I’m starting to prepare for September.  I will be teaching in an ABA classroom, which is new to me.  I’m definitely nervous about it since I have no experience.  It will be a new adventure, and I’m trying to read and do as much as possible to make sure that I am ready.

I made a morning sheet for my students to get started on once they’re unpacked.  We will have morning meeting and review the weather and calendar.  I found these adorable calendars that I made for each student (lots of laminating and Velcro…at least I only have three students!).  I’m excited about them!

My morning sheet is simple but gets the job done!

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Hope your summer or new school year is going well!


Wow, I haven’t posted anything in a while!

I’ve made things for my classroom, but not enough to make a full set.  Either that, or compiling the document and making preview pages and credit pages just seems like more trouble than it’s worth at that moment.

I also spent a few hours making 40 bokeh papers…and then wound up not liking them.  I started new watercolor papers as well, but wasn’t thrilled about how they were turning out either.

I just posted a number sorting activity on TPT.  Students take dog bone numbers in different fonts and sort them on mats.  I’m using it for independent work and an introductory lesson for the number I am working on with a student.


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It feels like the weekend is over already.  Yesterday was spent away from the house, and I don’t feel like I accomplished much today.  Tomorrow I have quite a bit of cleaning to do, and before I know it, Monday morning will be here!

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that your break doesn’t feel over already.  🙂

I just added chevron and polka dot glitter papers in fall colors to TPT.

These took me waaayyyy longer then they should have.  I made quite a few rookie mistakes, like not performing quality control after making each paper, and I wound up having to go back and making a lot of the papers over again.  I’ve done this before, so one might think that I would have learned by now, but of course not.

But they are done now!  There are 102 papers in all.


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I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  How fast do they go??

Two of my students are working on multiplication facts.  I give them three to four facts at a time, and we go over them until they are mastered.  We skip over multiplying by 0 and 1, as they understand those properties. This is working well for them so far, but I’m running out of activities since so much is mixed practice!  I put together this file folder game pack.  It has 12 sets, one for each times table 1-12.


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Now I really need to get myself to bed- I have a new student tomorrow and that means more to get done in the morning!

Have a great week!


I survived my first back to school night.

I’m not sure how I did it.

When I was an aide, I loved meeting the parents.  I still do, I just don’t like talking in front of a group.  Luckily, only two sets of parents came, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

These were my opening lines: “After I found out I got this teaching job, I was excited for about five seconds.  Then I realized I would have to do back to school night.  Whatever happens tonight, I promise I am much better at teaching your children than I am at talking to you.”

Thankfully, they laughed, and that helped.  I didn’t stumble on any words, which was a huge surprise, as I constantly trip over my words, and I didn’t turn bright red, which was another huge surprise.

I have been working sixteen hours a day nonstop.  This is the only thing I have made for TPT since whenever I posted the self-monitoring behavior board.

Speaking of the board, it is helping one student, but not the other.  When student A gets to yellow, he can take it back to green.  Student B repeats, “I don’t want to be on red.  Red is bad.  I don’t want to be on red.  Red is bad.”  Over and over.  I never said red was bad, just that it would mean they had to take a break and calm down.  But, I can definitely see his line of thinking!  I stopped that with him.  Time for something new!

Anyway, here is my new product.  I made it for my students who need to work on one-to-one correspondence and counting.  There are ten mats, and you can use any manipulatives you have sitting around for it.


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Have a wonderful week!