Make the Same – Part 2

I modeled this My Obstacle Course station activity after several packaged toys I’ve seen that come with pattern cards for children to replicate. It’s so easy to make your own and custom fit them to what your child needs to work on.

To make them, I used some color coding dot stickers that I found . . . → Read More: Make the Same – Part 2

Make the Same – Part 1

One of my favorite My Obstacle Course station activities is something I call, “Make the Same.” This is a station activity that I came up with to help Andrew build imitation skills. After using it a few times, I realized that this activity not only helps with imitation, but also fine motor skills, visual and spatial . . . → Read More: Make the Same – Part 1

Party Tray Sorters

I found these bright, colorful, plastic party trays last year (I think at Michael’s but I cannot remember for sure ). You can pair one of these trays with items like colored puffs, thematic felt stickers, goldfish crackers, buttons, beads, or anything that can be sorted by a specific characteristic (color, size, etc.) and you . . . → Read More: Party Tray Sorters

Learning Styles

With each of the My Obstacle Course station activities I share, I try to make sure that each one incorporates all of the learning styles:

visual

auditory

kinesthetic

This was drilled into me while studying education during college and it has stuck with me – thank goodness! I feel . . . → Read More: Learning Styles