Sunday, December 28, 2014

Thank goodness for winter break!!

I am so relieved that Christmas is over and that I can now truly relax and gear up for school starting again. I barely made it through that last week, I was so tired. It was a stressful start to my school year, probably the most stressful of my entire career, but it has evened out now and I can honestly say I am looking forward to school starting again in January. As a result of this break, I am hoping to be a more consistent blogger.

It was difficult to switch gears from medically fragile to Autism in mid year, so I haven't really had a chance to make too many changes. In addition to my move, one of my Paras went on maternity leave, another is out for a few weeks for health reasons, and I had a new student start at the beginning of December. Arrgghhh, lol. Luckily the Para subs are fabulous, and my new student is super funny, so it all worked out!

Here are some pictures of what we have been doing since my move back to the Autism program in November:

 These were Anacondas we made as part of a Rain Forest unit. They put facts on the snakes and we put them out on the main hall bulletin board. They did a foldable on the different layers of the forest, and animal reports as well. I wish I had taken pictures of it, it looked nice.

 For Thanksgiving, we worked on the definition for being grateful/thankful, which was a difficult concept for my students to get. We did a collage project , cutting out photos or words of things we were grateful or thankful for.

One of my students has some drawing talent. He now gets to draw the menu board in the cafeteria each day, and he loves it, and what a great job skill for the future!

The following are a few of the crafts we did in December to celebrate the holidays. Stolen from Pinterest, of course.

We also did a unit on December Holidays around the world. These crowns are from St. Lucia Day in Sweden. We did a number of other holidays, as well.

 We lit the Menorah for Hanukkah.

 For social skills, we worked on several skills. I have the students in 3 rotating groups. One group works on their communication devices, one on more concrete topics such as manners, greetings, expected behavior, etc. This group is higher functioning and we worked on worrying, using Michelle Garcia's Social Thinking curriculum. We will continue this when school starts in January.

This was our last day. We had a small party to celebrate and watched a movie. These are fairly mellow students, so it all worked out.

 Anyway, I am glad for the break, and am hopeful for a great start to our new year!

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