When I first started "batching" (planning therapy for several weeks at a time and doing so by grouping similar tasks), I was a mess. I knew it was supposedly going to save me time, but I felt a little scatter brained. I've found that the best way for me to batch for an entire theme/month is to brainstorm one big list of my ideas as well as list the games/books/resources I already own which could be relevant to my themes/topics. This very simple, one page planner lets me inventory all of my ideas and options in one place!
I fill out the following sections:
- Theme (I follow loose "themes" each month to help me stay organized. In this box, I list if I have topics or classroom units I'm trying to stick to.)
- Books (Do I own any books that match the theme?)
- TPT (Do I own any Teachers Pay Teachers products that match the theme?)
- Vocabulary (Is there any vocabulary I need to pre-teach about a theme/topic?)
- Schema (What background knowledge will a student need to have beforehand? How can I continue to build schema about the topic?)
- Basic Concepts (I have many preschoolers and students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, so I like having a totally separate section to brainstorm activities for reinforcing basic concepts such as matching, comparing/contrasting, sorting/categorizing, describing, etc.)
- Crafts, Games, Activities (I love to use engaging activities as often as possible! Cooking activities, iPad apps, science experiments, games, and craft ideas all go in this box.)
Once I've got all of my ideas listed for each section, I'm able to more easily choose which activities or books I want to plan out in detail. Hopefully this can help to give you a starting place if you're trying to batch or plan for several sessions at a time!