Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Today I will show you how to use one of my favorite picture books to empower children to cope with monster fears.  This activity is geared to children 3-6 years old.

"Go Away Big Green Monster" by Ed Emberley.

I start by reading the book to the children and having them identify the facial parts.  After the first reading, I introduce the Monster.  As we read the book again, the children and I point to the parts of the face.  In the middle of the book, the author says, "You don't scare me."  And one by one, the parts of the face are told to go away.  That is the fun part for the children,when they get to remove the facial parts.

Here is the book

We follow what the book tells us



We make the whole monster disappear

And they will surely want to do it all again!

To make the monster board you will need:

Corrugated cardboard (brown from a box)

Foam squares - red, green, yellow, purple and white
Black and yellow oak tag (or tag board) cut to the size of the cardboard
Velcro dots or square pieces with adhesive backing
White glue (Elmer's)

1. Cut cardboard and oak tag to same size (about 1 foot x 1 foot) and glue tag board to cardboard.

2. Copy the big green monster face from the book onto the green foam.  Cut out.
3. Draw the facial features on corresponding foam colors and cut out.
4. When you have all the facial parts, attach soft Velcro squares or dots on back
5.  Attach scratchy Velcro pieces on to the black oak tag
6.  Cut a long rectangular piece of yellow oak tag and glue onto the bottom of the black oak tag.  Write the words, "Big Green Monster."

If you have any thoughts or questions, please comment below. Happy crafting!


Monday, October 26, 2015

Hi Everyone,

With the help of my tech savvy daughter, I now have a blog!  I am old school, so  I am feeling my way around the blog world.

I am a special education teacher (SEIT) with 30 years experience and a strong art background.  My favorite thing to do, besides working with my students, is making materials for them.  I give workshops to teachers demonstrating how to make materials, then we create together.  One of the things I will be showing on this blog is how to make materials and the applications for children with special needs particularly those with social difficulties as well as sensory and language challenges.   I actually  use my materials with all children and you will find that kids are drawn to hand made games, books, puppets and puzzles.

I love to play!  Play with kids, experiment with materials and customize my handmade games, books, and puzzles to meet my students' interests and areas of challenge.

Since Halloween is approaching, I will be sharing ideas about how to help children cope with the "scary" aspects of the season and empower them with fun activities.  The fears that children have about monsters, darkness or natural disasters are exacerbated during the Halloween season.  By helping them manage the fears, it frees them to fully enjoy the holiday and their daily experience.

I am excited to start this new venture and share decades worth of project ideas and experiences with my own three daughters as well as the many children I've worked with over the years.  Please feel free to ask questions, share ideas of your own and suggestions for topics you would like to see discussed on the blog, SEIT to Believe It.  Thanks.

Early Childhood Special Educator