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Literacy Series: Bring Back Picture Books! Strategies for a Successful Story Time in SPED

If you have been following me on here or on my Instagram account, I’m sure you know how much I love creating and adapting materials to help my students access REAL books. I remember my first year in a self-contained classroom years ago. I tried to do a read aloud of Pete the Cat at…

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DIY Alphabet Stones

Having lots of different examples of the alphabet is key to early literacy skills and generalization of letters. For my sensory driven kiddos, I know these alphabet stones will be just the ticket to getting them hooked during literacy groups at the beginning of the year.  You can use alphabet stones in a variety of…

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What Goes Together? Association Flipbooks

Flipbook tasks are my favorite go to task throughout the day. They are perfect for teaching new skills, practicing learned skills, and then throw in a students work system once they have mastered the concept. Use these books in circle time, reading groups, or one on one with students to help them learn common items…

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Oh, The Places They’ll Go! Using Favorite Places to Engage Your Students in Reading

This school year, I really wanted to do everything possible to create a literacy rich environment for my students. I’ve been using tons of online resources, TPT resources, and have even gone old school with some books that discuss how to help my students understand reading. A new book I just recently purchased, How Do…

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Spring Storytime Book Lists

Below are the books I will be using in my spring story time packs. Even if you don’t use the packs, these are some great books to read to your students to celebrate all things spring!! S = Can be found on Scholastic There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro (S)…

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Winter Book List for January

Below are the books we will be reading for our winter unit in January. Winter and snow are such fun topics to cover!  The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats This adorable little story follows a boy on a snow day. He wakes up, excited to see all the snow outside, gets dressed, and plays…

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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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Literacy Routines in a Special Education Classroom

With so many different student levels, it can be difficult at the beginning of the school year to establish literacy routines, especially when you are focused on hammering out behavior problems and  working to get your littles to sit for more than 5 minutes. My first year in my classroom with students with autism, I…

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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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