I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs to share what I've been up to this week.

1. Today we are heading to the beach and the weather should be perfect! Sunny and 80. I'm excited as we haven't gotten to go yet this year.

2. This week I went through and repaired/ replaced some of my school items that have gotten worn out.

I replaced my fine motor tubs. The kids LOVE these and are great for early finishers! The cool whip tub kids put in pom poms and the formula tub kids put in buttons.

And I repaired mat man...He was in desperate need of a new head, lungs, and hands. 

3. I went to IKEA and bought some things for school and also got some home inspiration. 

We are hoping to redo our laundry room...

and I may try reorganizing Madi's closet. 

I bought these file holders where I will keep my papers and games for that day. I bought some timers and summer ice cube trays for counting too.

4. My Madi turned two months this past Monday! She is getting so big so quickly. 

5. Some freebies. This duck interactive page and emergent reader are going to be free on my facebook page under fan freebies.

I also have two new fonts you can download.


Head over to the Teaching Tribune for some more fun fonts. 

You can also get some Halloween Freebies at TPT

Freebie Fridays
Have a great weekend!

I found this on pinterest and knew i had to make this for my kids. I have a lot of students that LOVE clocks! The idea came from Mrs. Bremer's class blog. I did need to change it slightly for my little ones by making it a matching activity. I also added velcro so the numbers are slip sliding all over.

An easy work task, but I know it will be a fun one for many!

I also have finally repaired the pieces to mat man. If you have the Handwriting Without Tears CD this song is on there (#8 I think). This is great for teaching students body parts, what their body can do, and how to draw a person. You can get more info here on the hwt site.

Happy Thursday!

Workbasket Wednesday at Autism Classroom News
I am super excited about this idea as these have helped my students tremendously and they love doing them. A lot of the ideas are simple to make with materials that you may have at home or are relatively cheap to make!

This one is sorting fruit and veggies. This can be used in two ways. You can sort the produce by what it is or for students that are ready you can have them sort them by fruit and veggies in two ice cube trays. I got 2 ice cube trays for $1 at the Dollar Tree.

You can find lots of other task box ideas under the task box label. 

I am also linking up with Jamie over at a Tales of a Carolina Girl. 

Name: Kate

Job Title: ECSE Teacher (Early Childhood Special Education)

Grade: 2.5-5 year olds 

How Long I've Been Teaching: 8 years 

Advice: 1. Be Flexible! Listen to what you students need that day because you can have lots to get through, but you won't get through any of it if your kids are not ready to tackle it! So the plans and activities may need to be adjusted to meet their needs.

2. Get to know them and their families personally!  I have my kiddos for two years and some three years and I love getting to know the families and my students! The better you know your students the better you will know what will work, what definitely won't, what days they are ready to be challenged more and what days they may need more breaks. Knowing their families on a personal level they will most likely be able to tell you before they arrive what kind of day they are having so you are ready and able to make the appropriate changes. Also, helping to reduce challenging behavior needs to be done at home and at is a collaborative effort! 

I am making a trip to IKEA today so we will see what fun stuff I can find for my classroom! Do you have an IKEA near you? If so what is your favorite item for your classroom have you gotten there?

I do a letter of the week with my kiddos and to kick off the letter we read Alphatales. My kids love these books! We watch them on the ELMO while listening to the book read on a CD. The books are short (which keeps my kids attention), have bright colors, cute and fun characters, a search and find activity page, and have a catchy song at the end of the story. I also love that the teacher resource book has mini books of the story. I send them home weekly with a list of activities that the kids can do with their parents. I encourage the parents to keep all of the mini books and read them with their child. I have had lots of parents tell me how excited the kids are about having their own letter books and they read them frequently, which I love to hear! I also incorporate Have Fun Teaching's letter songs that you can find on youtube. My kids love singing the songs and we frequently revisit the Alphatales book and have fun teaching song throughout the week.

 You can get Alphatales here

You can find more great book ideas at Mrs. Jump's Class!

 Shape Bowling...I found this bowling game in my parents basement. I attached shapes to them and the kids will bowl for shapes. The pins they knock down they will have to identify the shapes of. You can get bowling pins at Walmart.

I made a choice board for adapted books. I want... and the kids choose the book they want to do.

Drive the cars to the garage task box. It works on colors and fine motor development...following the lines to the correct color garage.

What have you made recently?! Link up with 4th Grade Frolics!

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