Well, I had planned on today's blog post being the return of Tasty Tuesday after winter break, but as we have yet another snow day today, that's going to have to wait another week. Instead, I'm going to share some of the pre-vocational work boxes we use in my classroom. I had brought a few home over break to replace missing pieces, re-do signs/instructions, etc., and some are new. (Yes, this is a long post...but it's mostly pictures, I promise!)
My students are pre-teens and teens, so I am always looking for new independent work activities that are age-appropriate while still at their level. I retired my old work tasks that feature those colored counting bears, pop beads, Disney puzzles, etc. several years ago. These tasks work on many of the same skills but "look" more "vocational," for lack of a better term. Many also look like TEACCH tasks, and would work well with that setup, though I do not explicitly use that system.
The Dollar Tree is my favorite place to look for ideas! Sometimes I just wander up and down the aisles there looking for things I could make into work box tasks. (Um, wandering around The Dollar Tree is dangerous!) I always look for items that come in multi-packs (more for your buck!) and of course, containers to go with them.
My students know the first thing they do when they receive a task is to take everything out of the shoebox container and spread it out so they "know what they have to work with." (They are usually either working at their individual desks or only 2-3 students at a larger table at a time, so we have the luxury of taking the space to do this.) Then, they look at the instruction card and get to work. We've found digging around in the bins mid-task just causes extra confusion and losing track of what they're supposed to be doing.
Here are some of the tasks:
Many of these are not my own ideas. Here are some of the many places I get ideas for pre-voc work boxes (other than wandering the aisles of the Dollar Tree!):
-Awesomeness and Autism (1)
-Awesomeness and Autism (2)
-Awesomeness and Autism (3)
-Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs (1)
-Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs (2)
-Shoe Box Tasks
-more on my pre-voc/life skills Pinterest board
These two books are fantastic resources, as well: