Home Office, Sped Prep, Uncategorized

The 3 MUST HAVES for at home #SPEDPREP

We’ve all been there. You are walking through the office and someone reminds you that you have a huge meeting the next day. Or you find that sticky note that reminds you that you are suppose to print off a visual for a student. Or you just need a token board like yesterday, and you can’t imagine going into work tomorrow without it. I just found myself in that position this week. I did not remember until Monday afternoon that I needed to present a student success binder Tuesday morning. With these 3 tools I was able to save my own butt.

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The first thing you need is a color printer. I know I know, that color ink is expensive! I just started using the HP Instant Ink program and I have been loving it! Here’s a referral code if you are interested!

There are 3 different ink plans: 2.99 a month to print 50 color pages, $4.99 a month to print 100 color pages and $9.99 a month to print 300 color pages! The instant ink program sends you more ink when you need it and makes color printing super affordable. If you go over your color ink allotment, you can print 15, 20 or 25 more pages for $1, depending on which program you choose.

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If nothing else, have a small set of ink available for emergencies. I have spent many days getting to school early and trying to print and prep on the school printers. It was so nice to hit print on my computer while I was making dinner and have the 15ish pages I needed waiting for me when I came up.

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The second thing is a paper cutter. Be nice to your hands! I cut everything with scissors for years but now that I have the paper cutter I’ll never go back! (Disclaimer, if something has to go you CAN cut by hand. This one isn’t an essential, but its nice to have!)

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The last thing is a personal laminator. Ya’ll, if you are still laminating everything on the school laminator, STOP!! I did not get my own laminator until this past May but it is the best purchase I ever made. It is high quality, can withstand the fingers of little kids, and makes those last minute emergency items a breeze. This combo set comes with 100 pouches, which will get you far!

 

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In less then 30 minutes I had printed, cut out, laminated and hole punched everything I needed for the binder. I went to sleep with no stress on the brain and I was able to present the binder to the parents and the team. It was a win win and worth every penny!

The two products featured in the photos are Simply Special Ed’s Student Success Binder and Especially Education’s Whole Body Listening set. I paired these two products together to make the ultimate tool for my student to stay on track in general education!

Adapted Books, File Folders

The Best “Bug” Themed Sped Products on TPT

The thing I love about Teachers Pay Teachers is that it is very easy to find materials that you need quickly-and with enough searching you can probably find the theme you need as well. I have an early learner who is OBSESSED with bugs. I knew that if I could integrate bugs into math, reading and writing, I could get him to do so much more work. But how would I find the time to create all of those materials in an appropriate timeline for him? TPT to the rescue!

Look at all of these materials! img_7162Most of these sellers offer products of similar concepts with different themes. If you see something you like but bugs are not your kid’s jam-check out the seller to see what else they have. For example, that Count It Out book has 12 different themes available!

The first thing I created was the I Like Bugs adapted book from Creative Curriculum Adaptations. I’ve gotten a couple of her books and I love them all. The pictures are vivid colors and the pieces are large enough that even my kiddos with fine motor issues can manipulate.

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I got 2 different products from Kayla Coffman with My Special Learners. The first item was this Count it Out book. I only made the 1-10 book but the download also included an 11-20 book.

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The second item I got was her All About Bugs file folder games. I made a bunch, including her patterns, number puzzles, ABC Match, Number to Word Match and counting file folders. There are more in the pack that I have not made-this is such a great value! I also have her holiday pack. What I love most is her file folders hit both math and literacy concepts, making it the best file folder pack I have found!

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This Spring Bugs, What Do You See is the second interactive book I’ve gotten from The Language Ladies SLP. I love the repetitive rhythm of this book and I know it will captivate the interest of my buddy as well!

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I had never heard of Irish Rose Place before I went on this search but I am so glad I found this shop! The Bugs Math Bundle was exactly what I needed! She has multiple adapted books, tracing sheets, counting cards and more! Her products are a great value!

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The last item was the Bugs in a Jar Book from Teaching Special Thinkers. I love that he can flip each jar up-that makes the whole book so much more interesting!

I cannot wait to take all of these products to school tomorrow!! If you don’t follow me on Instagram, do it now. I’ll be posting stories of these products in play this week!