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Educate & Celebrate, Inc. is an online educational supply company that promotes and distributes quality educational materials in a retail environment. Our goal is to collaborate with schools, daycares, churches, families, and community organizations to support the development of preschool and school age children. We offer teacher resources and classroom materials that will enrich the learning experience. (410) 535-2771 (410) 535-3692 (fax)

Monday, March 25, 2013

April is Autism Awareness Month

 Educating the Young Child with Autism Spectrum Resource Book
Due to a trend toward inclusion, increased incidence, and increased and broadening diagnosis, many teachers can expect to eventually teach a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Children with ASD can be challenging to teach especially in a busy, noisy, elementary classroom. The very nature of their problems causes them to struggle with communication and socialization affecting all aspects of their lives. This book helps guide teachers through all steps of introducing a student with ASD into their classrooms, participating on an IEP team, developing a welcoming classroom, fostering social development and communication, plus moving forward into the curriculum. A special section for parents is also included. 64 pages.
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 Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Book
What do you do when a three-year-old with autism falls on the floor kicking and screaming?

How do you communicate with a child who looks away and flaps his hands?

Who can help if you suspect a child in your class has autism?

Preschool can be overwhelming for a child with autism. Autism affects how a child communicates, behaves, and relates to others. Teachers need to know what they can do to help children with autism reach their full potential.

Teaching Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder is a straightforward, easy-to-understand guide to working with children who have autism. It explains the major characteristics associated with autism and helps teachers understand the ways children with autism relate to the world. Each chapter offers specific strategies for teachers to use, including setting up a proactive preschool environment, helping children learn life skills, managing behavior, helping children with autism communicate, encouraging children with autism to play, helping them to get along with others, and working with families. Teaching Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder helps teachers connect with all children in meaningful ways, allowing children with autism to learn and grow. 224 pages.

Chapters Include:
• Putting All the Pieces Together: Understanding This Puzzle Called Autism
• From Hand-Flapping to Obsession with Routines: The Way Children With Autism Relate to Their World
• Planning for Success: Setting Up a Proactive Preschool Environment Learning Life Skills
• Misbehavior or Missed Communication: Managing the Behaviors of Children With Autism
• Signs, Symbols, and Language: Helping a Child Communicate
• Inside Their Own World: Encouraging Children With Autism to Play
• Building Social Skills: Getting Along With Others
• Lights! Camera! Action! Sensory Integration and Autism
• We're All in This Together: Teaming Up With Families

Awards:
• iParenting Media Award
• Mom's Choice Award
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Creative Therapy for Children with Autism, AD/HD, and Asperger's Book
It is no easy task to find a teaching technique that can truly change the course of a child with special needs. Thirty years ago, when Janet Tubbs began working with children who had low self-esteem and behavioral problems, she developed a successful program using art, music, and movement. Believing that unconventional children required unconventional therapies, she then took her program one step further--she applied it to children with Autism, AD/HD, and Asperger's Syndrome. Her innovative methods and strategies not only worked, but actually defied the experts. In this new book, Janet Tubbs has put together a powerful teaching tool to help parents, therapists, and teachers work with their children.

The book is divided into four parts. Part One begins by introducing and explaining Janet's novel approach to teaching. Her goal is to balance the child's body, mind, and spirit through proven techniques. The next three parts provide a wide variety of exercises, activities, and games that are both fun and effective. Each is designed to reduce hyperactivity, increase and prolong focus, decrease anger, develop fine motor skills, or improve social and verbal skills. All are part of a program created to help these children relate to their environment without fear, anxiety, or discomfort.

Just because a child may appear stubborn and difficult, doesn't mean that the child isn't intelligent, curious, or creative. With the right approach, such a child can be reached, taught, and, hopefully, started on the road to improvement. The daily lessons provided in this book may be just what you and your child have been waiting for. 336 pages.

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PUZZLE PIECES ACCENTS. Great for making displays/office fundraisers.
Puzzle Pieces Classic Accents®, 36/pkg
Variety and value for all your teaching needs! Packs feature an array of popular decorative themes for learning activities, displays, and crafts. Designs complement TREND bulletin board sets and coordinated decor. 3" tall. Precut and ready to use. 6 designs; 36 pieces total.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

LOOKING FOR A NEW TAKE ON SPRING?
It's as simple as Black & White!
Click on any picture to order. 

 Dots in Bloom Border
Add touches of style and sophistication to your classroom with CTP's new black and white borders. Enhanced by splashes of color, the classic color palette and coordinating patterns are always in fashion and can turn an ordinary classroom into a dazzling designer space.
• 2.75" x 35"
• 35 feet per package
 Flower Doodles Border
Add touches of style and sophistication to your classroom with CTP's new black and white borders. Enhanced by splashes of color, the classic color palette and coordinating patterns are always in fashion and can turn an ordinary classroom into a dazzling designer space.
• 2.75" x 35"
• 35 feet per package
Twirls & Swirls Border
Add touches of style and sophistication to your classroom with CTP's new black and white borders. Enhanced by splashes of color, the classic color palette and coordinating patterns are always in fashion and can turn an ordinary classroom into a dazzling designer space.
• 3" x 35"
• 35 feet per package
BW Flower Doodles Boxed Note Cards, 12/pkg
These NEW stylish blank note cards and envelopes are perfect for a quick message 12 per box Coordinates with BW Collection products.
BW Flowers  Comes in 6" and 10" Cut-Outs

BW Thank You Post Card

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Now's the Time for Math Stations!

Have you  used math stations or math centers in your classroom this year? If not, this is the perfect time to start! As you prepare for end-of-the-year tests, you need time to work with small groups of students on specific skills. But what are you supposed to do with the other kids? If you set up math stations, the rest of the class can work with a partner or alone on a math review game or activity. Math stations make the end of the year so much fun!
Math stations are often nothing more than a packet of hands-on materials with a set of directions. If you are thinking math stations have to include elaborate and cute display boards, stop right there! Sure, you can make them elaborate and cute if you enjoy doing so and have the time, but math stations can be simple and easy-to-implement.
When selecting an activity, ask yourself: 
  • Will the activity reinforce or extend a concept that's already been introduced?
  • Are the directions clear and easy to follow?
  • Are materials easy to locate and accessible?
  • Can students complete this activity independently or with minimal outside help from an adult?
  • Will students be able to check their answers on their own using an answer key, or will someone else need to check their answers?
  • How will students keep a record of what they've completed?
  • How will students be held accountable for their work?
What are some strategies for implementing Math Stations?
  • Rotation Stations vs. Choice Stations - There are many types of stations you can set up in your room. Two choices can be Rotation Stations and Choice Stations. You can set up your Math Stations so that students rotate through them as a group or allow them free choice about which stations to use. Or you can set them up as "choice" stations but assign your students particular stations that they need to complete each week before having a choice.
  • Math Logs - Create a Math Activity Log for each student using a manila folder or a pocket folder with 3 paper fasteners. Teach students how to record their activities on the log each day. Have a checker or buddy sign after they complete each activity. Make sure they know what the math content is for each activity so they don't just view stations as "games."
  • Displaying and Storing Materials - Plastic storage carts with drawers work well for storing math center materials for long term use. Why prepare a new set of game materials every year when you can make a set and keep it for future use. However, a better solution for displaying Math Station materials. . . A simple 6-shelf organizer! It works great as long as you don’t put heavy books and materials on the shelves. It will hold dice, calculators, activity directions, and more!
  • Math Station Menus - Post a menu of the Math Stations that are available in a given week. List each activity title along with the math content. For example, I might list “Island Conquer -> Area and Perimeter” on the chart. Have a whiteboard right next to yor Math Stations organizer to use for this.
  • Partners vs. Groups - Partner activities seem to work better than group activities because students stay more focused and on-task with one other person than as a part of a big group. If you do have group activities, make sure the directions are clear and require equal participation from all group members.
  • Math Buddies - You may want to assign students to a certain Math Buddy each day or each week. If you do, pair a low-performing student with an average student or an average student with a high functioning student. If you try to pair an advanced student with someone who is really struggling, they both get frustrated.
  • Flexible Pairing - Assigning partners doesn’t always allow for the flexibility to meet with students individually or in small groups. It seems that the minute you establish Math Buddies, you need to work with one student alone which leaves someone without a partner. So sometimes it's best to allow students to choose their own partners. Requiring them to choose a new partner for every activity each week, keeps them from sticking with their best friends and allows them to interact with others in the class. They like the element of choice.

 NEED CENTER IDEAS OR RESOURCES?

CenterSOLUTIONS™ Math Learning Games, Grade 2 (MORE GRADE LEVELS AVAILABLE)
Ideal for centers and cooperative learning, CenterSOLUTIONS® contains four complete games in each set. Every game focuses on a different skill making it perfect for differentiated instruction. Best of all, the games can be stored individually or all together using the large storage box. 2-4 players. Supports NCTM standards.
Skills covered:
• fractions
• time
• money
• addition with regrouping
Game includes:
• game board
• four game pieces
• playing cards
• one die
• storage box
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Check out all of our Math Resources at http://www.learning-experts.com/math_games_activities-c-1012057_1038464.html

Monday, March 18, 2013

Reading Ideas for Frustrated Parents

This packet of informational handouts is aimed at parents of children in grades K-2. Each subject-themed sheet contains tips, ideas, and strategies parents can do at home to build their child's skills.
Included:
*Ways to Make Spelling Fun
*Building Math Skills at Home
*Building a Reader at Home
*Building a Reader at Home (Spanish Version)
*Building Writing Skills (Overview of K-2 Writing Development)
*Writing at Home

Friday, March 15, 2013