December Pinterest

It's no secret, I love Pinterest.  Pinterest is where I find half of my crafts for my classroom.  I love it, and I look for it for inspiration.  Here is my December Pinterest board so far.

Be sure to follow, as I "pin" new idea's to it daily!





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Happy Thanksgiving!





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The Polar Express Book of the Month

My ALL TIME favorite holiday children's story is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.  It's a classic story that has such a sweet message.  I read this story to my class every year, but often times it is a bit tough for them to comprehend.  I created this bundle to help my children understand the story better and to have interactive activities to create. 

 Here is my Polar Express- Book of the Month Bundle!
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December Vocabulary Bundle!


Oh my goodness, I didn't realize how soon December was coming! With Thanksgiving so late this year, it threw me off! Needless to say, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite December activities I will be doing this year.

Here is my
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Monday Motivator!


In the spirit of Thanksgiving... I'm thankful for my job.  
I'm thankful my nine angels that were sent to me as students.
I'm thankful for my family who love me no matter what.
I'm thankful for my friends who support me through everything.
and...
I'm thankful for my fiancé.... my better half.




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Integrating communication outside of a "PEC's" Book

I SPY A communication icon somewhere in this corner of my room! Can you see it?


Look, on my brown cupboard, velcro'd to the outside of the door! Ahhh HA. You see it?  That is where I have placed a picture symbolizing books for one of my students.
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Gobble Gobble! Turkey Craft

Here is another GREAT Pinterest OT craft my kiddo's did! I love OT because these always turn out SO cute to send home.  Here is a simple turkey craft my kiddo's were able to do on their own :)







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Monday Motivator (A tear jerker...)

Today's Monday Motivator reminds us of the good in the world.  I'm sure you've heard about BATKID!


The Make A Wish foundation really outdid it self.  This organization brought together thousands of people to make the dream of a little boy come true :)


Happy Monday!








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Starter PEC's Book- Real Pictures!

I got called in to help set up a PEC's communication book for a little kindergartener next door . This girl is a CUTIE that was so much fun to work with.  She is non-verbal and profoundly deaf, so getting this set up was IMPERATIVE.  

Due to some of her health disabilities, she has limited hand control and sign language is not the best option for her.  I spent the day with her and interviewed parents and staff to determine her favorite things.  I chose to set up this PEC's book using only highly preferred items to start.  She is g-tube fed and can not be motivated by food, so I chose her favorite toys/activities to start with!


I am using a small 3 ring binder and real life images to start.  At this time, she is hand over hand dependent, but like I always say, it's NEW to her.  She will learn :) I made the PEC's larger than my standard PEC's due to her vision impairment.  Here are some pictures of the PEC's I set up to start.

(potato head, indoor swing)

(slide, walk)

(Lego's, apple toy)

(firehouse)

(finished, more)

We spent all day with her showing her how to communicate using PEC's.  

How to implement PEC's for beginners: (The room 83 way)
-Give student a choice by placing two toys in front of him/her.
-When he/she grabs one toy, find that PEC, and place it on the binder in front of the student.
-Position the PEC's book in between the communicating student and the communicating staff member.
-Place a second staff member behind the communicating student to prompt the student when needed.
-Wait for the child to reach for the toy and have the prompting staff member physically prompt the student to grab the PEC, and hand it to the communicating staff.
-The communicating staff member will say, "Blocks" and hold up the PEC while handing the child the matching toy.
-Allow the child to play for a minute or two, and start again by taking the toy away and saying something along the lines of "my turn."
-Wait for the child to reach for the toy, and repeat the steps to requesting the toy through a PEC


This system can be used for toys, activities, snacks and much more.  The key to teaching PEC's communication is using two staff members in the beginning.  By using two staff members, the communicating staff member is able to focus on the two way communication.  The second staff member behind the child is able to prompt the student with out having to communicate with the student.  The makes it much easier for the student and does not confuse the student.




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Organizing Work Center Materials

Organization is key to a smooth day.  No matter what the supplies are, they must be easy to access and ready to go in a moment.  I wanted to show you two organization strategies I use to make for quick last minute activities for those unplanned unexpected moments when your "planned" lesson plans fall through!
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Fall Leaves Craft!

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Nova Chat Communication Device

I am SUPER pumped to share with you two video's about the Nova Chat 10.

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Happy Veterans Day!!!




Happy Veteran's Day! I'm having a SALE to celebrate :)



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A little trick for our difficult ones!


Do you have any kiddo's that get upset and push their desks over? I do! I have one little guy that can sometimes get frustrated and push his desk forward so that it flips over. I did not want to have to re-arrange the desks into groups, so I racked my mind  to try to decide a way to keep my u-shape arrangement.  And then it hit me! Add another desk in front of his!
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Adapted Writing Practice!


Here is an example of how I adapt our daily journal!  I have this set up ahead of time in my student's writing folder.  The student knows to take out their paper and copy the picture at the top.  You can see we are working on stick figures with details along with a baseball (his favorite sport!)

Underneath, I write 3 sentences, each ranging from 3-4 words.  At this time, this student needs highlighted lines to act as visuals for each word.  WIthout these accommodations, he will write floating letters and mix up the words!

I don't know what you think, but I think he did a VERY good job on this assignment :) (No prompting!)




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Practicing 1:1 Correspondance!


Here is a quick activity I created for one of my students who is struggling with 1:1 correspondence.  She is a very hands-on student who likes to quickly grab everything and anything in sight.  I decided to try taping down manipulatives to the table so she was unable to move my set of objects.  Once I taped down the pom poms, I prompted her to "make yours like mine" and then hand her a pile of pom poms.  

By simply taping my set down, it minimized the distraction and she is now able to complete the task on her own.  It's amazing how a little bit of tape can help a kiddo SO much!


I hope you enjoyed my simple trick :)




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4 Compartment Communicator Device!

CHECK OUT MY NEW TOY!!!

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Monday Motivator!


LOL!  How many times do you have to improvise when a kiddo acts out, someone throws up, a diaper leaks, a kiddo runs out the door, you are short staffed etc.

The list could go on and on, but we can't complain! It is so important to literally KEEP CALM for the sake of your students and carry on to best meet their needs, even if it means a little bit of pretending :)




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It's November!

It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!! It's November!!!!

Here is my November Idea's board on Pinterest!  I find a lot of cute crafts and activities for my centers on Pinterest! I wanted to share my findings with you :)




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