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Essential Skills Practice tied to Getting a Paycheck is part of Susan Traugh’s Daily Living Skills series, offering reading and math essential skills practice for mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike studying a life skills program.


While Getting a Paycheck offers transition skills for students needing life skills instruction, Essential Skills Practice allows them to work on specific skills needed to attain those transition skills including situation stories about grocery store etiquette, reading practice with environment print in grocery stores, map reading of store layout, and practice reading shelf labels and math skills to determine best prices, price comparison, and savings.


Workbooks are meant to be self-paced and adaptable. Each lesson is taught in a short one-to-three-page format with follow-up worksheets/activities to check comprehension. Real-world activities are provided whenever possible.


Lessons in Daily Living Skills' Getting a Paycheck include:


  • Whose Time is it?
  • What’s an Emergency?
  • Taking Breaks
  • Social Security Cards
  • Hourly or Salaried?
  • Overtime
  • Pay Periods
  • Gross vs. Net Pay
  • Deductions
  • W-4 Forms
  • Keeping the Job
  • Bank Accounts
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Needs vs. Wants
  • The 50/20/30 Rule
  • Rainy Day Funds
  • Cards
  • Getting Out of Balance
  • Credit Card Debt
  • Your Credit Score
  • Your W-2 Form
  • Filing Your Taxes


Essential Skills Practice includes:


  • Situation stories (Time is Money, Being Professional, Being Reliable, Being Timely)
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Counting hours worked
  • Figuring gross pay (hours worked X hourly pay)
  • Understanding part-of-an-hour and pay
  • Reading a pay stub
  • Categorizing emergencies/non-emergencies
  • Categorizing positive/negative behaviors
  • Categorizing dependable/not dependable behavior


A preview of this book is provided here, or sample the series with our free book—Doing Laundry.

Getting a Paycheck - Essential Skills Practice

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