Kate Gosselin excludes Collin Gosselin from birthday party and it's the worst thing she could have done for her special needs son

You've heard of kids being excluded from other children's birthday celebrations? Well, Kate Gosselin took it one step further--she didn't invite her son Collin #Gosselin to his own birthday party. The Nov. 29 episode of TLC show "Kate Plus 8" showed the sextuplets' lavish birthday bash minus one sextuplet (Collin) who's in some kind of behavior therapy. Mom says she's sorry for herself and Collin's siblings that he couldn't attend his party but says it's best for everyone. Kate Gosselin feels sad but justified excluding Collin Gosselin from his birthday party
Looking for Halloween printables to use with special needs kids? Count down the days to Trick or Treat with dozens of free printable Halloween activities, coloring pages and crafts from Making Friends.com. Print free craft projects for all sorts themes. Making Friends has a really holiday activities, coloring pages, cut and paste, paper dolls, Trick or treat wrappers, worksheets, Halloween puzzles and mazes. Print word searches, crossword puzzles and word games, perfect for Halloween language arts lessons. Print Halloween card games, flash cards, dioramas, masks and pumpkin carving patterns and stencils.
Here free printable Halloween lesson plans, worksheets, games, coloring pages, activities and puzzles. Use for Trick or Treat themed math, reading, writing, literature, science, language, social studies and crafts. All Free Printables has free Halloween crafts, greeting cards, party invitations, decorations, cut-outs, coloring pages, masks, party invitations, name tags, treat bags, pumpkin cut-outs, book marks, picture frames and lots more. Puzzlemaker lets you create templates for printable Halloween worksheets, puzzles, mazes, jigsaws, dot to dot, Soduku, crosswords and activities galore.

Print Activities is another mega site for all your school and family activity printing needs. Look for units, printable worksheets and lessons focused around Halloween and trick-or-treat. Disney Family offers a plethora of free printable Halloween Disney activities, crafts and coloring pages. Coolest Holiday Parties has free printable Halloween party supplies. You'll find cards, invitations, treat and punch bowl printables, banners, place cards, name tags, wall hangings for your party. 

Boy found in heroin car with Rhonda Pasek, James Acord: what's up in East Liverpool, Ohio?

What ever happened to the boy found in the backseat of the "heroin car" in East Liverpool, Ohio? Police posted a picture of the interior of a car and occupants on social media and it went viral. Dr. Oz recently explored this sensation and the backstory on the "heroin boy" is as sickening as the faces of the adults in the front seat. Who are they? What happened? Why did police circulate such a graphic photo?    Boy found in heroin car with Rhonda Pasek, James Acord: what's up in East Liverpool, Ohio?

Nadya Suleman runs from Octomom, porn star image, blames media for creating her, but can she hide?

Nadya Suleman is running from both her images as octomom and a porn star but can she hide? The single welfare mom of 14 blames the media for creating this monster mom persona and for enticing her to capitalize on it. Now the former Octomom is rebranding herself as Natalie Suleman, psychiatric nurse. But the public has a memory like an elephant and it's doubtful that the one-time most hated woman in America can outrun that distinction. You know what they say about old sins casting long shadows. Is this just another delusion from Suleman? She's lied about stripping, drug addiction, porn, child neglect, food stamps, disability, lip implants, tummy tuck, breast implants, plastic surgery, malpractice, public-funded in vitro fertilization, so a name change is nothing. Even as Natalie Suleman, the truth-stretching hasn't ceased.  Nadya Suleman runs from Octomom, porn star image, blames media, but can she hide?

JonBenet Ramsey brother Burke Ramsey horrified folks in Dr. Phil murder tell-all

Burke Ramsey, brother of murdered 6-year-old #JonBenet Ramsey, horrified people in his first-ever murder tell-all to Dr. Phil McGraw. Ramsey, who was 9 at the time of his sister's killing in 1996, has long been suspected. When he opened up for the first time in 20 years, Burke shocked and angered a lot of people. Dr. Phil promised answers to the unsolved murder of the Boulder, Colorado child beauty queen but so far, the first two parts in this 3-part series have only served to further polarize. Did Burke Ramsey, mom Patsy Ramsey, dad John Ramsey or an intruder bludgeon, sexually assault and strangle little JonBenet?    JonBenet Ramsey brother Burke Ramsey horrified folks in Dr. Phil murder tell-all

Teach healthy habits: Wean 'tube-fed' kids off television with TV addicts diet

Are your kids educationally tube fed? Do your TV addicts "eat" cable TV for breakfast, movies for lunch and sit-coms for dinner? Most kids and yes. adults, consume diets high in saturated TV viewing. Or video gaming, texting, surfing the net. It's all just staring at a screen. Summer time--with three months of freedom--is the big temptation for TV addicts. Television isn't a demon, but too much television will liquefy kids' precious brain cells. Want to get (boob) tube-fed kids off television and into healthy habits? Try the TV addicts diet. Here are ways to wean TV addicts off television and onto life!   Teach healthy habits: Wean 'tube-fed' kids off television with TV addicts diet | Examiner.com

'I am Sam' critical analysis, movie review, college essay: Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The movie "I am Sam" (2001) with Sean Penn is being used in college sociology, psychology and English classes to help students explore themes of love, mental health and parenting, intelligence and responsibility. Here is a movie review, critical analysis and college essay for psychology or sociology classes. This critical analysis is organized by major themes and motifs in I am Sam.  'I am Sam' critical analysis, movie review, college essay: Mental Health Month | Examiner.com

Math facts homework practice kit, homemade Montessori math learning center

Montessori and Math Their Way teach math in hands-on learning center tasks, as opposed to paper-and-pencil lessons. Here's a homemade mini math learning center. Use this shoebox math facts practice kit for independent, on-the-go learning. Retention of math facts and operations is vital for higher math. Use this math homework practice kit to reinforce addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Children should practice 5-10 minutes 4-5 times a week.  Math facts homework practice kit, homemade Montessori math learning center 

Repurpose and reuse used clothing, rags, fabric scraps in recycled crafts

Here's an Earth Day stat that may shock you--suburban dwellers leave a 30 percent larger carbon footprint that urban dwellers. Why? Because suburbanites, particularly, buy so much more stuff for oversized homes, vehicles and yards. Then they don't repurpose and reuse it when it wears out. We have so much stuff we have to dig holes in the ground to bury it when we don't need it. Take used clothing--landfills overflow with used clothing that was tossed out. Here are ways to teach special needs kids about recycling, on Earth Day, with easy recycled crafts to repurpose and reuse used clothing, fabric scraps,old bedding, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, towels and rags. Repurpose and reuse rags and fabric scraps as rag rugs, blankets, car rugs and pet bedding.  Repurpose and reuse used clothing, rags, fabric scraps in recycled crafts | Examiner.com

Geography bee activities: Hands-on landforms, topography maps in social studies

 The National Geography Bee commands much interest in the U.S. Geography is a fascinating subject that has been somewhat consumed in generic social studies lessons. Many older people who were drilled in geography and history fault modern educators for replacing them with social studies. History and Geography lessons are still taught, but in broader scope units that include culture, civics, government and other related topics. And critics are correct to an extent--when subject scope is widened some specific content falls through the cracks. So here are easy, hands-on geography lessons. Make hands-on landforms and topography maps for social studies and geography bee practice.  Geography bee activities: Hands-on landforms, topography maps in social studies | Examiner.com

Free printable Harry the Dirty Dog activities, book crafts, recipes, games

March is National Reading Month. Why not celebrate the joy of children's literature with a kids' storybook craft party? I learned as a special education Montessori teacher/homeschool mom to make lesson plans hands-on. So my craft parties include an interactive story and snack. One of my husband's favorite children's literature characters is Harry the Dog, created by Gene Zion and drawn by Margaret Bloy Graham. Harry the Dirty Dog won the Caldecott Award for children's literature illustrations. Here are free printable lesson plans, book crafts and recipes for a Harry the Dirty Dog party. Most of the activities come from the book No Roses for Harry.  Free printable Harry the Dirty Dog activities, book crafts, recipes, games | Examiner.com

Preschool learning centers: Sand table, water table science activities

A sand table is a low child-sized table with tubs that can be filled with materials for children to explore. The sand table is the backbone of preschool science activities in learning centers. Early childhood special education classrooms use a sand table, or water table. The sand table provides hands-on,interactive learning, cognitive and perceptual development and tactile stimulation. You can make your own sand table for preschool learning centers. Then use these sand table science activities for early childhood lesson plans.   Preschool learning centers: Sand table, water table science activities

Free printable color by number coloring pages, color by letter puzzles, games

Color by number coloring pages are images divided into labeled sections that must be colored according to label. They're similar to paint by number activities that were popular in the 1970s. Some color by number activities are color by letter or math problem. Kids must solve the math problem to know which number to color the space. Color by number coloring pages can be used to teach math, counting, reading and other subjects. Here are free printable color by number puzzles and coloring pages.   Free printable color by number coloring pages, color by letter puzzles, games | Examiner.com

Valentine candy heart cookies, conversation hearts math game, craft, lesson

 Looking for ways to use up leftover valentine candy hearts? Here's a cute Valentine craft and snack that teaches math using Valentine's Day Necco Sweetheart conversation hearts. They're an edible flashcards to help children practice counting and other mathematics skills. Perfect for preschool, cognitively impaired special needs and ECSE lesson plans  Valentine candy heart cookies, conversation hearts math game, craft, lesson | Examiner.com

Free printable Super Bowl coloring pages, football lesson plans, games, crafts

Super Bowl XLIX Sunday rolls around Feb 1, 2015. Is Super Bowl a national holiday at your house? If you can't make it to Arizona, here are Super Bowl party activities to celebrate at home. Check out free printable Super Bowl coloring pages, games, word puzzles and crafts. There are team logo crafts, football helmet insignia, football trivia and more. Use to entertain the kiddies so you can enjoy the game. Or use them for decorations, table decor or half-time party games. There are even some educational activities to learn more about football.  Free printable Super Bowl coloring pages, football lesson plans, games, crafts | Examiner.com

Free printable Chinese New Year of the Monkey activities, Spring Festival crafts | Examiner.com

February 8 celebrates Chinese New Year of the Monkey 2016. Special needs kids will love celebrating this holiday in class. They'll love the emphasis on animals. Each year in the 12-year Chinese zodiac, a different spirit animal is honored as are people born under that animal sign (in 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956 and on back through the multiples of 12). Greet each other on February 8 with the traditional Chinese New Year blessing "Gung Hay Fat Choy!" Chinese New Year is part of the Spring Festival and ends with the Lantern Festival. Looking for free printable Chinese New Year of the Monkey activities? Here are CNY crafts, coloring pages, greeting cards, Spring Festival lesson plans, Lantern Festival crafts and more. Print Chinese zodiac crafts, animal crafts, party decorations, CNY games and puzzles and lots more.  Free printable Chinese New Year of the Monkey activities, Spring Festival crafts | Examiner.com

Free printable math file folder games, math worksheets, math games, math lessons | Examiner.com

 File folder games are a homeschool parent's or teacher's best friend in classroom resources. If you teach special needs students or like to use hands-on, interactive resources, make some file folder games. Here are free printable math games that can be easily made into file folder games. Print these math lessons and math worksheets and glue into a file folder. Laminate pieces and game board then cut out the pieces. Place game pieces in a Ziploc bag and attach bag to file folder games. The websites listed have free printable math worksheets and file folder games for number recognition, counting, skip counting, money math, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, math facts, fractions, decimals, story problems and other math concepts.  Free printable math file folder games, math worksheets, math games, math lessons | Examiner.com

Low income kids more often overweight: Childhood obesity, poverty, poor diets

Low income kids are more often overweight than children in moderate to high income families. IANS reported Jan. 9, that childhood obesity is linked to poverty in a direct one-to-one correspondence. For every one percent drop in low income status, children and teens were 1.17 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. The University of Michigan study, published in Childhood Obesity, looked at roughly 112,000 Massachusetts students for poverty and obesity links. It correlated overall community childhood obesity rates with lower income status. It factored in family food stamps, free and reduced lunch and transitional aid eligibility. Low income kids more often overweight: Childhood obesity, poverty, poor diets

Missing Allentown 5 y/o autistic boy Jayliel Vega Batista found dead, autopsied

The search for a lost Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania child with special needs ended in tragedy. NBC 10 reported on Jan.4 that the missing 5-year-old autistic boy Jayliel Vega Batista was found dead in Allentown Canal after he disappeared from a Lehigh Valley New Year's Eve party. The deceased Lehigh Valley child's body will be autopsied on Monday but authorities don't suspect foul play. They believe the autistic boy wandered off, met with an accident or fell into the waters of Allentown Canal. Advocates for special needs children say the death of Jayliel Vega Batista highlights the need for better understanding of kids with autism.  Missing Allentown 5 y/o autistic boy Jayliel Vega Batista found dead, autopsied | Examiner.com

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