Academic Skills



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!

Social Narrative in the classroom

Hello friends! I have been 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.

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! 


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!


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! 


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!