Sunday, August 25, 2013

All About Me....

All About Me....

I am excite to this this theme with the kiddos this year.

I am used to making the "All About Me" books however we are not doing that.

I promise a few friends I would share ideas for their lesson/activities and I am hoping others can use them as well.

I teach a transitional class and do itinerant work, I use the same activities for both scenarios.
Most, if not all, came from pinterest.

I am suing the Handwritting Without Tears curriculum, so two activities are not art/crafts but one is.
That is the one I will be sharing on the blog.

I really do hope you find this blog useful throughout the year. I will try to keep it up (hopefully on Sundays). I will also be starting ABA classes in September, plus I joined the gym, plus all my homework, IEPs, reports, I am hoping I can write at least once a week...

Have a fantastic school year.

* first day hand prints

* paper plate faces

* this is my house

* paper kids

* my finger tips are unique

* family tree

* lunch bag kiddos

* feeling are important

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* my name is

new school year.....

Last year my class opened at the end of October, so I started with farm/fall, but now I am starting the year with the "All About Me" theme.

I decided to handwrite my lesson plans this years (what I put on the board for the parents to see) so when there are changes I can just errase and make changes.

I will be having three table top activities daily.
I will be using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum (I am super excited). Two table tops will be with the HWT curriculum, one will be the readiness curriculum, the other will be alternating days with math and literacy and the last table top will be a craft. I am able to implement the goals into each activity. 

Some changes, I will be the only one collecting data this year (last year my staff collected data as well). I am still working on a data sheet, last year I used a data sheet that I used when I was working at LAUNCH. I track data for each child and goal like ABA data sheets that I modeled from a former job (thank you Louisa). 

Been the only SPED preschool class, transition class, on the district I get to choose my own themes;

August/September -  All About Me
October - Fall
November - Farm
December - Holidays
January - Winter
February - Friendship
March - Dinosaurs
April - Spring
May/June - Space (maybe zoo or jungle not sure yet)
ESY - Ocean

During summer I had to change rooms, and even thought it was a pain, I am happy with how the room turned out. And the kiddos did not seem to mind at all (YAY). 

I started with four kiddos, but as I teach a transitional class I will soon have more kiddos. I am always going back to the basics and always teaching the learn to learn behaviors (sitting, attending, waiting, quiet hands, etc..).

I am looking forward to a new and exciting year. 

Can't wait to have the students work on the walls. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New school year.......

I will be returning to work this Thursday. Even though I am sad to see my summer break come to an end I am excited (as I am every start of the year) for the year to start. This year I will have a new classroom, I was moved from room 9 to room 2. I will start with some returning students, four in total, maybe five. I will have smaller itinerant case load (for now at least), almost all my students went on to kinder.

I already have an IEP this Friday for a little boy we assessed in the summer, so I am not sure if that is a good way to start the year or not.

I still haven't finished fixing room 2, is a mess, a smaller mess, but a mess.

I did start lesson planning and I have three weeks planned (but no prep work done).

I have no idea who my aids will be.

BUT I am excited about this year and getting started :) I mean, what can I say.... I LOVE my job/career.

I am will be doing All About Me August (kids start the 22) and September. Here is a link to my pinterst board for some fun ideas I will be doing.

Have a GREAT school year!!!!