About Staar-alt Helper
I am Cindy Lovelace. I have worked with special education students for a long time. I started working as an aide in group homes and workshops then, went to college at age 38. Then, I worked 5 years as a Case Management Supervisor for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities (formerly Mental Retardation) or Autism. Then, in 1998, I became a Life Skills teacher for grades 4-6th in Ennis, Texas.
Let’s Face It!
Teaching Life Skills is not easy! Classrooms usually have several grade levels and an assortment of needs. Many Life Skills teachers are new teachers and no idea how to start teaching this diverse mix of students. I can help!
SpEd Curriculum© is my new creation with lessons, material and links for all the Essence Statements. The prerequisite skills are highlighted in this resource. Each lesson has notes from Cindy with hints and tips to make teaching easier. Will be completed Mid-October.
STAAR-ALT Helpers© have helped teachers teach the Essence Statements being tested each year. I have created a set of lessons with hands on activities, materials and links sold by grade level to improve test scores. Will be ready about 2 weeks after the Essence Statements are posted
Pictorial Dictionary with Symbolstix® containing 600+ words complete with a symbol, part of speech, and short definition. This dictionary gives our students something that they can use to look up their new reading words, vocabulary words and really understand the definitions.
Communication Necklaces for teachers and students give a low tech way to improve communication in the classroom. Each necklace has cards with Symbolstix®, easy to understand graphics, to meet the students’ needs to communicate at school. The Teacher version has 36 communication cards while the Students’ version has 24 cards. These laminated cards have tabs and are on quick disconnect lanyards.