After a very crazy week of preschool screeners and tomorrow we begin writing out the IEPs for a lot of students I have definitely been needing some therapy and here are some of the things that help me decompress!



First and foremost, Ethan. A smile from him and my day is MUCH better!

Running is my second and for a very long time the one thing that would allow me to destress!

If those two don't work then shopping is always a great way to make the day better! Especially if there is a great sale!


I can't wait to see what others do to relax and destress!








This past week I got in my classroom and was able to get the majority of it set-up so there wasn't much time for crafting and creating, but I did make this counting beads. This activity was inspired by Kara over at Spedventures. You can get the balloons 1-5
Bead Number Matching





I also finally got the tags laminated and put on the color sensory bottles. I made a worksheet that the students will mark as they find the items for each color. Make sure to glue the bottles (I almost forgot) so that the students can't open them!


I also made contact info magnets so that the parents have the phone number to transportation and to my classroom right at their fingertips. I have just collected magnets from dfferent places and got name labels and wrote the info on there. Stick the sticker on to the magnet! Super easy, but very helpful for your parents/ guardians. (sorry the pic is bad)

Lastly,  on pinterest I have seen all these cute handprint and footprint momentos/ decorations for the holidays and so I was like I need to try this with Ethan. Unfortunately, my son is way too active and trying to get him to sit in my lap and paint his hand and/ or foot is quite the task. I did make two Halloween canvases. His birthday is 2 weeks before then and I love seeing how much he has grown. We stamped his hand and foot the day we got home from the hospital, which was also a challenge since his hands were all curled up, but it fun to see the growth my little guy has made! The one hand on the left he decided he smear back and forth so it is a bit of an abstract spider.

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The question is how do you plan? I feel like I am still trying to perfect that, but this is what I do.
I first create a list per month of themes I would like to do with the corresponding letter of the week, number and holidays. Then, during the summer I usually take out all of my old lesson plans and try to revamp them. Throughout the school year I make notes of what didn't work, what I would like to try, and what the kids loved. Since I have my students for 2-3 years I try to keep things different and fun, but also try to keep it consistent and repetitive because that is what my little ones LOVE! This past year I refered to pinterest for many of my arts and crafts activities. I also have some things that I didn't get to last year that I am hoping to try this year. I am especially looking forward to my monsters week because last year was the first year I was going to do that theme in October and I was out on maternity leave. I also know that the lesson plans I create will be adjusted and I leave them somewhat vague initially because I do not know what experiences my new students are coming in with. Some of my students know how to do very little life skills, let alone academic skills and some of my other students are coming in with the opposite. I also do not know how limited my students speech will be. This year I am really trying to include lots of visuals and hands-on experiences as much as possible to connect with my little ones! I will let you know how this plan goes! It is also a challenge because my students disabilities vary greatly from what they have been certified to even within what they are capable of doing. That is my biggest struggle when planning...making sure all of my students needs are met. I usually make adjustments during centers depending on the groups...I group them according to ability so that way the students can learn and help each other. I also make sure that during circle time that I give certain cards to certain activities or have them demonstrate things that I am certain they can do to build up their confidence. It is all a very fine line with them to make sure they are being challenged but not too the point of frusteration and anger because my students will shut down and it unfortunately will be for the remaining part of the day most times. Well, I hope I didn't ramble too much.


You know it's back to school when...I am heading to bed at 9pm and waking up at 5:30am. I am totally exhausted beyond belief for the first few weeks of getting back into this routine! I am looking forward to this school year and also panicked because I will be taking 2 grad classes and going to bed at 9pm may not be feasible and I need my sleep!!! We'll see how it goes! We'll see how good my time management can be!

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