5 TO-DOs for Back To School

There are 5 things that every teacher or SLP must do to prepare for back-to school; and LessonPix can make it easy and great!

Alphabet Activities

Let's play with the alphabet and letters sounds! The building blocks to written language is the alphabet, and there are so many alphabet games and toys. Activities include letter names (alphabet knowledge), letter sounds (phonemic awareness), and letter forms (writing).

A Step Ahead: Beginning the Year with Proactive Discipline

Teachers need to begin every school year by examining the many facets of their classroom learning environment in order to take a proactive look in preventing discipline problems.

Blocks Center With Core

Core words can be integrated within a blocks center area in an early childhood classroom.

Building Community

The beginning of the year is a time for building a sense of community in the classroom. Here are a few theme ideas for building the classroom community.

Categorizing and Themes

Create materials using pictures from a theme or category to help promote language and acquisition of new vocabulary.

Center Time With Core

Center time is a rich learning time where children explore and practice. Here are ways to embed core in common learning centers.

Choice Cards

Children can feel empowered when given choices throughout their day. Choice cards are picture cards used to offer a choice between 2 or more items. These cards can be used with young children or children with special needs, such as autism or communication delays.

Christmas Activities for Kids

Here are some beginning Christmas Activities for kids.

Classroom Jobs

There are many jobs students can do to take responsibility for their classroom.

Classroom Rules

At the beginning of the year, most teachers discuss and brainstorm a list of classroom rules and compile them into a set of 4-6 rules to display in the classroom. There are some important points to keep in mind as you and your class work through this beginning of the year ritual.

Core

Resources and information about core vocabulary.

Core Vocabulary Storybooks

Ideas of how to use storybooks to teach Core Vocabulary.

Dramatic Play With Core Vocabulary

There are many fun ways to model core communication in the Dramatic Play Center within the Early Childhood Inclusive Classroom.

Egg-celent Ideas for Spring

Each spring, many classrooms dedicate a week to the theme of "eggs". Here are some great ideas to promote language and learning.

Fall-Theme Templates

With fall's focus on family and friends, this classroom theme brings out warm feelings and inspires positive thoughts and behaviors. Check out some fun fall templates for your classroom or therapy use.

First Then Boards

First Then Boards are used in a visual strategy to help children learn new skills, manage challenging behaviors, or follow a simple schedule.

Gingerbread Man Theme Ideas

Here are some ideas when using the story, The Gingerbread Man as a theme.

Groundhog Day Lesson Ideas

Here are some ideas to celebrate Groundhog Day with young children.

Halloween and Fall Templates

There are many fall and pumpkin themed templates to help create fun visuals and learning games.

Halloween Fun with Five Little Pumpkins

Halloween in an early childhood classroom includes pumpkin activities, literature, and games. Check out these free samples and see all the great Five Little Pumpkins materials you can make!

Hanukkah-Themed Learning

Hanukkah Ideas for the classroom or therapy fun

I Know an Old Lady...

Books and ideas based on the stories and songs of I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a....

It All Begins With Core Vocabulary

This overview of core vocabulary provides many resources for instruction with core.

Labeling the Classroom

Labeling a classroom helps expose children to a print-rich environment as well as provides organization so students know where everything belongs.

Learning with Animals

We love animals! This article shares fun activities to learn to read, write, and spell using simple 3 and 4 letter animals names. Ideas for learning centers and playing with sounds.

Lesson Plan: The Mitten-Story Characters and Sequence

Lesson Plan for early childhood classrooms to teach characters, story sequence, and details from the story the Mitten. 

Letter and Letter Sounds

Ideas for teaching "Letter of the Week" and letter sounds.

Literacy Center with Core Vocabulary

Here are some core vocabulary ideas for the Literacy / Language Center in an early childhood classroom.

Literacy-Teaching about Characters

Students can use LessonPix materials to identify and learn about characters.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lesson Ideas

Lesson Ideas for Martin Luther King Day including Free Writing Sheet.

Math Center with Core Vocabulary

The math center can be a great place to embed core vocabuary and promote working with peers.

Math Materials in LessonPix

Visuals and Learning games are powerful learning tools for all areas of the curriculum, and math is no exception. Here are sample visuals for Mathematics instruction.

Memory Game for Teachers

Teachers can create "Memory Games" to teach concepts, promote language, and make learning fun.

My Friends Bingo

LessonPix allows members to upload their own photos and clip art easily to use in their materials.

Order Train

One of my most common curriculum visuals is my Order Train: a series of 3 mats that show beginning, middle, and end.

Picture Cards for Communication

Create standard-sized Picture Cards for communication using systems such as the Picture Exchange Communication System™ or PECS™.  We offer a variety of sizes to meet your needs.

Pirate Day

"Talk Like a Pirate" Day fun activities for the classroom, speech therapy, and OT.

Scavenger Hunt

Create a Scavenger Hunt game with LessonPix to encourage early literacy in young children.

Science Center

Ideas on how to create or enhance an Early Childhood Science Center.

Science Center Items

Here is a list of various items that may be included or rotated in a science center.

Science Center with Core Vocabulary

The science center provides great opportunities for questions and comments with core vocabulary.

Snowman Theme Ideas

Learning About Winter- Check out some Snowman Theme Ideas.

Social Skills Instruction

There are many forms of visuals supports used to teach social skills. This article shows some examples of visuals from our Sharing Center.

St. Patrick's Day Lesson Ideas

Early Childhood lesson ideas for St. Patrick's day fun.

Talking Core with Different Levels of Communicators

To plan for core instructions, we divide student populations of communicators into 3 categories: fluent, beginning, and emerging.

Thanksgiving Theme Pictures and Rhymes

The Thanksgiving Theme provides a great foundations for lessons on food, cultures, history, traditions, manners, and sharing.

The Art Center with Core Vocabulary

Here are Ideas to use core vocabulary within the art center.

The Evolution of Printables

Are worksheets appropriate in an early childhood classroom? A look at the evolution and appropriatianess of worksheets.

Theme Boxes for the Science Center

Ideas for Theme boxes, which can be rotated in a center to keep it fresh and motivating.
 

 

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Turtle-ly Awesome!

Kids love turtles! One of the best Turtle resources is Tucker Turtle. Tucker is a Turtle who teaches ways to calm and social skills instruction. Check out some turtle ideas for you!

Using visuals to follow directions: My Lego Ladybug

Using visuals to follow directions: building a Lego Ladybug.

Valentines Day

Fun Learning Activities you can easily create related to Valentines Day

Valentines Ideas with Core

Valentines Ideas for the classroom with a focus on Core Vocabulary.

Visual Schedules

A visual schedule can help special education teachers prepare their students to be ready to learn.

Visuals for Special Education

Visual Picture Cards are a great way to communicate expectations and reinforce learning visually.

What Is Core Vocabulary?

Core Vocab is a small yet powerful set of words that is the building blocks of all communication. Learn more on what is core and find resources to help promote core vocabulary instruction.

Word Walls Made Easy

Word Walls are a commons tool used in many classrooms today. LessonPix has a Material called, "Picture and Word Cards" that allow you to create cards for the word wall.