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Apple About Apples: Book List

Below are the books we will be reading for our Apple Unit. Stay tuned tomorrow for visual lesson plans for our Apple Theme! This is one of my favorite themes! Literacy Storytime: During this time, we focus on story structure and comprehension. We have followed a very specific routine for this literacy time daily, in…

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3 Ways to Build Relationships with Parents at the Beginning of the Year

            As teachers, our students should be our number one priority. We share that priority with others, though, because those students have parents who also care deeply for them. Every new school year, I am always very persistent to establish a positive relationship with parents. This means I am trying…

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Color Coding Your Classroom For MAXIMUM ORGANIZATION

  Today I want to share with you about my “color-coding” classroom organizational system. Although it sounds silly, assigning my students a color at the beginning of the school year is my go-to for organization. It has saved my sanity. With 3 instructional assistants, a lead teacher, and a student teacher, keeping data and student…

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Back to School Books for Week 3: ABCs, 123s, and Colors!

Below are the books we will be reading for the third week back to school. My district goes back to school the last full week of August, so we will be focusing on “Back to School” topics for the first three weeks of school. The following books focus on the theme “ABCs, 123s, and Colors.” It’s perfect…

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Back to School Books for Week 2: Animals at School

Below are the books we will be reading for the second week back to school. My district goes back to school the last full week of August, so we will be focusing on “Back to School” topics for the first three weeks of school. The following books focus on the theme “Animals At School.” Incase you missed…

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Back to School Books for Week 1: All About School

Below are the books we will be reading for the first week back to school. My district goes back to school the last full week of August, so we will be focusing on “Back to School” topics for the first three weeks of school. The following books focus on school supply vocabulary, people and places at the…

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Back to School Books Series

For this coming school year, I’ve decided to plan WAY ahead. Hence, I’m working on back to school plans and it’s the first of July. Last year, I created a personal goal to create a literacy rich autism classroom. I used to be daunted by read alouds in my classroom because sometimes they were a…

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September Back to School Activities & Plans

      I absolutely adore doing “themes” in the classroom. This month, of course, has been all about “Back to School.” We have been learning all about the rules, classroom objects, our school, etc. All of the activities in our centers are based around this back to school theme. I spent a majority of…

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Establishing Routines at the Beginning of the Year

Back to school for our kids means back to a routine, schedules, and rules (yikes!). My classroom is broken up into very structured areas/centers (click here for a tour). We have 8 students and 8 centers. Throughout the day, we rotate through these centers, and also have group times. To view my beginning of the year…

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