Fall Leaf Paper Craft – Library Storytime Activity

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This paper leaf craft is a super easy activity for all ages for the Fall season! I used it for my Fall storytime at Dripping Springs Community Library. First, I started out with a silly rooster puppet named Doodley Doo that told silly jokes about Fall. We also enjoyed a wiggly song called It’s Time to Stand Up – Come and Make a Circle 3 by Susan Salidor.

After sharing the picture books, Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley, Little Tree by Loren Long, Fall Mixed Up by Chris Raczka, and Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, we enjoyed a very fun craft time making Fall leaf people.

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7 Key Places in Your Senior Facility to Decorate for Halloween

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Help residents celebrate Halloween by filling your facility with themed decorations for this fun autumn holiday! Here are 7 places in your senior facility to focus on:

Front Porch

In keeping with the harvest theme, make the outside of your facility more festive by adding a few cornstalks, bales of straw, and pumpkins on your front porch. Then line the railings along the porch with an orange and black Halloween bunting. In addition, host a Scarecrow Competition, in which teams of residents compete to make the best scarecrow by using pillowcases, old clothes, and straw. Then arrange all the finished scarecrows along the front porch.

Entry Way

Have fun with the entry way of your facility by adding in a few spooky cobwebs to set the mood for your visitors. If there’s space available, add in a CD player to play Halloween-themed music like Monster Mash. Continue reading



How Achilles Kids Can Inspire Special Education PE Classes

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Two years ago, I was working at a summer day camp where I began talking to a co-worker about programs that we used with our students. I told her that I was a runner and I used the programs through the New York Runner’s Club. In prior years, I was struggling to find programs for my 12:1 special education physical education classes who were lacking motivation and not willing try something new. She suggested this great program that she used with her students with disabilities called Achilles Kids. I was really curious about the program, so that night I did my research on the program. Once I saw the video on YouTube explaining the Achilles Kids Program, I was sold! In the Fall of 2015, I took the plunge and signed up three of my 12:1 classes for the Achilles Kids: Run for Life Program with Karen Lewis. I was so glad I did!

My Journey Using The Achilles Kids Program

My first year with Achilles Kids was a huge success, but it was a challenge to get there. As was the case in years past, the students resisted the change from the regular routine and did not want to run and participate in the program. However, I started to run with them and told them about the different prizes that they would receive if they reached their goals. First, the certificates came in the mail, and for many of these students this would be the first award they had ever received! Soon, there was no more complaining and it was replaced with a motivation that I was so excited to see. They started striving to go a little further every time they came into the gym. Not only did they start to get moving, but they motivated me to start to run again and I started to go after my personal goal of running a marathon. Continue reading



Lift Up Autism Event at MidCoast CrossFit

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On September 24th, MidCoast CrossFit in Old Saybrook, CT participated in a very special WOD (Workout Of the Day) called “Luke”, in support of Lift Up Autism. This is a worldwide “competition for a cause” that seeks to support early diagnosis and treatment of Austism, raise funds for the Autism Tree Project Foundation in San Diego, and shed light on the very real and significant impact Autism places on families and individuals around the world. In 2016, 626 gyms and 7,012 athletes participated, raising $80,433.00. This year it was expected that over 1,000 gyms would participate. “Luke” is a challenging workout, especially when completed as prescribed below. However, all of the movements and weights can be scaled or modified so a wide range of ages and athletic abilities can easily participate. It’s a tough 5 minutes!

“LUKE” Workout Details: 

  • AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) in 5 minutes
  • 4 Power Cleans (155 lb for men/105 lb for women)
  • 24 Double-Unders
  • 10 Pull-Ups
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Pictured here is the Norton Family. Their son Harry has autism and was the guest of honor.

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Featured PE Teacher – Taralynn Lorance

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This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Taralynn Lorance:

featured pe teacherAbout Taralynn:

I am a Physical Education Specialist at Wainwright Intermediate, Tacoma School District, Tacoma, WA. I teach 6th and 7th grade PE, and I have about 200 students. I have been teaching for 8 years in a gym and spent 17 years teaching swimming.

Current Lesson Plan/Unit:

Currently we are working on cooperative games with a focus on communication and teamwork. Communication is the theme of the month at our school and cooperative games lend a hand to this. By providing these lessons in my PE classes, it gives students opportunities to use communication in a variety of ways. it also sets a high standard for the use teamwork and communication during the year in PE and every subject area. Continue reading



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