Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TPT Milestone FREEBIE!

So excited to reach a sales milestone with Teachers Pay Teachers!

To celebrate, I am offering one of my best sellers as a FREE product for the month of June.

Click on VOCATIONAL TASK Morning Break Donuts during this month of celebration. Enjoy!!

VOCATIONAL TASK Morning Break Donuts *Milestone FREEBIE for June!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Rewards of Working with Students with Special Needs

The best job I ever had was the seven years spent working with some very special students. I can't express enough how rewarding this time spent with these students was as well as the friendships I made. Seeing the sheer joy as a student accomplished a goal or the laughter over enjoying a skill that they never had the opportunity to encounter would just melt my heart.

I hear stories of the downsides or the meltdowns as well as some of these students not being excepted very well with general student population. I also have had people express to me (when they heard what I did for a living) that they didn't know how I could do it and thought working with these students must be so hard. I am here to tell you that yes, there are the struggles, but the rewards are so much greater.

I also worked in a public school system that excepted these students so well. I loved how the other students interacted with our students in physical education classes and really cared about helping them learn a new sport and adapted to their abilities. These students are not to be feared as some do because they do not understand them. They are loving and so willing to give it their all to succeed.

As I was thinking of what to write I came upon this article that says exactly how I felt while I worked with these students.

I encourage you to read this and if you ever have the opportunity to work with these special people in schools, church, or in the community in any way, I encourage you to do so. They will change your life and leave a place in your heart!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Summertime Learning

It is that time again! Another end to a school year. The learning doesn't have to stop though.
During the summer, parents can take many opportunities to reinforce what their child learned during their school year and teach them new skills as well.

Pinterest is a great source to find ideas and for learning aids, Teachers Pay Teachers has many free and paid resources that are easy to use and a fun way to learn.

Our stores have many products from reading, science, math, social studies, independent tasks, life skill and vocational tasks to help keep the learning going throughout the year.

Enjoy your summer of fun!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

End of 2016 Sale

It is so hard to believe 2016 is coming to a close. As the year ends we would like to thank you for following us and would like to share that we are having an end of the year sale in all three of our stores December 29th-31st.
Adaptive Tasks by Dianne Matthews, Education with Imagination, CC's Classroom Creations

We wish you a happy and blessed new year!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cyber Sale!

Join us for the site wide TpT Cyber Sale Monday and Tuesday. Our stores will be offering 20% off along with an additional savings provided by TpT for a total of 28% discount!

Don't forget to use code cyber2016 at checkout for the additonal TpT savings.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Helping Students with Needs Gain Independence

Helping students gain independence is such a rewarding area of teaching and can not be emphasized enough. Having worked with students in the area of life skills and vocational skills was both rewarding and a blessing. There is nothing like seeing a student being shy about taking on a specific task, not showing any confidence in performing said task, then seeing their excitement when they accomplish it.

So many times students with needs feel that they can not step up to certain challenges that are presented to them. Many of the students I had the opportunity to work with were not given certain chances to do things because they were always done for them.

Some times it is easier for a parent to do everything for their children and it is because they love them and they are doing their best to take care of them. As the child grows, they need to be presented with certain challenges to see just what they are capable of. A parent knows best what their child's abilities and limits are, so it is important to work together with care givers and teachers to come up with ideas to challenge their child and help them to learn in various areas of their life.

One example that comes to mind is a student who would bring his lunch everyday. We would go to the cafeteria and he would ask if I would open his sandwich bag, and get everything set out for him so he could eat. I did this a time or two but felt like he was very capable of doing more for himself. I asked him one day if he ever helped pack his lunch and he said, "I don't know how." Talking with the parent we felt that this is something that could be added to his IEP and would help with following directions, provide visual aid and would help with his fine motor skill.

I took on the challenge of coming up with a way to help this student learn about packing lunches and creating a meal that he could help with to bring to school. For practice we worked with my Packing Lunches product.

As you can see in preview, there are visual cards for five days of lunches with visual and written instruction on how to put together each days sandwich and what to pack with it. The images are real so that it gives a life like experience.

LIFE SKILL - Packing LunchesThe student worked with this product for a period of about two weeks and he said each time, "Making sandwiches is fun!" He made sure that he helped make his lunches from then on and actually enjoyed his lunches more because he helped mom make them!

This is just one example of many that I will share in the coming months. To see the excitement of a student accomplishing a task that we ourselves might think is a simple one is such a reward. It just takes time, patience, and most of all giving them a chance to see what they are capable of. This task provided an opportunity for him to learn and helped aid in a special bonding time spent with mom creating lunches together. :)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

When Does the Learning Process Begin

The learning process begins even before birth. Babies learn while in the womb about taste, sight, smell, sound, and movement. Babies don't just lay in wait to be born, they begin their new life having started the learning process. Once babies are born it is important to keep the learning process going by bonding with them and lots of interactive time as they begin to grow, develop, and learn more than you could ever imagine.

Here is a wonderful article from Early Childhood Education that helps to explain more about the importance of early interaction and how you can take advantage of every moment with your child, helping them learn even during playtime.