Friday, May 30, 2014

Peek At My Week 5/30

This is time of year that I find myself repeating "I think I can, I think I can." The summer light at the end of the tunnel is there, but it's justttttt out of reach. There is a mountain of paperwork to complete, last minute evaluations, IEP meetings, schedule changes, etc. to contend with, which means you just have to roll with it and fit kids in where and when you can.

So this week, I'm not sharing a therapy idea. I'm sharing an inspirational pep talk: 

Make it through another week,
To get to the vacation that you seek,
It will be here before you know it,
You'll be able to soak up the sun bit by bit! 

If you're still in search of summer ideas to send home with your kiddos, you might want to check out my Audio QR Summer Speech/Language Calendars. They consist of 10 weeks (undated) of articulation, language, and social skills tasks = 150 different tasks. You will need a QR scanning app in order to scan the codes. Download the preview for a free sample! It's currently 50% off until June 1st.

Happy (almost) June! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Richard Simmons + Speech Therapy

What? Did you do a double-take? Yes, I said Richard Simmons + speech therapy. Let me explain. I often do therapy in the school setting in chairs at the table. Obviously. It's school. But I decided to try something a little different and you know what? It resulted in increased language usage, motivation, FUN...and just a little laughter.

*Disclaimer: While this may result in some laughter because these videos are clearly from the 90's, I could possibly be convinced to do this in the privacy of my own home (haha)* 

Step 1: Search "Richard Simmons" videos on YouTube. I think this one is good. It's long, but you can choose 1-2 minute increments to show. 

Step 2: Explain to your students that you will be doing speech therapy but a little differently today. They will be watching a video and then they'll be expected to retell what happened. These are some skills that you could easily target: sequencing, past tense verbs, and prepositions. 

Step 3: Watch the clips that you've selected. Fair warning: you may need to watch it twice, since I'm fairly certain the giggles will prevent them from paying attention the first time. 

Step 4: Retell what happened. Talk about what the people did, where they moved their arms and feet, what order they did things in. 

Clips To Try:
Minutes 2-3: moved arms to side, moved arms to the front, moved arms above head, looked to the side, lunged to the side

Minutes 12-13: moved arms above head, lifted both legs, walked to the front, moved hands up and to the front, lifted up knees, moved to the side, punched to the side, kicked to the side

The above are simply suggestions! It might be fun to hear how your students describe the very fabulous moves! Basically, this gets your kids up and moving (if they want to try the moves) and that's always a plus for me! 

What do you think? Will you try to use this in your therapy room?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Peek At My Week 5/23

This week, we talked a lot about Memorial Day. I found this cute free book on Education World, so I made copies for my K-3 crowd. We talked about the vocabulary in the book and had fun coloring it.

Older kids used another passage from Nicole Allison's Spring/Summer Nonfiction Texts packet. I think I'll be using this many times for the rest of the school year. I can tailor this to whichever goals that I need to target. Some of my 4th graders are working on conjunctions, so we wrote details that we learned from the passage and made sure to use conjunctions. 

The craft this week was simple flag printout that the students colored in between language tasks or while I was working with another student: 

Enjoy your long weekend!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Speachy Feedback May 2014

This month, I was overwhelmed with some great feedback! If you see your TpT username below, you just won a free product from my store (sorry, no bundles)! Email with your choice!

Jenna S. left some great feedback about Design A Town

Schoolhouse Talk left feedback about my free final /p/ interactive phonology book, which is a sample of a larger packet

Thanks Jenna and Schoolhouse Talk! Email me with your choice of free product! Don't forget to check Nicole's post this week to see if YOU won a product just for leaving feedback on a purchase!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Double Sided Flip Book

This week, I posted this picture on my Facebook page (follow me for giveaways, sales, news, and fun):

So I promised to do a blog post on this happy accident. This is how I made it. I took a sheet of construction paper (regular 9x11 or whatever, it doesn't matter) and cut it into 4 strips. You can do more if you want. 

Then I lined them up in a downward staggered pile, like this:

Then I cut the stack in half. You can see the staggered side on the right here. It's the same on the left, just turned over: 

I flipped one side so that you can see the staggered portions on both sides and stapled it twice at the top. You can use this for anything - I used it for categories this week. 

I love those happy accidents! 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Peek At My Week 5/16

We continue to barrel through May. Which means it's a straight shot to June, people. Sort of. Just wade through those last few weeks of IEPs, evaluations (see how I keep tabs on E.I.P.), progress reports, ESY paperwork, etc. etc. etc. I should stop listing things - just doing that is making my head hurt!

This week was all about flowers! Tulips, to be exact, because I used Nicole Allison's Nonfiction Texts for Spring/Summer. I bought this during last week's sale and it's been an absolute life-saver because I don't have to think so much about planning. I built activities around the passages and we did the above craft. Construction paper and glue is about all I can handle these days (and even that can get complicated). Artic words, multiple meaning words, or details from the tulip passage were written on the tulips and carried home (hopefully) for more practice. The tulip passage had great multiple meaning words that we circled, along with answering the questions that Nicole has on there already. 

I had an A-HA moment that featured the iPad camera, so if you missed that, check it out! I found this cute free caterpillar book called Caterpillar Colors from This Reading Mama which you can find here. It was a great way to work on retelling because it was a repetitive book. It was also easy to incorporate AAC use, colors, and spring! 

What did you do this week? 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A-HA Moment: iPad Camera

I use the camera/audio recording feature of my iPad at least a few times a week. Today, I decided to use it differently and it was a total A-HA moment. I was working with a couple 2nd graders and we were reading one of Nicole Allison's Nonfiction Texts for Spring/Summer (<---- these are amazing and made my life so much easier this week). I was having the students answer questions and then at the end of the session, I wanted them to create complete sentences to tell me what they learned about tulips. I wanted them to self-critique whether or not they actually produced a complete sentence. 

So I turned on the camera, aimed it at the student, and pushed record. Magic happened. After the initial giggles, they were totally motivated and wanted their turn. After their turn, we talked about if they said a complete sentence or not. I can see this working for tons of skills!

Dare I say I've found a way to get kids excited about talking? I hope so!! Do you use this feature for this purpose? 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Thank You + Freebie + Giveaway

Last week marked another TpT site wide sale! The buzz these sales create is amazing. I am beyond grateful for anyone who made a purchase from my store (during the sale or anytime). 
I picked up what I mentioned in this post and managed to find a couple other things:

Cariboo Cards from Kathy Grover: I have and love this game! 

So now I'd like to offer a freebie and a giveaway as a thank you! The freebie focuses on story retelling, which is something that so many of my students struggle with. I created these to help them practice this skill. Use these “stick-ups” when you’re reading a book with your students. I included a variety of terms that you might use in your classroom, so feel free to just use some of them. When reading, you students can put the “stick-up” in the book to mark a character, the problem, an emotion, etc. When you’re ready to have them retell, they can turn back in the book and find that detail. I call them “stick-ups” because I designed them so they would stick up out of most books! 

This is an example of how they might look:

Grab your copy here and don't forget feedback if you like them!

And now for the giveaway! Enter below for your chance to win 3 products of your choice from my store (bundles excluded)! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Peek At My Week 5/9

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This week was all about Mother's Day! I happened to be rummaging through my closet and came across these felt heart ornaments I picked up on clearance at Target awhile back. Bingo! Craft idea for the week! I took myself to Michael's (with my teacher ID - did you know you can get 20% off your whole purchase if you show it?) and got some foam star stickers and card stock.

We put 3 stars on the hear and wrote MOM. I cut out tags and hole punched them so we could write "Happy Mother's Day!" on the front. Older kids wrote adjectives to describe their moms on the back. I just had them cut the string and we tied on the tag.

We also read The Mother's Day Mice by Eve Bunting. It's illustrated by Jan Brett, who is a favorite author of mine. It's about 3 mice who go out to find mother's day gifts and the surprising gift the littlest mouse gives to mom. Good for prediction and WH questions, plus there's a lot of vocabulary words within the text that we discussed.

I always have lunch bags on hand, like the ones shown below:

We decorated those and then put the heart in it and stapled it shut. I told students not to give it to their moms until Sunday...we'll see if that actually happens! Almost all my students did this craft, and they really loved it! Other goals were obviously worked on, but this was the highlight! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May Is BHSM!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! This month, I decided to create a freebie that would showcase what SLPs can do with a cute puzzle theme. You can hand this out as a information sheet or share it with your colleagues!

Click on the image below to download your copy!

SLPs can work on so many different skills in so many different settings, it's overwhelming! Use this month as an opportunity to let co-workers, parents, and other professionals what SLPs do!  

Sunday, May 4, 2014

What's In Your Cart? Linky

Sunday night crept up on me way too fast! I finally got the chance to sit down to share what's in my cart for the big TpT sale on May 6 and 7. My store will be 20% off and don't forget to use the code to save even more! 

Jenna over at Speech Room News is hosting another linky party so we can share what's in our carts. 

Here's a peek at a couple things I'm eyeing:

1. Language Progress Monitoring Tool from Natalie Snyders: Why? Data collection, that's why!

2. Nonfiction Texts with English Language Arts Targets from Nicole Allison: This is full of passages that can be used to address a variety of language goals.

My newest product is called Phonology Interactive Mini-Books for Final Consonant Deletion. They are loosely based on the cycles approach for phonological disorders. There is a mini book for final /p, b, m, n, t, d, k, g/ with original, repetitive stories for each sound. Once you laminate them, you should  hole punch each page where indicated. There are 2 words on each page that the student should say 5 times each = 10 trials. There are 10 words total with the target sound, which means you'll get 100 trials just by reading the book. 

Students can put their finger through the hole as they say each word, which increases their motivation  and makes drill more fun. A free mini-book is available so you can try before you buy (click here). 

That does it for me! Here's the starting the first full week of May! 

Clinical Skills Confidence: Banish the "video games" answer!

Graphics: My Cute Graphics

I don't know about you, but my sessions frequently begin like this:

Me: "Hi XXX, how are you?"
Student: "Fine."
Me: "What did you do over the weekend/last night?"
Student: "Played video games."


This seems to be a highly popular response. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion about technology, particularly video games. However, I got tired of hearing this response. So I decided it was time to do something about it. I'm ok with getting that response, but if this is what interests my students, then I should use it to my advantage!

What does that get you? A freebie! And maybe you'll be saved from that same response too!

I put each of the circles on a popsicle stick and put them circle side down in a cup. Students are warned as we are walking into the room that if they answer my question about their weekend with "I played video games," they will be required to pluck out the sticks and complete the corresponding language task (I decided beforehand how many I wanted them to complete). To grab your copy, click here.

I also had the students write down some of the video games they play, so I could find out more and maybe know what they were talking about for the next time. I'd love to know if you plan on trying this!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Peek At My Week 5/2

We ushered the month of May in this week. Albeit, with a lot of rain here. 

I did a lot of testing this week, so I chose a craft that was super easy and involved glue, cupcake liners and some paper. My younger kiddos love to bring something home with them. I see a lot of them for articulation/phonology, so it's nice to have something hands on they can do in between drill. 

I pulled out Formulating Questions Fiesta to work on asking questions. I seem to have a lot of kids who are working on describing attributes, so Describing Dash also made an appearance this week. 

One new thing that I discovered: I pulled out my Connect Four game to use with some preschoolers. There are 42 spaces for coins. I told them that we were going to "fill it up." I'm doing cycles with these two and drill can get somewhat boring. I told them we were going to see how fast we could fill it up and then we'd let it go "crash." I had each student do 5 words and put in 2-3 coins before I covered the top with my arm. It kept their attention and got more drill out of them!

This week was more about survival as I wasn't feeling particularly well. Some weeks are just like that. Next week, I have a cute craft planned for Mother's Day! Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

How Do You Use It? Linky

Speech Time Fun's Linky features velcro this month! Oh, how much do I love velcro? Let me count the ways:  

1. I love velcro for adapted books! The latest one I'm using velcro for is my Butterfly Blitz mini-book (click on the picture).

2. I love velcro for matching activities or file folder games. It keeps everything in place for easy storage.

3. I love velcro to attach to giant fly swatters because that makes everything more fun!

4. Sometimes I've used velcro to attach pictures to actual books to check for comprehension and reinforce concepts while reading books with my younger students!

I buy my velcro through ebay or amazon usually. I find the dots to be easier to use, but I've used the strips too!

How much do you love velcro?! Be sure to check out all the other SLP bloggers' ideas!