setting up my first classroom- aba

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  1. mkteach

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    hello, i am needing ideas to set up my first classroom which is a aba room for 1st and 2nd graders, approx. 6 kids. i am excited and nervous. alll help will be greatly appreciated thanks
     
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    Get lots of flashcards! If you don't have a budget, you can start making flash cards. (items, foods, school supplies, people, school staff, letters, numbers, shapes, colors, insects, eating utensils, and everything else you can think of!)

    Also, are you familiar with Boardmaker? Set up daily visual schedules for your students. Do you know of their abilities? Have you seen their IEPs? More ideas once I know more about your classroom...
     
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    Hi, congrats on your new classroom! I agree that lots of flash cards and schedules are a good idea.

    You might also get some small tubs with lids to store special reinforcers for each kid (labeled with each of their names) to store on a high shelf or in a cabinet. If you store them on a shelf, just make sure you watch out for kids pulling chairs to use to climb up to the boxes! :)

    You might also get a few small book shelves to use to block off an area to use for one on one work. Just make sure that you can still see in the area from other parts of the room.

    I have a lot of ABA data sheets and other materials that you might be able to use for free to print from my website. http://www.positivelyautism.com/ (click on "Free Materials").

    If you don't have one, invest in a digital camera. You can use it to make photo cards and schedules of specific items that are unique to certain students.

    Best of luck!
     
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    thanks so much. i will get back with you guys once i know more about their needs.
     
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    I would suggest making tons of file folder games for use with independent work stations. Also, maybe think about having a "calm down" area in your classroom w/ beanbags, headphones, weighted blanket, sensory toys, etc. I would also make covers for all your bookshelves if they are open. Maybe some study carrels or large room dividers to help you divide off work areas visually.

    In my self-contained classroom for children with autism (k-1) I have:

    3 small "direct teach" areas
    1 large kidney table to lunch/group work
    1 file folder independent work station
    1 work box independent work station
    1 play area w/ toys
    1 sensory table
    2 student computers (this is 2 different areas)
    1 "work folder" study carrel for ind. paper/pencil work
    1 listening center to listen to books on tape
    1 break/calming area

    Also there is a sensory motor room, but that is in a different location.

    Not all the kids go to all the areas every day; that is set up according to their needs/abilities and is reflected in their individual picture schedules. I agree with what everyone says about Boardmaker and digital cameras!

    Maybe invest in a small laminator and TONS of laminating sheets and Velcro if your school does not already have one? My school has a big laminator, but I bought my own for laminating picture symbols, visuals, etc.

    Good luck and have fun!
     
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    I agree with the file folder games.
    www.preschoolprintables.com has many you can print for free

    I'd make some work tasks too that the kids can work on independently. An easy one is coins (real or plastic) and a snack tray (from the dollar store). Put the coins in the middle dip area and have them sort the coins into each compartment. You can get mini erasers at the dollar store too and have them practice sorting in different ways: all animals, things with 4 feet, animals with feathers, plants or animals, by color, etc.
     
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    Great ideas bethechange and Trinda!
     
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    I don't know if all these sites work now or not. I used them five years ago when I made a big bunch of file folder games.
    At this site you will find 38 file folder games.
    www.enchantedlearning.com in search put file folder games

    www.preschoolprintables.com

    http://www.ourschoolfamily.com/Literacy Props.htm

    http://www.littlegiraffes.com/storyprops1.html

    http://www.state.ar.us/childcare/coloring.html
    http://www.childcareland.com/filefoldergames.html
    http://www.education.com/common/res...h/971006km.html
    http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec...ard/Matrix.html
    http://www.nuttinbutkids.com/filefolder.htm
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/filefoldergames/
    http://kootweb.com/games.html
    http://home.att.net/~bandcparker/games.html
    http://www.preschoolprintables.com/...ilefolder.shtml
    http://www.teachingheart.net/primar...rtimesaver.html
    http://daycare.about.com/cs/printablegames/index.htm
    http://www.webeans.net/hutt/ffgames.htm
    http://208.183.128.3/tutorials/gameboard.htm

    www.teachersdesk.org
    It is designed for grades 5/6 but all the activities can be adapted for other grades. There are tons of ideas for file folder games (though they aren't labeled as such) and portable centers. I just browsed through the spelling activities and games and they are great. Lots of things you can copy to Word and print out.

    There are tons of math games to print, put some into protective plastic sleeves, and use for all grade levels and math standards. Yes, you do have to search through files called "Week by Week Essentials", but there is a different game for every week of the school year. The games cover skills that are taught (or reinforced) at each grade level K-6, so you could use some for below level reinforcement or other higher level ones for enrichment if you needed or wanted to. They are easy to prepare, and the kids like them. I used them in conjunction with the Take It To Your Seat centers. I hope you find something you can use here!

    Link for K-2
    http://community.learnnc.org/dpi/mat...s_k2_resou.php

    Link for gr. 3-5
    http://community.learnnc.org/dpi/mat...35_resou_1.php

    centers/math games using playing cards. I have used them all year - little prep and the kids love them!
    http://www.brokenhilld.det.nsw.edu.au/card_games.htm


    I found some good stuff on this one too!
    http://www.teacherresourcesgalore.com/warm_ups.htm

    Take pretty colored plain file folders. Paste a 6x8 brown envelope on the back. Put your name on the back. Put the kind of game on the tab. (at rhyming words OR 5 plus math OR whatever) Color your game and glue it on the folder. Leave the same pieces on the large sheet AND laminate then cut out your small pieces and put them in the zipper zip lock baggie. Put the baggie in the envelope, if you don't put the parts in a bag they get caught in the corners and the envelope tears.
     
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    thanks so much i have found out that we will be centers based and i will have either 1st and 2nd graders or 2nd and 3rd garders with autism.
     
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