I had this really great blogpost written in my brain.... But then I got a call from my school that I need to report tomorrow and need lesson plans ASAP, and I've been rapid fire producing work for my INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS! I'm Special Ed, so each student has an INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN! and so I needed to make sure everything I created or downloaded, or saved in PDF form was catered towards the individual needs of each kid and their IEP.
but I'm basically almost there... I at least have enough to get through this week and next...
I promised I'd put out a schedule that you can download for your kids and I DID IT! Mostly because a picture schedule is an accommodation on all the IEP's so... Must Provide. I took your suggestions, and generalized them a bit: Example, some said "legos, blocks, games"... I did a symbol for just "play time" that can be used. If you need individuals I can put another questions box up and do a secondary piece to download when I get out from under the stuff for my real job.
One of the best ways to survive this time is to keep your kids in a routine! It is OKAY if they are not doing grade level work and are just maintaining skills. It is OKAY if their ELA time is reading in their room below their grade level. It is OKAY if they are doing coloring instead of handwriting (just make sure that grasp is correct!). This is a stressful time for EVERYONE, and the last thing we need is added stress from having to suddenly work from home and be a teacher at the same time! Of course, your own district might disagree, so follow what the teachers suggest... but if you have NO guidance, that's my two cents. I've been doing this for over a decade and this is unprecedented... No one really knows the best thing to do here, but in my opinion, lowering the stress is best! Your immune system tanks when you are stressed and WE DON'T NEED THAT!
To help you stay on a schedule, download the visual PECS I put together below. I recommend you copy or print the first page a few times and maybe cut and glue it on a poster board vertically so that you have more blank spaces extending downward. You can keep it simple, or break it into more specific parts of your day. Also, I made it black and white so that you can have your kids color it in! Keep them busy! It is geared more towards younger children since they are non-readers. Older kids... probably won't listen to a schedule anyway! ;) but you can just write it down in a list form for them.
I want to do a list of online resources for you too, but I haven't made it to that part yet. Still emailing parents and ferociously typing plans for each kid... So, instead of getting a list from me, COMMENT BELOW if you have some to share!
Here are a few websites I now have time to add. I will continue adding to them as I come across them, many you have to eventually pay for but there are free trials for most!:
I will keep adding to this as I get more from teachers and from social media etc. So check back if you need something different!
Welcome to my blog! I blogged my entire pregnancy in 2017 and I had high hopes for where I could take my running after baby number 2, but my body had other plans. At some point I got too discouraged to write and recently realized that it is essential for my personal growth and development to keep putting feelings into coherent(ish) thoughts. I still hope to run sub 2:45 in the marathon one day, but for now I’m trying to focus on the process and I’m learning to enjoy it. You can come along for the ride, apologies in advance for grammatical incorrectness!