Academic Skills



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 :)


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! 


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 won't be disappointed!

So here are some facts about me: 

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!