End of August/Back to School!

My third week is almost done and I’m happy to say things have been pretty smooth! We are quickly sliding into a routine and working out the kinks! I was going to check in on my progress but to quickly summarize, I didn’t get to everything but that is OKAY!

Much of my classroom is up and running. I’m going to do several posts over the next couple of weeks: follow along to see what I am going to post. Topics include

  • My data collection process
  • Color coding the students
  • A classroom tour
  • A student documentation binder

Some freebies will be rolling out as well so be sure to follow!


Language Arts, Uncategorized, Word Work

Word Work-Free Download!

I’m starting a new word work center in my classroom this fall and I decided to give it a try with one of my summer school students. He really enjoyed it-especially the stamp pad part 🙂

I am going to implement this with sets of CVC words, but you can use any words you want. For this particular set, the six word he had were: Cat, Bed, Dad, Pig, Pot and Net.

Day 1 was drawing a picture for each of the words. I loved seeing his artwork!


Day 2 was “bean spelling”, although as you can see I actually had counters in this center. I wrote letters on counters I got from Amazon. I had him write the word on the line, then spell it with the counters and check the box off.


Day 3 was stamping the words-it was REALLY hard for him to resist the urge of sticking his fingers in the stamp pad-but we worked through it! My letter stamps are a little loopy and he did stamp a couple sideways. I recommend getting a more straightforward font on your stamps.


Day 4 was rainbow writing the words. This one was less complicated and really gave him practice at the spelling patterns of his words.


Day 5 was roll a color. He would roll a dice and write the word in the corresponding color. We had to use virtual dice because I can’t get into my classroom right now to use the real dice!

You can download this worksheet for free here! It is a PowerPoint that is completely editable-so feel free to change the different tasks. Maybe, instead of rainbow write, you can have them write in all caps or write with their non dominant hand! There are a lot of different options. I hope you enjoy!

Adapted Books, File Folders, Math, Task Cards, Uncategorized

Numbers and Counting Unit!

I have been wanting to make this unit for a while, but it quickly became apparent that I needed this ASAP for an ESY kiddo. I spent all weekend long pulling this together and laminated everything yesterday. My fingers are sore from all the Velcro today but this product is ready to go for tomorrow!

I LOVE adapted books so I took a try at making some-I love how they came out! In the counting book, the kids will count the objects in the picture and find the matching number. The numbers are on a panel that is bound to the back page of the book. For the ocean book, students count out fish for each page. There are 55 fish total for this book, so I am going to keep all the fish in a zip lock bag stapled to the back page of the book.

count book.jpg         ocean


I created a Count the Objects File Folder with large pictures for the student to count. The Count the Chocolate Chips, Match the Dominoes and Count the Tally Marks versions provide a nice challenge for students with more advanced one-to-one correspondence.

count object.jpg                   chocolate chips.jpg


IMG_3572[1]                    tally marks


The Match the Robots file folder is a more simple file folder that just requires students to match the number. The number puzzle is also a more simple product that has students put the number in order. Once they get the numbers in order they reveal a beach scene, which also helps them in self-correction.


robot.jpg                number puzzle.jpg


There are two Tens Frame file folder games that are more complex. Sometimes my middle tier students get left out-I’m excited to have two new file folders that target their level!

IMG_3570[1]                   maketen.jpg


The last thing included are two sets of task cards. In the first step, students count the objects and chose the correct number from the 3 listed below. Students can use clothespins or a dry erase marker to select their answer. In the second version, they count and match the number. I have all the numbers on a spare card at the end of the task card set.


counttask.jpg           task card.jpg      task card number.jpg


This product is on sale through Thursday, 6/30!! Grab it before it goes full price at Adaption Station on Teachers Pay Teachers! Also, I will be posting this in a freebie giveaway on Thursday, so if you want this for free be sure to follow me on Instagram! for a chance to win!!

And seriously, I have about 12 followers right now so you have a really chance at winning 🙂







Goals for June

I have a lot I want to accomplish over the next 12 months in my classroom-so much that it is almost mind boggling! I want to maximize this summer the most, and I figured the best form of accountability is to make my goals public. We’ve only got 9 more days in June but I have some projects that I really want to squeeze in before the end of the month:

  • Problem and Solution passages: One of my kiddos needs these for ESY. I’m almost done, I just need my husband (and permanent copy editor) to take a glance at them.
  • Big/Small and Tall/Short task cards: Another student needs these for ESY so they are are the top of the priority list!
  • Level 2 of my differentiated writing journal: I have created this journal for a specific student in mind. When I finish this project I’ll have 180 journals for her-one for each school day next year! I might not get all 180 written over the next 9 days, but I hope to make a start!
  • 3 versions of CVC file folders for one of the families-I’ll get the other 4 I have planned done at some point this summer 🙂

That’s a pretty good start to the list. I’ll check in towards the end of next week to share what I got done and set some goals for July. I’ll also be posting a freebie soon so check back in!



Hi! My name’s Nicole. I just turn in the keys to my classroom this morning and I’m officially on summer break. I figured it’s the perfect time to get my blog up and running. Here’s a little bit about me:

  • I teach a self-contained class for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders grades 3-5 at a public school in Northern Virginia.
  • I have a Masters in Special Education and I am working on a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • I have been teaching for 3 years, all at the same school. Prior to teaching I spend one year as a teaching assistant in a high school. I definitely like my grade band better now!
  • I got married less then 2 months ago and my husband and I have the cutest fur-baby named Buster. I’ve got a picture of my adorable family at the bottom of this post.
  • This past year was hard, really hard. I learned a lot of valuable lessons and I am going to use the summer to re-vamp my approach. I’ll be blogging along the way 🙂
  • My students participate in the Virginia Alternative Assessment Program as their statewide assessment. I create a lot of materials to match up to the aligned standards. We don’t use Common Core in my state but I try and tag my information well so non-Virginia teachers can find materials too!
  • I’m so excited to get the ball rolling and I can’t wait to share on my path to a new and improved classroom.12240026_10208217209170872_735240098849124710_n!