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My Secret Teaching/Learning During Quarantine Tool + Angelman Syndrome

Hi! I know it’s been a while but a lot has happened since the last time I blogged! I hope everyone is safe and doing well. I pray that you and your loved ones are well.

Before I start, I wanted to mention a special company that is so dear to my heart, Educational Insights! 

If you know me, you know I brag about them 24/7. I honestly love this company and everything they stand for. My kiddos and I love using their tools in our classroom! A while back, before the COVID-19, my kiddos and I received a gift! Not a regular gift, a cool educational gift!

IMG_4452 (I keep all our Hot Dot Pens and cards in this container for my kiddos to place back and that way we can keep it organized.) I also had 2-3 kiddos trying to take them home.

My kiddos enjoyed working with our Pete the Cat and Ollie! They loved our sets! Since the day the started to use them, I could see their confidence building up! If they made an “oopsie” they would look at it again and when they got it right they cheered! You can also find out what other items I use from Educational Insights and how I incorporate them in our learning environment by clicking this other post here. 

However, since we are under “digital learning” or “working/learning from home” not all my kiddos were able to take a Hot Dots pen home with them. Instead, we are able to pull up resources provided on their website! 

In addition, they provide all types of learning resources for all KIDDOS! Including kiddos in the early stages of learning! I recently purchased the Playfoam, and let me tell you, it is wonderful for therapy!

Many of you may not know, but my younger sister has Angelman Syndrome. She is currently 16 years old but due to her development delay I would say she is still in the early learning stages. Since we are learning from home, she is not able to receive her services for her safety and her therapists. So now more than ever, my mom and I are responsible for providing those sensory and learning opportunities for her. This Playfoam is perfect! The texture is amazing! Crystal really enjoys it! Plus, its mess free! That’s right! We don’t have to worry about cleaning up any mess! We recently replaced her old sensory box with one filled with Playfoam and a couple of different objects.

As soon as I get a chance I’ll upload a picture here! You can also find Educational Insights on Amazon! If you are interested in purchasing from their website they always have promo codes! As of today, they have a 30% off site wide (excluding sale items) with the code LEARN.

Check them out! Also, if you would like me to do a blog post about #Angelman Syndrome let me know! I’m more than happy to let you all in a special place in my life!

Also, this blog is not sponsored. All recommendations are legit!

Thank you for your unconditional support.

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

Posted in Educational Resources, Recordable Buzzers

Unique Ways to Use Recordable Answer Buzzers!

Hi! I’ve been wanting to sit down and tell you guys about an excellent product I’ve been using for a while. There are so many different ways in which you can incorporate this tool in your classroom!

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CVC Sight Word Speaker: During my small intervention groups I try to serve as many of my children as possible, but sometimes it is impossible to be there with them every step of the way. So I made a couple adjustments to the “Sight Word Swat” and renamed it the “Cherry Blossom Catcher.” I prerecord my voice calling out the sight words written on the flowers for my kiddos to “catch” the cherry blossom that it is on. I am able to record approximately 5 sight words on each. I also make sure to use Duracell batteries since I believe the higher quality batteries, the higher quality you will be able to receive from the product. I place in different stations and pair my kiddos up in partners.

Adaptive Communication Device: That’s right! This is probably one of my FAVORITE ways I have incorporated this product! Background Story: I have a younger sister that was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome at the age of 15 months. If you are not sure what Angelman Syndrome is I encourage you to research it or reach out to me, I have a large variety of information I can share with you. For the time being, I will explain it concisely, Angelman Syndrome is a very complex genetic disorder that causes developmental disabilities and neurological concerns and epilepsy. This includes but not limited to, developmental delay and speech impairment. Furthermore, we are always looking for new useful tools and ways to communicate with my sister in ways that are convenient for her due to her current motor skills. She had an adaptive communication device but it was not the most effective one.

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It was tremendously heavy and it was harder for us to store it. I’ll attach an image of it. (To your right.)

In addition, when we started using the buzzers with prerecorded statements, my sister seemed very eager to use them. We also printed and tapped a picture to each buzzer. I recommend using poster strips to tape them down. We try to leave the buzzers on areas we know she will need them. For instance, for the TV remote buzzer, we have it near the center table of the living room since that’s where we mainly watch television. For a snack, we have the buzzer near the fridge since most of her snacks are mainly around the kitchen. For the restroom, we have the buzzer on a table since that’s a common space she’s able to reach. Since the buzzers are very lightweight we are able to carry them along with us anywhere! By the way, I reprinted the images for the buzzers for the picture..*IMG_13582

PROS: Easy to use, easy to customize, lightweight but well built, travel size which makes it easier to place it in different locations, kids love it!

CONS: They do not have a turn off button! So when we are traveling we often get scared when we hear “Baño” (Restroom in Spanish)out of nowhere…

Math whole group game buzzer: I usually will incorporate my buzzers in class since my kiddos love them! It’s an easy way to keep them actively engaged in the lesson. For example, they get into groups and I  place a word problem on the board, once they have solved the problem they record the answer on the buzzer and at the end, we all get a chance to go over the answer while tapping on the buzzers.

Other ways this product can be used:

Tired of repeating the lunch choices for the day? Use the buzzers! You can easily record the lunch choices for the day.

Want a quick matching CVC Or Sight word activity? You can print out images and have students use the buzzers! I record their sight /CVC word and have them find the image and place it beside the buzzer.

*I purchased my buzzers from Learningresources.com but they can also be found on Amazon, Walmart, and Staples. Please be aware that there is a similar set of buzzers for a cheaper price, however, they are not the personalized buttons.

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