Great Homemade Lego Table for Lego Lovers!!

As soon as I saw the picture below online about how to build this lego table, I became excited! This was the perfect table for my own children who all like legos! This project took me a couple of days and it was successful! All you need is a 4-5 feet long board (depending on how long you want the table), 2 plastic storage bins to store sorted legos and lego magazines, a desk clip-on lamp, lego boards, 2 non-skid mats and a chair or two.

Fortunately, I was able to find the wooden board for the table in my basement and I already owned the plastic storage bins. I bought the lego boards from a Lego store for 14.99$ each and the clip-on desk lamp was a gift I received. I purchased the non-skid mats from a local Target and cut it in 2 pieces and put each in between the wooden table and the top of each storage bin. This table was long enough to fit 1-2 chairs. 

This is definitely an easy and fun project that will make your students or children have hours, days and months of fun!

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One of The Lessons We Did For Black History Month

For black history month, one of the lessons I did was read “The Story of Ruby Bridges” by Robert Coles. The story was perfect for my class because Ruby, the main character was a six-year-old girl who is around the same age as some of my students. It was a touching story about a brave black girl going to an all white school.

As I read the story, I had to pause in between and asked my students questions about what I was reading to check for understanding.  After reading the story, the students completed a worksheet. I created the worksheet using the Board maker program creating visuals for the students who needed them (see below).

After the students completed the worksheet, I asked my students how they think Ruby felt as she went to school then asked them how they would feel if they were Ruby. Below is the sheet I used to help my students describe their feelings. The sheet includes basic feelings like happy, sad and mad. I also showed them a picture of “scared” which is not pictured below.

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Music Helps Us Learn in Our Kindergarten (Autistic) Classroom

In addition to my Morning Circle, we also use music to learn during Math and Reading. Through years of experience as a teacher and as a parent, I strongly believe that music does help children retain information and support learning. My students have memorized facts through music and song. With routine and consistency, some students can sing some songs independently today that I introduced to them a couple of months ago.

On this PBS website: http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/boost-memory-and-learning-with-music/, it includes the article:  Boost Memory and Learning with Music  by Cheri Lucas, (Education.com)  and some highlights in her article are:

Music has been found to stimulate parts of the brain, and studies have demonstrated that music enhances the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, including a study conducted at UC Irvine, which showed that scores on memory tests of Alzheimer’s patients improved when they listened to classical music.

It’s possible, then, to use music to help your child retain information and enhance learning. Chris Brewer, founder of LifeSounds Educational Services and author of the new book Soundtracks for Learning, says sounds can help to hold our attention, evoke emotions, and stimulate visual images. “Students of all ages—that includes adults— generally find that music helps them focus more clearly on the task at hand and puts them in a better mood for learning,” says Brewer.

Brewer calls the use of music throughout the day “positive mood management” and suggests that various styles of music are appropriate for different types of activities. For instance, she recommends using upbeat popular music to motivate learning, especially songs with lyrics that encourage positive thinking. When studying, writing, or reading, play instrumental music to sustain concentration, she says. Classical music of the Baroque era, like Bach, Handel or Mozart work particularly well. “Music can help shift energy levels, too, so playing upbeat music can boost tired minds and bodies while slower, more reflective music helps calm and focus,” says Brewer.

For the complete article, see the link above.

Some songs I have included in my lessons on Opposites are on You Tube. My students enjoyed these songs and like to view the songs. They have learned some of the opposites from these songs.