This week we talked about transportation and community helpers. Here are some of the fun things we did!

1. We washed cars.

2. We got to use the light table. I had some overhead transportation pieces that they got to explore with. We have the light table in a box so that the lights can stay on. The kids love it!

3. We did some magnifying glass letters and recording. You can get that activity here. 

 4. Here is our transportation sensory bin. This is one of my boys favorites!

5. Here are a couple of crafts we made...police hats

and a garbage truck.


What were you up to this week. Share over at Doodle Bugs Teaching

Last year around this time I started organizing my dramatic play area. I sorted out all the toys and made some 'task box' activities. I made some general printables and then I went out on maternity leave, the craziness of the start of the school year came and some unexpected changes and all my great intentions didn't happen. So now that my task boxes are all up and running and I have help in the dramatic play area just about daily I want to start to incorporate all of my great intentions. I have been putting out the kitchen task boxes in groups, but I want to incorporate more language opportunities and more direction in how to play. Unfortunately, a lot of my kids still do not know how to appropriately play with the toys so the extra helpers have been great!

So here are some of the post office printables.

2 different post office signs (only 1 shown)

An open and closed sign (closed on the back).

Labels for the items. 

Communication boards for requesting items.

Aids to help with counting. 

And this week I plan on putting all of these things in action and will get some pictures of it all in action.

I got these letter construction magnets from Scholastic and they are made by Learning Resources. This goes great with Handwriting Without Tears if you use it. Ethan had fun making his name. 

I made some letter construction mats for the kids to use at school. You can grab them for free here. 

Well, I finally have made a light table. I have been wanting to and just haven't gotten around to it, but with these past two cold days I finally had the opportunity to.

I got this DIY table instructions from Danya Banya. It is super easy and you may have most, if not all of these items on hand.

All you need is: a clear plastic tub, aluminium foil, packing tape, white lights, and tissue paper.

It was super easy!

I had some overhead projector pieces (bears, transportation pics, bears, etc.) that my kiddos loved exploring! I can't wait to try this with my class. 

Do you have a light table? What are your favorite activities to do with it?!

Happy Friday! Although my mid-winter break was supposed to only be a long weekend we got a couple of extra days because of the record breaking temps. It is -11 air temp and -25 with the wind chill. Brrr! Add in the fact that I have another sick child...I've been to the dr 4 x's in the past 3 weeks...not fun!Let's hope my little guy gets better...I hate when my kids are sick because there is nothing you can. 

1. Since I have been trapped in the house so long I've had time to do some crafting...Covered these frames in fabric (previously had scrapbook paper).

 Updated my wreath...nice and springy!

I got this great toy box from IKEA and made the foam bench with extra foam from a previous project and covered it (same fabric as the frames). 

I also updated Ethan's name to super heroes with fabric too. 

2. Since I was sick last week we didn't do all the fun Valentine activities I'd hoped so we did a couple on Tuesday. We played this heart opposite matching game. You can find these Valentine activities here. 

3. We practiced covering numbers 1-10 and then counting out that number. These mats are from life over C's.

4. We played Roll a Shape and Graph. Available here.

5. We did a couple of St. Patrick's activities...adapted books and cookie trays. You can find these activities here.

Link up with Kacey to share what you've been up too. Stay warm and Happy Friday!

I wanted to share these St. Patrick's Day adapted books I am going to be using this coming week and for the remainder of Feb. and March. 
Working on same vs. different

and counting shamrocks

Included in these activity packets are some cookie sheet or file folder activities. I haven't had the opportunity to take any pictures quite yet of these but will try this week! :) Happy Sunday!

This week was another long week as my family was sick Monday and Tuesday so I didn't get to do all the fun activities 
1. We made Valentine hats. 

2.These are the Valentines I gave my little ones.

3. We finally tried doing some spin art and the kids LOVED it! I definitely recommend trying this with your little ones!

4. Here are the parent gifts we made. 

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Although this week was a short week because we had two snow days it still felt like a super long week!! Let's hope next week is better. We began talking about teeth and did a couple of Valentine activities in there too. 
1. We did roll, count, and stamp. 

2. We painted this tooth with toothbrushes. 

3. We made numbers 1-10 with erasers and then counted out that many erasers in the ten frame and in the large heart. These mats came from Life Over C's (she has lots of great freebies). 

4. We practiced brushing teeth with plastic containers and toothbrushes. The kids loved this!

5. I made this fun light box and I will be blogging about it soon. It was super easy and my Ethan and Madi love it!

You can share what you have been up to this week with Doodle Bugs Teaching. 

Something I have been using with my kids this year that they love are storyboards. It is great because it keeps them following along while the story is read. As I read the story the kids point to each picture as we read about it. I have also had the kids use them to answer questions about the story as a group. I will ask a question and they will point to the correct answer. Or if I am asking individual students questions they can point to the answer. This is great for my nonverbal students or students with limited expressive language. Again, it helps keep them engaged for all of the story time and allows all of my students to be actively participating.

Today only I am offering my Story Boards and comprehension packet 1/2 off. Grab it here.  and I have a sample here for you guys only! It is for the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
To grab the freebie click here. 

I am linking up with Christine over at the Autism Classroom News to share some of our task boxes. 

There are upper and lower case letters written on the legos and the kids need to match them up. 

number cards with a hole punch and kids count that many links. 

These last two were inspired by Gabrielle over at Teaching Special Thinkers. You can get these cubes from Michaels for $4. 

I did upper and lower case letter matching.  

I used a puffs container and wrote numbers 1-10 on the cubes. Students will have to put the numbers in order when they put them in. 

Do you have any work boxes to share? Link up if you do!

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