I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer break! The extended school year program started at my school this week and I truly enjoyed the two week break that I had with my boys (Travis & Ben) before it started! I wanted to create a blog post about my life skills “Let’s make a Sandwich” program and explain how beneficial it has been for my group of special needs students. Each day, when my students work on their activity schedules they each make a sandwich to promote life skills, social skills, math skills, language skills and prevocational skills. When they see the “Let’s make a sandwich” page in their activity schedule they know to grab the labeled bin (Shown below: middle row on right)
and listen to the staff member working with him or her about the sandwich that they would like to order. The various sandwich options are shown on a ring (shown below) and can be faded once the student has mastered the various sandwiches and their contents.
The student then states the name of the sandwich that they made and depending on their skill level, works on having the staff member “pay” for the sandwich. This program is a favorite in our classroom and has promoted independence in several areas for our students. We have also generalized this skill to our Friday cooking groups. The students have practiced making sandwiches with real food to increase generalization skills and independence with mealtime routines. I purchased this sandwich kit from Amazon (Melissa & Doug). Sandwich Making Kit
If you’re interested in replicating this program in your special needs program, please click the link below!
Thank you so much for joining me on my journey in creating lifelong learners!