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Focus on Five: Virtual Valentine’s Day

Focus on Five: Virtual Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate in the classroom and this year, I am starting to plan ways I can celebrate with my students virtually. While it seems a little early, planning ahead for Valentine’s can ensure you have time to have students...

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Winter Sensory Play & Fine Motor Activities

Winter Sensory Play & Fine Motor Activities

Teaching before winter break is hard. This year is especially hard. It's cold outside, festivities are likely cancelled or drastically changed due to COVID, and we seem to be squeezing in every assessment possible in the last few days of school. I'm determined to have...

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Favorite Holiday Activities Roundup

Favorite Holiday Activities Roundup

As an Infants and Toddler’s Special Education teacher, I follow a coaching model and everything since March has been completely virtual.  I understand the challenges of virtual teaching especially with children birth to 3!  Being cognizant of different home situations...

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Focus on Five: Holiday Gifts

Focus on Five: Holiday Gifts

The holidays are here! Last school year, I had students make and wrap holiday gifts for their family members. My colleague and I co-teach Special Activity Time each day and we did this project together for the first time last school year.  Having students make and...

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Turkey Fun in Early Childhood

Turkey Fun in Early Childhood

There’s nothing more comforting (in my eyes at this point) in the midst of a pandemic than the thought of comforting Thanksgiving food.  If you’re looking for ways to incorporate some turkey and Thanksgiving fun into your classroom or virtual session, then this post...

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Halloween Core and Fringe Boards

Halloween Core and Fringe Boards

Halloween and other themed activities may look a little different this year but as special education teachers, one thing that remains the same is structure and the need for language support!  I love creating themed core and fringe language boards so that my students...

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Halloween Resources for Virtual or In-Person Learning

Halloween Resources for Virtual or In-Person Learning

I love teaching in October. Students are in a routine, expectations have been set and the real fun and learning can begin. There are so many great fall resources at The Autism Helper! My students this year adore Halloween, and I'm gathering and prepping all of the...

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St. Patrick’s Day Activities

St. Patrick’s Day Activities

St. Patrick's Day Activities I love bringing holidays and seasons into the classroom. It keeps things new and fresh. I try to tie in activities and centers to holidays and seasons whenever possible. Here are some of my favorite St. Patrick's Day activities. Materials...

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Focus on Five: Leap Day Activities

Focus on Five: Leap Day Activities

Leap Day happens once every four years, so make it special!  My cousin was born on leap day, so I remember being a kid and thinking it was such an interesting and unusual concept that there coulf be an extra day one year and then it wasn't there the following year....

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Winter Themed Gross Motor Activities

Winter Themed Gross Motor Activities

We all know how important it is for our kids to play outside, but unpredictable winter weather can make that a little challenging.  During these long months of indoor recess, it can be hard to think of new gross motor ideas to keep kids engaged and moving. I thought...

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New Year, Fresh Start

New Year, Fresh Start

Nothing Says Fresh Start Like the New Year.If you are reading this in December, chances are the last thing you want to do right now is think about coming back to school in January. However, now is the perfect time to take a minute to revamp your classroom...

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