Sped Prep, Teachers Pay Teachers, Tips

3 Tips to Prep the Big Items

How many of you have at least one BIG product sitting in your purchases on TPT because you are too overwhelmed to download it and start working? I have been there and I’m still there! I’m bad about buying too many things on sales and then getting overwhelmed by how much there is to prep.

I’ve made it my mission this year to start utilizing more of the resources I have purchased. Here are three simple tips to help you get started, too!

Just print what you need right now

Go in and download just the pieces you need right now. I use this trick for Stephanie from Mrs. D’s Corner‘s Adapted Work Binders. I have a mini obsession with her work binders and I tend to buy pretty much each one she posts. I still have a bunch sitting in my purchases unopened because I can’t find the time to prep the whole thing. Instead of picking one binder and doing all of it, I decide to look through them all and choose certain activities.

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I have her Adapted Music Binder, but I’m not going to be teaching all of the concepts in the binder right away. We are starting with our percussion unit, so I just went in and printed the materials that align to that concept. When I change topics, I’ll go in and print the next set.

 

Create a prep flow that works for you

I use this trick when prepping Michaela from Especially Education‘s task boxes. (Okay, I’ll confess, my husband came up with this work flow).ย For this one, I do print off everything in the file and laminate it right away. I take one “task box” material at a time and cut it on my paper-cutter, then I organize it in a tub. I keep cutting one box worth of items at a time and adding it to the tub.

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Once everything is cut, I put away the laminator and paper-cutter and move on to Velcro. Again, I just pull out one box of material at a time, Velcro it, and add it to a beautiful rainbow container. This method is not always going to work for you or for the product you are prepping. Especially if you buy any sort of growing bundle, figure out the prep routine that works best for that product and stick to it!

 

ย Make a running list

It can be really hard to prep when you don’t even know what is in your purchases. I keep a running Google Doc that lists the product name, seller, and how many pages are in the document. I don’t necessarily print all the pages. For example, I am only going to print one level of the “-wh” question flip books from Simply Special Ed, so I won’t be prepping all 177 pages. I still list 177 pages because it will take me time to go through and pin down what I need.

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I do this to use my time more effectively. When I have six hours and a great Netflix lined up on Friday night? I want to use that time to tackle a big project like the Pumpkin Independent Work Binder System from Autism Adventures. If I pop a lasagna in the oven and have just an hour until it’s ready? Maybe I’ll choose a smaller project like the Sight Word Laminate Velcro and Go tasks from You Aut-A-Know to get started.

I hope these three tips help you start to conquer some of those big items sitting in your purchases! What other tips do you have?

 

 

Monthly Plans, Teachers Pay Teachers

Weekly Thematic Packs

What started as a mini project to help me power through the first week of ESY ended up evolving into a huge project, and I’m loving every second of it!

If you have been hanging around my Facebook or Instagram then you know about my thematic packs and everything that is included! If you are not familiar, look below for an idea of what you get! The theme featured in this blog is the zoo theme, but a huge variety of themes is available in my store as well!

 

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The first set I wanted to show you were the adapted materials. These are for my lower students who are still working on a lot of pre-academic skills. The adapted materials include an adapted book, a tracing book and task boxes. These are perfect for my friends who are using a lot of adapted materials.

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The bulk of the reading and language arts work is leveled into 3 levels. You get 3 levels of emergent readers and 3 levels of a weekly journal book. Look below for an idea of what each level is for the reading and writing:

  • Level A: The emergent reader names the vocabulary for the week. The journal has sentence frameworks for students to copy, to get used to writing descriptive sentences.
  • Level B: The emergent reader includes the color of the item (I.e. the tiger is orange) in additional to the vocabulary words. The journal provides the topic and some facts, but the students need to create their own sentence using the content given.
  • Level C: The emergent reader includes a fact in addition to the vocabulary word. The journal provides just a topic, and allows students to generate their own ideas about the topic.

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There are also 3 levels of comprehension worksheets, with differentiation built into each level. Although I have leveled them according to the emergent readers, feel free to mix and match. For one of my students, his best match was 3 worksheets from level B and 2 from level C. It is totally customizable, do what works for you!

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You also get 3 sets of sight word packs and an alphabet pack to add to a work work center. The sight words and letters are rotated through the different packs, but it will always be 6 different words or 6 different letters featured in one pack.

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The math portion of this pack has a huge range of skills, because my classroom has a huge range of skills! In this pack you get addition, subtraction, multiplication and division worksheets. You also get telling time, 3 levels of graphing worksheets, basic number sense, patterning and a money board.

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The visual directions are perfect for whole group activities. A scientific experiment, an edible recipe, a sensory recipe and a craft are always included.

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Additional materials include a set of gross motor movement cards, suggested supplemental books, songs and apps and 10 bingo boards!

I realize that this pack might be overwhelming when you first open it, which is why I created a suggested weekly lay out. You, by no means, need to follow this. Maybe your kids are not ready for telling time! Maybe you want to do the craft over two days! Maybe you want to play bingo every day. Whatever works with your class, go for it. This is just to give you an idea of how to use the pack.

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This weekly guide will be included in all of the units. Click here to go to the bundle on TPT. Each theme is listed within this page, or grab the whole bundle to get you through the tough spots of the year!

Teachers Pay Teachers

End of July Sale!

When I logged onto Teachers Pay Teachers this morning, I saw my store featured on the front page! It was so cool to see my brand new logo up there with 7 other teacher authors!

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I am so proud of all of the work I have done over the past 30 days. I’ve created a lot of material and I have a ton of plans ready for the fall. To celebrate, everything in my store is on sale through July 31. I will be posting several products over the next week so keep checking back and keep stocking up!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Adaptation-Station

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My New Logo!!

I am so excited to share my brand new logo created by Ashley with Teach Create Motivate! She is featuring a branding package that was exactly what I was looking for!

The process was super simple. I saw her post on Instagram about the branding package and I emailed her for more information. She emailed me back in minutes!! I explained to her what I was looking for and provided the clip art I wanted to use. When I purchased the package, her next available date to start was July 18, which she confirmed in the email.

True to her word, she emailed me on July 18 to say she stared my package! In the 19th I received two sample headers. I absolutely loved one of them and told her to go ahead and move forward with that design! The next day she had the logo done as well-check it out:

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I absolutely love it!! I wanted the train station feel to go along with the name and I wanted bright, vivid colors and kid friendly text! She totally hit the nail on the head with this logo! The matching header is just as cute!

 

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If you need a branding package but are as graphic design challenged as I am, check out her site-the money is totally worth it!!

Monthly Plans, Teachers Pay Teachers

Mid July Check In

I know I know, I’m two days late with my check in but for a good reason! I finally took a little time off of the teacher grind and spent the weekend enjoying myself with family! Mu husband went out of town and although I missed him-it was nice to spend time with my parents, aunts & uncles and cousins!

First, it was an INCREDIBLE week for me on TPT. The Teachers Pay Teachers conference was this past week in Orlando, Florida. A hashtag called #spedtakesorlando was started on TPT. Authors added the hashtag to select products in their store and marked those products down to a $1. I sold more in a 48 hour span then I normally sell in 3 months! Look at this graph!

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I am so excited that so many people are trying out my products! It was incredible to see so many people interested in what I do and I’m already getting great feedback!

I am also excited to say that I have all of my September plans done! I still need to create some of the materials, but I have a framework for each content area. Check it out!

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So I can keep track, here is what I need to get done for each area, to make sure I stay ahead:

  • Reading: Comprehension Pretest/Post test, Emergent Reader, Guided Notes, samples
  • Language Arts: CVC word list
  • Math: Pre/Post test, interactive notes, scavenger hunt, task cards, samples
  • Science: weather notes, vocab cards, common storms, samples, water cycle notes, vocab cards, fold-able
  • Social Studies: Pre/Post test, pledge vocab, who am I reading passages,

I’m hoping to have all of that done by the end of the month, so I can spend August getting October/November prepped. YAY for being ahead!

My progress on my last set of goals: I got to 30 journals! Only 150 more to go! I started the scientific investigation items, but didn’t finish them yet. I actually pushed scientific investigation to October, so it was not as crucial as it originally seemed. I also finished the touch math product! I did not get to CVC file folders again and I’m guessing it’s just not important right now, so I am pushing it to the back burner.

Goals for the second half of July

  • Get all of the materials done that I listed above
  • Finish Oct. adapted materials for my lower students. I still need
    • Graphing Unit completed
    • Scientific Investigation Unit completed
    • Create Government unit
  • Print and prepare September Binder
  • Start creating a Special Ed teacher binder

I’ll check in on this list around August 1 (which is the due date for one of my closest friend’s first baby!!)