• Schedules in a Special Education Classroom

    Let’s talk schedules. You have your timetable sorted or on the way to being sorted. Now what? Where do you start? Schedules are a great place to head to next. The types of schedules required in a special education setting are whole class, individual, work and first/then schedules. All are necessary for different purposes. Whole Class Schedules First let me…

  • Back To School in SPED: 10 Essential Items to Prepare

    Prepare for back to school in SPED before the year begins. We all want to start the school year feeling ready to go. Preparation in advance is the key. The following 10 items are critical to have organised before the students arrive. In NZ we have 2 weeks before the children arrive so time to get busy. Read on for…

  • 3 positive behavior certificates - work first then, I am working for, My goal is and some picture examples containing work and behavior goals. Free product to download. Great for any special ed setting.

    Hole Punch Behavior Reinforcer

    Hole Punch Behavior Reinforcer – a new support for students that are requiring a little something extra to keep them on track. Have you tried the usual positive reinforcer symbol or tick systems? They are great but not working for ‘that’ one student? Does ‘that’ student like to clip? Check out the solution I have for you. Hole Punch Behavior…

  • Video with a student's hands and an adult pointing to an AAC device as the words were said " she ate a cow. What? turn the page. Good Girl. She ate a horse. A horse. Yucky.

    Repurpose Core Adapted Books

    Repurpose core adapted books for a range of students and make the most of your resources. Are you like me and have a number of books made but have students at all different levels in their AAC journey? Repurposing what you already have is one solution. Read on to find out more and to grab a freebie. Repurpose Core Adapted…

  • Thanksgiving Number Puzzles

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I have a fun FREE activity for you to help celebrate or maybe you are simply looking to extend your Math resources? These number puzzles are great for Special Education and Preschool learners. Let’s take a look at what’s included. Thanksgiving Number Puzzles I have created pictures for each puzzle that are designed to…

  • A picture of a spider and some example math activities depicting clip it counting to 10 spiders on web and a 10 frame with numerals under each space and a web above ready to receive spiders.

    Spider Math

    Spider Math is a fun, interactive activity to support emergent learners counting to ten. The two different levels helps to engage a range of learners. Great for a number of themes including Halloween, Gardens, and Nursery Rhymes. Best of all it is free. Read on to find out more about the product. Spider Math Clip-it Who doesn’t love a good…

  • Picture advertising Boo! Clip it book and Prewriting patterns. Includes picture of a ghost and a sample page of clip it and pre-writing patterns.

    BOO! Halloween Clip It, Book and Pre-writing Patterns

    Boo! Let the fun begin. Do you celebrate all things Halloween in your class? In New Zealand we have really only started getting into Halloween in the last decade. My students love it, so I made some products for them and I thought I would share. The interactive activities will engage students and they are coming to you for free!…

  • Photo of an iPad symbol system saying 'what to do' sitting on a page of core symbols.

    AAC – A Core Word Approach

    Teaching an AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) system to our students who require support to communicate, is essential. As October is AAC Awareness month, I thought I would share some ideas to implement a core word approach. Have an AAC Plan Having a plan when it comes to implementing AAC is important. It ensures that all team members can support the…

  • Picture of the cover of an interactive core word book called I see farm. Photo of a sheep and symbols for 'see'. Second page showing a picture of a horse and the core symbols along with a sentence I see a horse.

    I ‘See’ Farm – Core Word Activities

    I ‘see’ farm is a fun package utilising real photos of farm animals that will engage your learners. Consisting of an interactive errorless book, clip it activities and farm yard background scenes, I am sure your students will love it as much as mine do. Also included is a freebie for you for reading this article. Read on to find…

  • A poster with a heart picture and the words to the song Te Aroha. Nz Maori Language Week.

    Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week

    Te Reo Māori is a critical part of New Zealand culture and increasingly the education setting. And rightly so. September 9th to the 15th is Māori language week in NZ. It is a beautiful language and one of three offical languages in New Zealand. The other two are English and NZ sign language. The aim of this week is to…