Saturday, January 11, 2014

If it's Free, it's for Me!

Hello, All,

I am on a roll with two posts in one week! I am hoping to keep it up/improve it!  This was our first week back from Christmas Vacation, and we had a full 16 days away from school.  I missed my kiddos, but it was a welcomed two snow days that we had! I was a little worried that the kids were going to either be half asleep or super hyper when they came in on Monday morning.  To my surprise, we had a great Monday and a great rest of the week.  I had told them that we were almost half way through the school year and now it was their responsibility to start working towards becoming 3rd graders.  They are now 2.5 graders!  They ate this up and have been doing really well with challenging themselves this week.  I am one happy teacher!

Now onto why my post is titled "If it's Free, it's for Me!"  I will take anything that's for free, as most teachers will.  I am a taker of the paint swatches from Home Depot, Lowes, and especially Walmart.  Over Thanksgiving Break, I was at Home Depot with my husband and I was walking by the carpet section and my teacher eyes spotted the carpet square samples!  I knew I was going to do something with them, but I wasn't sure at the moment as to what they would be.  After some thinking, I brought them into my classroom and introduced them to a group of my chatty students.  I told them that the squares were special "Quiet Carpets." They were so intrigued! I explained that they were to rub the carpet whenever they felt the urge to talk.  This has been working so well that some of them bring them to their ELL class.  So basically, I am using the carpet samples as a sensory outlet.  They are taking their minds off of talking and are getting that stimulation through their contact with the carpet.  I am hoping that this stays working well, since Spring Fever will be coming up soon (not really, but one can dream) and I am going to need to calm the chatting down.  


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  1. Love this idea! Guess I'll be stopping at Home Depot soon. :) Thanks for sharing.

    The Teaching Twosome

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm glad you liked the idea! The kids love it!

  2. Hello! And welcome to bloggy world! I just found you through Instagram and I'm now your newest follower. At first, I was excited to find another second grade teacher but when I read your profile, I was even more excited that you were local. I'm not sure if you've seen on Instagram but we are having a NE Blogger Meet Up this Saturday in Boston. If you'd like to join in the fun, you can contact me through Instagram or my blog. By the way, this carpet idea is fantastic!
    Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching

    1. HI Dianne! Thanks so much for stopping by! I am so glad you found me and I'll see you Saturday! =)

  3. Love this idea! I have several students who would really benefit from these.

    The Math Maniac