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Free Asperger’s Syndrome Alert Card

Medical Symbol

Many parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome end up homeschooling, simply for the fact that public school can be sheer torture for kids with Asperger’s. As our kids with Asperger’s Syndrome grow up, however, they do need to leave the nest, at least sometimes. Unfortunately, sometimes people with Asperger’s Syndrome find themselves in less than ideal situations. Medical emergencies occur, law enforcement personnel ask questions of innocent bystanders, and things can just go horribly wrong. As anyone who knows anything about Asperger’s will tell you, stress can aggravate certain behaviors in people with Asperger’s Syndrome. Someone who normally could converse quite well and make excellent eye contact, may suddenly not be able to communicate and may come across as shifty-eyed due to lack of eye contact. There have even been extreme cases where a person with Asperger’s has ended up confessing to crimes he didn’t commit just so the police would leave him alone or put into a psychiatric ward just because he behaved “abnormally”.

With all of this in mind, I recently read that it was good for such individuals to carry cards that identify their disability, inform strangers what to expect, and protect the person legally. I wanted to get one of these cards for Primo, but couldn’t find one made for the U.S. that wasn’t ridiculously overpriced (I actually should say that the cards I found weren’t overpriced, so much as I didn’t need 100 of them).

So I made my own card and thought I’d post it online for others to use. Feel free to download and edit it all you want for personal and/or other forms of non-commercial use. Please feel free to let me know if you have any problems with downloading or editing this.

Autism Alert Card - Blank copy

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Freebies, Printables, Special Education
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Halloween Printables Round-Up

I apologize for being a bit AWOL last week. Dora had to have oral surgery, so I needed to spend my time meeting her needs. I have been a bit slack about doing a craft or printable round-up and not for lack of great printables and crafts to post about. So here is a final Halloween printables round up.

imageBusy Bee Kids Printables has free Halloween Mad Libs, which are such a fun way to work on parts of speech.

Cute and Crafty by Victoria has these adorable free Halloween bookmarks. image

image And Classroom  Jr. has some fun Halloween-themed worksheets for preschoolers.

Along the Way has a seek and find cards for your October sensory tub. image

imageMeanwhile Gwenny Penny has these fun set of paper dolls for kids to dress up for Halloween.

imageAnd Printables4Kids has a Halloween Decoder puzzle to keep young minds active despite a candy-induced stupor

Fun_with_Pumpkins_Directions copy123 Learn has a free Fun With Pumpkins lapbook that you can download (scroll to the bottom of the page).

halloween_ejdr-12School Express has a Halloween-themed unit that you can download. If you don’t subscribe to their newsletter, I highly recommend it as they have a free downloadable unit every week.

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Holidays, Printables
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Free Pattern Blocks for You To Download for Your Homeschool

I made some pattern block puzzles for my daughter. They are simple, as she is only two, but I thought I would share them. They were made for my printable magnetic pattern blocks, but should work with regular pattern blocks also.

Bug - Level 1 Flower - Level 2Hex-Trap-Par - Level 3 Houses - Level 1

Rocket Ship - Level 2 Snowflake - Level 3 Sun - Level 3

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Freebies, Math, Printables, Toddlers
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Printables Round-Up

There are so many great printables out there, but part of the problem is weeding through them all. So I thought I would do an occasional printables round-up to share some of the great resources I come across. This time, I am going with a fall/Halloween theme compilation.

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Holidays, Printables
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Magnetic Pattern Blocks for Educational Fun on the Go

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         This school year, I will only be officially homeschooling my son, who is eleven. My three eldest will be doing college classes, but I will also have my daughter, who will turn two this fall. My son really likes to socialize and be out and about. He loves taking classes, joining clubs, etc. It so happens that all of his activities are located about 1 hour away from our house this year (if things continue this way, we plan to move closer to these programs). As such, my daughter has to ride in the car a lot. Then, we don’t have time to go home, so she also spends a lot of time hanging out at all the places that my son has classes at. Sometimes, there are playrooms and other kids for her to play with. Other times, she will want to stay outside and explore. And at other times, I have to get creative with the things that I keep in the car. As such, I am always on the look out for good travel toys, books, art supplies, and other educational materials.

Currently, she likes to play with math manipulatives, but they are not very easy to play with in the car as the pieces fall in the cracks and so forth. So I have been trying to find manipulatives that travel better. I bought her a really neat case (Magnakase) that stores her art supplies and has a magnetic wipe board on the outside of the case (plus magnets that will hold papers still if she wants to color). So I thought it would be nice if I could find some magnetic pattern blocks. Unfortunately, I was not able to find any magnetic pattern blocks that I liked. So I finally concluded that I would need to make my own.

I decided to post these printables in case anyone else wanted to make their own pattern blocks. These printables can be printed on magnetic paper or regular paper and then laminated or attached to an adhesive magnetic sheet. Kids can then use these pattern blocks on any metal or magnetic surface. I am storing them in a metal tin that I got at Ben Franklin.

I will also make some pattern block puzzles as we go along, but right now she just enjoys playing with the blocks and making designs.

Here are the links to the printables.

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Freebies, Math, Printables
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Free Printables to Use in Your Homeschool

There are a variety of situations in which I find myself wanting to use printables in our homeschool – for holidays, to supplement unit studies, to check for literature comprehension, to review math facts, to reinforce concepts, etc. So I really appreciate all the free printables that are available these days. Here is a list of sites that I have found to have good free printables:

  • abcteach has a variety of printables for all grades and subjects. They also have teacher forms, certificates, calendars, etc.
  • Activity Village offers unique and fun printables that tend to be more appropriate for younger children. They offer notebooking pages, file folder games, holiday printables, printable scrapbooking paper, bookmarks, ASL flashcards, printable play money, and more. Other parts of their site offer coloring pages, craft projects, recipes, origami, and other goodies.
  • Donna Young is a homeschooler who has been making printables for homeschoolers for many years. She offers blackline maps, blank timelines, graph paper, math drill pages, homeschool planning sheets, and lots of helpful information.
  • Education Place has many high-quality, blank outline maps, including maps of continents, countries, states, maps with and without labels, historical maps, and more
  • Family Education’s Printable Center has a large selection of printables, such as outline maps, charts, coloring pages, skill builders, graphic organizers, etc.
  • Free printable graph paper can be found at a few sites. This can be especially important if your child gets into more advanced math. Incompetech and Print Free Graph Paper offers customizable paper generators, which is great, but may be confusing for non-math types. Printable Paper and Waterproof Paper offer pre-designed papers, which is less confusing, but doesn’t include as advanced of options that Incompetech and Print Free Graph Paper does.
  • Homeschool Launch is a website with printables made by and for homeschoolers. There are some especially nice lapbooking, notebooking, and unit studies printables (I personally find it easiest to navigate from the “View File List” page).
  • Jan Brett’s printables feature her gorgeous artwork. She has some wonderful flashcards, sight word sheets, coloring pages, craft projects, and more.
  • Johnnie’s Free Math Worksheets has a nice variety of math worksheets for grades K-8
  • Kidzone offers printables for grades pre-K – 5. I particularly like their dynamic math worksheets.
  • Learning Page requires a free membership to access their materials, but I have never been spammed by them in the several years that I have had a membership with them. They have a medium-sized selection of high-quality printables, plus they offer printables for each month that revolve around important dates of the month. What I really like about them, however, is their theme sheets. They have six different themes (Oceans, Zoo Animals, Dinosaurs, Reptiles/Amphibians, Insects/Spiders, Space). For each theme, they offer printables that cover math, language arts, and science for grades pre-K – 3 (as an example, the 2nd grade Zoo Animals Unit includes 60 pages of worksheets, 20 pages of fact files, 15 pages to create a mural with 10 pages of cutouts for the mural, lesson plans, teaching notes, and a recommended reading list).
  • National Geographic has only one printable, a Print ‘N’ Go coloring book. The coloring pages, however, are made with beautiful illustrations of animals (more appropriate for grades 3-5ish). Each animal also has a webpage with information and links about that animal.
  • SuperKids has a math worksheet creator that allows you to customize your worksheets
Labels: Printables, Unit Studies
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff