After having three days off (the longest break ever),  I was eager to go back! So while catching up on reading a bunch of blogs I came across work or task boxes.

Thanks to Kara at Sped-Ventures for the great ideas and links to great places to see more ideas for these. Since I have some cabin fever and I am trying to look for ways to improve my classroom I thought these would be great for my kiddos that have autism or just need independent tasks (especially because I have a lot of these materials at home). So I have started to compile some materials to make for these. I have a lot of things going back to school with me!

Check out some of the ideas...

The finished product will look similar to this from Awesome Autism, but I think I will keep the beads in some of these Gerber food containers I still have from Ethan. I am in the process of making some task cards to go with them.



 
Pom Pom Color Sorting. I put some colored foam at the bottom for students to match. The kids will use tweezers to place into the correct color container. (Again, I used the gerber baby food containers).
 
 
or Students can use clothespins to sort the colors too.
 
 
At the Dollar Tree I got some new clear bins for the activities to be stored. I put on red finished and once back at work I will get a picture that says finished.

 
Green is the to do and I will also get a picture for this.
 


Sorting buttons by color. Students will place the lids on the container and I added slits to the containers for students to insert the buttons in. Great for fine motor.

 
Sorting straight vs. curved letters. Place in the baggie and then seal shut once all letters are sorted.

 
This is going to be a work task in the kitchen area. I got a 12pk of infant silverware at the Dollar Tree (safe for the little ones to use) and they will set the table. I found a great step by step pictures from boardmaker share too.

 
I also got plastic vases at the Dollar Tree to be used for the florist shop.

 
I am also going to try saving some old medicine containers to be used for the doctor and vet play center.



Also, yesterday I made a Snowball Fight game and here it is as a freebie. The original idea came from Nicole at Rowdy in Room 300. Her idea was super cute, but for my little ones was a little too challenging except for my high group so I made my own that would better for my am and pm class.


 
You can get this in my tpt and tn store.
 

 
 
 
Also, in celebration of an extended Winter break I am throwing a sale for 15% for tomorrow through Sunday. Why not?!

Check out my tpt store here

Check out teacher's notebook here.

Last but not least at Target there was LOTS of $1 and $3 organization things.

After having only a two day work week I must say I am pretty tired out! I had 4 new kids start. All of them seem great and seem to be falling into the routine pretty easily. 

We read the Mitten by Jan Brett and made these hedgehogs with forks.





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I have been working on getting some pretend play items together for my prop boxes. I have a bunch of medicine syringes from when Ethan was little and I made a stethoscope from old iPod headphones, cardboard, and duct tape.
 

I have also been working on work task boxes for my kiddos. Here is a sample of a pattern bead one.
 
 
 
Here is the button one in action. My kids seem to enjoy it so I can't wait to do some more with them! Ethan loved this too. He has been testing them all out for me.
 
 
Another one I made was styrofoam egg carton being strung onto a pipe cleaner.

We moved Ethan into a big bed this past week. He seems to love his tent and new big boy bed.





Link up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching to share your week!



Since we have a cold day today (-14 currently without the winchill) and yesterday was a snow day I was able to begin compiling and figuring out how I want to tackle the dramatic play boxes. I must admit I am ready to get back in the classroom to my kiddos! Hopefully tomorrow will be warm enough to go to work! Anyways, when beginning to plan the dramatic play boxes two sites were VERY helpful!

The Considerate Classroom and Pre-K Pages

The Considerate Classroom has a great video to show how she sets up her dramatic play area.
Pre-K Pages has lots of cute ideas and really affordable dramatic play kits. Definitely check them out!

So here are a few things I got together and have made to start with organizing the dramatic play boxes. All of the ideas come from one of these sites.

First, I am working on making some lanyards that designate jobs to the kids. On the back will be what that person's job is (I need to get to my work computer to get access to boardmaker for that).


 
 
I am collecting some real food containers and boxes to be used for the grocery store.


Placemats for restaurant play. I need to check what sileverware I have at work and if I have enough I will put this in an individual bag for students to set the table with.
 
Grocery store savings cards (still need to be laminated), but I am going to laminate those and look for some spare keys to attach them too. You can get these at Pre-K Pages.

Cookie counting and matching. I have something similar, but the old version of it.
Count-With-Me Talking Cookie Jar

Flowers that were in my basement...waiting to be used.

 
I also made felt band-aids for the animals and for the dolls.
 
 
This is random, but I made this cute EAT sign for my own kitchen yesterday. I can't wait to put it up! The idea came from Shanty 2 Chic. She has some super cute stuff that she makes and I have a list of things I want to tackle now because of that site!

 
I am going to try to continue to post the progress I am making and how I am going about doing it as to hold myself accountable. Well, if you have another day off enjoy it!
 
Check out Fourth Grade Frolics for some more creative ideas or to share what you have been up to!



I love this! The snow definitely came and now it is blowing around and getting cold! We have at least 11 inches. Tomorrow we are off to because it is going to be -3 for the high and that's not with the windchill.

To celebrate being off I thought I would share a few of the activities we will begin doing on Wednesday and for the month of January.

We will be feeding the penguin some shape fish. This will be done whole group with the kiddos. I also have number and abc fish.

We will be putting button numbers 1-12 in order on the snowman.


We will also being doing three little snowmen poem. I cannot remember the exact words and will have to get the poem when I return on Wednesday for you all.  


I made these shape penguins out of black cups and I just cut out ovals for the bellies and put shapes on them. Students match the penguin to its egg.

I didn't get a picture of the final product...this is another shape and number tracing charts for the kids during circle time. When we sing the shape or number song the kids trace the shape or number. The kids love doing it and it is great reinforcement.


Last but not least, I am linking up for Snowpocalypse.


I am putting my Brrr...It's Cold Pre-K and K Math and Literacy Activities for $1
Enjoy!

To get more $1 deals check out The Primary Gal.

Also, don't forget to check out some of the winter freebies I have including my Mitten Opposite Matching!






Have a great day and if you got a snow day I hope you enjoy it!!!




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