Our Favorite Put In Task Boxes

This school year I transitioned to a K/1 intensive needs classroom. We are doing a lot of working on attending to a simple task, sitting in our chairs, working independently, etc. What better way to work on these skills with some easy task boxes?! I thought I'd share some of our favorite task boxes this school year! Hopefully this gives you some good ideas to use with your students!

This one I just cut a slit in a plastic coffee can and used some cute seasonal foam shapes from the Target dollar spot!


My Top Books for Special Educators

Happy Monday, friends! Welcome to my beautiful, new, & improved blog thanks to Erin from You Aut-a Know!! I am so in LOVE!

I was sitting at my kitchen table today looking through books for my classroom and thought, what a great post! There are certain books I just LOVE and look through for new ideas pretty often. I wanted to share some of my favorites with you guys, so here they are!


Must Have Resources for your Self Contained Classroom

Today is the day: the first day of school with my munchkins! I am so excited to see what year 7 has in store for me!

For our final week of the Back to School Block Party, we are talking about our must haves for the new school year from TpT! I have to admit, this post was HARD for me to do because there are seriously so many amazing things I use in my classroom each day from TpT. I am so grateful for this website, it has made me such a better teacher and helped me become so much more organized and prepared for the school year!

Let's get to it! Here are some of my favorite products I use all the time!


Keeping Connected with Parents

Welcome back to our Back to School Block Party for week 3! This week is all about parent communication. Honestly, this is one of the MOST important pieces of our jobs as special educators. If you don't establish good parent communication and rapport in the first few weeks of school, your year likely won't run as smoothly. I want to make sure my parents feel comfortable sending their little ones to me each and every morning!

Below you will find 4 ways I plan on communicating with my student's parents this school year (and they aren't the ONLY ways!).


The First Two Weeks of School

Welcome back for Week 2 of our Back to School Block Party! Hopefully you were able to walk away with one or two good ideas from last weeks posts about scheduling. This week we will be talking about planning for the first two weeks of school! I don't know about you guys, but my little guys start back in EXACTLY two weeks and I'm only mildly freaking out over here. However, below are some of the ways I get through the first few weeks of school in my self contained classroom! (Main goal: make it out alive. Kidding....kind of.)

1. Learning the routines.


Scheduling in the Special Education Classroom

Welcome to week one of our Back to School Block Party: all about scheduling! Scheduling for a self contained classroom is always a puzzle that I love to hate. It's so satisfying when I'm finally done, but then the school year begins and it changes approximately 238 more times, haha! I'm going to go through my steps to putting my schedule together each year.


Avoiding Task Burnout In Your Classroom

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! I'm busy over here in denial that I have to go back in 3 weeks. Eek!

Let me start this post with saying how much I LOVE teaching kiddos with special needs. However, working on the same skill for months can sometimes get a little boring, right? Wrong. Well, it can get boring if you're doing the SAME thing day after day. If you're doing that, it's time to start mixing it up! If you're bored of teaching coin identification, I can guarantee that your kiddos are even MORE burned out. And what does boredom lead to? Behaviors. Let's talk about some of my favorite ways to mix it up and keep things fresh.


Summer "Homework" Activities

Happy Friday! Today was my last day of year 6 and I am SO excited to start summer break! Hopefully you are finishing up your school year strong! :)

Do your students participate in ESY? For many students with special needs, summer can be tough! They spend 2 1/2 months out of their routine and doing NO work. Some schools run Extended School Year programs, others do not. The majority of my students do not participate in any ESY, but that doesn't stop me from keeping their brains working!


My Favorite iPad Apps!

Happy Friday, friends! Congrats on surviving the week! :)

This is going to be a real quick post about some of my absolute FAVORITE apps for the iPad!

Number 1 on my list is the FREE Touchmath App. This app is a great way to introduce your kiddos to counting the touchpoints on each number! AND it keeps track of how the kiddo is doing, so you can walk away and come back to see how they did!

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