The GOA team spent a lot of time thinking about which was the best curriculum for our students. We chose ABA Curriculum for the Common Core based on its dedication to teaching students the nationally recognized skills required for Kindergarten in the format that makes the most sense to them…Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). We have already seen the amazing benefits of this curriculum being able to introduce academic skills to our students. We will continue to follow this curriculum through the grades as they continue to publish 2nd-5th grades.
Description from Different Roads to Learning:
Created by Sam Blanco, MSEd, BCBA in conjunction with Different Roads to Learning
We’re thrilled to introduce this pioneering curriculum containing programs to teach each Kindergarten and 1st Grade Common Core standard for both English Language Arts and Math. The curriculum has been created exclusively for students in special education settings using the evidence-based principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Completely unique, the curriculum book drills down into each standard and breaks it into teachable steps. Programs are presented in a format that supports data collection and ease of use. Each Common Core standard is presented on its own page with clear instructions detailing the Teaching Procedure, Discriminative Stimulus (Sd), and Kit Materials required for teaching. Each standard lists several targets that demonstrate the component steps and skills required for mastery.
A thorough “how-to” guide presents the main tenets of ABA, giving staff an accessible understanding of Motivation and Reinforcement, Pairing, Prompting, Generalization, Natural Environment Teaching, Preference Assessment, and Data Collection. In addition, comprehensive Data Sheets are included, along with samples of how to complete them.
This curriculum book is best utilized in conjunction with our ABA Curriculum for the Common Core Kit: Kindergarten which comes with more than 24 quality, versatile manipulatives, flashcards, games and tools. The curriculum book explicitly explains how to use these materials to teach and generalize each standard. The materials included in the kit have been carefully selected to not only assess and teach each standard and prerequisite skill, but also be wonderful additions to any classroom setting. The materials can be used during more intensive group and one-to-one instruction, as well as during center time and independent play.
The goal of this curriculum is to make the Common Core standards accessible and relevant to students with autism and special needs. Additionally, by breaking each standard down and drilling into the prerequisite skills, the opportunity exists to use these Kindergarten programs for older students who are not developmentally able to meet grade-level standards. By equipping teachers with teachable steps for each and every standard and pairing the teaching with motivating, versatile materials, the ABA Curriculum for the Common Core Kit puts Kindergarten students in Special Education on the path to achieving success.
Soft Cover, 176 pages, by Sam Blanco, MSEd, BCBA
“The ABA Curriculum for the Common Core is bound to be the type of reference book every special educator will be reaching for. With its comprehensive, accessible and task- analyzed programs, ABA strategies and data collection sheets, Sam Blanco has created a compilation dream for all educators working with children who have special needs.”
– Val Demiri, PhD, BCBA-D, Adjunct Professor, Endicott College
“This highly organized and comprehensive curriculum is a must for all special education teachers working to implement the common core standards in the classroom. Every teacher and student need is anticipated and planned for. With this curriculum as a resource, the common core standards are no longer an obstacle, but instead an accessible program of study for all students.”
– Linda McSorley, Special Education Teacher
“Different Roads to Learning developed the first of its kind: a user-friendly manual and kit of appropriate curriculum with materials for special needs students that aligns with The Common Core. The manual includes prepared data sheets and easy-to-read curriculum sheets. The ease of the data collection system enables teachers to progress through programs; when mastered, the curriculum includes instructions on how to move the skill into the generalization phase. The most exciting part of this product is that all materials are readily available for immediate use. In addition, the focus of the skills targeted are prerequisites for lifelong skills the student will need throughout their education and beyond. Utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis, teachers will be able to use motivation and reinforcement techniques to enhance student learning.”
– Cheryl Davis, Educational and Behavioral Consultant, MSEd, BCBA
“Though the common core curriculum is supposed to help teachers focus on the standards their students should achieving, I find that it is somewhat difficult to apply the same standards in my special education classroom. The ABA Curriculum for the Common Core seems to intertwine the needs of our students and the learning standards that the state requires. One of the most helpful aspects of this curriculum is that it gives teachers the tools for taking useful data. Many of us take data but few really know how to use it. This kit not only breaks down how to take data step-by-step, but also provides numerous amounts of templates that can be so useful in the classroom!”
– Erica Lau, MST, Kindergarten Teacher