Summer is Here!

Categories: Seasonal | Summer
Summer is here!  As extended school year begins, it’s important for me to find engaging and educational activities to keep my students motivated and learning. Let’s explore two exciting resources from The Autism Helper that are perfect for the end of the school year and Extended School Year.

Visual Recipes for Children with Autism: Summer Treats and Snacks

This packet is a fantastic resource for teachers looking to engage their students in new and fun treats while enhancing various skills. It includes visual recipes for a variety of summer treats, including Banana Split, Dirt Cups (pictured), Fruit Kabobs, Fruit Smoothies, Ocean Cookies, Sand Desserts, S’mores on a Stick, Ants on a Log (pictured), and Flag Bread. Furthermore, these recipes provide my students with a fun cooking experience and offer opportunities for language development, sequencing, fine motor skills, reading, and direction-following!  They love them!

What’s on The Grill? (An Adapted Book)

This is a photo of an adapted book that can be used during summer extended school year.
This adapted book is a fantastic resource that offers a my students an enjoyable way to practice counting skills. I love that the book is centered around grill vocabulary.  Also, it features coordinating visuals for students to identify basic sight words. It’s the perfect choice for summer school, extended school year or enriching home activities!
Finally, there are other fun activities I like to incorporate into extended school year with my students. Those are: water play day, hot dog BBQs, and extra play time.  Of course, it’s important to continue the routine and schedule of my classroom as well.  But summer is a good excuse to have some fun!  To get some more ideas for extended school year, read this post from Heather.

What fun activities do you have planned for your students?  Let me know below. Thanks for reading!

Michelle Lindenmuth, M.Ed.
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