Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Places To Find Inexpensive Books

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I frequently use books in therapy! It's a great way to incorporate literacy and language skills. While I love browsing big name book stores, I sometimes don't love the prices. Here are my tips for finding inexpensive books:

1. Thrift Stores: While you may have to do some digging, you can often find great books for a steal.

2. Paper Back Swap: This is a website that allows you to trade books and get new ones using credits. So dig out those old books you don't need anymore and trade them for new ones!

3. Dollar Store/Dollar Spot: Sometimes you can find great, short books at these places...among other things that can easily cause you to spend more than you intended.

4. eBay: If you search "children's book lot" or "speech therapy," you can usually get a bunch of different hits for less. 

5. Amazon: When you search for a book on Amazon, you sometimes have the option to buy a used version, which can be considerably cheaper. Plus, if you have Amazon Prime, you can get free 2 day shipping!

6. Children's Section of Alibris books: I haven't personally ordered from here, but there were some books for as low as $0.99!

Where do you get books for your therapy room? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

{Review} Preposition Remix App + Giveaway

Disclaimer: A copy of this app was provided to me; however, the opinions expressed are solely my own.

Time for another app review and giveaway - one of my favorite combinations! Be sure to enter the giveaway after reading my review!

Preposition Remix is an app by Smarty Ears that sells for $9.99 in the App Store. It is a single player app that targets 20 different prepositions.

You can customize it in the settings to only target certain ones, which is a great feature. Some of the prepositions include ones that I've found myself targeting on a regular basis, such as: above, behind, under, in front of, etc.

You can choose to have the written cue on the bottom or not:

Some of the prepositions are less common, such as: furthest, closest to, etc. 

When the student selects the correct choice, they get an audio and visual reward, which is very motivating to my students:

What I Liked:
-ability to customize and target just what you need
-pictures are clear
-ability to target less common prepositions like further, closest to, etc.

What I Would Love To See:
-the ability to make it multiplayer since I work with many groups
-an expressive part where students could name the preposition once they've mastered the receptive aspect

Overall, this is a fantastic app that will get your students excited about practicing prepositions! 

For your chance to win a copy, enter below:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Peek At My Week 4/11

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It's official: the week before spring break makes everyone crazy! I think we all are ready for a break! But before we go, here's a peek at what we did this week. I made paper plate nests with eggs with the younger kids. It involved strips of brown paper glued onto paper plates (how I love paper plates), with multicolored eggs glue on top. Easy peasy. We have a elision cutter with mini eggs so that part was extra easy.

Not related, but we read a fun new book I picked up called It's Time To Sleep, You Crazy Sheep! by Alison Ritchie. Again this week, my artic kids had a great time listening to the story for their words. I don't know what it is about this activity lately, but they take great pleasure in shouting out when they've found a word with their sound. It's a little difficult to read fluently when this is happening, haha, but I love that their excited about it. It's a great way to start making them responsible for listening to their sounds.

I got brave and decided to paint with some of my kids. I found some lollipop sticks in a drawer and used those to make "dot art." Cleanup was easy because I just threw them away!

We also used the plastic eggs from last week and some other activities here and there. My older kids love getting a chance to use the Hot Dots that I got on sale at Zulily (<-- referral link). Super Duper has had some great sales on here lately, as well as Hot Dots, so it's worth checking out!

We are all happy to be on spring break!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Take the TPT Plunge Linky

Have you heard of people talking about the freebies at TpT and only heading there for those? I have! While the freebies are awesome, I think there's even more "awesome-ness" in paid products. Why?! Where else can you get a whole lesson (sometimes more) for mere dollars?  

Felice at The Dabbling Speechie came up with a great idea to share what products we've bought that have made our lives easier or made us a better therapist. These are my two picks (click the pictures to be taken to the product):

Nicole Allison's No-Print Expressive Language Pack: The kids love this! I don't have to print and laminate it! Win-win!

I have a lot of preschoolers on my caseload right now who are unintelligible. These flip cards from Kathy Grover make a quick and simple way to drill CV words in the beginning of the session.

The bestselling product in my store (and one that makes a frequent appearance) in my therapy room are my WH questions with visuals. There is also an add-on WHAT question pack! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Peek At My Week 4/4

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This week, we had tons of fun with a variety of materials! First, I decided to use Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett as my book this week. 

I decided this immediately after seeing Felice's adorable freebie! I had to adapt it a little because I didn't have string, but I just used strips of paper and it worked just fine. I made a few copies of the food items and cut them all out. I let each student choose four items for their mobiles and they really liked that part. For my articulation kids, I read the story and had them listen for words with their sounds - when they found one, I wrote it on the cloud for take home practice. If they were working on language skills, we wrote those concepts on the cloud. 

For some of my younger kids, I broke out the plastic eggs and put little items in them. I don't know what it is about these eggs, but kids love opening them. It was a great way to get a lot of trials and language!

I found these spinning tops at Target and picked one up. 

I wrote point values on paper and put them on the floor. I let the kids spin the tops and try to land on a point value. I will say the tops aren't great at spinning far, but they still had fun! You can definitely use this as a reinforcer to target pretty much anything!

What did you do this week?

Speechie Freebies Debut!

I have been invited to be part of Speechie Freebies and I'm super excited! I can't wait to start collaborating with some other awesome SLP bloggers to bring you tons of freebies. For my debut, I wanted to offer a freebie that went along with my popular mirror activities, like the ones pictured below (click on the picture if you're interested in any of them). 

Mirror-CHICKS is a cute spring themed freebie that requires the use of a mirror. The chicks want to plant things in their gardens, but they need your help (and a mirror) to determine what 3 things to plant. Use this for language development, auditory memory, or vocabulary! Click the picture below to grab your copy!

Example of the cards:

I look forward to sharing more freebies with you as a Speechie Freebie's collaborator! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Speech/Language Activities for Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22! While that seems like awhile away, we have spring break in the middle of April, so I will probably start doing some Earth Day activities next week. Some of the things I plan to use are:

1. Earth Day Extravaganza: This packet of activities targets categories, conversations, pronouns, irregular past tense verbs, listening for details, a plastic/paper sort, describing, and writing! 

2. Earth Day Articulation: This is FREE. Students can find words with their sound and color in the pages! 

3. DLTK has some free earth day crafts, worksheets, and games! 

4. A TpT search of free Earth Day speech activities yielded the following:

This should give you a great starting point for Earth Day activities! Enjoy!