-Label each task with a simple "I can statement" or SLO (student learning objective). This helps the student, anyone possibly working with the student, and anyone in the classroom who is observing to better understand the goal the student is working on.
-Label boxes with students names (and possibly color coded or with a shape) so that students can identify their boxes and independently retrieve them for work time. (I change the activities in the boxes daily.)
-Move past the boring alphabet matching activities... Make letter matching more meaningful by having them match the letters in their names, places in the community, or one of their parent's names!
-For students who are working on matching pictures, picture symbols or words, have students match words/pictures in specific content areas linked to the Common Core (like words about Earth's materials, Solar System, landmarks, United States Presidents, bodies of waters, etc. The list is really never ending, but stop having kids just match basic pictures of food, toys, and body parts!
-Have students match numbers that are in a pattern (counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, etc.)