As a multi-needs teacher, I incorporate a lot of life skills topics into our everyday schedule! One important part of our day is grooming. My class works on grooming after lunch everyday. We have a very organized system so that it is easy for everyone and something that we can do in a timely manner. To start, every student has a bin. I bought
HELLO THERE! My name is Kristen and welcome to my blog! I cannot wait to share my teaching, DIY, wedding and home ideas with you! Check for new, fun and exciting activities and tips!
I am a Special Education teacher in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL! I have been in the teaching world for 5 years and I am in my 3rd year of being a teacher! In my K-3 Multi-Needs classroom I have a wide range of learners and abilities. I am always looking for new and creative learning activities for my kiddos!
"So often you find that the students you’re trying to INSPIRE are the ones that end up inspiring you”– Sean Junkins
When I am not teaching I am BUSY! I love spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, crafting, cooking, party planning and so much more!
My husband and I got married in August of 2015! I am so blessed to have met this amazing guy while attending Western Illinois University. He is supportive, caring and a big goof! We moved into our first house together right around the time of the wedding and let me tell you, the DIY projects are just beginning! I instantly fell in love with our house right when we walked in it! I am having so much fun decorating and making our house a home :)
I have 2 sisters who I love dearly! Between my mom and sisters we are always coming up with new crafts and recipes! My dad and husband are also very supportive in making our building dreams come true! :)
I really hope you enjoy reading all about our crafts, cooking, teaching ideas and everything else we post along with the stories behind them!
Ask yourself..... Are your students constantly taking things off of the shelves? Are they distracted by new or favorite items on the shelves? Are you struggling to make your classroom get that homey feel? Are your shelves organized but still look cluttered? If your answer is "YES" to any of these questions, I have the perfect solution! Make these
HOW TO SET UP AN INDEPENDENT WORK CENTER FOR ANY LEVEL! Words can not describe how much I love classroom organization, especially with centers! Having an organized, quick and worry free center reduces the stress of everyday planning! I pre-set all of these bins and switch them randomly. It is always fun to change up one of the bins with
COMMUNITY HELPERS is one of my favorite units in my class!! We have a lot of fun engaging activities that get my kids excited and learning!! My unit lasts about 2 weeks, this year it went a little over the 2 weeks :) For extra practice check out our community helpers file folder freebies HERE "HELPERS" this year included: Doctor, Policeman,
LOOKING FOR WAYS TO INCORPORATE AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH IN YOUR SCHOOL? I am ALL about incorporating the Day of Acceptance (January 20th) and Autism Awareness Month (APRIL) into my school! Below are some ideas of different things I do in my school to get everyone involved! For "LIGHT IT UP BLUE" I started out the month by passing out small blue
Autism Awareness & Acceptance month is a great opportunity in educate the world about Autism including both adults and children. As you may have read in previous posts (see below) I go BIG for Autism Awareness month! This year I decided to focus on making materials that other teachers can use with their classes to educate their students on
I decided to venture off and try a new cooking activity in my class and it ended up being one of my favorite desserts! Let's be real.....everyone loves puppy chow! You just can't go wrong! Well this minty puppy chow took it to a whole new level! We made this in my class for St. Patrick's Day, but you can make it any time of year! It reminded me of
March #ManicMondays are ALL ABOUT MINT! Word cannot express my love for anything minty! Yes, I talked about my love for mint in my blog post for our Shamrock Shake-tinis! If you love mint, make sure you check out our other March Manic Monday drinks! They are Mint-to-be! In my Irish family, we are all about St. Patrick’s Day! Ever since I was
One of my favorite treats in March is a delicious minty shamrock shake! I have to admit, I LOVE anything minty. Thin mints, shamrock shakes, candy canes, you name it! With St. Patrick's Day coming up I decided to put a spin on my favorite shamrock shake and make it into a martini - and so I made a Shamrock Shake-tini! Not only do they look
One of my favorite things in March is CORNED BEEF!! I grew up having corned beef and cabbage at LEAST once a year and it is one of my favorite dinners! Now don't be fooled, you can have corned beef anytime of year! :) A typical dinner for my Irish family on St. Patrick's Day consists of sliced corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes! IT IS SO