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OPS At Home Learning: Special Education

Grade level resources


Microsoft Accessibility Features:

Immersive Reader 

Read Aloud 

Picture Dictionary 

Breaks words into syllables 


Math Assistant in OneNote 

Apple Accessibility Features:


Speak Screen/Selection 

Touch Chat 

Safari Reader 

Touch Dictionary 

Guided Access 

Predictive Keyboard 


Social Skills: 

Supporting Changes in Student’s Daily Routines: 

During this unprecedented time, your child may display some challenging behaviors because of the changes in their daily routines or because they are feeling the adults’ anxieties. Below are some strategies for supporting students through challenging behaviors: 

  • Create a routine and a visual schedule to make your child's day more predictable
  • Use timers to help your child understand the routine
  • Have a quiet space in your house for your child to deescalate
  • Make time throughout the day for movement activity
Below are social stories/narratives and resources that can help explain the current situation to your student

Early Childhood Special Education

Sensory Activities

  • Fill a bucket with water, use cups, measure tools, spoons, to pour water 
  • Use shaving cream to write letters, numbers, shapes 
  • Build towers using cups, bowls, pots, pans 
  • Make a sensory bin using uncooked rice, uncooked beans, salt, shredded paper add some toys and play 

Large Motor Play

  • Build a fort using pillows, sheets and blankets, hide crawl and sneak your way in and out 
  • Play balloon tennis using a fly swatter, empty paper towel roll and balloons 
  • Pretend to be your favorite animal, walk, run or crawl as the animal 
  • Play Simon Says 
  • Have a dance party 
  • Practice yoga 
  • Play indoor hide and seek 
  • Take turns hiding a special item and take turns finding the item 
  • Do crab walks, wheelbarrow and bear crawls down the hall 
  • Do wall push ups 

Social / Emotional Play

  • Rock a baby, comfort a family member or put a stuffed toy to sleep 
  • Practice Yoga  
  • Practice taking long deep breaths 
  • As conflicts or stressful situations arise, talk through them as a family 
  • Play puppets or play with stuffed animals acting out different events or situations  
  • Play games (cards, dominos, board, imaginary)  
  • Do jobs around the house together (take out the trash, wash the windows, clean the floor, organize the house, fold laundry) 
  • Prepare and Eat snacks and meals together 

Academic Skills

  • Sing favorite songs, then teach the family 
  • Count everything hanging up on the walls 
  • Count the number of spoons you have in a drawer (count other things around the house) 
  • Say and sing things that rhyme  
  • Create words that rhyme with names of each family member (Anna, bannana 
  • Put together a family puzzle 
  • Read books together as a family-predict what will happen next, change the ending, add your own events  
  • Practice tracing letters and writing names with different writing utensils 


  • Narrate/talk about things the family is doing  
  • Make up silly stories to share with family 
  • Tell a story to the family pet 
  • Label familiar and unfamiliar things around the house 
  • Act out common nursery rhymes/stories 
  • Play charades with the family 


Activities and Resources

SRA Reading Mastery and SRA Corrective Reading Intervention Online Resources 

McGraw Hill Resource Site -Support for Remote Learning>Program Resources>scroll to SRA Reading Mastery or SRA Corrective Reading 

Online eBooks and eInquiry for SRA Reading Mastery and SRA Corrective Reading: 

Student UN: DIstudent2020  

PW: DIstudent2020 

Sonday Systems- 

The Sonday System website has free e-learning resources for parents titled the Parent Empowerment Kits.  They are separated into k-5th grade level kits.  The kits include a little introduction and lessons for parents to use with their students. 

For Secondary Students is powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. This site can: 

-Intelligently simplify difficult English, for faster comprehension 

-Effectively teach words, for building a better vocabulary 

-Help teachers save time and produce engaging lessons 

-Help improve learning outcomes 


  • With playing cards or dice Play Addition or Multiplication with cards or dice.  Draw two cards add your cards together.  The person with the highest sum wins all the cards.   Same would be for Multiplication, but you are looking for the product. 
  • If you have domino’s at home you could create Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication problems using the dots on the domino 
  • Super cute activities for little mathematicians 
  • Free resources from Classroom Solutions-
  • (play games, a section for parents and educators) 

Speech and Lauguage

General suggestions for fostering early language development: 

  • Say/read nursery rhymes so your child can hear the rhythm and flow of language. 
  • Sing simple songs together to encourage vocal use, teach concepts, and expand vocabulary.  
  • Sing simple songs together to encourage vocal use, teach concepts, and expand vocabulary.  
  • Name and describe objects you and your child are looking at together. You can ask your child to help you come up with descriptive words (i.e. What color is it? How does it feel? Soft or hard? [Giving them a choice of words reinforces vocabulary and decreases the language demand.]) 
  • Model correct pronunciation and grammar. You don’t need to always correct them; just repeat what they say with the corrections. Children are like sponges – they soak up what they hear repeatedly! 
  • Expand on your child’s sentences to be more descriptive/clear/grammatical. This validates his/her efforts and provides a model, which supports and encourages language growth. 
  • Talk during play. The more language models your child hears, the more he/she will want to talk and will know about language. 
  • Ask open –ended questions instead of yes/no questions. This encourages your child to produce language rather than answering yes or no. If he/she has difficulty, you can provide two choices. (i.e. what do you want to eat? Spaghetti or pizza?) 
  • Focus on the positive! Children’s attitudes often reflect their parents’ attitudes! 
  • Listen to your child! – Give them your full attention to show that they are an equal communication partner. 
  • Look at books/read together. This supports language development in so many ways! You don’t need to read the pages word for word, but talk about the pictures, make connections to your child’s life (i.e. in the book the boy has a red ball; say to your child “Oh look, there is a red ball like yours! What do you do with your ball? What does he do with his?” 
    * your child is working on a specific sound, you can look for that sound/letter throughout the book and practice saying words with that sound. 


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