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Daily Schedule

7:00-8:00 Students arrive. I allow them to play sight word bingo, read simple books, etc.

8:00-8:30 Students eat breakfast.

8:30-9:00 Students practice expressive and receptive communication. They take turns telling what they did the day before - including activities, what they ate, what they watched on tv - etc. If they need a communication device (such as the Dynamo) - they use one. After each student finishes talking, the other students take turns telling me at least one thing that the student said.

9:00-9:15 We do calendar skills. We cover the year, season, month, day of week, and date. We talk about upcoming holidays, birthdays, special events.

9:15-9:30 Sight Word Time. Each student has their own list of words for one week. The students are tested with the Brigance and these lists are drawn from the Brigance. Each student has list of 5 to 10 words (depending on reading level). On monday the students recieve their new words. The words are read to them, defined for them (with easily understood) descriptions, and used in a sentence. The students then write the words and then read them to me or my paraprofessional. If they cannot read the word after writing it - they write it once more. On subsequent days (Tue-Fri) the kids read the word off the board and use them in a sentence or define the word. If they cannot they practice writing it.

9:30-10:30 Our class works (on their individual levels) with reading and reading comprehension. We use resources from Kelley Wingate, LinguiSystems, Edmark Functional Word Series, etc.

10:30-11:10 Our class works on Functional Math skills. This is the time slot we work on using money, telling time, adding/subtracting, using calculators, etc. The work is based on the students ability level and IEP.

11:10-11:40 Adaptive PE. We play easier versions of basketball, volleyball, kickball, etc.

11:50-12:20 Students eat lunch.

12:20-1:25 Functional Life Skills. The students learn life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, using appliances, etc.

1:25-2:20 Three of my students go to a regular connections class. The remaining students stay with me. We play simple games and take a walk on campus for excercise.

2:20-3:15 We work on simplified Social Studies and Science skills. Students began leaving  - 3 ride mini-buses, 1 is a car-rider and 2 ride regular buses.