Teaching Students How to Budget for a Simple Shopping Trip

Shopping is an important life skill, and knowing how much money you can spend is essential! We had a school store when students could spend their hard earned school bucks each week. Without fail, students would just grab anything they saw that they were interested in, and then we would have to help them narrow down their purchases. And then there was always that student who thought they could only spend exactly the amount of money he had, instead of including options that would have cost less as well.

So, as many of my students were visual learners, as most students with special needs are, I created this visual strategy to help them learn what exactly they could (and couldn't) spend their money on each week).

And of course, once a week while they were shopping, was not the most ideal time to practice this concept, so I created worksheets so that students could practice in the classroom before they went shopping!

Budgeting Visuals

These posters and cards can be displayed in the classroom and also kept at students desks while they work in order to help them determine if they have enough money to spend on an item.

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Adapting Books with Widgit Online Symbols

You might know I LOVE adapting books. And for good reason! Adding symbols and/or interactive pieces to books helps give students confidence and a purpose while reading.


Recently, I adapted this book B is for Breathe using Widgit Online and it was so simple! I wanted to share the steps here with you, so you can adapt books of your own. And also, I'll share the symbols for this book as well.

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Making Money IEP Goals More Functional

When teaching money, where do you start? Coins, right? Well...maybe not.

One of my pet peeves was getting a new freshman's IEP and seeing that one of their goals was to identify a penny or to recognize the value of a quarter. This happened ALL of the time. Why did this bother me? These skills of recognizing coins and their values simply aren't functional anymore for these students. If they still aren't able to identify coins at 14 years old, they need to move onto something else.

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Classroom Jobs + School Vocational Experiences

Giving students jobs in the classroom is important for a variety of reasons. Not only can classroom jobs be helpful in keeping the classroom running smoothly, they can also give students a sense of purpose and responsibility.

There are two main categories of school jobs for students in special education: classroom jobs done either in the morning or afternoon for classroom maintenance, and then work experience jobs that might take up a class period because you are focusing on teaching vocational skills through those jobs.

Here's a list on each of those categories to get you thinking of jobs that your students might be able to do in your classroom and throughout your school!
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"I Like Myself" Adapted Book with Symbol Support

Adapting books with symbols helps beginning or reluctant readers read more confidently because of the symbols that go along with the pictures! I use the Widgit Online software to create symbols for all my adapted books.

When I found this book, I knew it would be perfect to adapt! I love the message and feel like it is appropriate for all ages, my toddler loves it and I would have used this in my low incidence high school classroom as well.

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