BTS 2015 Whats In Your Cart Linky

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Teachers Pay Teachers always has a site-wide sale for Back To School and this year is no different!
This year's sale is August 3rd and 4th. Everything in my store will be on sale at 20% PLUS you will get more discount by using TPT's CODE: BTS15 at checkout.

I am so excited to have found What's in Your Cart Linky! What a great idea! Big round of applause for Jenna from The Speech Room News.
Thank you Jenna Rayburn !

Here's What You Need From My Store

This Sight Word Package has 140 worksheets with reading, writing (tracing and writing) and a cut and paste section for reinforcement of reading vocabulary words. These PCI Reading Program words give kids that extra bit of practice after they have learned the words in the program OR it can be used without the PCI Reading Program as all of the words are also on the DOLCH sight word list.

The beginning of the year brings assessment time to get a basal line for the beginning of year. This Alphabet Assessment Package includes 4 different assessments for the alphabet recognition and identification with both upper and lower case. These progress monitoring sets include sets for testing letters in isolation or in groups of 2, 3, and 4 other letters. Data sheets are also included or you may use your own. Its all set up to start a data sheet for a student and continue periodic assessment throughout the year.

This set of Behavioral Supports includes general visuals useful in Special Education rooms as well as inclusion. Some of the items inside it are:
1-5 token "I'm working for card"
1-10 token I'm working for card"
1-15 token I'm working for card"
1 page of penny tokens
1 page of dinosaur tokens
50 schedule and behavior cards to use with "I'm working for cards", and FIRST THEN cards.

Here is what's in my cart
This is a teacher's dream come true!  I have taught for many years, but have always done my classroom set up by myself. Sometimes  I had other Special Education teachers in my school that could help me with ideas, but other times, I was all by myself for ideas as to how to set up a classroom for children with disabilities so that it works well for everyone.  LOVE THIS!!!

Several of my kiddos have a hard time retaining recognition and name of the alphabet letters. I am always looking for ways to reinforce these skills.
This products has a color section AND a bingo dauber portion!  YIPPEE!
These Alphabet Find and Daub from Erin Hagey from You AUT-a Know will make it fun for the kids and an easy activity for a center or work station. SUPER IDEA!

As a TPT seller I love creating my products and buying clip art and other items needed to dress up those products to make them appealing to students and buyers.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE buying clip art...oh yeah...already said that. These little skinny borders by Sonya DeHart at Sonya DeHart Design fit so easily on a page and dress it up while not cluttering it. AWESOME!!!

Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to check out the other links in the What's In Your Cart Linky.

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Teaching Sight Words to students with disabilities

Teaching children with disabilities takes a very special type of person. A person who can think "outside the box", think of different ways to teach things. They need to have the patience to teach the same concept over and over again and to appreciate even the smallest steps of success in learning.

In my 37 years of teaching, I have taught many children with different types of disabilities some of which include Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism, Downs Syndrome, and Intellectual Disabilities just to name a few.
Its important to remember that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and that not everyone is going to learn to read the same way. It's important when teaching children how to read that we remember what their strengths and weaknesses are in their learning abilities.
Just as when a delicious meal is made, there isn't just one way to make it delicious. The same goes for reading. There isn't just one way to teach every child and for all those children to be successful.
So I hope you'll join me as we start a short journey into teaching reading.

1. WHOLE WORD Reading

This method presents the entire word to the child. This method presents the word in one unit. It doesn't matter whether the word is a small word such as "it", or a longer word such as beautiful.  It presents the word in its whole form; no segmentation, no phonetic sounds, no phonetic blending. In fact, it does not require the student to use phonics at all. Many people have difficulty with this approach as they feel it  doesn't provide the student with a method with which to learn new words on their own.
 This method requires memorization of the word. Often lessons are based around a repeated spiraling approach. Words are presented, read, practiced, reinforced, and tested then reintroduced a little later as reteaching and review. This is great for students with good memories, but for some students with disabilities, long term and often short-term memory learning is very difficult. However, I have seen this method work time and time again.
It important for student to  have their own core lists of essential words that students have learned. Sometimes the words correlate with the reading program being used. When in doubt - fall back onto a well used standard set of words  such as your basal reading series should have a list of frequently used words in the series. One of the most important things you can do would be to teach the students the everyday common words that are seen in print such as the DOLCH words or FRY word lists. Both of these lists provide words that can be found in everyday reading pairing pictures and words

Some programs I have used successfully that utilized this method are
Edmark Reading Program and PCI Reading Program Levels 1 and 2.
Both are awesome programs and I have witness great jumps in reading because of them.
Below is a brand new product I have in my store to practice the words for the PCI reading series. This activity is in game format of Roll, Read, Color and contains all the words for Level 1


Blog Hop Week 5- First Week of School

         First Week of School

It finally here!
You have your schedules. You have your visuals you can make ahead ready to go. You have met with your Paraprofessionals. The students have come for meet the teacher time. Now what do you do?
The FIRST DAY! There are so many things to the first day of school. There is no way to cover them all, but lets cover a few together. 
Here are some ideas.
#1 on my list is make sure I have dismissal information for every student. If something went awry during orientation or arrival in the morning, and I didn't get that information then thats the first task I set a paraprofessional to do.
One way I do this is a transportation form ready for them to fill in.  You can GRAB one of  my transportation forms here.
The other thing I do ahead of time is make a bulletin board or magnet board with a transportation form on it for the kids to fill out. This is a good way to introduce one of our first components of Morning Meeting. I want to always make sure I have accurate information from the parents but this board is for the kids. You can Get these HERE.
To me that first day is the roughest. You must be well rested, with nerves of steel and the answers to at least 18,000 questions.
In a special education classroom, many times you have the same students for repeated years so you know each other and the kids know each other, but they have grown up over the summer, done new things. Of course many times we have that new student so I plan a Get To Know You activity. This is a "game" where all the students (readers and non-readers) can participate because I make it
When teaching younger students and especially younger children with disabilities, it is very important that routine be establish as soon as possible. The first thing we work on is Arrival procedures. What do I want them to do when they arrive?
I use visuals and Social Narrative Stories  such as these to help with establishing arrival procedures.
We start reading and discussing them on the first day and continue working with them until they are learned and we have good implementation of the ideas. 
Another thing I do is taking a First Day Field Trip. This is where we walk around the school campus reminding previous students and introducing new students to the important places around the school. Even though my students do not usually go anywhere unescorted without an adult because of safety and IEP goals/objectives, I still make sure they know where these places are.
These places could be some of the following places: lunchroom, office music room, art room and how we travel from one place to another.
I usually stick to 5 - 6 classroom rules. I want to make them easy to remember, have pictures on them that can be "read" by those who cannot read words yet. This is an example of one set I made in the last few years.

Don't forget to click below on Kinder Sped Adventures and Adventures in the ATC to see all the great things they have to share.