Our ECSE classes have been changing drastically in the kids we are getting. Many of our students are coming in with a  lot more severe disabilities and a mixed bag of delays and behaviors. With that said, we have had to quickly try to readjust the same curriculum and such for these needs and it is getting more and more challenging because we have students that are strictly SLI and academically delayed, but I also have students with severe ASD and Moderately Cognitively Impaired students that have not yet been placed into a program more appropriate with their needs. Add in that we are now getting students that are about 2.5 years old throughout the year from our 0-3 ISD program and some students are staying until they are six years old...we have a lot of diversity! With this large range of accommodations to meet we are having to revamp things and fortunately this year my ECSE partner has a lot of new and great ideas and with blogging I have been able to reflect on my students needs and readjust how I am teaching and knowing better what changes I can make (simple ones) that may help more of my students.

With that said, next year (I know it's crazy to start thinking about that already...but we have!) I plan on revamping my circle time.

Some of the ideas have come from

The Considerate Classroom
The Autism Adventures of Room 83
The Autism Helper
Little Miss Kimberly Ann (just found this blog and love it!)
and Teaching Special Thinkers

From all of these I have decided to make a circle time book for next year that is interactive for all my kiddos and can easily be differentiated for their their needs. I looked on tpt and found lots of great circle time books, but not quite for all of my students so I ended up creating my own that will work better for the kiddos in my room. Here are some of the pics of the book:

So I plan on adding to weather what should Froggy wear and adding a more interactive letter of the week activity to my calendar area. Otherwise, the calendar routine isn't going to change that much, but having the visuals right in front of the kids will make a huge difference and having them find the pieces, point along, etc. will most likely keep them better engaged and on task. Are you going to be revamping your circle time? If so, how or do you do something that you find the kids love?  I would love to hear your great ideas too!

This past week we discussed Easter and dinosaurs. An odd combo, but the kids still loved it.

Here are some things we did this week:

1. I had the kids match the upper and lower case letters. You can get the recording sheet we used from Shuna at Pocket Full of Kinders.

2. We made bunny hats in the am and in the pm bunny ears and whiskers. 

3. We did an ABC dino dig with dog bones that had the letter on it. 

4. We used a magnetic wand and magentic balls to paint an Easter egg. 

We made bunnies,

and chicks. 

5.  We also had a dino sensory bin and

Easter sensory bin. 

I also put this dino dig excavation kit from Lakeshore Learning in the rice table. (It's on sale right now too).

Dino-Dig Excavation Kit

Last, but not least a Fruity Beginning Sounds Freebie.

Freebie Fridays

It was a busy four day week, but a fun one. Link up what you did this week with Doodle Bugs Teaching. Ethan and I are off to the doctor and then Bunnyville at the zoo today. It should be fun! Have a great Easter and weekend!

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