Father’s Day Activities/ Arts & Crafts from Pinterest

If you haven’t heard of or visited Pinterest online (http://www.pinterest.com) or do not have the Pinterest app. on your iPhone or iPad, you should definitely consider checking it out! It has wonderful ideas for educators, artists, homeowners, parents, men, women, teenagers, young adults…practically everyone! Here’s a list of just some of the topics on Pinterest:

-animals

-art

-cars

-fashion

-food/drink

-film/music/books

-gardening

-health/fitness

-photography

-sports

-home decor

-traveling

-education

-etc.

As you know, father’s day is approaching and I found some great ¬†ideas on Pinterest. Check it out and “pin” away!! You won’t regret it and might thank me ūüôā

 

 

 

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Journal 3: To Take Care of Your Child (ren), You Have to Consider Taking Care of Yourself

The Benefits of Daily Exercise for All Parents

I can’t stress enough how beneficial it is to have quality “work outs” as a person. Whether you are older, younger, female, male, in school or a professional, everyone highly benefits from a quality “work out.” As a busy parent, it is so beneficial to “work out.” Initially, people think the purpose of working out is to lose weight but there are so much more reasons why it is important and beneficial! After a 20-40 minute workout, I am energetic and less tired. It boosts up my spirits ¬†when I am stressed and it is fun! Maintaing daily work outs is challenging for a busy parent with a full schedule but if you could squeeze it in, you will see that it is well worth it!! I usually fit it in when my kids are in bed. ¬†For now, while I am working full time and my 3 children are all under the ages of 7, I work out at home on weekdays. If I can fit ¬†in a “run” on the weekends, I definitely do. My “work outs” are very short and simple but after it, I feel like a new person! ¬†If you can, involve the children. It is good for them too! There are many applications of the iPhone and iPad that are wonderful! See below for some free apps. that I would pay for! ¬†I’m a big fan of Jillian Michaels (a fitness instructor) who has perfect work out videos on You Tube that you can watch and use during your work outs! She was premiered on the hit TV show, “The Biggest Loser.” ¬†Here is the list of things needed:

1) Comfortable quality sneakers

2) Cushioned mat

3) 2 dumbells (the weight depends on you)

4) water bottle

5) work out clothing

6) a laptop, iPad or your phone

Below is website listing 7 benefits to daily exercise (Check it out):

The “Short Read” is below or you can click on the link.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389?pg=1  

Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity

You know exercise is good for you, but do you know how good? From boosting your mood to improving your sex life, find out how exercise can improve your life.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing to exercise? Check out these seven ways exercise can improve your life.

No. 1: Exercise controls weight

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways ‚ÄĒ by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.

No. 2: Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

No. 3: Exercise improves mood

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

No. 4: Exercise boosts energy

Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

No. 5: Exercise promotes better sleep

Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.

No. 6: Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life

Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there’s more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise.

No. 7: Exercise can be fun

Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.

The bottom line on exercise

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns.

Below are 4 great FREE apps. for your work out indoors or on your run! These are just a few among many apps available!

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My Unit on Seasons for Educators and Families

My Unit on Seasons

Unit: Seasons  Subject: Science

Materials used during the unit: ¬† iPad: 4 seasons app., ¬†book titled “The Four Seasons” by Rozanne Lanczak Williams, construction paper, shells (for the summer), cotton (winter), fake leaves (fall), soft foam sheet with sticky back ¬†(flowers: spring) Boardmaker symbols of the ¬†four seasons, summer, winter, fall and spring

We recently completed this unit on seasons in my classroom. As I teach lessons, I like to incorporate books and technology. The book I included in this unit was a book titled “The Four Seasons” by Rozanne Lanczak Williams. I read the book each day for a week and talked about various seasons we have in New England. Each day of the week, I talked about one of the four seasons in the unit (summer, winter, fall and spring). I used the iPad and on the iPad, I used the application called “The Four Seasons” (see picture below). ¬†On the last day of the unit, a book of seasons was made. I also used concrete materials for the students in my class who don’t see well. I also used pictures from the Boardmaker program (the pictures you see below on the pages to the left of the book) giving each student a field of two choices during the lesson. For example, I asked each student to choose which picture is the season of summer and which picture is the season of winter. ¬†Using Boardmaker pictures and having the concrete materials in the booklet is great for students with low vision and students with special needs. Below are the pictures of the students taken during the lesson.

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The “Four Seasons” booklet cover page

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My Poem (#4): For My Mom With Love (from a child with special needs)

I wrote this poem thinking about some of my students (students with cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delay and some of whom are nonverbal). ¬†Also, as a mother, I thought about the patience we must have each day taking care of our children. For mothers who have children with disabilities or special needs, it takes a little or a lot more patience. It takes special kind of people to take care of special people. You all have good hearts! ¬†Bless you all! Happy mother’s day to all of you!

 

For My Mom With Love

(from a child with special needs)

 

Thank you for your patience as you carry me daily in and out of my wheelchair,

Thank you for the patience you have for me during the early morning and late night care,

 

Thank you for your patience during the multiple weekly hospital trips,

Thank you for your patience during my seizures when there’s quivering on my lips,

 

Thank you for your patience when I am crying endless nights,

Thanks you for your patience as you put up with me during my fights,

 

Thank you for your patience each time you help me calm down when the noise is too loud,

Thank you for your patience during my tantrums as you hold me tight, you make me proud,

 

Thank you for your patience during the times I am unable to communicate my needs and wants to you,

Thank you for your patience as you try daily to figure out my needs and wants, using all types of  communication devices (iPads, switches) too,

 

Sometimes I want to tell you I love you but I have a hard time letting it out,

Please know that you mean so much to me, I have no doubt (s),

 

I love you mom with all my heart,

I have always loved you right from the start!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

By: Mary Tran

Journal entry 2: Put Yourself in the Shoes of a Person With Disabilities

Think As if  You Were in the Shoes of a Person with Disabilities

Think long and hard about this: What if you had down syndrome? What if you had autism? What if you had cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound?  What if you had speech impediments?  What if you had a learning disability? What if you had ADD or ADHD? What if you were blind? What if you were deaf? What if you were deaf and blind? What if you were nonverbal and did not know how to communicate your needs and wants?  These are some questions I think to myself as a teacher of special needs children, a mother and a person.

Put yourself in the shoes of these children with these disabilities and imagine your life and the world around you. How would you feel? Would you feel anxious, scared, confused, frustrated, angry or upset?  What are your thoughts? Would you think you were different, odd, or left out?

Sometimes, when I go out on field trips or on walks with my students, I see people around us stare at my students. Some people are not used to seeing my students or simply do not know what to think of them. Some people approach us and greet the students and some people stare and walk away. Without knowledge, awareness and exposure to people with disabilities, you might be curious and will have questions and not know how it is to have the disabilities mentioned above. Educate, learn and welcome the knowledge that you may not have about these special people. You will see that people with disabilities face challenges that others without disabilities don’t face. You will see that some people with disabilities can impress you and are able to do and communicate a lot better than you think. You will also see that some some people with disabilities have physical disabilities, others have cognitive disabilities and some have both physical and cognitive disabilities. Furthermore, you will see that with the right support, education, endurance and medical help, some people with disabilities are able to lead regular and independent lives. ¬†Some ways to educate and expose yourself is by volunteering in a school or a hospital, talk to families with children who have special needs and do not hesitate to ask questions. Ask questions with respect as you would want that same respect if asked about you. Be proactive!

Below are pictures taken from Google Images. It shows a child having speech therapy, a child in a wheelchair, a child with downs syndrome and a child with autism.

 

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My Unit on Feelings For Educators and Families

My Unit on Feelings 

Unit: Feelings Subject: ELA (vocabulary)

Materials used during the unit: mirror, iPad, Scholastic book titled “Feelings” by Susan Canizares, construction paper, pipe cleaners (for the mouths on the faces), Boardmaker symbols of the feelings of happy, sad, ¬†mad, scared, and excited

We recently completed this unit on Feelings in my classroom. As I teach lessons, I like to incorporate books and technology. The book I included in this unit was a book titled “Feelings” by Susan Canizares. I read the book each day for a week and talked about various feelings we have. Each day of the week, I talked about one of the five feelings in the unit (sad, mad, happy, exited and scared). I used a mirror so the students can see what they look like when they make happy or sad faces. On the last day of the unit, a book of feelings was made. I also used pipe cleaners for the students in my class who don’t see well. The pipe cleaners were perfect because they could be easily shaped for the different mouths in each page that described each feeling. The pipe cleaners are also great for tactile markers for my students. ¬†I also used pictures from the Boardmaker program (the pictures you see below on the pages to the left of the book) giving each student a field of two choices during the lesson. For example, I asked each student to choose which picture is the happy face and which picture is the sad face. Using Boardmaker pictures and having the tactile markers in the booklet is great for students with low vision and students with special needs. ¬† Below are the pictures of the students taken during the lesson.

 

 

 

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Below is the book used during the unit, the iPad applications used during the unit, and the book one of the students created.

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This is the book used for unit on “Feelings”

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