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The Happy Planner for a a Happy Teacher!


Happy New Year's Eve! I hope you all have enjoyed some well deserved time off from the classroom and had a happy holiday. I love this time of year because I can take the time to reflect on what worked and what I should tweak in the classroom. There are so many different ways to stay organized in the classroom, but each year I start with a new planner!
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How to pull off a SUCCESSFUL Classroom Holiday Party




I am so excited to be blogging on behalf of the #WeTeachSped ladies! It is Halloween Eve and I am guessing you spent the day celebrating with you little ghosts and goblins in the classroom. Halloween is the beginning of the holiday season and that means LOTS of holiday parties in the classroom. My special kids don't always find these events enjoyable and it can be stressful on myself as the teacher as well! So let's do what we special ed teachers do best....problem solve how to pull off a successful classroom holiday party!
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Social Narrative in the classroom


Hello friends! I have been MIA.....it has been a very interesting start to my school year. My classroom consists of 6 kids 4 of which are brand new to me this year. I also had a move in less than 1 week before school started complete with a not so stellar IEP to go off of.
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Special Ed Blog Hop Week 5- First week of School



Can you believe it! The first week of school is right around the corner. I begin on August 20th this year (a little early because of leap year) and I am excited but also really bummed because this summer went by lightening fast!
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Back To School Blog Hop!

Hello Hello Hello!!!! I am SOOOOOO excited to be part of this Special Ed Back To School Blog Hop. I met so many of these wonderful ladies in Vegas (my vegas post is coming this week) and they are really as awesome and sweet in person as they are on social media! This Blog hop is awesome because it is not just great blog posts but an Entire E-BOOK full of tips, tricks, and FREE (yes you read correctly) FREE resources!


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Special Ed Blog Hop Week four!

Welcome back for the 4th week of the special ed blog hop! This has been a really fun hop to be apart of and we have hit some really important topics! I do think that this week is BY FAR the most important to discuss: Paraprofessionals!

There is sooooo much to discuss when it comes to Parapros in a self contained special ed classroom so I  thought I would do a top 5 list of paraprofessionals tips in the classroom!
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Special Education Blog Hop Week 3- Back to School Forms!

HI everyone! I am coming to you from Las Vegas! I got the wonderful opportunity to attend the TPT conference! It was an amazing experience and a Blog post will be coming with more and details and highlights from the week! However, it did inspire me to rebrand! I know crazy right?! With some help from some other special ed bloggers out there I am making the jump from Laughing and Little Learners to Superheroes in Sped! Bare with me while I make all the changes!

Ok! On to the Blog Hop!
Back to School forms

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Special Ed Summer Blog Hop- Week 2 Classroom Set up!

Hey all! This week we will be linking up for the second week of the Special Education Summer blog hop hosted by Kyle from Kindersped Adventures! This week will be all about classroom set up!


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Special Education Blog Hop!- Schedules

Hey all! I am so excited to be a part of the special education Blog hop! This week we are talking about schedules!

Scheduling is SO hard in a special education classroom. I teach in a self contained classroom that has multiple grades. My first year I kept my  kids with their designed grades for lunch, recess, specials, and assemblies but that left me with no planning and a constant movement of our day. And we all know kids on the spectrum thrive on consistency. So now we choose which grades events we go to based on our needs. Sometimes my 2nd graders are with older peers and sometimes my 3rd graders are with younger peers. It is what works best for us!


As for my individual classroom my kids follow individual picture schedules to help them navigate the events of their day as well as full class activities. It makes for a lot of planning, but it really helps the kids work harder and stay attentive longer. I wish I had pictures to share but my classroom is currently being waxed so everything is in boxes!

My biggest tip with scheduling is do what is best for your students and make it individualized to meet their needs. If they are readers do not give them pictures and vice versa. Click on This Link! to see the next post on the blog hop!


Happy Scheduling everyone :)


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TPT Seller Challenge: Weel 1 Makeover Madness!

I am linking up with the 100s of teacher/bloggers to challenge myself and become a better blogger! The first week is all about Makeover Madness and I chose to make over my comparing numbers product! the before is sort of lame and I LOVE the after! It is super cute and has some adorable clip art from Educlips added! I love me some Educlips!

I Hope you all enjoy the challenges over the next month! It is definitely getting me ready for Vegas!!! I can't wait to meet some awesome bloggers and teachers! 

If you want to join the challenge head over to Third in Hollywood and link up!

Have a great week! 

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One Lovely Blog Award

I feel so HUMBLED that Alicia from Delightfully Dedicated has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award! This girl is AMAZING! She is a newer teacher and BLOWS me away with how much doe accomplishes and the professionalism of her products on TPT! Seriously guys, she is great and the only thing  I can find wrong with her is that she isn't coming to Vegas for the TPT conference and I won't be able to meet this California blogger anytime soon! Check out her blog ...you won't be disappointed!

So here are some facts about me: 
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ESY Units!

ESY, or extended school year, is SO important to the kids from my classroom. If they go all summer without their structure, routine, and working on skills it only leads for a rough transition to school in the fall. I have a  soft spot in my heart for ESY because it is how I got a job in my district! This will be my 4th years teaching in the summer and I am lucky enough to have my incoming students. The kids get to know me and my class slowly for only 4 hours a day 5 weeks out of the summer. It is a great way to ease into our new relationship of teacher and student!

This year I wanted to create some units to help add some more substance to ESY. I am in the middle of creating a MEGA pack of 5 weeks of ESY units. The themes will include: The Beach, Let's be Healthy, Fireworks, Camping, and Bugs. I will use these packs to help keep the kids working on skills they have mastered or are working on mastering plus some fun BINGO as well!


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Monday Made It!

WoooHooo it is JUNE! I am so excited for summer to begin and some much needed adventures (Like the TPT Conference in VEGAS!!!!) Who's going!?!? I can NOT wait to meet some fellow bloggers, TPT  creators, and fabulous teachers!

Today I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics MONDAY MADE IT! This Monday Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasboard kicked off the summer Monday Made it and he is basically my idol....How he does everything he does and still finds time to keep himself sane is AMAZING and I am 100% jealous of his productivity!



So anyway---let's begin! I actually have two things to share that I made! One with the kids and one FOR the kids!

The first thing I made was my end of the year memory painting to hang in my classroom. This is my 5th year teaching, but I began it last year. I had the students leave their hand prints to fill out the shape of a heart and then wrote their names on it and put the date.

Cute! Huh? I look at it every day and I just smile---even on the worst days! 

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Happy May!

Hello! Can you believe it! It is actually May---only 20 some more days of school and then we are on sweet summer time! Well I have two weeks until Extended School Year begins but it will be an amazing two weeks!

With May comes Teacher Appreciation and I am so happy to be in the community. Even though I am a teacher and not a student/parent I appreciate all the teachers I work with on a daily basis, follow on social media, met thru TPT, and CAN"T wait to meet in Vegas (which is just a few short months away!!)

So--to say Thank you to all you teachers who have supported me on this TPT journey my store will be 20% off in addition to the HUGE teacher appreciation site wide sale on May 5-6!

Some of my favorite products to check out


 Interactive Addition/Subtraction Touch Math Bundle
What Time is it? adaptive book bundle
Adaptive Letter Sounds Book
Sensory Brain Break for students with Special Needs

I will also be posting a MEGA unit on the Special Olympics---if your students are participating in the spring special olympics in your county this pack will help your kids understand events, what will happen, and play a fun Bingo game! It will be posted in time for the sale!

Have a great week everyone! I hope your school, students, and administration help you feel SUPER appreciated this week!

XOXO
Julie
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