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Making Picture Schedules Easier {Setup Tip}

Feb 26

Making Picture Schedules Easier {Setup Tip}

If you are using some type of daily picture schedule, you know how time consuming it can be to set up the pictures each day. Here is a tip to help save you LOADS of time. Make mini schedule to reference! If the schedule stays the same each day, just make one. If it switches each day you can make one for each day and label each one.

I post mine right next to the schedule. Now it’s super duper fast for me or my paraprofessionals to set up the schedule. We just check out the order of the pictures and put them up in that order :)

Or I post it right into the binder:

In past years, when I have had tons of kids on picture schedules that changed daily. I made these strips for each day of the week:

and then you can just put it in the binder each day and match the pictures when setting up schedules.


You want to know the best part of this all?? I can know have my students set up their schedule for the following day? Talk about time saver! Plus, I like the idea of the kids getting to see what is on the agenda for tomorrow. It is super easy for the kids to set up because they just match the pictures!


  1. Lori O. /

    I used to have all of my students on picture schedules that hung up in the classroom but this year I only have four students on them. The others have their picture schedules on a clip board. They are in plastic sleeves and the students check off with dry erase markers. This has helped a lot as well. The students change theirs by themselves as well.

    • Sasha /

      Yes – I love laminated visual schedules! Most of my kids are on those or written schedules as well but still have two very low kiddos who need the velcro and structure!

  2. What do you do when your usual daily schedule changes for events, etc?

    • Sasha /

      We use sometimes a star or special icon that shows a change. This helps our students know the change is coming. As far as changes that happen every day (ie. gym on Tuesday) – you can make a mini schedule for each day of the week.

  3. What a great idea! I only have 4 of my 7 on picture schedules now but I can see how this would be awesome for my class, students, and especially for when we have substitute teachers!

  4. Robyn /

    I see that yours are colored coded. What do the different colors mean?

    • Sasha /

      The colors just help add another lay of discrimination for my kiddos who are lower functioning and struggle to match pictures. It makes it easier for them to use the schedule independently!

  5. Becky /

    On the colts – do you color them yourself, or do you have a program that will do the background colors?

    • Sasha /

      The program colors the backgrounds – but you could color it yourself too!

Keep the discussion going! What are your thoughts?