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Kitchen Basics is part of Susan Traugh’s Daily Living Skills series offering transitional skills for mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike. This workbook serves as both a traditional print version and an interactive version using Adobe Acrobat Reader. This is a revised edition.



Written on a 3rd/4th-grade level with airy pages and bullet-point information for easy independent study, these books, nevertheless, respect teens’ maturity and humor while presenting federally mandated transition skills and Indicator 13 skills needed for adult independence.


Each workbook comes with a Unit Checklist so students may record their progress, a parent notification letter in compliance with federal mandates for family involvement, and an answer key. The Teacher's Manual (sold separately) includes written IEP goals for each workbook, pre/post-assessments, a parent priority questionnaire to meet federal guidelines, a class grade sheet, and suggestions for unit coordination, individuation, and organization.


Workbooks are meant to be self-paced and adaptable with student interests and goals driving most units. 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 Kitchen Basics include:


Accident prevention

Knife and fire safety

Fire extinguishers

Cookware terms

Bakeware terms

Tool terms


Kitchen organization

Common cooking terms




Also included are Parent Verification Letters, answer key and grading sheet.


Kitchen Basics, Nutrition, Grocery Shopping, Making Meals, Picking Produce--Fruits, Picking Produce--Veggies, and Washing Dishes make an excellent cooking unit.


Kitchen Basics also includes modeling videos for student comprehension. Videos include: Washing Your Hands, Preparing to Bake, Microwave Safety, Chopping and Cutting, and Cleaning the Kitchen. These are all free and can be found on TPT on this site or YouTube on Susan Traugh's channel.


*You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader 10 or higher installed in order to take advantage of all the interactive features of this workbook. This is a free program that can be downloaded at:


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


Some titles in the Daily Living Skills transition series include:


Addressing Bullying

Addressing Racism

Becoming Likeable

Becoming Self-Aware

Building Character

Building Self-Esteem

Building Self-Confidence

Building Self-Motivation

Buying Insurance

Celebrating Holidays

Cleaning House

Coping with Covid & Distance Learning

Decision Making

Doing Laundry

Dress for Success

Everyday Manners

Fair Fighting

Getting a Paycheck

Grocery Shopping

Home Maintenance

Hygiene for Girls

Hygiene for Guys

Interviewing Skills

Ironing and Mending

Kitchen Basics

Making Conversation

Making Meals

Managing Stress

Masks and Social Distancing


Outdoor Chores

Overcoming Failure

Paying Bills

Picking Produce--Fruits

Picking Produce--Veggies

Practicing Mindfulness

Practicing Patience

Practicing Self-Advocacy

Safe Dating

Seeking Employment

Staying Healthy

Time Management


Understanding Government

Using the Telephone


Washing Dishes

Who Am I? College and Career

Work Games


A Powerpoint presentation is available free on this site to introduce your class/parents/administrators to the program.


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Kitchen Basics - 2 Workbooks

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