What do we use in the special education room?
This is the same program used in the regular education classrooms. WHAT??? How is that specialized if it's the same program? Based on each child's IEP, core concepts are chosen to match individual goals. Lessons are slower paced. Multiple repetitions, hands on activities, and manipulatives are used to better understand each concept.
TIME
I created a giant clock in my room. It is color coordinated to help with writing digital time. It's hard to see, but the numbers 112 are written in green. Although it's not in this picture, I usually have a quarter next to the 3 and 9 for quarter past and quarter to!

I also found this site. I've been using the yellow clock on the left to teach time. It's been working really well!

We use a lot of BIG movements to learn time to the hour and half hour. Students stand and move their arm to the appropriate position as I yell 'O'CLOCK' or 'HALF PAST'.
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Antennae go on each coin to represent the value. Each antenna equals a count by 5.
Antennae go on each coin to represent the value. Each antenna equals a count by 5.
Adding coins
When it's time to count coins, add the appropriate amount of antennae to each coin and count by 5s! When adding the penny, I have students take a deep breath before counting it as a cue to stop counting by 5s.
Toss a handful of coins in front of them and give them a white board and marker. I have my kiddos put the coins on the white board and add the antennae themselves. Then they write the total.
Toss a handful of coins in front of them and give them a white board and marker. I have my kiddos put the coins on the white board and add the antennae themselves. Then they write the total.
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