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Sunday, January 27, 2013

New Product :: Spring Holiday Social Emotional Activity Pack

Spring Social-Emotional Activity PackThis activity pack contains 11 social skills, anger management, and social emotional activities in a fun spring theme to use around Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and the days in between! It contains the following:

- Social Skills Pragmatic Conversation Heart Cards (32 cards with decorative card backs)
- Shamrock Charades Cards (32 cards with decorative card backs)
- Fact & Opinion Cards (24 cards with decorative card backs)

Spring Social Emotional Activity Pack
- Cause and Effect Easter Egg Activity
- Cupid Friendship Activity

Cupid's Friends
- Easter Egg Problem-Solving Activity (editable)
- Easter Egg Anger Coping Skills Activity
- Rain Goal Setting WorksheetRain Goal Setting
- Positive Thinking Garden Flower Activity

Flower Positive Self Talk
- Self-Esteem Flower Worksheet
- Leprechaun Problem-Solving WorksheetSt. Patrick Problem Solving
- “I’ve Learned...” Spring Bulletin Board Activity

Forms are presented in PDF format (except for editable files in Microsoft Word format) in color and in black and white! Download the preview for low resolution images of a few of the activities!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pinterest Find :: Time Out Bottle


I came across this the other day and I think it just a fantastic idea! These bottles are very easy to make, and you can get full directions here. Basically, you fill plastic bottles with fun things. Then, when a child needs to calm down, they take the bottle with them and remain in time out until the glitter settles to the bottom. I don't currently have children of my own, but when I do, I'm definitely using this idea! I just love them for so many reasons:

1) Watching the glitter fall is soothing and encourage a child to calm down who is in a time out (which should really be the point anyway!)

2) If they shake the bottle or get impatient, the glitter mixes up again and will take longer to all setting to the bottom

3) They're made of plastic and won't break on the ground when dropped or thrown (can't say the same for other time out timers!)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pinterest Find :: Printable Game Boards

Pinterest Find :: Printable Game Boards

I came across this today and got SO EXCITED! I've always strayed away from making lots of social skills games because of the whole board I won't have to! Printable boards, are you serious!?

Well, this website has all kinds of good ones: Candyland, Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, and several others. I guess I don't have an excuses anymore!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Product :: Positive Thinking Pack


Often times, I find myself trying to explain cognitive distortions to some of my middle school kids. "The world will end if Johnny doesn't ask me out," "Nothing ever goes right for me," or "I just know the reason Sarah sat across the room is because she hates me" sometimes make me feel like pulling my hair out!

Well, after looking around for awhile, I couldn't find any colorful, easy-to-understand visuals or activities to help me teach healthy thinking habits that I made my own! Feel free to check it out at my TpT store here!

This activity pack features 10 common cognitive distortions people commonly experience. If left unaddressed, these flaws in thinking can make people more likely to experience stress, depression, and anxiety. The posters and activities are based on Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) principles and help students to identify their own irrational, negative thoughts and replace them with rational, positive alternatives.


11 color posters:
- All-Or-Nothing
- Jumping to Conclusions
- Maximizing Negatives
- Minimizing Positives
- Overgeneralization
- Personalization
- Catastrophizing
- Comparisons
- Emotional Reasoning
- Shoulds & Musts
- STOP poster for reminding students to stop negative thoughts

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- My Thoughts Worksheet (students identify negative cognitive distortions and find positive replacements)
- Name the Patterns Worksheet (students determine what type of distortion a given thought is and find a positive replacement)
- 24 “Make It Positive” cards to use in games or discussions
- 24 “Name The Pattern” cards to use in games or discussions

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Product :: Social Skills Land Extension Packs


In response to such great demand for my Social Skills Land Game, I added 6 additional packs that can be interchanged with (or used instead of) packs from the original game. This contains 216 EDITABLE (Microsoft Word format) cards of the following types to increase social and problem-solving skills in kids ages 5-13:

- Safety
- Cause and Effect
- Compromise
- Manners
- Divorce
- Pragmatic Language Skills

Students love being able to move their piece along the same Candyland® board they've come to know and love, and hardly even realize they're learning at the same time! A great game for those, "Oh shoot, what am I going to do with THOSE kids today?"

Example Questions:

1) What number should you call if there is an emergency?
2) NAME THE EFFECT: A car runs through a red light without stopping.
3) When you get on the computer, your brother always wants to use it. Draw a compromise that would make both people happy.
4) TRUE or FALSE? When someone else is talking, it is good manners to wait until they are done talking before speaking.
5) Suzy doesn’t get along well with her stepsisters, but doesn’t think her mom and stepdad will listen to her. What should she do?
6) Act out 2 examples of things you could say that would be being a good sport.

Please note that this does require the use of a Candyland® board.

I shouldn't have to say this, but: Candyland® is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc. I am not affiliated in any way with Hasbro, Inc! (obviously!)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Quote :: How to Help Your Students


"If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others." - Haim Ginott