Fast forward to the present. My youngest has Selective Mutism and is in speech therapy. Although I have never taught a student with S.M. I have had many students over the years with various anxiety disorders. Christopher was my inspiration for starting this little blog last May. I wanted a way to reach out and network with other parents and teachers who were working with S.M. children. As Christopher struggled with his speech therapy sessions and homework, I knew I needed to create interesting activities for him. I am not a speech language pathologist, but with Christopher's help, I create speech therapy packets for therapists and parents to use at home. He helps me select clip art, helps with the design, and offers his five year old wisdom as to whether an activity is boring or not!
I mention all of this because my children have inspired me and motivated me to be a better mom and teacher. The youngest two are my guinea pigs when creating new items for my students. Recently, when I realized that they thought reindeer were imaginary creatures, my latest product was born! Now, not to dis Rudolph, but I thought it would be fun to create a nonfiction packet about these very interesting creatures. We all know that boys love nonfiction reading and all students, at least mine, enjoy reading about animals.
My Reindeer Reading packet includes an original three page nonfiction article about reindeer: what they look like, what they eat, and where they live. My children were excited to learn they live in Alaska. My husband went to Alaska last fall on mission's trip with our church. Sadly, he did not see any reindeer in the wild!
My boys were peeking over my shoulder as I created this packet that is filled with graphic organizers, vocabulary cards, and writing activities. Although the reading level is too difficult for my youngest, the oldest (reads at Guided Reading Level of H/I) was able to read it with support.
It is now on sale at my Teacher's Notebook shop! Today and tomorrow you receive an additional 10% off at checkout and can grab this packet for less than $3!
Now, as I often like to do, I will give away this packet for FREE to the first two sweet followers who leave a comment about their favorite holiday theme to teach in their classroom. Don't forget to leave your email address!
Have a blessed day!