February Work Tasks {Valentine's Day FREEBIE!}

Saturday, January 31, 2015 / 2 comments

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Eight Steps to Creating Your Autism Classroom Schedule

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 / 8 comments
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Game Day Giveaway - Plus a FREEBIE!

Thursday, January 22, 2015 / Leave a Comment

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Work Tasks Galore! Do you follow me on Pinterest?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 / 1 comment
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!! :)

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A Peek at Our Week: Winter Clothing, The Mitten, & Prepositions

Saturday, January 10, 2015 / 1 comment

One of my goals for the new year is to be more organized with this little blog of mine. I love sharing ideas with others, and I absolutely hate when I get out of the groove of blogging. I do best with routines, so I'm hoping this post can be a weekly post for me.

Next week, we will be working on winter clothing vocabulary and winter forest animals. I am also planning on covering a few prepositions during our whole group structured reading time. Obviously, most of our day consists of several different activities going on at one time due to the large range of abilities and needs in my classroom; however, I do try to stick to a whole group story time, because I believe all of my students benefit from the group time activities.

In my newest adapted book pack: Bundle Up, It's Winter, I've included a book about winter clothing with comprehension questions and an interactive vocabulary sheet. There are also interactive winter kids to use with a cookie tray for students to practice "dressing" for the winter.

I love The Mitten by Jan Brett. It is such a wonderful book for winter and it covers so many skills! I remember the first time I read it was close to 9 years ago for my first semester of student teaching. I went for 2 hours a week in a first grade class. MY oh MY have I grown!

After scouring Pinterest for ideas, I've decided on the following activities (& freebies!):

I plan to use the story props from the pack below from 1 + 1 + = 1 blog to make the read aloud a little more interactive. I am also planning on having a story map like the one from Plant's Press that we can review daily. With this story, I will be stressing the words "go," "in," and "out." We consistently work on the words "look" and "turn" turning story time and we try to use them in different contexts, for example "It's your turn" and "turn the page." I especially want to stress those words with my students that are using aug comm devices to give them more practice with their device in a structured setting. 


To go along with the mitten theme, we will be of course making the mittens and hats from my Easy Art Pack at our art center.

We will will also be making some hedgehogs and foxes for some cutting, tearing, and gluing practice with our OT! 


I also adore these stained glass mitten decorations from Kindercraze, and our classroom windows need some winter lovin. 


Right now, our classroom is full of winter tasks at each area. Here are some highlights that I'm loving for next week!




Check out the other ideas I've pinned for this month on my January Pinterest Board:

Hope y'all have a nice, relaxing Sunday!

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January Adapted Art Activities

Thursday, January 8, 2015 / Leave a Comment
I absolutely love incorporating art into our routine. So many skills are covered with one short activity, such as color identification, following directions, fine motor skills, cutting, matching.. the list goes on. Last month, I created an adapted art pack for my students. 

In the art center, I would set out all the materials needed for the daily activity in individual plastic baggies (see above photo). When a student had art on their schedule, they grabbed a bag and followed the picture directions to complete the task. After using these activities daily last month, I knew I had to continue using them again this month. I love finding ways to help my students be more independent in the day. Even my younger learners could complete the tasks with minimal assistance. So.. basically.. I'm obsessed with these things. 

Here's a look at the January pack:

Since we do an art activity everyday, I supplement with quick, easy art activities from Pinterest. Click below to see all the fun things I pinned for January! Winter is such a fun time!

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January Work Tasks

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 / 3 comments
A few weeks ago, one of our IRT's told the staff they would be cleaning out old materials from one of the closets and it was a free for all. Enter hoarder AU teacher (me) and my rolling cart.

I got tons of goodies.. blocks, chips, marbles, shapes, dice. ALLLLL the materials to cook up some delicious workboxes. All in large quantities and different color options.

Here's what we made:

Put-in Tasks


Sorting Tasks

Workbasket Wednesday at Autism Classroom News

I'm linking up with Christine from Autism Classroom News for Workbox Wednesday. Be sure to head over there for more ideas!
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