Christmas Gifts for Paraprofessionals

A special education classroom relies so much on their paraprofessionals! It's especially nice to show them how much they are appreciated, especially around this time of year!
No matter your budget, I think I have some really good ideas here for you :)

Mess Free Ornament Painting

How many of you have your students make gifts for their parents? Ornaments are one of my favorite simple gifts to make! You can easily pair it with another gift, or give it by itself!

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I think that wood ornaments like the ones I used or these on Amazon are perfect for all ages, even age appropriate for high school aged students (so many ornament crafts I see on Pinterest wouldn't be appropriate, such as handprint ornaments for high schoolers, obviously a no - and others seem to childish as well). However, wood ornaments are perfect for everyone! Joann's had a bunch to choose from, including ones with spaces for a picture or without.

How to Host a Thanksgiving Feast with Your Special Education Class

Yes, your special education students can cook and should cook a Thanksgiving dinner! 

One of my favorite parts about teaching life skills is cooking. It's a lot of fun, kids are usually motivated to cook, and it helps them become more successful young adults. Win, win, win! So, of course, around Thanksgiving time it is 100% necessary to cook a Thanksgiving feast!

Not only is Thanksgiving a perfect time to work on a variety of cooking skills, but a great time to practice manners at a nice sit down dinner as well!

What was on the menu for our Thanksgiving Feast? Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole and stuffing. And of course, pumpkin pie for dessert!!

New Work Task Boxes for Special Ed

Who is prepping more work boxes this summer? I just love getting new ideas, especially for our older life skill students!
Christina Bailey, a transition life skill teacher, offered to share a bunch of her work boxes on my blog! Thank you Christina! Christina works with transition aged students (19-26 years old) with severe cognitive and/or health impairments. Her school serves students from multiple school districts within the county who learn best in an alternative placement.

Are you ready? Here they are!!

No Prep Work Boxes for Special Ed on Amazon

You all probably know how much I love making task boxes for my work task station from materials that I can find laying around at home or in my classroom. Free is always best!

BUT...there is something about the ease of Amazon (Dear Amazon Prime, just take all my money already!), and time is valuable, so if you need some quick new ideas, here's a few of favorite work tasks that you can find on Amazon! (The following links provided are affiliate links)

I had a similar set of nuts and bolts in my classroom and highly recommend these!

5 Things to Know When Printing Online Resources

I love that we live in a time when we have so many resources available right at our fingertips. Gone are the days of flipping through workbooks at the copy machine, just find what you need online (lets be honest...on Pinterest or TpT) and print!

When printing your digital resources, check out these tips and let me know if you learned anything new or if there are any tricks I missed!


First, ALWAYS, print from Adobe (or maybe another PDF reader). If you print directly from the internet, things are more likely to get messed up and you don't have as many options.

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