Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sensory/Tactile Activities for students with Visual Impairments

A few weeks ago I posted my classroom reveal.

Today I'm going to be starting a mini-series on sensory/tactile related activities, transition markers and more! I have 3 students with visual impairments.  With the help of our district Physical and Occupational Therapists we have tried to create a variety of activities and experiences for the students to participate in.  Today I will be showing you our sensory board and one of my sensory books. Next week I will be sharing our Black Light area (which will be finished this week) and on the 3rd week of the mini-series I will share some amazing online sources I have found to be very helpful in creating all of my activities.

Here is a quick video of the sensory board & sensory book:

Sensory Board Supplies can be found at-

  • Peg Board
  • Zip Ties (zip tie boards together & zip tie objects onto board)
  • Elastic (tie objects onto pegboard)
  • Velcro (Velcro board to table)
Sensory Book Supplies can be found at-

Monday, September 8, 2014

14-15 Classroom Reveal

Miss, Hey Miss 14-15 Classroom Reveal
Credits to 3 AM teacher and Lovin' Lit for the graphics

I am proud to present my 2014-2015 classroom!! This is my second year teaching and I feel much more confident and comfortable starting this school year! I had the physical structure setup in about 2 hours.  The hard part was the visuals, schedules and tasks!

I have a classroom of 9 students and 2 paraprofessionals that work extremely hard with the students. We've been back to school for 2 weeks now (going on 3) and I've already moved a few pieces of furniture. I've  made more visuals and switched out some other visuals that weren't working.  I think I've also hit a record for changing the schedule. If I had to guess it's changed about 183,028,405 times!

Today I'm just going to share some photos and the links to where I download some of my resources. I'll be doing a mini series on each part of my room and **hopefully** get a video tour going as well!  
Miss, Hey Miss 14-15 snapshot of our year
Snapshots of our year together from Ashley Pennell on TpT

Miss, Hey Miss 14-15 sensory board & music
Sensory board & music time.  Get more ideas for sensory boards! 

Miss, Hey Miss 14-15 break time & calm area
Break time sensory bins,
glitter bottle,
Calm down kit visuals from Autism Adventures of Room 83 

Miss, Hey Miss 14-15 rules & supplies
Classroom rules using CHAMPS acronym, visual rules for
pencil sharpening (from The Autism Helper) & finished tray for student work

Miss, Hey Miss 14-15 fluency/teacher time
Fluency station which recently has also morphed into a good place to have 'teacher time/Direct Instruction/1:1.'
I have a similar setup to Sasha's Fluency station from The Autism Helper. 

Miss, Hey Miss 14-15 morning routine
Get these awesome clock visuals from Amy Lemons.  This number line is from Rock Star Readers & I printed 2 pages per page, laminated & taped them up.  I am also going to be spraying them to get rid of the glare! 

Check back later this week, as I begin a mini-series on the different stations in my classroom! Have a wonderful Monday! 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September Currently

It has been way to long since I've touched base with the blogging world!! I logged into bloglovin' today and had over 1,000 unread blog posts to read. I'm still reading through them and leaving some love on posts from the past few weeks.

Today I'm linking up with Farley from Oh Boy, 4th Grade to share my September currently. Grab your currently too by clicking on her button at the bottom of this post!

  • Listening: Over the summer, I fell in love with Google play, so I have been creating and listening to playlists non stop since I subscribed to it! 
  • Loving: I drooled over the fitbit for a while, then after researching for hours on end, I stumbled across the pebble smart watch. I LOVE IT!!!  Obviously I got the green "fresh" version! 
  • Thinking: I'm finishing up some last minute tweaks to the lesson plans for this week. I can't believe this will be week 3 for us! We also have open house this week.  It's gonna be a long week, but hopefully it will be a good turnout for open house. 
  • Wanting: I really want a milkshake, but that would negate all the calories I burned tonight running. :/ 
  • Needing: I should be getting ready for bed. I napped a little to much today! 
  • 3 Trips: I really want to go to Ireland, this will most definitely be my honeymoon!  I would love love love to go to Alaska. I want to take the Alaskan cruise and ride a train to view Alaska.  It's sooo beautiful! I also want to take a trip up the Mississippi river and stop and a variety of states and cities along the way! 

 Grab your September Currently!
Grab your September currently here!