Testing Treats – Candy Grams to Help Ease Anxiety

Testing time is stressful for all involved! So to ease testing anxieties a bit, I decided to create candy-gram treats for them and place them on their desks each morning. They loved the silly messages and special treats, and were actually excited to come in each day in anticipation of each day’s surprise. You truly can get kids to do just about anything for a piece of candy! 🙂

Rather than reinvent the wheel, I turned to Pinterest and Google for treat labels that were already created by other teachers, saving me a ton of time. The prep work took a bit of time, but it was totally worth it!

Below are some pictures of the treats and links where you kind find labels of your own. Happy Testing!



Smartie Pants Printable




Small Candy-Gram Labels


Dum-Dum and Smarties Printable


Airhead Printable


Additional Links:

Smart Cookie

Super Cute Treat Tags

Testing Incentives

Letter to Parents for Week Before Test





Great Apps, Gone Free

I stumbled upon a great post on Appy Mall, chock full of a lot of great free apps for the classroom.Check it out, you won’t be sorry. They always have great postings, so be sure to like them on Facebook too!

Free App Post

Forging Lifelong Memories – Our Trip to the White House Kitchen Garden


Looking back on your childhood memories, you’ll quickly realize that a lot
of them are centered around school. It is no wonder then, that as educators
we try so hard to make as many positive memories as we can for our students
each year. On September 30, 2014, my 4th-grade students forged memories that will surely last a lifetime with a visit to the White House Garden.

Visiting Washington D.C. is in itself an amazing and iconic American
experience. However, being invited to enter the White House and tour the
First Family’s Garden is something most people only dream of. In fact, very
few people are allowed the opportunity to actually do just this. So when we received the news they could send a class of students there,
you can only imagine the excitement that this once in a lifetime
opportunity ignited.

Curated by the White House Staff, students were invited onto the White
House property where they were able to explore the kitchen garden and learn
about the rich history behind it all. The student’s faces gleamed with smiles of excitement as they asked questions and took the whole experience in. Their smiles were mirrored by those of the White House staff and secret service men who escorted the group, as they were delighted to take-in the excitement and happiness of their small visitors from New York City. And as if on cue to add a fairytale ending to the story, who should come to visit the garden at the same time? Sunny, the First Family’s adorable new dog whose visit made such an impression to the kids that their smiles stretched even further!


Interested in applying for a tour of your own? Find the details here!

Want to build your own kitchen garden? Check this list out

(adapted from an article I wrote for our District’s Newsletter)

Free Educational Apps – Act Quickly!


I found these today, thanks to http://techinspecialed.com

Please share with any speech therapists or educators who may benefit from this!

(Quoted from https://www.facebook.com/techinspecialed/info)

Not Sure How Long this Will Stay Free ***$40 Speech App gone FREE*** (39.99–>Free) Articulation with The Speech Wizard app is an innovative speech therapy tool to help children develop their articulation skills. This app includes: sound discrimination activities, flashcards, consonant blends, word, phrase, & sentence levels, data tracking, and a record button. It has been created for speech therapists, parents, and teachers to effectively teach children articulation skills in an engaging and motivating way. We use strategic sound sequence patterns with key target words and sound discrimination activities to help ensure positive outcomes.


***$20 Speech App Gone Free*** (19.99–>Free) Social Skill Builder Full is an app that uses videos to teach appropriate behaviour and social expectations in a variety of situations for preschool, elementary and high school age students. Users are shown a video clip and then are asked a series of multiple choice questions about what happened in the clip. Correct answers turn green and there is a short animation along with a verbal reinforcement. A mistake causes the question to be re asked. I thought the app used some good common examples that most students could relate to. It would definitely be helpful for those with ASD who have difficulty “reading” subtle social cues and knowing what is expected of them. – Dianne http://bit.ly/PKwZqI


***FREE app of the day*** (2.99–>Free) Neon Tiki Tribe: Bullies Written in a Dyslexia-friendly font, this title, which teaches children how to handle bullies, features bright colors, adventure, the Neon Tiki Tribe, and a review at the end for parents to create a teachable moment with parents with kids. Let this app help your child become a T.I.K.I. (Thoughtful Intelligent Kind Individual)! – Angie http://bit.ly/1lOeoqA

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***Free Price Drop Alert*** (3.99–>Free) Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo Complete. 12 richly rendered games. Play with your zoo animal friends while learning basic math skills. More than just great graphics the interesting gameplay engages kids to have fun while learning about numbers. http://bit.ly/1lrqzdg


***Free Price Drop Alert*** (2.99–>Free) Toy School – Letters (Educational Game for Kids to Learn Alphabet and Letters). Learn to write letters, match words with missing first letters, find animals and food that start with different letters and do much more creative tasks with TOY SCHOOL teachers. Time to play and learn the first letters!

Kids Get Free Gifts With Summer Reading Programs


Summer is a time when kids get to kick back and enjoy their carefree days, making memories that will surely last a lifetime. However, not being in school for 2 consecutive months, also has a huge downfall, more specifically the “summer slide.” Experts agree that those children who read during the summer acquire reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward. The good news is that research indicates that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. The trick is to make sure these books are on the child’s independent reading levels, so that they are not too easy or too hard. Below I have outlined a few summer reading programs that offer kids incentives to continue to read over the summer, avoiding the summer slide and getting rewarded all in one!

Barnes and Nobles Summer Reading Program – Imagination’s Destination

Kids earn a FREE BOOK in three simple steps:

Step 1. Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal PDF. Step 2.Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.

Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!

Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge

Students who read all summer long and log it on their recording sheet, can visit a local Pottery Barn store and pick up a free book!

Half-Price Books Summer Reading Program – Feed Your Brain

Kids 14 and under can earn free Half Price Books gift cards if they read for at least 300 minutes from June 1 to July 31, 2014.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program

With this reading program students who complete the program by reading 10 books, earn $10 free! This summer reading program runs June 1 – August 31.

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Reward Certificates

On this site are many different rewards certificates that earn children 10 free play tokens! The reading certificate requires students to read each day for two weeks.

Free App – iPad apps for speech! #apraxiaawarenessday

In celebration of Apraxia Awareness Day there are several FREE high value iPad apps for speech! (US And Australia!)


Here are a few high valued apps for FREE today — available for iPad only (reg. $23.99)! Multimedia Speech Pathology is celebrating Apraxia Awareness Day on May 14 by setting these apps for FREE FOR TODAY ONLY! Both apps are available in US English and Australian English.


FREE Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Classroom Edition App reg. $49.99 Today Only!

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day, today only (5/6), you can download the iTunes Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Classroom Edition app for FREE! This is usually $49.99!

FREE Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Classroom Edition App reg. $49.99 – Today Only!.