I am linking up with I Heart Recess for Monthly Goals: Back to School.

Personal: I always find myself doing lots of work at home as soon as Ethan goes to bed. I need to make sure to set some time aside for myself.
Organization: My desk is organized chaos. I need to put everything away where it belongs right away rather than letting it just pile up.
Planning: I am one of two ECSE teachers in the south end and there are three teachers in the north end. I would like to plan with them more often if possible.
Professional: I have all of my PECS ready to go. I just need to use them effectively and consistently.
Students: Try to get them to have fun and meet all of their needs to the best of my ability. I have a lot of kids returning this year, which is nice because I know them and they know me. I know what works for them and what doesn't so I should be able to meet their needs more easily.
Motto: I feel like we are getting away from play and play leads to discovery. The kids want to learn more without even realizing they are learning when it is presented through play.  
How a child plays, shows their strengths and abilities in creativity and social skills.  It encourages them to think for themselves, and be their own person.  One can learn a lot from watching a child play.

I am also linking up with Covered in Glitter and Glue for What I'm Loving Wednesday.

What are your back to school goals and what are you loving this Wednesday?!

I am linking up with Sticky Notes and Glitter for An Apple Day. This week is all about intervention.

ECSE is all about intervention.  Some of the interventions are simple and some are more complex depending on the students need and ability.  It may be a providing a different seating option for circle time or centers...

wiggle seat for movers in the classroom $13
wiggle seats

cube chairs

Or it may be giving the student a transition object to make the transition be less stressful. Last year's favorite was the American flag.

Also, a matchbox sized bus for coming into school or leaving.

One of my students last year also loved fake flowers.

The use of visuals is another huge thing. I have made lots of song visuals this summer. See last week's Monday Made It for some great sites to get visuals.

The arrangement and use of  schedules. This is the main schedule, but I also have the order of washing hands, getting snack, etc. displayed throughout the classroom. Make sure to stress the to do and all done.

First/ then card. Showing students what they need to do and then showing them what they get when that task is completed.

There are a lot more interventions done throughout the day from the scissors different students use to length of time they spend on an activity. Make sure to utilize your resource room teacher and support staff and check your Intermediate School District for other great resources too. All these people  can provide interventions for individual students or for the class as a whole.  I could not do my job without my fabulous support staff!

A great resource is the

You can get this on Amazon and it has LOTS of ideas and suggestions for everything!

What kind of interventions do you use?

I am linking up with Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics. Make sure to check it out for some great classroom ideas.
Well, it is my final week of summer school and I am heading back into my room this coming week. Yikes! Where did the summer go?!

Here are a few crafts I was able to make this week. Nice and easy ones!

I made some alphabet gems inspired by Polka Dot Kinders

I also made some felt letters. I used foam instead of paint chips like I saw at Make, Take, Teach.

I finally put labels on the containers I have in my bathroom. The jars are from Bath and Body Work candles. You can get the labels at www.thriftyandchic.com

I also decorated my clipboard with Washi Tape!

I found new student bag labels on pinterest, but when I went to print the labels I realized I did not have just 8 labels per sheet, so I made new labels with 10. If you want to print 8 you can too from Miss Kindergarten.
Last, but not least... I am having a Birthday Sale. My birthday is this Wednesday so from today to Wednesday my tpt store is all 20% off!

Also check out Oodles of Teaching for a great giveaway I am participating in.

Have a great Monday. I am off to summer school!
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