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One Sure Way to Help Your Child Work Through Emotions

It's no secret that Princess struggles to work through emotions in safe and healthy ways.  Over the years it's seemed like we've tried everything to help her.  The good.  The bad.   The in between.  

About a year ago Princess was at her worst. It was scary for everyone.  Doctors and therapists were involved on a regular basis.

We were taking Princess to therapy sessions weekly, and e-mailing therapists more often than that because of issues arising at home.  This continued for a year, and still Princess regressed.  My husband and I were absolutely miserable and extremely concerned.

In September we decided to take a break from therapy and just work on being a family with everyone functioning through day to day tasks.  This is when we discovered the one sure way to help your child work through emotions.
Working through emotions
Though Princess had regressed while receiving therapy for a year, all of us had learned important skills and strategies during sessions.  The approach to working through emotions wasn't working, but the ideas behind the approach were valid.  Princess still needed to learn how to work through emotions safely and effectively.

We were all so exhausted from the year's worth of crazy chaos.  Whatever route we took to helping Princess next needed to be simple.  The process had to be benefit everyone involved.  It also needed to have a built-in reinforcement to encourage progress even when she fights it.

The Plan

I made an agreement with Princess.  If she could function through daily tasks, we would not question her about feelings.  However if she couldn't function, we'd go for a walk, just her and I.  She would be required to talk about her feelings.  We wouldn't stop walking until she was finished and we had a plan to make things better.  

We had observed over the past few months that Princess was most successful working through emotions right before bed when she was tired.  She didn't have the energy and stamina to put up a fight.

We also knew that Princess was fully capable of walking 8+ miles.  We had walked as a family last Summer and Fall in preparation for our trip to Disney World with an overall goal of walking 10 miles successfully.  Princess had no troubles in the park because of our preparations.

To ensure Princess stays hydrated on our walks, we always bring along water bottles and take breaks when needed.

Our walks are now known as the "Walk n' Talk."

Safety

Our first walk was six miles long.  She avoided talking about her feelings for the first two miles.  But, she was being safe as we walked.  This was something I hadn't seen before.  

I had told her ahead of time that she was responsible for her own safety.
  • She was required to keep up with me, walking side by side, where I could see her.
  • She was responsible for remaining on the sidewalk or walking trail.
  • She was in charge of keeping her body safe while walking.
  • There would be no physical contact between us while on the Walk n' Talk.
If she could not follow these rules, stay safe while walking, or refused to walk at all, her developmental pediatrician would be called and appropriate steps would be taken to obtain further help outside of the home.

Princess was so focused on putting one foot in front of the other, keeping up with me, and being vigilant about her surroundings that she didn't have time to engage in dangerous behaviors.  Knowing what it would mean if we needed to call the doctor, she did her very best to follow the plan.

Behaviors

Miles three and four were rough.  Princess was fighting so hard to keep her emotions to herself.  When she does this she becomes angry and tends to lash out with words.  At times she cries.  When at home or in therapy, she screams.

But on our walk, she could only tense up so much.  She was focused on walking and breathing.  Princess still cried and lashed out, but it was nothing like what she does at home.  The best part about the scenario was that I had been walking and breathing too, which helped me remain calm.  I was able to speak in soothing tones, repeating words of comfort and encouragement.

If we passed neighbors as we walked, and they seemed concerned about Princess who was crying or yelling, I was able to explain that she was having a hard day and we were going for a walk to work through emotions.  It was a simple explanation that was 100% true.  Princess knew if she tried to cause a scene I would share further details about her behaviors, which is something she hates.

The Power of Words

Miles five and six were mind blowing.  Princess was so tired.  She couldn't hold her emotions back any longer.  Her words poured out like a rainstorm.  I've never heard her talk so much.  And when she was finished, she let me help her.  We talked about every emotion and every scenario.

When we returned home, Princess asked for a hug.  In case you didn't know, Princess never asks for hugs.

The second walk was another six miles. The third was eight miles.  Lately the walks are becoming shorter and shorter.  Just this week, we only walked two miles and she was finished with her process.  Princess is becoming a pro at it.

Benefits

We have never been in a better place than we are right now.  Princess is working through emotions more effectively than she's ever done before.

We have walked in sun, wind, rain, and cold.  For the first time in a long time, I'm losing weight, instead of gaining weight from stress related to worry about Princess.

And Princess...
  • She's exercising.
  • She's learning how to breathe correctly.
  • She's eating better.
  • The dangerous behaviors have stopped.
  • Her sleeping has improved significantly.
  • She's staying safe.
More important than anything else, Princess is learning to work through emotions in a healthy way.  She's developing a life long skill that will help her feel joy and happiness throughout her entire life.  We're also growing closer through the process, developing an improved mother-daughter relationship.

We love the Walk n' Talk.  It has been the one sure way we've been able to help Princes work through emotions.

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Fall Harvest Pumpkin Unit with Free Printables

I love pumpkins!  Not the jack-o-lantern style related to Halloween, but pumpkins in general.  From the end of September through Thanksgiving I indulge in as many things pumpkin related as possible.  My children love pumpkins too.  The older kiddos have had many years of experience with pumpkins, but Sunshine not so much.  

It only seemed natural to create a Fall Harvest Pumpkin Unit for her shelves.  Boy has she loved it!  Sunshine loves botany.  Any time we study plants, whether trees, flowers, fruits, or vegetables, she's absolutely fascinated.  Her passion is definitely contagious.

Fall Harvest Pumpkin Unit
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Here are Sunshine's activities!

P is for Pumpkin Sand Tray
P is for Pumpkin
Sunshine is showing an interest in writing letters.  We're taking it very slow to ensure success, but I've gotta say, she's doing quite well.  She's tracing her sandpaper letter and then writing the letter in the orange sand.

Fall Harvest Pink Series Word and Picture Match Up
Fall Harvest Pink Series Word and Picture Match Up
Sunshine has been begging to read her older siblings' chapter books.  We keep telling her that she needs to learn to read first.  She assures us she can as she knows her letter sounds.  In an effort to follow the child and see just how far she can go, we're moving forward with pink series activities.

Source: Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Fall Harvest Pumpkin Unit Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, subscribe to our weekly newsletter at the bottom of the post.

Counting Pumpkins 0-9
Counting pumpkins
I can say with confidence that Sunshine FINALLY can identify all of her numbers AND count them out using manipulatives.  This is such a huge accomplishment for her.  She has loved reviewing her numbers this week using the pumpkin counters provided.

Sunshine lays out all of the sandpaper numbers in order from 0-9.  Then she counts out the correct number of pumpkins for each card, placing them below it.

Fall Harvest Geometric Solids Shape Sort
Fall Harvest Geometric Solids Shape Sort
Sunshine spotted our 3D shapes and has been fascinated with them ever since.  We decided to introduce her to a few using Fall Harvest themed images.  She's enjoyed sorting them, comparing shapes.

Source:  Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Fall Harvest Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, subscribe to our weekly newsletter at the bottom of the post.

Squash Family Match Up
Squash Family Match Up
In an effort to appease Sunshine's desire to learn more about botany, we studied the squash family this week.  She has enjoyed matching up pictures of what each squash looks like on the outside, with pictures of what it looks like on the inside.

Source: Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Fall Harvest Pumpkin Unit. For your free printable, subscribe to our weekly newsletter at the bottom of the post.

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Sequencing Activity
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Sequencing Activity
A pumpkin unit wouldn't be complete without studying the life cycle of a pumpkin, especially for our botany lover.  In this activity, Sunshine puts the pumpkin cards in sequence using the control chart provided. She places numbers next to each step in order.  I'm so excited about how well she's doing with this!

Source: The free printable for this activity can be found at Montessori for Everyone.

Wrapping Rubber Bands around a Pumpkin
Wrapping Rubber Bands around a Pumpkin
We are working extremely hard to help Sunshine develop better hand and finger muscle and coordination in preparation for writing.  Rubber band activities are a great way to help with that process.  Sunshine has enjoyed putting rubber bands around the pumpkin.  She especially likes taking them off.

Pumpkin Dropper Water Transfer
Pumpkin dropper activity
It's been a while since we've worked with water and a dropper.  Sunshine has had significant struggles in the past.  This time around though, she's done great with it and even enjoys it!  Using the dropper, she fills each pumpkin up with water and then goes back through and transfers the water back into the glass container.

Pumpkin Themed Cutting Activity
Pumpkin Themed Cutting Activity
Sunshine loves to cut, even though she struggles with it.  This cutting activity includes pumpkin ribbon, scrapbooking paper, paper straws, and thin orange foam squares.  She's quite excited about it.

Pumpkin Sensory Bin
Pumpkin Sensory Bin
It's no secret that Sunshine's a little bit obsessed with sensory bins right now.  I couldn't be happier as they provide fabulous sensory input that she needs.  This bin is pumpkin themed.  All pumpkins came from our local craft store or dollar store.

We hope you have a fabulous Fall season and enjoy all things pumpkin at home and in the classroom!

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Free Christmas Visual Schedule for Kids

Visual schedules can be a life saver for parents of children with special needs, especially when children have autism, anxieties, PTSD, Reactive Attachment Disorder and other trauma related issues.  Whether they're used for daily routines, school day schedules, or a major event, a visual schedule can help a special needs child function and remain calm, when used appropriately and consistently.

Our family has used various types of visual schedules since Dinomite was a toddler.  All of our kiddos have benefited from them.  Their favorites include our daily visual schedule and our Christmas visual schedule.  You can receive your FREE Christmas Visual Schedule for Kids today!

Christmas Visual Schedule

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We spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at home alone, just the six of us due to the special needs of the kiddos.  So that we don't cause unnecessary anxiety, meltdowns, aggression, and rages,we try to keep the day as low key as possible .  However, even a low key day can be challenging, especially when it's Christmas.  The kiddos' daily routines and schedules are changed.

We spend several days preparing the kiddos for the upcoming changes in their routine.  A social story is read, and we review our Christmas Visual Schedule Flip Book.

Our visual schedule hasn't always taken the form of a flip book.  When the kiddos were little we used a pocket chart.  It hung on our dining room wall.  We discussed the day's events every morning during breakfast, including holidays.  

I laminated 3x3'' PECS images with labels to represent each aspect of our day.  Cards were stored in photo boxes.  It was a great system until the kiddos out grew it. 

Introducing the Visual Schedule Flip Book

The kiddos started to participate in activities outside of the home.  They needed a visual schedule that provided both visual and tactile input, and one they could bring with them where ever they went.  None of the kiddos enjoyed the PECS images anymore.  They wanted true to life images they could relate to.  This is how the visual schedule flip book was born.

It didn't take long before it became all the rage at our house.  Everyone wanted one, especially those that were holiday themed.  The visual schedule flip books were so fun to look through and triggered such happy memories from years past.

I love the flip books because they provide opportunities to teach the kiddos about flexibility.  If for some reason we are unable to complete a task on a card, we simply undo the clasp, and move the card to a different spot.  The kiddos are able to adapt to the new schedule and move forward with their day knowing they'll still be able to do everything.

Flip books are also easy to save from year to year for holidays and other special occasions.  I put them with our holiday decorations stored in the attic.  When I bring a bin out in preparation for the upcoming holiday, the visual schedule flip book is right there.

Our Christmas Visual Schedule Flip Book

As we grow closer to the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to share our Christmas Day routine and schedule.  A visual schedule for the day has been created in flip book form.

1.  The kiddos wake up on their own. They play in their rooms until it's time to go downstairs.


2.  Stockings are filled and waiting for the kiddos in their "special spots."  
  • All items are unwrapped.  
  • Special spots provide comfort for those who may be anxious Christmas morning and provide kiddos with clear visual boundaries as to where they'll sit and open up gifts.  
  • Kiddos also see their one large Christmas gift unwrapped next to their stocking.  
  • No candy or sweets are put in stockings to prevent behaviors.

3.  Breakfast comes next.  We've learned that a healthy breakfast at the start of the day helps prevent meltdowns before lunch.

4.  Once everyone is finished eating we open presents.
  • Kiddos are in their "special spots."  
  • Dinomite hands out gifts.
  • Everyone take turns opening gifts one at a time.

5.  Christmas pick up is next.
  • Everyone helps pick up packaging and wrappers.
  • Kiddos taking their gifts upstairs to their rooms.  If gifts stay downstairs one is sure to be broken before the day is done.

6.  Kiddos get dressed.

7.  They brush teeth.

8.  Mommy and Daddy help everyone brush hair.

9.  Then they finally have time to play with some of their new toys until lunch.

10.  Our Christmas Day lunch is a  relish platter, with meat, cheese, crackers, fruits, vegetables and dips.  All are very easy foods to prepare.

11.  Nap time is always necessary on Christmas.  It comes right after lunch.  The anxiety leading up to the day is enough to keep everyone on edge and cause some to not sleep well.  An afternoon nap helps us avoid meltdowns before dinner.

12.  When everyone's awake, we all get our snow gear on.

13.  It's time to play outside.  We always hope for snow to make the experience extra fun.

14.  Once inside, we warm up with some hot chocolate and a few Christmas cookies.

15.  Then Renae starts preparing Christmas Dinner while Jason spends time playing with the kiddos.

16.  Besides playing with new toys, the kiddos and Jason also have fun with board games.

17.  Each of the kiddos takes turns helping me cook dinner.

18.  While Mommy sets the table Jason reads books with the kiddos.

19.   Finally it's time for Christmas dinner!

20.  After dinner we turn off all the lights but the Christmas tree lights and watch a Christmas movie.

21.  Once the movie is over the kiddos change into pajamas.

22.  They brush teeth.

23.  Next they brush hair.

24.  Finally it's bedtime.

I have created a flip chart card for every step in our Christmas Day. You'll notice it includes every detail and transition throughout the day.  This is a must in order for it to be effective.  When the kiddos use the flip book, they feel calm knowing what's coming next.

Receive Your Free Christmas Visual Schedule Flip Book Printable Today!

I have provided you with the link to our Christmas visual schedule below.  The printable includes all of the individual cards we use for Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and more.  If you notice that I am lacking a card you need for your own Christmas visual schedule, please leave a comment below describing the event I'm missing.  I would love to update the printable so it works for your family.

If you're interested in the free printable, click the link below.


Visual schedules for holidays are discussed in detail in a new book called, Holidays and PTSD:  A Parent's Guide to Survival.  It is now available for purchase in ebook and paperback forms!

Book:  Holidays and PTSD: A Parent's Guide to Survival

If you're interested in learning more about how visual schedules can help your child with PTSD, anxiety, or other trauma related issues, you'll want to buy this book today!  It includes amazing resources and support for parents who are craving it.


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Special Needs Event Planner (Free Printable)

Special needs children do not do well with surprises, especially when it means a change in their usual routines.  When life presents opportunities for fun events, planning together as a family is crucial.  If a special needs child knows what to expect in advance, there's a better chance for a successful experience.

In our home, planning for events as a family takes place on a regular basis.  We have it down to a science after many years of balancing the multiple special needs of our children.  Today we're sharing our Special Needs Event Planner with you and giving it to you as a special subscribers only free printable.

Special Needs Event Planner

The planner is to be used by parents to prepare for family discussions of upcoming events.  It can also be used as a visual cue for children who are able to read and write, in preparation for a special occasion.

Parents and/or children fill out each box in the printable as they discuss the event in detail.  Once completed the special needs child should know everything he/she needs to in order to successfully participate or decide not to attend.

Special Needs Event Planner Directions


  1. Fill in the first row of boxes with the name of the event, date it occurs, and it's location.
  2. Write in the times for when the event starts, ends, and how long it will take to get there and back.  Be sure to explain if the event will take place during the day, or at night.
  3. Describe the event in detail, listing the activities that will take place, in order if possible. You may need to contact the host/hostess for this information.
  4. List food and drink options.  If you know your child will refuse food offered, you can list what foods your child can bring.
  5. Explain how many people will be there and describe them.  Will family or friends be in attendance?  Are strangers going to be there?  Children?  Be as specific as you can.
  6. How loud will the event be?  Is there music?  Is your child expected to be quiet?
  7. Does the event take place indoors or will you be outside?
  8. Is there a theme?  Perhaps it's a birthday party or holiday celebration?
  9. Will there be decorations?  What will they look like.  Can your child touch them?
  10. What will your child need to wear?  Is the occasion casual or dressy?
  11. Lastly, what expectations do you have for your child during the event?  How do you want them to behave?  Will they be required to participate in all activities?  Are they expected to socialize?  Don't hesitate to be extremely specific in this section.


Over time you will notice that this event planner is not only a life saver for your child, but also for you when preparing for special family occasions.  It reduces stress, anxiety, meltdowns, triggers and so much more!

How to Receive Your Copy of the Special Needs Event Planner


This free printable is the last of three that will be available to newsletter subscribers only.  Don't pass up the opportunity to take advantage of this wonderful resource!  Subscribe today!

This special printable is being offered in conjunction with the release of our first book.  Holidays and PTSD: A Parent's Guide to Survival.  Purchase Holidays and PTSD:  A Parent's Guide to Survival today!

Holidays and PTSD:  A Parent's Guide to Survival

Our book is for all parents raising children with PTSD, anxiety and other trauma related issues.  It is an amazing resource with tips and strategies to help you survive all of the day-to-day chaos and the really hard stuff.  The book also includes personal stories about experiences our family has had as we help our sweet Princess through her challenges.

We hope you that you will take advantage of the wonderful free printable offered here.  Detailed instructions on how to use the event planner are included in the our book.

All you need to do is subscribe to our weekly newsletter. An e-mail will be sent to you to confirm your subscription.  (Check your spam folder if it doesn't go directly to your inbox.)  You will then receive the printable via e-mail.  It's that simple.


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Trick-or-Treating Social Story (Free Printable)

Trick-or-treating triggers so many crazy behaviors in children with special needs.  It can also cause some pretty extreme anxiety in parents.  At least it does in me anyways.

The act of trick-or-treating includes a very specific sequence of events.  There is an incredible amount of sensory stimuli involved.  Trick-or-treating requires social skills and coordination.  It's a wonder any special needs child participates successfully.

Our children have definitely had their fair share of struggles over the years. When they were determined to go trick-or-treating this year, I knew I would need to create materials and provide resources that will help them be successful.  The first on my list was a trick-or-treating social story.  I'm sharing it with you as subscribers only free printable today.

Free Trick-or-Treating Social Story for kids

This social story has been a joint project.  I teamed up with the amazing Dyan from And Next Comes L to ensure that this was the very best trick-or-treating social story available.  It includes an incredible amount of detail with pictures to help special needs children with anything and everything they may struggle with.  

About the Trick-or-Treating Social Story

The social story can be used with children who have autism, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, other trauma disorders and more.

It addresses topics such as:
  • Costumes
  • Weather
  • Social Etiquette
  • Safety
  • All Things Scary 

This social story can be read before trick-or-treating with your special needs child.  In our home, we read it on a daily basis for at least a week leading up to the big event.

The social story can also come with you if necessary, to be used as a visual reminder of what to expect while trick-or-treating.  For those with PTSD and trauma issues, it can be used as a resource when your child is triggered, to help bring them back to the present.

At times children may want to use the social story after trick-or-treating to help them remember the joy they felt, and/or to help them communicate what happened with others.

No matter how your family chooses to use it, it's an incredible Halloween resource for all families who have children with special needs.

How to Receive Your Copy of the Trick-or-Treating Social Story

This free printable is the second of three that will be available to newsletter subscribers only.  Don't pass up the opportunity to take advantage of this wonderful resource!  Subscribe today!

This special printable is being offered in conjunction with the release of our first book.  Holidays and PTSD: A Parent's Guide to Survival.  Purchase Holidays and PTSD:  A Parent's Guide to Survival today!

Book:  Holidays and PTSD:  A Parent's Survival Guide

Our book is for all parents raising children with PTSD, anxiety and other trauma related issues.  It is an amazing resource with tips and strategies to help you survive all of the day-to-day chaos and the really hard stuff.  The book also includes personal stories about experiences our family has had as we help our sweet Princess through her challenges.

We hope you will consider purchasing our book, and that you take advantage of the wonderful free printable offered here.  Detailed instructions on how to use the social story are included in the our book.

All you need to do is subscribe to our weekly newsletter. An e-mail will be sent to you to confirm your subscription.  (Check your spam folder if it doesn't go directly to your inbox.)  You will then receive the printable via e-mail.  It's that simple.


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Incident Questionnaires for Parents of Special Needs Children (Free Printable)

Children with special needs often have meltdowns and episodes that seem to come from no where.  All is well one minute. A split second later your child is completely inconsolable.  

What happened?

In each case, sensory stimuli in the environment has triggered a response in your child's brain that screams danger and/or pain.  This sends her into absolute panic and despair.  Usually a fight or flight response follows.

In our home, we've learned to document these incidents with the goal of finding patterns.  Once patterns are found, we're able to eliminate triggers and minimize meltdowns and episodes.  We do this using our Trigger Questionnaires for Parents of Special Needs Children.  Today we offer this free printable to you!


About These Free Printable Incident Questionnaires for Parents

Whether your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder, an anxiety disorder, PTSD, or other trauma related issues, the free incident questionnaire works the same way.

After an incident occurs, write down as much information about the event as you can remember using the questionnaire form.  Save questionnaires and look through them from time to time.  Look for patterns that may help you help your child.

Items listed on the questionnaire are all sensory related.  As you document information you will begin to notice sensory sensitivities your child has.  You may also notice specific scenarios that may cause your child distress.  If there is no pattern to incidents, then take information to a developmental pediatrician or therapist to show documentation.   They'll know what to do next.


How to Receive Your Copy of the Incident Questionnaires

This free printable is the first of three that will be available to newsletter subscribers only.  Don't pass up the opportunity to take advantage of this wonderful resource!  Subscribe today!

This special printable is being offered in conjunction with the release of our first book.  Holidays and PTSD: A Parent's Guide to Survival.  Purchase Holidays and PTSD:  A Parent's Guide to Survival today!
Holidays and PTSD: A Parent's Guide to Survival
Our book is for all parents raising children with PTSD, anxiety and other trauma related issues.  It is an amazing resource with tips and strategies to help you survive all of the day-to-day chaos and the really hard stuff.  The book also includes personal stories about experiences our family has had as we help our sweet Princess through her challenges.

We hope you will consider purchasing our book, and that you take advantage of the wonderful free printable offered here.  Detailed instructions on how to use the questionnaire are included in the our book.

All you need to do is subscribe to our weekly newsletter. An e-mail will be sent to you to confirm your subscription.  (Check your spam folder if it doesn't go directly to your inbox.)  You will then receive the printable via e-mail.  It's that simple.


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Fall Harvest Roots and Affixes Activities with Free Printables

I've always enjoyed studying English. It has been a delight to pass this passion on to my children as we dig into so many language concepts this year, including roots and affixes.

When language concepts are presented using seasonal themed Montessori-inspired activities and printables, they're sure to be a hit.  We hope you enjoy our Fall Harvest Roots and Affixes Activities with Free Printables as much as we have!  
Fall Harvest Roots and Affixes
Here's what the kiddos have been up to!

Fall Harvest Compound Words
Fall Harvest Compound Word
Bulldozer loves compound words right now.  What he didn't know is that they're created using two root words.  This activity has been the perfect way to teach him that concept.  All of the kiddos have enjoyed building Fall themed compound words.

Source: Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Fall Harvest Roots and Affixes Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, subscribe to our weekly newsletter at the bottom of this post.

Fall Harvest Prefixes
Fall Harvest Prefix
Once the kiddos understood what root words were, we were able to introduce prefixes.  The kiddos were fascinated with this activity and loved learning what some prefixes mean. They match the word with the definition using the pictures as clues. The prefix is highlighted in red on each card.
Fall Harvest Prefix
Source: Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Fall Harvest Roots and Affixes Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, subscribe to our weekly newsletter at the bottom of this post.

Fall Harvest Suffixes
Fall harvest suffixes.
After root words and prefixes comes suffixes.  Boy did the kiddos love this activity.  They found it so incredibly fun to make words using the suffixes provided. They laughed at the "silly" words they made while trying to match up the proper word and suffix, which led to a genuine "a-ha" moment every time. 
Fall harvest suffixes
Source:  Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Fall Harvest Roots and Affixes Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, subscribe to our weekly newsletter at the bottom of this post.

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