Wednesday, July 30, 2014



Can it be possible???  July is nearly over???
I have teamed up with 40 fabulous stores for...
This is a FABULOUS 4 day event that is full of sweet deals, savings and 4 amazing giveaways!
Here's a peek at what you are being treated to...
Each day a new 'deal' will be posted by the 40 participating stores! 
Be sure to visit their Facebook, Instagram and/or Pinterest accounts to find the daily deals and codes you will use in the TPT search engine to find the sweet deals!
(you can also find the codes on the pictures at the bottom of this post)

In addition, you can find the links to all the participating stores below...as well as 4 rafflecopters!
YES!
That is right...4 rafflecopters!
Each rafflecopter is for a $50 TPT gift certificate!
Think of all the wonderful resources you could score with that...and just in time for Back To School!

Please visit each rafflecopter and enter! 
Each one will generate a winner- and yes- you can win more than 1!

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Here is a clickable list of all the participating stores!

Be sure to come by and visit our social media sites each day for these reminder posts:



 Enjoy the deals, samples and good luck on the giveaway!
And most importantly, we all send our best wishes for a successful school year!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How Do You Assess Your Students??

A few years ago I got really tired of running around the room whenever I needed to assess my students. I decided to put all of the manipuatives that I might need in one place. For now, it's in this very basic box. I can take it around the room to test each student. I also use a class binder that has data recording sheets and assessment tracking sheets. I bring the binder with me as well for documentation and recording. Not every student will need everything that's in the box but I tried to make it as complete as possible for all students. 

Assessment Box

Contents of Assessment Box

Here is a list of the items I keep in my assessment box: 

  • upper/lower case letters of alphabet
  • number cards and grid
  • cubes for counting ( 1:1 correspondence)
  • clock
  • coins
  • shapes
  • weather pictures/clothing pictures
  •  (I use this to test when to wear certain types of clothing)
  • Dolch sight words
  • scissors to assess cutting skills
  • stickers as motivators

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Product Swap & Positional Word Fun!

So, I am part of an a super fun PRODUCT SWAP and I was lucky enough to swap products with a fellow special education teacher and my kids loved it! You rarely find activities using positional words so when I saw this I jumped all over it! I especially liked that it was "hands on"! Positional words are really something you need to "do" and not just watch. My kids were able to experience trying out all of the positional/spatial words themselves using these super fun graphics!

For this activity we practice using the super cute picture cards with the scenery. The tree was a great visual which helped in using the positional word. 


This is my student placing the bird "beside" the tree!

Here is a list of all of the positional words included: 
above / below
in (inside) / out (outside)behind / in front ofon (on top of) / undernext to (beside)between (in the middle)before / afterto the left / to the rightheavier / lightershorter / longer 


This is my student placing the bird on "top" of the tree!



The set also came with some black and white coloring pages which the kids loved!



You can find this product as well as many other amazing and useful products for special ed students at the below TPT store! 





Play Learn Teach also has this great FREE ( yes FREE!) counting practice set!


      FREE!!!! Counting Practice


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Work Task Boxes!

If you have not yet seen these work boxes they are amazing! They are made by Attainment Company and they were made just for our students with special needs. They have so many options and a huge variety of tasks. In our school, I share them with the autism teacher and then half way through the year we switch so that our students are not bored. These boxes can be expensive at about $89 per box ( less if you buy an entire set) but one options to help pay for them is through Donors Choose





Here are a few of the sorting activities!







Attainment Company Work Boxes

Here are some videos of my students using the work boxes.




If you really don't have it in your school budget, my next post will be on work boxes that we made using items from the dollar tree!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ABC order the "FUNctional" way!

I am always striving to teach my students a combination of academics with functional skills. Since my kiddos struggle with alphabetical order, I bought these filing sets from Office Depot to use during our vocational AND reading time. They are so fun, the kids LOVE them and they really work! Over time, the kids see and remember the order of the letters and since the file goes front to back it really reinforces the alphabetical order concept! Take a peek! 


Start with any type of alphabetical filing system. This is what I used but really there are many different kinds.


You can use ANY letters. I used upper and lower case letters!



As you can see you can also file by numbers or months! SO many options!




Also great for fine motor skills! Filing is such a useful skill!

These make such a fun and effective station in my room and the kids really enjoyed it!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Target Dollar Deals!!!


If you have a black and white themed classroom ...or heck even if you don't these are some great classroom storage items for $1.00! It doesn't get much cheaper than that! There were also many other colors. I wasn't even sure what I was going to use them for, so I took them to my room today and here is what I have so far. There are really so many uses for them, and the coupon holders are the PERFECT size for most task cards! Hurry up and get to Target!


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Penguin Eggs!

I've been waiting until the weather was cold to post these adorable penguin eggs! I have made these a few times in my special education class and they always come out so cute! It's SUPER easy.


All that you need to make these penguins is:

  • hard boiled eggs
  • carrots
  • black olives
  • a knife
  • toothpicks to hold it all together!

You can see from the photos there are many ways to make these. We just get creative each year. Last year we cut the entire egg in half so they were flat but this year we kept the egg whole so that the penguins were standing. 

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