Homework and Independent Work for Non-Readers

Yesterday I explained my worksheet system for homework and independent work binders. Of course my whole class cannot do worksheets – that would be too easy. We special educators thrive off complications, exceptions, and everything individualized, right?! Some of my kiddos need a little something different. As I took the pictures for this post, I realized I have kind of this obsession with binders! I have binders all over my room. Jeez I am weird…

Homework: For my students who are lower functioning and do not read/write, I like to make a take home binder of velcro pages. If the parents are pretty involved, I’ll have them keep the binder at home and send new pages every few months or so. That has seemed to work very well for some of my guys. The parents are always thrilled too – to have work that is appropriate for their child on hand in the home.

Independent Work Binders: For my independent work binders, specifically the ones in my fluency station, I make the same type of velcro work. Depending on the student, I make a variety of matching, sorting, and dry erase sheets.

Some pages from the binder-palooza that is my classroom:



 I also love these question pages:


 

 

 

The weather and calendar related pages are on TpT under my Calendar Time Packet and Daily Weather Activities (weather packet is free!). Some of the sorting pages are similar to the ones in my Sorting File Folders 1 and Sorting File Folders 2 packets. Instead of putting them into folders I just made them in page form! I plan on uploading the question sheets in the very near future! Happy Sunday 🙂

52 Comments

  1. Thank you so much! This has been so helpful. Your blog is such a blessing!

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  2. I’m with Laura. I feel like I need to keep telling you so you never stop posting!!
    I started the adapted journal pages for morning work last week and LOVE it, I use your calendar pages, some of your work task ideas, etc. Maybe I’ll send you pictures of my students using your ideas for you to be encouraged at how far reaching your hard work is! It’s encouraging to have a site to read that is so practical and applicable for my students.

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  3. Omigosh Kristen your comments just made my day! I would LOVE for you to send me some pics 🙂 So happy to hear that my ideas have been helpful to you. Thanks so much for your sweet words!

    – Sasha

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  4. Thanks so much Laura! I’m so glad my ideas are helpful to you. Have a great week 🙂

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  5. I just recently discovered your website and have spent the WHOLE weekend making materials and copying your ideas. Thanks for sharing your ideas and please keep posting.

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  6. You had a busy weekend Kristine! Thank you so much for your sweet feedback – I really appreciate it 🙂

    Have a great week!

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  7. Do you have anything for learning personal information (phone number and address)?

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  8. I LOVE all your adaptations! I do wish you had some free ones though. As a teacher with very little to no budget, it helps to borrow great ideas from other teachers 🙂

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  9. Thanks Amanda! Click on the free printable link on the side bar- I have tons of freebies there 🙂

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  10. I recently discovered this site and it has been a life saver for my AS room! I spend so much time looking at ways to improve my room. I saw your post and wanted to give back in some way.

    I teach phone number, birthday, and address with the following chants:

    cake, candy, icecream cone tell me the number of your phone.

    rabbit, cat squirrel, mouse tell me the number of your house.

    apples, pears, peaches, plums tell me when your birthday comes.

    THEY LOVE IT!
    Hope this helps 🙂

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  11. SO CUTE! Thanks Carly! 🙂

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  12. Thanks so much! I will def check it out 🙂

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  13. I just found you. Amazing! Thank you!!

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  14. Pretty! This has been an incredibly woonderful article.
    Manny thanks for supplying this info.

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  15. These are great. I use file folders, but do you keep all these in one binder? Or do you have a binder for each student?

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  16. I am completely new at this and I am responsible for setting up my classroom. Your website has been instrumental in calming my anxiety level. Thanks a million for taking the time to share. It has not gone unnoticed!

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  17. I love your binder ideas. It takes a little prep work in the beginning but it is totally worth it because these are skills our kiddos need to practice again and again! Thanks for all your great ideas! When do you find time to sleep?

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  18. Haha! Not too often! So happy you like the ideas! 🙂

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  19. Were you ever able to load thw pages of all the pictures you took of the work book pages? I would love this for my son!

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  20. Do you have specific games and/or pre-academic sheets for preschool children with autism?

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  21. can you please help me find your letter matching and number matching activities?? they are in this post.

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  22. This is a great resource! I shared this on pinterest.

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  23. Thanks, Steve!

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  24. I love your ideas! Thank you so much for sharing them!!
    I have a question about Velcro… Have you found a type of Velcro that works well for folder tasks or binder tasks? I use Velcro coins from Feiner Supply, but they don’t have clear Velcro coins, and the white coins cover up some of the picture, making it hard for my students to match. I have found some clear Velcro coins on Amazon.com, but they don’t hold well, and the pictures fall off when they are attached with the Velcro. Some of the teachers I work with put a small Velcro rectangle at the top of the item to be matched, but I’d rather not take the time to cut the Velcro – I’ve been spoiled by the coins. Any thoughts or ideas? Thanks so much!!

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  25. I use the strips and cut them out. It is a pain though! You could put the coins at the top of the picture or in the corner and then just make sure to put them in the same spot on the pieces. I have done that before and it works very well! Hope this helps 🙂

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  26. I was wondering where you keep the answer pieces for the binders? I see the ziplock bags, but where and how do you keep them with the correlating page? I am worried that if I start these kinds of tasks (binders and folder games) that all the parts are going to go missing, etc.

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  27. Yep I keep in baggies that are velcroed on the back of the opposite page. You can label the baggies for each page (I do that for file folder activities). However, I don’t mind have them unlabeled because even if a kid puts all the baggies aside or shoved in one page – when we redo the pages, we just grab a baggie for each group of pieces. I will email you an image also on how to use velcro on opposite pages for storing pieces 🙂

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  28. Thank you so much for sharing these great ideas! Which font are you using for alphabet activities? I tried to find the one you used, but I can not find it. Especially, when the letters come “I” or “Q”, they have so many and it will make students make confused “L” or “I” (hope you know what I mean! 🙂 Thank you.

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  29. I think it’s just comic sans here actually but now I really like KG Primary Penmanship!

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  30. I love your Match Letters and numbers on this pin for Autism but I cannot find it. Can you let me know how to order from you please.

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  31. I am a new PPCD teacher and I really like the idea of individual binders! You really have some great things here!! Thank you for sharing your ideas!

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  32. I am a new PPCD teacher and I really like the idea of individual binders! You really have some great things here!! Thank you for sharing your ideas!

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  33. I am a new PPCD teacher and I really like the idea of individual binders! You really have some great things here!! Thank you for sharing your ideas!

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  34. I am a new PPCD teacher and I really like the idea of individual binders! You really have some great things here!! Thank you for sharing your ideas!

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  35. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  36. Where did you get the ‘match characters’ page?

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  37. I just found this page. I want to make pages similar to this. I have today is, tomorrow is yesterday was. The months, weather and seasons. Love all your other pages! Did not think to include those.

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  38. Awesome! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  39. Loving the pages I’ve seen. You mentioned above about a free printables tab on the side bar, but I’m not seeing this tab. Has this been removed? I appreciate seeing the free printables and it helps me decide if other products on TpT is valuable to my students.

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  40. Yep – that was on my old website! If you search “free” it will link to all freebies in any blog posts (https://theautismhelper.com/?s=free). Also here is the link to freebies that are on TpT (although some are only on the blog so I’d check out both – https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper/Price-Range/Free). Also all of my products have a video preview so you can check out every page of the resource before you purchase so you know exactly what you are buying! Hope this helps 🙂

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  41. How can I get binders just like yours? Do you have them for purchase? I’m an autism mommy of my son Aiden who is non verbal would love these to work on at home!

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  42. Hi Kelly! I think I just emailed you! These are all available for purchase as digital downloads! 🙂 See the links in your email!

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  43. Hi! Love this! Is there anyway I can purchase everything I see here?? The weather, the letter, the climate, says if the week and month, etc..???

    I need them all for my classroom

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  44. Hi I don’t know if I’m posting correctly but can I purchase all of these pages/binders?

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  45. I have the same question, can the pages in the binders be purchased?

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