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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!
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 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.

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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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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

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sight Words

Teaching words with paint chips

Need More Resources?
Basic Sight Words Flash Cards
Flash cards are an excellent way to introduce new skills, reinforce memorization, and support good study habits. This two-sided card set features rounded corners for easy sorting and includes 102 set cards (6" x 3" each) and 1 activity card.

Big Book of Easy-to-Read Words
Increase sight word recognition, develop phonics skills, improve fluency, build vocabulary, motivate young readers, and provide hands-on reading experiences! It includes 250 self-checking puzzle pieces-125 word puzzle pieces (approx. 1.5" x 2") and 125 photo puzzle pieces (approx. 2" x 2")-and a 4-page booklet with directions, teaching suggestions, and games.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Emergent Readers


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  MAKE MORE MINI READERS
100 Sight Word Mini-Books
No cutting or stapling-just fold and they're ready to use! These adorable reproducible books give emergent readers plenty of practice reading and writing each of the top 100 sight words. Each mini-book teaches one high-frequency word and features an engaging rhyming poem that kids complete, then a word search to reinforce learning. Plus, teaching tips and extension activities!
reg: $15.99
now: $12.79

Thursday, March 7, 2013

March Writing Prompts.

Click on picture to download Free copy of March Writing Prompts.

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We are so excited about this New Product!


A Revolutionary Way to Add Style to Your Nails.

Nail Candy is Sleek with its colors, Chic with its capabilities and Unique with its Patented Designer “Micro-Tip”.
This innovative Pen is salon quality nail polish which also features 2 Brushes & 2 Patented Micro-Tips for stylish nail art.


Grants and Resources

  • The George Lucas Educational Foundation Grant Information List
  • Academic Enrichment Grants: The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation is offering grants of up to $10,000 for teachers or nonprofit facilitators with ideas for in-class or after-school activities for students. Projects will be considered for students in grades preK-12 that promote further academic enrichment, and they can be renewed for up to three years. Deadline: April 15, 2013.
  • The Natural High Contest: Students 10-18 years old who abstain from drugs and alcohol can share their story and enter the Natural High contest. Students can enter a video or written essay for the chance to take home a $300 award; judging will be separate for high school and middle school students. Deadline: April 30, 2013.
  • ING Unsung Heroes Grants: Educators are encouraged to propose their innovative classroom projects for the chance to take home an Unsung Heroes Grant from ING. K-12 educators at accredited public or private schools are eligible. Three top prizes of $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000 will be awarded, and 100 finalists will take home awards of $2,000. Deadline: April 30, 2013.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Boo The World's Cutest Dog!

A Tisket, A Tasket,
How cute would BOO be in your little one's 
Easter Basket!
As sweet as can be and totally sugar free!
BOO is 20% OFF ALL MONTH
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Educate & Celebrate.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

 Happy Birthday Nicolaus Copernicus!



Nicolaus Copernicus
Also known as the founder of modern astronomy, Nicolaus Copernicus was the first person to devise a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology, which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe. Copernicus’ heliocentric theory acted as the catalyst for the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, which is sometimes known as the Copernican revolution. His work forever changed the place of man in the cosmos; no longer could man legitimately think his importance greater than his fellow creatures. Besides an astronomer he was also a great mathematician, physician, quadrilingual polyglot, classical scholar, translator and artist.


Early Life:

Nicolaus Copernicus was born on 19 February 1473 in the city of Toru? (Thorn) in Royal Prussia, where his father, a native of Krakow, had established as a wholesale merchant. His mother was the daughter of a wealthy Toru? merchant. Nicolaus was the youngest child in the family. After his father’s death, he was raised by his mother’s brother, Lucas Watzelrode, a bishop in the Catholic Church. In 1941-1942 Nicolaus completed his matriculation from Kraków Academy after which he devoted himself, during three years, to mathematical science under Albert Brudzewski and incidentally attained some painting skills.

Contributions and Achievements:

During his time at the Kraków Academy he acquired a thorough mathematical-astronomical knowledge. He also studied the idealistic and natural-science writings of Aristotle and Averroes that stirred his interest in learning, and made him familiar with humanistic culture. In 1497 he resumed his studies, this time in Italy, where he went to many universities including Bologna, Padua and Ferrara. There he completed his bi-doctorate in medicine and law. By attending astronomical lectures of many Italian astronomers such as Domenico Maria Novara, Copernicus extended his astronomical knowledge.
After studying for six years, Copernicus returned to Poland in the year 1503 where he was appointed as a canon in the cathedral of Frauenburg and spent a protected life for the rest of his days. In addition to his clerical duties, he continued his astronomical research and medical practice.
From 1513, the foundation of his great work was laid down at Frauenburg, where he began work on his heliocentric theory. His theory was a concise description of the world’s heliocentric mechanism, without mathematical apparatus, and varyied in some important aspects of geometric construction from De revolutionibus; but it was already based on the same assumptions regarding Earth’s triple motions.
He wrote a manuscript explaining his new theory which was read by many astronomers, and rumors of Copernicus’ claim that the earth revolves about the sun spread all through Europe. His theory attracted many mathematicians and various astronomers who came to Copernicus to learn more about his new theory. One of them, Rheticus, even published a book unfolding this theory in 1540. Even though Copernicus finished writing his book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, about a decade earlier, in 1530, he postponed its publication fearing the reactions his ground-breaking theory might stir up.
However, he finally published his book in 1543, the same year he died. His book is considered to serve the beginning of modern astronomy and the defining epiphany that began the scientific revolution.

Whack-A-Rhyme

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This small group game will provide tons of fun for your students practicing CVC Rhyming words. Includes both the picture and the word. If players reveal rhyming words, the first person to hit the mallet gets the other player's cards.

*More Detailed Directions for game play are in the download.  

K-12 Subject:
Balanced Literacy 
Grade Level(s):
Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second 

 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!!


Heart Train of Multiple Meaning Words Game Board

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Included:
Train game board
32 Cards: Multiple meaning words
8 Wild Cards

How to play:
Place all cards face down.
Students take turns choosing cards and state at least two meanings for each word the on the chosen card.
If two or more meanings are given, students roll a dice (any dice will do!) and move the appropriate spaces.
If chosen, follow the directions on the included wild cards.
The first student to the end of the “heart train” is the winner!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Math Centers

FREE Monster Problem Solving Math Center

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In this center children use colored monsters to assist with solving word problems. This center can be used again and again as it includes 16 different word problems using 5, 6, 7 or 8 monsters.
Grade Level(s): Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Homeschooler 


Free Place Value with Large Numbers: Choice Board and 'I Can' Cards

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This product includes place value mats for numbers to the billions, number cards, a Think-Tac-Toe choice board, and a set of I Can cards for 6-, 9-, ans 12-digit numbers.  

Grade Level(s): Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth,Homeschooler

 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Click on picture for FREE download.

Great for writing practice and letter recognition. ALL 26 LETTERS

The students trace UPPERCASE and lowercase for each of the letters. In the second part of the worksheet the student has to find and circle the key letter.
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Subject(s):
English Language Arts, Spelling, Writing 
Grade Level(s):
Kindergarten, First, Second 
Included in this packet:

Read-Write the Room {Long and Short Vowels, a, e, i, o, u}
Rainbow Write Recording Sheet
Boggle Word Builders {6 game boards, recording sheet and blank board}
Letter Grab Bag/Scrabble Letter Tiles

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fun with Fractions!

 FRACTION HOPSCOTCH

The students stand on "ZERO" lightly roll a
balled up piece of paper onto a fraction.
 
Then they hop on the squares and SAY the name of each fraction.
 
When they land on a double they have to name the equivalent fractions
"One fourth is equal to two eighths"
some of my students even say:
"One fourth is equivalent to two-eighths"
Which makes me OH SO HAPPY
 
The tricky one is 1/2 because there are 3 squares.
 
Our solution: first straddle it and say it then jump do a half
turn in the air (that's how we roll in my room) land with both
feet on one half and then name all three fractions that are equivalent
 
THEN
 
if you're really fancy you finish the hopscotch the second half of the way facing backwards.
 
OR
 
you can start it facing backwards and turn forwards at the 1/2 point.
 
Either way. . .you have to turn. . .it's what the cool kids are doing ;)
 
Enjoy :)
 
*you can also just draw this out with chalk outside*
 
By doing this students are practicing:  Ordering fractions, equivalent fractions, reading a ruler, understanding hash mark lengths on a ruler, preparing to use resource page on state test, how to make math applicable in real FUN situations ;) 

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Students explore relationships like "1/3 of 12" in this concrete learning based workstation activity.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013




Here are two fun Valentines Day worksheets to use with your class! Answer Keys included

Valentine's Day Homophones Story


There are over 50 homophone mistakes in this story. Can your students find them all?

Tony decided two make a Valentine’s pitcher four his mother. He got out a clean, white peace of paper. Than he got out his crayons and started to color. He drew his hole family. Then he maid a yellow son in the blew sky. When he was done, Tony rote, “Eye love Ewe!” on the back and signed his name.

Tony was on his weigh to give his pitcher to his mother when he saw a tiny ferry sitting on the window sill. The ferry was crying. “Why are ewe crying?” Tony asked.

“Eye am crying because it is Winter and their are know flours for me to sleep in. Ewe sea, Eye am a flour ferry.”

“I due knot have any flours.” Tony replied. “But I could draw ewe a flour. Wood that help?”

The ferry stopped crying. “I think it mite.” she said.

Tony took the tiny ferry gently in his hand and carried her too his room. Then he drew a pitcher of ate flours inn a vase. When he was done, the ferry magically turned the pitcher into reel flours! Tony could knot believe his eyes!

Tony put the vase of flours on his knight stand. The ferry maid herself a home in the biggest flour. Tony went two give his pitcher to his mother. She said it was a grate pitcher and gave Tony a big hug. The ferry stayed in Tony’s room all winter long and the too became good friends.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Februaury Math Idea!


Match number clothespins to cards with hearts- would be great using playing cards. 
Could also be used with problems.

Need Heart Stickers?
  Acid-free, nontoxic, and safe for use on photos. 800 stickers per pack.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Groundhog's Day Emergent Reader


A groundhog's day reader for kindergarten or first graders. Most words are very easy to read. More difficult "vocabulary" words are written in bold. Click on picture to download.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Writing....


Here are 24 thought-provoking prompts to jump-start persuasive writing. Aligned with common core objectives for persuasive writing, these prompts allow students to experiment with a variety of genres with a common purpose.  Click on picture to download.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Will he see his shadow?

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To make this cute little pop-up Groundhog, simply trace a large circle onto brown construction paper and draw a radius.  The students will cut out the circle and the radius.  Fold the circle into a cone shape and glue.
Colour the groundhog and tape him to a straw.
Attach poem to the brown "ground".
Mr. Groundhog simply pokes his head up from the ground while you are singing the song. Click on picture for FREE template download for groundhog and poem.
 
Click on picture for poem for you to use as a whole class of this song.

NEED MORE FEBRUARY IDEAS?
 

February Monthly Idea Book
Cozy up this winter with the many warm and fuzzy activities from the February Idea Book! This book has dozens of fun, creative patterns and activities for these holidays and topics: Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dental Health, Healthy Hearts, Dogs and Cats and much more! Includes activities and ideas that integrate with any curriculum along with motivational awards, bookmarks, open-ended games, paper bag puppets, crafts and bulletin board patterns. 144 pages.
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Organize February Now! Book, Preschool
This series is your idea file to pull out each month to plan and get organized. Included are tons of ideas and skill builders for teaching the skills your students need, plus the forms, bulletin boards, and organizational tools you need to pull your classroom together every month. 96 pages. Available in Grades Prek - 3.