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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Football Sunday!

Have you all seen this sign? I totally need one for my house!

My oldest son's first word was football. Not mama, not dada, not even baba... football. I should have known what life had in store for me from that moment on.

Many of you know that I homeschooled my children for awhile but I have never shared the story of how it began or the frustrations that came with it. When my oldest was 2 I found him reading a book. Not the pictures.... the actual words. What sounds he hadn't figured out he made up.

I thought it was so amazing! He could read!! Little did I know the heartache this would cause. (To catch you up he has a form of Autism known as Asperger's Syndrome. He is very high functioning. He excels academically across the board but struggles socially).

Because he was so intent on learning, I taught him. It was sooo hard to keep up with his need for knowledge. One day when he was 4 he suddenly stopped learning. I was so happy but also concerned. He only wanted to know about football. I needed resources but couldn't find any. So I made everything myself... a huge massive collection of all things football. He loved it!

I have learned that sometimes to get students to move ahead we have to meet them where they are. My bff went into teaching before I did and has often pulled my football resources to get her reluctant students to write, learn vocabulary, or to do math.

So... Melonheadz and I have decided to create a complete line of football products! I am finishing them up now so they will be appearing in my store in the next few days BUT you can get a set early by leaving a comment below!

These are the original materials that I used all those years ago with new graphics to jazz it up! This packet includes 20 sentence stems/journal pages, 7 compare & contract activities, 2 goal pages, 4 pages of math, 6 pages of vocabulary, 1 geography activity, 3 class books/bulletin board projects, 1 research project, and 1 creative writing project. Over 60 pages of football fun!

My kids still love this packet. This is my baby's worksheet from today's game... he is working on adding more than 2 numbers together. Since adding is too simple for him he then groups each picture together and multiplies those and then adds. So the 2 field goals would be 2x3... it gets harder as the game goes on. =)

This is 17 weeks of greater than/less than score fun! Students record the score and then using > or < determine the winner. My son never understood Allie Alligator but he understood he wanted to be on the winning team and that the arrow always pointed toward the loser as their score was smaller.

And of course I had to do matching calendar numbers and a boggle board! We are working on getting a set out for every NFL team so if you are looking for a set, please let me know as I will put you on the top of the list.

What could be even better for football fans?? I will be selling exclusive Melonheadz Graphics for each of the teams as well. Again... I am a big tease as they are a work in progress but I couldn't wait to share with you!

I also wanted to share with you a post from Kinderzoo. I cannot imagine the grief she is going through at suddenly losing her husband, her best friend. I know that I would be devastated. She would hate it if she knew we were doing this but several of us would like to show our love and support during this difficult time.

If you have a moment - please visit her store and make a purchase. She has some amazing products. My favorites are her emergency Kinder plans. I could have so used them for that first week in school!!

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At September 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM , Blogger Tara said...

Your football fun looks awesome! Can't wait to see it done:) I have a lot of football loving boys...and me too of course! I love that sign:)

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At September 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM , Blogger Suzy Q said...

I teach at an all boys' school, so this is right up my alley! Hope I get lucky!

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At September 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM , Blogger ThinkWonder Teach said...

I did it! I just got both the football galore and the football math posted to both stores!

At September 24, 2012 at 3:34 AM , Blogger Suzy Q said...

Oh my goodness, this is packed with all kinds of football goodies! (Of course, I might need a bit of help deciphering it, but my boys will eat this up with a spoon!)

Thanks for a great 'hook' for getting them interested in learning.


At September 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM , Blogger ThinkWonder Teach said...

Sara - I am so glad you love it!! If you have any questions please let me know and I will be glad to help.

At September 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

I had a little guy last year that was obsessed with all things sports! I ended up tutoring him over the summer and we tried to cover all subjects through sports. I will be checking this out for sure!

At September 24, 2012 at 8:10 PM , Blogger Dani Burtsfield said...

Oooo! I must have this set! I hope it's applicable to third grade b/c I've got some football-lovin-boys who need this to motivate them in their learning :) Watching & waiting!


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