First Year ECSE Teacher Must Haves

When I started teaching ECSE my students were way different than they are now. When I started I was able to use a lot of my Kindergarten materials and do a lot of my kindergarten activities with the kiddos with little differentiating. Fast forward three years later and my kiddos coming in were changing. They were coming in with more delays (physical, emotional, academic, speech). So slowly I had to start creating different materials. I was getting larger gaps between my students (Severely CI to students with Aspbergers). I had to figure out how to meet all of my students needs while also meeting the curriculum needs and prep them for Kindergarten. What I am getting at is fast forward to going on to my seventh year of teaching and many of the things I use in my room now that I can't imagine not having are things that took time to make, lots of trial and error and is still a constant work in progress. 
Through all of that I have compiled a list of ECSE teacher Must Haves for a First Year Teacher. I have a list of items you will definitely want to prep ahead of time and a list of items that if you get the chance you can create or down the road make in the future. 
What can I not live without?!

If you can get access to a core vocab board this has helped immensely in my room and I would strongly recommend to increase language! 

You can read more about my circle time folder here  and pick up some other great freebies.

Check out these great morning work binders from Ashton at the Special Education Station.  

The next three things take a lot of time to prep and I would suggest starting to do once the school year starts and this won't happen all in the first year. The next three things have taken me at least four years to slowly create. I have created as I went depending on the students' needs and in priority of what is needed the most for my group of students. 

You can find some social stories here

You can find lots of adapted books here

Well, I think those are all of my Must-Haves. What are some things you can't live without?!

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