Free Printable Special Education Activities Websites

When my oldest three children were young, the vast resource network of the internet was not available or was limited.  Now we can find anything we want in a moment. Here is a list of 20 websites that you can visit for free printable activities. There may be a site fee for one or two, but there will be many activities, games, crafts, lessons and goodies you can print free. free printable special education activities

Understanding Mental Retardation Through Movies and Television

Retard. Dummy. Moron. Those words make me feel ill. They should offend any thinking person. Understanding mental retardation requires accurate information coupled with empathy. Here are several movies and television shows that help us understand mental retardation. Read on for more information

How to Host a Holiday Heritage Festival in Your Classroom - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

Here's an easy diy guide to host a family heritage festival in your classroom. Engage students with family history and culture exploration. Hands-on, interactive lessons. Perfect for special needs students. Read about it here: How to Host a Holiday Heritage Festival in Your Classroom 

Free Printable Personalized Coloring Page Calendars

Calendar lessons are very important for children, especially special needs children who may struggle more with concepts of time management, organization and other math and time measurement tools. Here are free printable calendars that students can personalize and color themselves. Calendars come in Bible, animals, fantasy, holiday and cartoon character themes. Color your own calendars make learning fun. free printable personalized calendars

'Science Verse' and 'Math Curse' Make Science and Math Fun for Special Needs Kids

'Science Verse' and 'Math Curse' Funny Educational Books by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith On a never-ending quest for science and math lesson plans that appeal to kids and make content user-friendly, the books of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith meet task. 'Science Verse', 'Math Curse' and 'Squids will be Squids' combine learning and fun. free science and math lesson plans

How to Start a Garden Project in Your Classroom

Gardening is a healthy, green activity for children. Gardening can only be done outside though, right? Good news! Here is a great gardening project that you can organize right in your own home or classroom! Gardening Indoors with Children

Sleepy Student Syndrome Causes Problems in School

Causes of Tiredness and Exhaustion in School Aged Children I've been a teacher in various educational settings for over 25 years. There's an increasing and alarming trend among school age children: tired, sleepy, lethargic children who can't pay attention  class. Why is 'Sleep student syndrome' so prevalent? (NB- Ironically, on the day this published, I noticed a little guy about 5 years old fall asleep in a restaurant, about 6:30 at night.) Read More

Eco-friendly Pumpkin and Halloween Party Crafts

Eco-Friendly Recycled Halloween and Autumn Harvest Craft Ideas
Planning your annual Halloween or harvest party? Here are great fall themed crafts that focus on autumn harvest and non scary, non spooky Halloween fun. Easy, inexpensive fall crafts using recycled materials. Read More

Free Printable Fire Safety Lesson Plans

Fire Prevention Week runs the first full week in October. Here are free printable fire prevention activities: lessons, games, puzzles, activities, crafts, charts, safety check-lists and many other fire prevention resources in Spanish and English. Free Printable Fire Prevention Week Activities

Free Printable Thanksgiving Color-Your-Own Greeting Cards

Free Printable Thanksgiving Coloring Page Greeting Cards Thanksgiving is a great holiday for sending greeting cards. It's a season to let people know you appreciate them. Here are free printable color your own Thanksgiving greeting cards. Children can enjoying coloring and giving to friends and loved ones. Read More

Best Non Scary Halloween Movies for Classroom Parties

I am self-confessed coward about scary movies. I don't watch them. I was pretty careful about what I let my children watch, knowing that they were easily frightened. Looking for some non-scary Halloween movies? Here are some you're sure to enjoy. Best Non Scary Halloween Movies for Children

Free Printable Halloween and Trick or Treat Mazes and Games

Oh the agony of waiting for little ones looking forward to Halloween and trick-or-treat. 'How many more days?' They ask. Why not turn this anticipation into a fun learning experience? Here is a free printable Halloween trick-or-treat countdown calendar. Free Printable Halloween Trick or Treat Countdown Calendar 

Free Printable Eric Carle Activities, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Lesson Plans

Free Printable Eric Carle Activities from The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle is a beloved illustrator and author of dozens of books about animals. Here are free printable cut and paste crafts, games, activities, lessons, puzzles and coloring pages from Eric Carle's best known book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Read More

Free Printable Preschool Activities for Special Needs Students

Free Printable Cut and Paste Preschool Themes, Crafts, Lessons and Activities Looking for free printable preschool and elementary cut and paste paper crafts for holidays, patriotic celebrations, religious themes, school themes, math activities, social studies and science crafts and lesson plans? Check out Making Learning Fun. Read More

Free Printable File Folder Games for Math lesson Plans


File folder games are a teacher's best friend in classroom resources. If you teach special needs students or use hands-on, interactive resources, make some file folder games. Here are free printable math file folder games. Free Printable File Folder Games

Free Printable Checkbook Register, Financial Planners for Business, Math, Life Skills

Raise your hand if you write checks or make debit purchases. Raise your hand if you balance said checkbook and debit purchases.  Here are free printable checkbook and debit card registers to help balance your checks and stay in the financial black. Perfect for special education classroom life skills. Free Printable Checkbook Register, Financial Organizers

Parenting the Child with Asperger Syndrome: Understanding Literal Thinking

Asperger Syndrome: Understanding Your Literal Thinker Do you ever wonder why your brilliant child with Asperger Syndrome just doesn't understand a word you say? Maybe you aren't speaking his language. Read More

Parenting the Child with Asperger Syndrome: Setting Up Schedules

Family Schedules: Setting Up Routines for Your Asperger Syndrome Child Children with Asperger Syndrome thrive on routines and schedules. While it takes some willpower on your part, making a family schedule will help the time your child spends at home be more successful. Read More

Best Books for Parenting a Child With Asperger Syndrome

 Do you have a child recently diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, or do you just need additional resources? These six books helped me through the most troubling times with my Aspie son, Sam. Top Six Asperger Syndrome Books for Parents

Parenting the Child with Asperger Syndrome: Safety Plan

 (This is the first article in a series from Associated Content's Heather K. Adams, who is the parent of a special needs child with Asperger Syndrome. She shares her wisdom and experience in attending the unique needs a child with autism/aspergers.) Have you ever been in the middle of an Asperger Syndrome meltdown? Having a good safety plan in place will make a world of difference for everyone involved. Safety Plan for Parenting an Asperger Syndrome Child

What is Toxic Shame and How Does it Affect EI Behavior

What is toxic shame? Toxic shame is a corrosive, pervasive sense of guilt which the shame-based person has done nothing to merit. Is shame organic or environmental? Toxic shame, like a parasite, grows in an unhealthy environment.
Psychological, Sociological Development of Toxic Shame Behavior

Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome

I was diagnosed with genetic, chronic depression and anxiety 10 years ago. For the last month, I have been weaning myself off all anti-depressants, including Paxil which I have taken for seven years. I knew the journey wouldn't be easy, but I wasn't prepared for the intense dizziness I'm experiencing. Here's how I cope. Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome, SSRI Withdrawal Dizziness

Homemade Preschool Sand Table, Water Tables for ECSE

The Sand and Water Table is a staple in most preschool, ECSE and kindergarten classrooms. The sand and water table is a hollowed out table that can be filled with sand and water for interactive play. Here are diy sand table ideas. DIY Preschool Sand and Water Table Ideas

ECSE Preschool Classroom Sand and Water Table Ideas

DIY Preschool Learning Centers: Sand Table Exploration The sand table is the backbone of a good learning center preschool classroom. The sand table provides hands on,interactive learning, cognitive and perceptual development and tactile stimulation. Here are 20+ ideas for things to fill your sand table.Read More

Free Printable Grammar Lesson Plans: Punctuation Primer

Language Arts Homework Help: Punctuation in Writing Punctuation marks are like traffic signals; Punctuation tells the reader how to read the sentence. Punctuation marks help writing to make sense; without punctuation marks reading is difficult. Here is a guide to using punctuation in your writing. Read More

Individualized Reading Lessons for Special Needs Students

Reading Lesson Plans: Write Books for Children Using Student Names Teaching children, or even adults to read is not rocket science. It's just good common sense. Here's a no-fail reading lesson, guaranteed to please anyone. Write stories using the child's name. Who doesn't love to read their own name?
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Easy, DIY Letter Dice for Word Games from Your Recycle Bin

DIY Scrabble Letter Dice Word Games for Reading and Spelling Summer means freedom and fun for kids, but summer can also take its toll on retention of material learned over the school year. Here's a fun, easy DIY game to make and play with children and tweens to keep reading, writing and spelling skills fresh. Read More

Recycled Math Manipulatives for Hands-On Math Games

DIY Recycled Math Manipulatives for Teaching Place Value Educational wisdom says that students learn best when they do hands-on tasks. The more students interact with materials the faster they learn and the better they retain concepts. Here are diy, recycled materials for math manipulatives. Read More

Summer Theater for Special Needs Students

Summer Repertory Theater Opportunities for Children Summer Repertory Theater also known as 'summer stock' is the perfect way to introduce children to the world of theater, drama and acting, either as a spectator or performer. Almost every city has some form of summer theater opportunities. Theater is a great way to channel a special needs child's energy and draw him out. Read More

Easy, Inexpensive Summer Tutoring Kit

Cheap Homemade Tutoring Kit--Spelling, Writing, Math and Reading One educational issue that worries parents and teachers during the summer is retention of concepts learned in school. How can we prevent kids from forgetting everything they were taught? Here's an easy, inexpensive alternative to tutoring. Read More

Free Printable Fathers Day Cards to Color

Free Printable Fathers Day Cards to Color Father's Day can mean an extra strain on the budget, if you buy gifts and cards for dads, grandpas, step-dads, etc. Why not save yourself big money on cards by printing Father's Day cards? Children can color these free printable cards. Great for special needs students! Read More

Free Online Games, School Approved Games

Free Online Games for Spelling Since my daughter's Webkinz account expired I can't play Cash Cow 2, I searched online games. I don't like most online gaming, action, shooter, MMORPG, but I love word puzzles. Addicting Games, source of free online games offers school-approved Whizz Wordz. It's my new fave. Read More

Free Printable Clocks and Telling Time Activities

Free Printable Clock Faces, Clocks with Hands and Telling Time Lessons
Telling time using an analog clock with hands is one of the most confusing concepts to teach students. Interactive, hands on clocks and telling time lesson make it easier. Here are free printable clocks and telling time lessons. Read More

Free Printable Blank Checks and Banking Slips for Life Skills

Free Printable Blank Checks for Money Math, Economics and Banking Practice Money, banking and finances are practical math applications. Students learn to write checks, balance a check book and manage debit, savings and checking accounts. Here are free printable checks, check register, deposit and withdrawal slips. Read More

How to Get Kids to Do Homework

How to Encourage Students to Finish Schoolwork, Discipline Them when They Don't For some students completing schoolwork and homework is never a problem. Then there are those students who just never seem to be able to finish their work. How can a teacher get kids to finish work on time and discipline those who don't? Read More

Is Recess a Privilege? Should Kids Lose Recess?

Should Students Lose Recess Privileges and When Should They Lose Them? Is recess in elementary schools a privilege that can be earned or lost? Is recess a right of students? Or is recess simply an important part of healthy education? A veteran special needs and general education teacher explores the concept of recess. Read More

Discipline and Classroom Management: Individual or Class Punishment?

Should Students Be Rewarded and Punished Individually or as a Class?
Should students be rewarded and punished as a class or for individual achievement and behavior? I'm quite certain that most people would respond 'individually'. Many teachers reward and punish the whole class collectively, however. Read More

Understanding Teen Brain Development and Psychology

Parenting Teens: Understanding Adolescent Brain Development The brain of a teenager has developed for the most part, to its full adult ability. Teens progress from concrete, two-dimensional thinking to abstract thinking. Adolescents brain neurons are firing at a rate unparalleled at any other time of life. Read More

'To Write Love on Her Arms' Helping People in Depression, Suicide, Self-Abuse, Addiction

'To Write Love on Her Arms' Helping People in Depression, Self-Abuse, Addiction, Contemplated Suicide 'To Write Love on Her Arms' is an edgy, endearing program designed with the purpose of reaching out in love to those suffering from depression, addiction, self-abuse and suicidal thoughts. TWLOHA crosses religious, social and cultural boundaries. Read More

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