Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pam Bergman: Children w Special Needs

All Those Smiles, Giggles and Belly Laughs!

Hi there and welcome!  I am so excited to have the opportunity to join with so many wonderful people in order to share early childhood ideas on ONE awesome early childhood site!!

I'm Pam from How Long is This Hall!?  While I don't have as much experience as many of the people on this site, I like to think I make up for this with enthusiasm!  I have been teaching early childhood for the past 12 years.  I currently teach preschool children with special needs and LOVE it.

I LOVE using music, movement, and sensory activities, books with rhyme and rhythm and lots of hands on activities to help the children learn to their fullest!  I also love utilizing technology to help children communicate, play, create and learn!

Most of all, I LOVE learning new things!  I LOVE adapting activities and items to meet the needs of the children I teach!  I LOVE bringing new ideas to the classroom!  And I love sharing ideas with others!  I really think this is how we all learn and grow as teachers!

I don't know about you, but the ideas I love best are those super simple ideas!  I am incredibly busy!  I spend a great deal of time planning, organizing and doing paperwork and all those "extras" that come along with teaching!  And, while I enjoy organizing and planning, I want to focus most of my energy on the time I spend with the children!

So, today I've decided to combine my current TOP 10 reasons I LOVE teaching early childhood, with links to some of my FAVORITE super simple activities I have used in the classroom over the last year!  So...what are YOUR favorite reasons for working with young children?

Number 10:  I get paid to Paint Dance!? 

Number 9:  ...and paint with Koosh Balls! 

Number 8: I LOVE reading those great rhythmic books...like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Jamberry!

Number 7: I get to make, smell and PLAY with scented play dough!

Number 6:  I get extra exercise..."sit on the floor, stand up, sit on the floor, stand up...shake the parachute!"
Number 5:  I get to make up silly voices for characters in stories!
Number 4:  I get to sing with the children...and no one cares if we're in tune!

...and I get to create and use lots of song props!

Number 3:  I love finding new uses for old or ordinary items!

Number 2:  Oh, and of course, I love seeing all those smiles, giggles and belly laughs as the children explore and learn!

Number 1:  There's nothing better than hugs, hugs and more hugs!


  1. Pam!!! What a brilliant way to introduce yourself to a new audience. I LUV your countdown and feel as though I've been looking over your shoulder for a long time, with this clever manner of sharing!!!!!

    Thanks so much for creating your top 10. It's going to be great to have your perspective around here. I spent 10 years in a private center for young children with special needs, so this first post makes it feel like 'old home week for me!'


  2. Thanks Debbie! So glad to be here! This is such a great idea for bringing together people from various backgrounds and experiences! There's so much to learn from everyone!

  3. Thanks Debbie for this unique introduction post. Looking forward to reading others. I am a retired teacher with 30 years in elementary classrooms and loved teaching very much... the good days made up for the few bad days.

  4. Love the chocolate playdough, Pam! :-)

  5. Laura- me too :) I was shocked none of the kids tried to eat it!

  6. love the song props, especially the pringles tin, I can now claim my nice log back and use this idea for my frogs- storage too! I do LOVE pringles tins

  7. I've been admiring your photos in this post, and I finally got the chance to read the entire post! And I must say, awesome post, Pam! I love the "top 10" list, and your links are fabulous. I had already pinned your 5 Green and Speckled Frogs to my Educational Songs Pinterest board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/educational-songs-rhymes-fingerplays/. Now I've added some more pins to my boards from this post! :) Deb @ LivingMontessoriNow.com

  8. LOL! Those frogs are still, after many years, my favorite song prop of all time :) By the way, I have just loved reading through everyone's introduction posts! It's awesome to see the variety of methods and ideas out there!

  9. Pam, Thanks for representing Special Education! Many of our adaptions, tricks and ideas can enhance learning for ALL children!


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