Adapted Morning Journal Page

I’m excited to share one of big successes of the first week of school (besides surviving it). I started using this adapted morning journal pageΒ with one my guys and it went SO WELL! I was beyond impressed with him and can’t wait to show his parents.

Here is some background: this child has some emerging writing skills. He struggled last year being independent while writing because he would perseverate over certain letters and trace them a million times or erase a letter until there was a hole in the paper. He has gotten a ton better and can now write his name independently and can copy other words mostly. I wanted to figure out a way from him to practice writing and copying words in a functional way that could become meaningful. I love doing morning journal pages with my other kids to work on calendar, weather, etc. So I made this very simple page for him:

and then I laminated one to be the master. Each day I write in all the info and post it and he copies it. I’m hoping to fade this out throughout the year. In the journal section, I tape a picture of simple shapes in different colors that he needs to copy.

Check out my video tutorial for this resource:

11 Comments

  1. Hi Sasah, your videos are so helpful. Can you tell me what sort of homework you assign to your students? Thanks!

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  2. Thanks Kelly! For homework, I do packets of 2/3 work sheets on concepts that are mastered. I usually tend to make them on the easier side since I know many students struggle with doing academic work in the home environment since the expectations are different than in school. Once students are successful and (mostly) independent with the homework routine, I make packets a little harder/longer. I usually put in a page of math facts (whichever they are working on – addition, subtraction, etc.) and a page or 2 of reading worksheets (correcting sentences, matching vocabulary words to picture, writing sentences, etc.). For students who are a little lower functioning, it’s mostly handwriting/tracing worksheets and matching worksheets. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

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  3. Thanks Sasha for replying back, your videos are becoming my bible (this is my first year teaching Jr. High autism focus). You mentioned reading worksheets (correcting sentences, matching vocabulary words to picture, writing sentences, etc.)- is there a particular work book that you pull from? Actually, if there are workbooks, materials that are ‘must haves’ for autism teachers, please let me know! I know on one of your videos, you mentioned using something to help your students with ‘Wh’ questions- what was that called? Thank you so much!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

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  4. Just emailed you Kelly πŸ™‚

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  5. I’d love the resources you sent her too! Like she said, it’s my first year and I’m teaching k-5 self-contained autism class. Homework is kind of a thorn in my flesh right now and I don’t have many resources (I’m glad to read neither did you your first year!). Thanks!

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  6. Just emailed you πŸ™‚

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  7. Thanks for these great ideas. I have trouble with homework too. Can you tell me what resources you’ve found useful? I teach 5-6 self contained low functioning kiddos.

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  8. Just was told about your blog and am already super excited to have found it. Could you send me the resources you recommended above? Thank you and happy almost Friday:)

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  9. So glad you found me Claire πŸ™‚ You reminded me that I wanted to do a post on that – all of my homework/worksheet resources will be posted tomorrow!! Thanks for reminding me and hope it’s helpful for you!

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  10. Hey Sasha,

    I’m slowly trying to get ready for some higher functioning kids next year… can you send that email to me too?

    Thanks so much! You have been a huge resource and help to me!

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