Ten Little…Eggs!

I know we just counted bunnies yesterday, but I had to share this cute book with you that just happens to feature counting, as well. It’s called Ten Little Eggs by Jean Marzollo, and the best thing about this book is the 3-D colored eggs on each page. As the story progresses, a bird hatches from each egg…take a look:

This continues until there are no eggs left, just birds.

I made up a simple little tune to go along with this story, but really anything will do. All of the verses rhyme, which makes it nice and simple. This is the perfect book for my kiddos who are working on counting, because the objects being counted are pretty and tactile.

Oh, and about those bunnies we were counting yesterday…they must read my blog, because yesterday when I looked out my office window, I saw five of them sitting neatly in a row on my lawn. I tried to get a picture of them, but they scampered off too soon. I did manage to get two of them, though:

Too cute! Sometimes I feel like I live in a Disney movie, because my yard is always full of birds, bunnies, and all kinds of other cute little animals :)

Counting Time: Bunnies

Easter is on its way, which means we’ve been singing about all things related. Bunnies are an especially hot topic, and that is what we’re counting today. Here we go!

Counting time, it’s counting time,
So let’s all sing this simple rhyme.
Ten little bunnies in a row,
Now let’s count them nice and slow:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

How many bunnies?
Ten little bunnies.
All lined up in a row!

What songs or activities do you use around Easter? I know that at many schools, celebrating certain holidays is not allowed…good thing there are plenty of spring songs out there if this is the case! I have a great book I’ll share with you tomorrow, so make sure you stop by and check it out. Have a fantastic day!

Playing Catch-Up

Yesterday was the first official day of Spring Break, and I packed a whole lot into just a few hours. I took my mom out to lunch for her birthday, ran errands, snuck in a nap, taught two piano lessons and led one music therapy group, all before 6 pm. After a quick dinner, my friend Victoria came over and we watched a movie and talked. I went to bed early, because I knew that today was the day to get down to work. This is what my desk looked like by 10 am:

I finally have some time to finish a project I’ve been working on for the past couple of months…a project with a deadline looming over me! I am super excited about it, and there will be more to come on this soon. Here’s a close-up of the chaos:

I have been holed up in my office all day, and am just now taking a break to write this post. However, I really can’t complain too much; after all, I do have these beautiful windows which provide me with a view of the sunny day outside:

My office at school is the size of a closet and has no windows, so I am enjoying every second of working at home. Now I think I have procrastinated enough – back to work for me!

Friday Fave: Spring Break!

Woohoo! After a long, cold winter, there’s really nothing better than an entire week off of school. Spring break was made for catching up on sleep, friends, and life in general, and that is exactly what I plan to do with mine! I will still be seeing some of my students who are not on spring break, but I won’t be waking up at 5:30 to get ready for school. And boy, am I looking forward to that :)

Spring fever sets in for me towards the middle of February, when Mother Nature teases us with those semi-warm, sunny days. Now that April is in full swing, spring fever has taken over the Hope Institute. If you’ll be taking your spring break next week, please enjoy it! If you’ve already had it, or if you don’t get one at all – I apologize for the reminder ;) Either way, have a wonderful weekend!

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month

You can help spread the word about autism in many different ways. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Write an article and send it to the newspapers.
  • Dedicate a song on your local music radio station for “Autism Awareness”.
  • Wear your ribbons & put your magnets on your cars.
  • Make a donation on behalf of an autistic child.
  • Try to get your favorite business to make a donation to autism research or donate a percentage of the daily sales.
  • Bring awareness to you community with a bullentin board.
  • Post an autism awareness message on Facebook and/or MySpace.

World Autism Awareness Day is April 2. For more information about World Autism Awareness Day and listings of events from around the world, please click here.

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