All About Me Banner

 

 

I spent this rainy Tuesday afternoon in my classroom putting the finishing touches on my bulletin boards and lesson plans.  I’m really looking forward to a new school year and working with a new group of students.

I’m always looking for projects that my students can create to express their interests.  This can be a challenging process due to limited vocabulary and expressive language.  I decided that this year I would create my own All About Me Banner that includes pictures of real-life objects that my students can use to express their hobbies, favorite holiday, favorite food, etc.  IMG_4278I’m excited for my students to create their very own banner & to display them in the hallway of our school!

Click on the link below if you’re interested in using this product with your students!

 

All About Me Banner

 

I’m currently working on a fall social story about an apple picking experience!  I’m excited to share it with you soon!

 

Sincerely,

 

Dana Grasso

Back to School Bingo

Hello, Everyone!

Three weeks until the 2017-2018 school year begins!  I’m currently planning as much as I can before September is upon us!  I’m always looking for interesting and fun ideas to start off the school year.  I usually begin the first day by allowing my new students to become familiar with the classroom, school building, and general routines.  We have a social skills group at the conclusion of the day and my students LOVE to play bingo during this time.  They love the magnetic chip set that we use as well as winning their favorite candy as a prize.  I’m always looking far and wide for bingo games that build in language for my students.  Many of my students work on several language programs that address filling in the function of items. (e.g. “What do you do with a scissors?” (cut paper))  I find that my students show the most success with these programs when we work on them incidentally instead of during direct instruction.  I decided to create a school supply bingo game with function call out prompts to make this program more meaningful and interesting.  This game can be used throughout the school year to work on labeling the function programs.  Click the link below to try this product out in your classroom or home!

School Supply Bingo

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I hope that you’re enjoying these last weeks of summer!  Thanks for joining me!!

 

Sincerely,

 

Dana Grasso

Are my letters straight?

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I began to set up my classroom this week for the 2017-2018 school year.  I always have amazing visions for my bulletin boards, but as you can see I struggle with keeping my letters straight.  I even have a border to follow and they’re still uneven! This picture was taken after several attempts of stapling, pulling off, and stapling yet again.  I guess I looked silly during this process and my little guy, Benjamin pulled up a chair and sat directly in front of the bulletin board with a huge smile on his face. I decided that his actions meant that the letters were good enough! 🙂  IMG_3842

Travis thoroughly enjoyed his time in my room and was cutting and gluing everything that his little hands could grab.  He told me that I’m very lucky that I get to play with all of these toys each day with my friends.  I thought that was an interesting perspective and I agreed.

I’ve been very busy over the last couple of weeks planning our community outings and creating data sheets and lesson plans to accompany each outing.  I created the bulletin board above with a vision for my students to track their progress towards their individual goals after each outing.  I’m not exactly sure how I want it to look?   Please share any ideas/thoughts that you have.

Ice Cream Shop – A Visual Menu & Verbal Prompt Card

Hello, Everyone!

Today was the last day of our extended school year program.  I can’t believe how fast our program went this year! We went on a community outing to get ice cream so that we could celebrate all of the hard work that our students put in this summer!  We prepared for our community outing by reading stories about ice cream shops and explored various ice cream menus.  We also completed a survey and each of our students stated which flavor/toppings that they liked the best.  Then, I created an ice cream menu with pictures of the flavors and toppings to help promote independence.  I also added a verbal prompt card with blanks so that the students could role play ordering their preferred treat of choice.  This card can be taken to the ice cream shop to help increase independence with communication skills.  If you would like to use this *FREEBIE* with your students and/or children click on the link below.

Ice Cream Shop – A Visual Menu and Verbal Prompt Task Card

My students did a tremendous job generalizing these communication skills into the community.   Who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot summer day?

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