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Feeling Generous? I Need Some Help!


Happy Saturday, everyone! I don’t usually post things like this, but I currently have a project listed at Donors Choose that expires in just a few days and I’d love any help I can get! The project is around halfway funded and if it expires before getting the rest of the way there, the money just goes back to the donors and can’t help my kids!

Many of the students I work with have Autism or other social deficits. Many of the things you and I take for granted, such as understanding social cues, dealing with stress, or having friendships, are extremely difficult for my students. And on top of that, most of my students do not learn information through their ears; they have to use pictures or other visual cues instead. By using an iPad, I can teach social skills lessons in the ways my students learn. There are so many amazing social skills and communication apps that have been developed, but I can’t use any of with them without an iPad. Everything from communicating effectively, to identifying emotions, to learning how to cope with stress and frustration can be taught with only one device. And now that Apple has developed the iPad Mini, my kids can have all of that for a much lower price. This is where we need your help!

If you’re not able to financially donate, you can still share my project with other people you know who might be interested! That would be a huge help in getting me to my goal.

Right now, you can also use the matching code “HoraceMann12” to double your donation. Anything will help and all donations are tax deductible! Thanks 🙂
Update: My project got funded!! Thank you all for helping to spread the word 🙂 My kids are SO excited!

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Fun Freebie :: Grading Pen Fonts

Grading Pen Pack Cover

In the past I’ve never posted anything like this, but I thought it might be a nice change! If you’re into creating your own teaching/counseling materials, you probably know that one of the best ways to create eye-catching stuff is to use your own fonts. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong per-say with the fonts that come on your computer, but they just tend to get a little blah after awhile.

Recently, I came across a really awesome app that allowed me to create my own font right on my iPad. I gave it a try and here’s what I came up with:


Not too bad, huh?  For fun, I put it up in my TpT Store as a freebie AND you can use it for personal things or commercial products!  I always appreciate blog link-backs and credits if you’re feeling generous, but I’m not going to come after you or anything if you don’t!


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New Product :: Behavior Incentive Punch Cards – Themed Pack

I’m really excited about this next product!  I already have Positive Behavior Punch Cards on my store at TeacherspayTeachers, but yesterday I added another pack of them.

We all know visual reinforcement for behavior is always best and these punch cards are a fun, easy way to encourage your students to show appropriate behavior. Some ideas for use include homework completion, attendance, appropriate behavior during the day – the possibilities are endless! This pack includes 19 different cards. Most are already colored for you, but a few are blank to allow your students to personalize them with their own color choices!

These cards are presented in PDF format, which means you can print them as many to a page as you want – I recommend between 4, 6, or 9.

Themes include:

  • Ice Cream
  • OwlsScreen Shot 2013-03-15 at 10.09.35 PM
  • TicketsScreen Shot 2013-02-09 at 11.28.36 AM
  • “Star Student”
  • Flowers
  • Puzzle PiecesScreen Shot 2013-02-09 at 11.32.15 AM
  • Handprints
  • Stars- Splatter Paint