Thursday, April 18, 2013


There's alot going on in the Bender Bunch Classroom! Testings done and now for some fun!!!!

Our field trip was today and boy did we have a blast! It was probably my best (and theirs) field trip experience yet! We went to TV 2, our local TV broadcasting channel, and then to Mama's pizza.  The kids got to make their own personal pan pizzas and put whatever they wanted on them. Then, they even got to put them on the oven belt and watch them as they rolled out! 

TV 2 made a video of them being on TV and they even got to pretend to be meteorologists! They are emailing me the video, which I was hoping to show, but I haven't gotten it yet......maybe tomorrow. The pictures speak for themselves when I say how much  fun we had!!! 

Love this picture!!!

And this one!!!

 Our local city transportation chauffeured us around everywhere (for FREE).
We felt like VIP's!!! 

Mama's Pizzeria

My two fabulous aides!!!


The two adults in this picture own Mama's Pizzeria & they ROCK!   All of my kids brought $5 to pay for their pizza and soda and these two wonderful people would not accept a dollar of it!!!! They surprised us and gave us everything on the house.....even icecream for dessert!

I just love our little community! There is so much support for the kids and so many wonderful people! I am so grateful for everything that they all did for my class today! Gosh, I'm tearing up just typing this.....seriously! And it's just so wonderful to see the kids having soooooo much fun!!

I do regret not getting pics of them in the back kitchen making their own pizzas, but it was just too busy at that moment.....and greasy hands if you know what I mean!

When we returned to school we completed this.

It's a 4 page booklet from a Scholastic e-book that I love! It's one of the new e-books I got at the dollar sale and love it. I highly recommend this book. No page goes to waste. Every page is useful and will allow your kiddos to make some awesome books every month of the year!!!!

 Another exciting thing happening in the Bender Bunch Classroom is this. 

Two of my non-verbal Downs students received communication ipads with the Proloquo 2Go apps on Monday, from our Assistive Technology Department. We have so much support in our district, it is just simply a blessing!

If you haven't heard of Proloquo 2Go, it's amazing technology!!!!
 It is just like using BoardMaker and PECS......but on an ipad.....yet it speaks and the pictures are all right at your fingertips.
No more making, printing, laminating, and velcroing! Yay!

It's a $200 app, but well worth it, and I along with the families feel very fortunate to have our district provide this valuable communication tool for these two!!!


Another exciting thing happening is that Scholastic is having a Pocket Chart Sale!!!!

And now I'm leaving you with a freebie from my "Ladybug Life Cycle Unit." It'll be my top creation yet, that covers reading, writing, math, science, and fine motor skills. It's almost done and will be up in my shops this weekend. 

Hopefully you were able to snag this freebie from the unit last week. If not, you can get it for only a buck.....or you can wait  
and purchase the entire unit this weekend!!!

Here's another sneak preview from the unit, 
Life Cycle Posters, 
that you can 
get for free {here}

There's two because I couldn't decide which one I liked the best.........and it's so darn hard to get those arrows just perfect! 

Freebie Fridays

That's it folks! Going to put field trip pics on a dvd for all my kiddos to take home tomorrow!

Happy Friday! 

32 days of school left!!!!!


  1. Wow! I am so jealous! Are you in CCSD? We have such a difficult time getting transportation. Your field trip looks like a blast!

  2. Hi! I found you through Fifth in the Middle's state blog list!

    Your students looked like they had so much fun on their field trip. :)

    We bought my son an iPod Touch and put Proloquo2Go on it when he was 4 and in the KIDS program. It was such a wonderful asset to him! Your students will love it! He is now 7 and in Primary Autism. Unfortunately, Apple decided that they were no longer going to support the iPod that we had for him so we switched him to Sonoflex on a Samsung Galaxy Player. I have to admit I liked Proloquo2Go better, but we are an Android family so this works out better all the way around.

    Teaching Is Sweet


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