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  • Valentine's Day Sorting

Valentine's Day Sorting

 

My boys don’t know what Valentine’s Day is all about. Yes, they have autism. Are they incapable to show love and affection? Not at all. I would say that probably most autistic children do not fit this autism stereotype. My boys are very sweet and loving. They might not say the words “I love you mommy” but they show me how much they love me in their own special way.

 

Using a Valentine’s Day theme in their homeschooling activities, exposes them to everything related to that holiday and helps them associate. So that eventually just like the rest of us, when they see a red heart, they will think of Valentine’s Day.

 

Pinterest is a great source of inspiration when trying to find activities to do with the kids. I particularly liked this Valentine’s Day mail sorting activity from Teach Preschool.

 

Valentine's Mailboxes

 

Since I couldn’t find these metal mailboxes, I decided to make some myself. I wasn’t certain how exactly I would do that but while having my morning coffee, I realized: These coffee boxes would make the perfect Valentine’s Day mailboxes! I love being able to reuse household items for activities, especially when the activity is one that we might not use very often or the kid’s will grow out of quickly.

 

Valentine's Mailboxes

 

Here is what I did …

  1. I covered the coffee boxes with left over Christmas wrapping paper.
  2. I made tiny envelopes with colored paper. I didn’t use a template but there is a super cute mini envelope template and tutorial over at Clementine Creative.
  3. In order to make the activity more appealing to Cookie, I printed these Valentine’s Day Sesame Street characters. You can find images of your child’s favorite characters on Google images.
  4. I imported the Sesame Street images into Open Office Draw so I could add numbered hearts. Since Cookie knows how to count to fifty, I wanted to introduce the concept of counting by ten.
  5. I also made numbered hearts for the envelopes. You can download my free printable Count by Ten Numbered Hearts in pink and red here: Count by Ten hearts

The little ones really enjoyed this activity. I think without the characters, I would probably have lost their attention quickly.

PS: To make this activity easier use the same image on the envelope as you do on the mailboxes.

 

Valentine's Day Sorting

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  • Free Printable Calendar and Planner
Fellow bloggers, link up your free printable calendars and planners as well as
your posts about organizing, planning and goal setting. 
See the link up at the bottom of this post.

Free 2015 Printables

It’s time! Time to start planning for the new year that is approaching at the speed of light! For some that means new year’s resolutions and for others it’s setting goals. Whatever you call it, it’s important to have a plan. It’s also a good time of year to reevaluate your priorities and analyze where you’re spending your time. Just like your budget helps you manage your money, a planner can help you make sure your time is well spent. Is your time devoted to what is most important to you? Do you have clear goals for 2015?

So many of us are living a life that does not reflect our priorities. Those of you with special needs children are all too familiar with intervention plans. Well, writing down your goals and the steps to achieving them is your own intervention plan. The plan to living the life you want! There are many options available when it comes to calendars and planners. Electronic versions are more and more popular but I believe in the power of writing things down. That is why I made a list of the Top free printable calendars and planners for 2015. I also made my own my free printable 2015 calendar and planner. I hope you enjoy them!

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
Tony Robbins

Since planners are not one size fits all, I’ve also made a list of the top free calendars and planners for 2015. They are the cutest calendars and the prettiest planners I found and the best part is they are all free!

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”
Paul J. Meyer

Virtually A Teacher Free Printable Calendar for 2015 Free printable calendar

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Virtually A Teacher Free Printable Planner for 2015

Free Printable Planner

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Melody Beattie

Top free Calendars and Planners for 2015

 

Top 5 Cutest free calendars for 2015

 

1 – Free 2015 calendar from Oh so Lovely

 

Free 2015 Calendar

2 – Free printable calendar from iMOM

 

3 – Year of color printable 2015 calendar from Design is Yay

 

2015 calendar

4 – Free planner and calendar from The Handmade Home

 

5 – Four free printable 2015 calendars from Scattered Squirrel

 

Scattered squirrel calendarMelissaAndDoug.com- Over 2,000 Unique and Exciting Toys for Children of All Ages! Click here!

Top 5 Prettiest Planners for 2015

 

1 – Free printable fill-it-in planner for 2015 from Color me Meg

Free printable planner

2 – Free 2015 Weekly Household Planner from The Confident Mom

 

3 – Free 2015 Planner from The Budget Mama

Free 2015 planner

4 – Free printable 2015 Planner from Busy mom helper

2015 planner

5 – Customizable personal Planner from Green Child Magazine

Customizable planner#free, #printable, #calendars, #planners

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Chantale is the mother of two handsome boys with autism. Although she is homeschooling them, she is constantly learning from her children. She shares activities that are adapted for special needs on www.virtuallyateacher.com

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  • Signing the letter to Santa

A special letter to Santa
My sons can’t tell me what they wants for Christmas. The truth is Cookie and Chocolate Chip don’t even understand what Christmas is yet. I am working hard on helping them understand all the traditions that bring children so much joy. So one day I might see the same joy in their eyes.

One tradition I wanted them take part in is writing a letter to Santa Claus. I wish I could hear my boys tell me what they want for Christmas and I wish they could understand the magic of Santa. Cookie knows what he looks like. He even says “Santa” when he sees the traveling gnome on The Amazing Race. But he doesn’t quite understand what Santa Claus does.

Travelling gnome

Image courtesy of www.clipartbest.com

Last year I was determined to introduce Cookie to the concept of writing a letter to Santa to ask for what he wanted. Since he is used to tasks and visual aids, I made him a visual aid letter to Santa. I printed and laminated pictures of twelve things that I thought he would enjoy. Then I numbered the spaces on his letter from 1 to 6 and had him chose six items.Picture letter for Santa
He was expecting to see the items he chose right away and he was a bit confused by the process but this was just the first step. The next thing we did was make a color photocopy of the letter and mail it to Santa. We kept the original to help him have less anxiety about receiving new toys. You read that correctly, for children with autism receiving new toys that they don’t know how to use can cause great anxiety. You will find a free printable letter for your child at the bottom of this post.Picture letter to Santa for special needs

I took advantage to have him practice tracing his name. I added his name in trace fonts at the bottom of the letter.Signing the letter to Santa
We took a trip to the mailbox and I had him drop in his letter. I know that he couldn’t possibly understand why we were doing this but I thought it was important. I also took a picture to use in the social story I made for him.Mailing a letter to Santa

Next, I read him a social story entitled “Santa brings gifts”. Here are the pictures of the book I made. The story is in French because although he watches TV in English, Cookie only speaks French. The blurred areas you see are because I have chosen not to reveal his real name.

 

On Christmas morning Cookie found this picture I made of Santa in front of our Christmas tree. This was to show him that Santa delivered the presents himself. If you are interested in making your own, there is a great tutorial that I just discovered over at Full of Great Ideas.Santa was here photo

The last step was to help him make the connection between his letter and receiving the gifts for Christmas. The way I attempted to do this was to gather all the gifts from his letter and have him match the picture with the item. I repeated to him “Santa Claus brought these gifts” and “say thank you Santa”. Although I am not 100% certain that he grasped the whole concept, it is a start. I simply want him to have a better understanding of something that makes children light up at Christmas time. The holidays can be a very stressful time for children with autism or other special needs. Mostly because it is a change in the regular routine. I hope to repeat this adapted activity this year with both Cookie and Chocolate Chip. My goal is to help my children be less stressed and hopefully one day look forward to and enjoy this special time of year.

Download your own free printable Visual Aid Letter for Santa here.

Freebie Letter to Santa

Chantale is the mother of two handsome boys with autism. Although she is homeschooling them, she is constantly learning from her children. She shares activities that are adapted for special needs on www.virtuallyateacher.com

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  • Farm animals spelling

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!
My family and I would like to wish all our fellow Canadians a Happy Thanksgiving! May your hearts be filled with gratitude today and everyday.

ThanksgivingThis post includes sponsored links for Melissa and Doug. Please see my full disclosure.

It’s Monday so that means another freebie! Here is part 2 of my farm theme spelling sheets. The colors of the letters match the colors of the Melissa and Doug magnetic letters for easy letter matching and spelling all in one!

Magnets are one of my favorite tools for teaching Cookie and Chocolate Chip. Many children with autism are perfectionists and have fine motor issues so toy pieces that are difficult to pick up or don’t stay put can be very frustrating. That’s why TEACCH tasks are usually made with velcro. I also often tape worksheet to the table to make it easier for my boys.

For this activity, I suggest taping these sheets to a white board for use with the magnets. You don’t have to use them on a magnetic surface. You can also choose to insert the sheets in sheet protectors and keep them in a binder. Whatever way you chose to present this to your child, I hope you both enjoy it and have fun with my little farm animals!

Farm DuckFarm ChickenFarm RabbitFarm Cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This magnetic letters set from Melissa and Doug are the perfect teaching tool and will have your child spelling their first words in no time!

Magnetic Letters

 Download my farm theme spelling sheets here:

Farm theme spelling2 – English

Farm theme spelling2 – French

Farm theme spelling2 – Spanish

Thanksgiving

Download my Turkey Spelling sheets here:

Thanksgiving (English, French & Spanish)

 

You can buy Melissa and Doug magnetic letters at Indigo. Click on the image below to get free shipping on any order over 25$.

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Chantale is the mother of two handsome boys with autism. Although she is homeschooling them, she is constantly learning from her children. She shares activities that are adapted for special needs on www.virtuallyateacher.com

 

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  • Farm theme spelling
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 Happy Monday! Today I am sharing Farm Theme spelling sheets in English, French and Spanish. I chose the colors of the letters in this activity to match the colors of Melissa and Doug’s magnetic letters. This magnetic letters set from Melissa and Doug are the perfect teaching tool and will have your child spelling their first words in no time!

Magnetic Letters

 Download my farm theme spelling sheets here:

Farm theme spelling – English

Farm theme spelling – French

Farm theme spelling – Spanish

You can buy Melissa and Doug magnetic letters at Indigo. Click on the image below to get free shipping on any order over 25$.

Free Shipping on Toy orders $25 or over!!

Chantale is the mother of two handsome boys with autism. Although she is homeschooling them, she is constantly learning from her children. She shares activities that are adapted for special needs on www.virtuallyateacher.com

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