1. I have started some back to school its and magnetic tape (loving this!)

2. My new classroom theme...bugs!

3. I found these at Lakeshore and had to buy them! Ethan loved taking them apart and rebuilding! 

4. We went to our last concert of the summer season. DMB! And we saw a friend of ours that we ran with! 

5. I ordered the Smart Tiles for the backsplash for our kitchen. I am super excited to get them in on Tuesday! Here is the one we are getting. I cannot wait to put it up! 

Smart Tiles 9.85 in x 9.85 in Adhesive Decorative Wall Tile Backsplash Idaho in Grey, Green, Beige and Rust (6-Piece)

Have a great weekend! 

These are two of my favorite blogs! 

Jackie from Pocket of Preschool  has lots of great theme activities and I love all of her dramatic play ideas! 

Lola from Preschool Wonders is also a fellow special ed teacher and she has lots of great craft ideas and lots of awesome hands on activities that engage all of her students! 

Definitely check out both Preschool Wonders and Pocket of Preschool for lots of fun, creative ideas to get your students engaged and having fun!

Check out the TPT Seller Challenge here: 

Sparkling in Second

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I am linking up with the Autism Classroom News to share some new work box ideas. 

I had sorting cards from Target that I got a few years ago. I decided to make pockets for them and pictures to show what to sort. 

The students will label a number line. 

This shape matrix idea came from Erin at Creating and Teaching. I made this freebie for you here too. 

I had extra short borders downstairs and I added numbers and letters to them and the students can clip the matching letter or number. 

Target had these dividers and beads. Perfect for sorting!

Piggy Emotions Matching you can find here. I am going to use this with a cookie sheet and magnets. 

I am participating in #SpedDollarDeals. 
My new Christmas Activities packet is on sale for $1! 
Activities Included:
Matching Numbers p. 4-12
Count and Clip 1-10 p. 13-16
Counting Puzzles 1-10 p. 17-22
Scoop and Count p. 23-24
What Are They Doing in Santa’s Workshop? Matching Items p. 25-32
Holiday Puzzles Number Order 1-10 p. 33-42
Magnet or File Folder Games p. 43-50
Same vs. Different Clips p. 51-53
Number Matching

Count and Clip

Scoop, count, and write. 

 Counting puzzles.

Adapted Book item matching. 

You can find these activities here.

Also, starting soon is a Special Education Back to School Blog Hop! 

I had someone ask what I do at my literacy/ academic center and thought I would share with you what has worked for me. 
Each day of the week I have something that we work on. 
Mondays- vocabulary. 
All of my students have language goals so this is something we do weekly. 
With the AM class we usually do flip it, say it, stamp it
At this point I have made these for each theme we do. This is great for my students that have limited language skills because they can attempt to repeat the word or the beginning sound. For my students that are nonverbal this is great because they are able to become more exposed to a variety of words.  
With the pm class I use emergent readers. Usually just simple ones that are I see, I like, etc. This is great to work on saying simple sentences. 
Tuesdays- Math
I usually do a matching game, roll the dice game, counting, colors, or shapes. I try to use games that can be easily differentiated. 
Wednesdays- Letter of the Week
This year I will be using items from my ABC Mega Pack to complete with the kids. The am will be completing the I can read letter words and bingo stamping the letters. The pm class will be stamping upper vs. lower case letters, doing letter sorts, and working on writing the letter. 
You can find the packet here and all of the items are available separately too. I have a post about that here. 
Thursdays- Themed activity abc or number activity
All of these games I have gotten as freebies from other blogs or use the games and activities from the packets I have created. 
Friday- Game Day and/ or Smartboard

I try to play games like Candy Land or do sorting or do smartboard activities that go with our theme. This is great for building turn taking skills and learning to wait. 
I was asked if I use a lot of worksheets and when I first started I did use a lot more of that. At the charter school I was at that was what we were expected to do and we were monitored closely. However, when I got into ECSE things changed a lot! I got to pick and choose what I wanted to do and was not monitored to make sure I was certain page number. 
So I am moving away from worksheets and they weren't working anyway. They were not engaging the students,  not meeting IEP goals, and the students were not able to do them independently. 
I try to do a lot more hands on activities (some with recording sheets) and games. This keeps the kids engaged, learning more, and decreases behavior problems because it's fun! 
I am going to also share what we do at our fine motor center and what I do with early finishers soon too. :) 

1. I made Ethan a Name Book so he knows how to spell different important people's names. Something you could definitely do with your students. 

2. I made my new Nursery Rhyme Interactive Book. You can find that here.  Can't wait to use that this year!

I am linking up with Fourth Grade Frolics. Check out her blog for more fun Monday Made Its. 

Fourth Grade Frolics

This past year when our ASD consultant was visiting she was watching my kiddos in the sensory bin and there was some arguing going on. My one student with ASD was also VERY possessive of everything in the bin so she suggested having cards instructing the students with what they should look for and collect. She said giving them a purpose and more specific instructions will decrease the arguing. So here are a few of the cards I made.

I also made some generic color ones that can be put in any bin and just focuses on colors. These are available here. 

The Halloween cards are part of my new Halloween Games pack available here. 
Do you give your students a purpose when using your sensory bin?

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