Saturday, January 31, 2015

February Work Tasks {Valentine's Day FREEBIE!}

Ohhhh, I think it's no secret I looove me some themed work tasks for all my classroom cuties! Not only do work tasks allow me to get my craft on, they also allow me to sneak in assessments and skills in fun ways, so my students are super pumped about getting their work on. 

I buy all my materials from Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and Target and store in my monthly bins heading up to the "holiday" and then the week or two before break em out and start creating! I like having the materials ahead of time so I can start thinking up ideas in my head of how I can incorporate them into work boxes. I also like to display them on a table during my planning so the kids see them coming in and get excited about the upcoming tasks, and then I put them away to keep that excitement going! This way, their work is almost like forbidden fruit that they can't wait to taste and they are little worker bees when they finally get a chance to "play" with the items!! SNEAKY SNEAKY! 

Put-in Tasks

Sorting by Color 

Sorting by Size

Matching Tasks

Pattern Tasks

Assembly Task 

This mailing assembly task legit melts my heart with it's cuteness! I used old blank cards from Target and the mailbox is from Dollar General. SUPER functional task for our kiddos to complete! Be sure to click on the freebie before to make your own!

Click on the picture below to grab this freebie so you can recreate this task in your own classroom!

Here's a few of the Valentine's Day Products you can grab in my shop at 20% off today through Monday, February 2nd!

Get ready for some fabulous things heading your way in February from all your favorite SPED gals! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Eight Steps to Creating Your Autism Classroom Schedule

When you teach in a special education classroom with such varied ability levels, scheduling can be such a nightmare. If you have to  change your schedule, you're in for quite a treat with how it may affect your students and even your teacher assistants. Obviously some of our students can be very rigid and a schedule change can set them off for days or even weeks. It's best to prepare your students and your support staff any time you may be making a change to their daily routine. Unfortunately, due to a school wide schedule change (specials times, lunch times, recess times), I had to totally redesign our classroom schedule tonight. Thankfully, I've become quite the pro at creating color coded schedules in Excel. I actually get such excitement from it - like I completed a 1,000 piece puzzle. Because that's what our schedules look like - a color-coded puzzle.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Game Day Giveaway - Plus a FREEBIE!

With a little over a week until the Superbowl, some of my SPED blogging buddies and I wanted to give you a chance to win some fabulous sports related resources to use next week or any time during the year. Sports can be such an "anytime" topic, and they are sure to be a classroom pleaser, especially for the boys that might not be super pumped about doing Valentine's day tasks filled with all shades of pink, red, and purple. 

As most of you know, I am a huge fan of adapted books and work tasks, so I will be giving away a copy of EACH of these 3 packs to ONE lucky winner on Sunday night! Make sure you enter!


Make sure you grab this freebie!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Work Tasks Galore! Do you follow me on Pinterest?

I love days off to do mindless activities, such as organizing my Pinterest boards. I am constantly looking for new tasks to make to keep my kiddos engaged during work times and I find a lot of my activities on Pinterest.

If you are like me, you have students that are in different stages of the Independent Work Systems. Some students are beginners and put-in tasks are their thing right now, while others can complete other skills such as matching or sorting. I love assembly tasks for our workshop area! Of course, we complete flip book tasks and clothespin tasks as well during the day. Busy bees!

Make sure you are following me on Pinterest, as I will be continuing to add tasks I pin or make for our classroom to help you with ideas!! :)