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Friday, November 14, 2014

Big Announcement!

It's time for that announcement! Sunday (November 16th) marks 2 years of starting this blog! What better way to do that than with a new home? Please join me on Sunday over at and enter to win a fabulous giveaway! From now on, that's where you'll be finding me!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Peek At My Week 11/9

Disclaimer: Affiliate links included for your convenience!

Autism: Thanksgiving vocabulary, pie basic concepts, and category turkeys! Pictures link to the item:

What Does Turkey Todd Eat? story from No-Words:

Harvest vocabulary from Carly Fowler:

Where is the Pie? by Trae Ransome:

Category Turkeys from Jenna Rayburn:

K-2nd: I picked up a stacking chairs game on my last run to the thrift store. I couldn't find a link to the exact game, but the link below looks similar. Basically, it's a bunch of plastic chairs that you try to stack up so they don't fall. I plan to use it for reinforcement for artic drill.

We're reading Run, Turkey, Run by Diane Mayr. This is an adorable book! I know it's a little early to be talking turkey, but I can't help it. 


3rd-5th: Also using the stacking chairs game as reinforcement. Link to what I plan to use below:

Parts of my November Mystery:

November Calendar Activities by SLPrunner: This is great for language as well as temporal concepts.

I Have, Who Has Thanksgiving Edition from Emily Richardson:

Turkey and pie idiom match from SLP Madness:

A nonfiction passage from Nicole Allison - we're going to learn about the Harvest Moon this week!

That does it for this week! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thank You Notes Freebie

It's November and that means it's a time to be thankful. One of the things I'm very appreciative of is that my parents taught me to always write thank you notes for things that I received. In this age of technology, it might be a lost art. I think it's important to teach kids to write thank you notes, so I created a freebie just for that!

 There is a sample thank you note with indicator arrows for important pieces to include:

There are writing prompts:

There are also social language questions that can promote discussion:

Plus, a blank template to write a note:

Click the picture up at the top of the post to be taken to the freebie!! Enjoy and be thankful!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Peek At My Week 11/2

Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour? I never like when it gets dark earlier - I'm not a night owl. But I'll take an extra hour a sleep!

We have parent conferences and workdays this week, so it's definitely not a typical week. It's also progress report time, but using my system from last year, I was able to complete all 50+ reports throughout the week. To save my sanity, my plans will be quick and easy this week! I have an observation scheduled for this week too, so I wanted to keep things simple. 

Autism: Spider craft - I think I saw this on Pinterest or somewhere, but I can remember where. I made one before I left school Friday as an example and then forgot to snap a picture. Basically I cut out circles for the bodies, and strips of black paper for the legs. The kids will glue 8 legs and draw eyes with a white crayon. I will be using The Sticky, Spider Webs book from No-Words. The spiders catch various items, so I will use it for vocabulary and WH questions. 

K-2: Spider craft here too. If the student is artic, we'll be finding and gluing pictures with our sounds on the legs. If the student is language, we'll also be using the spider book from No-Words. I made up a sheet of black and white pictures from the spider book and will have the kids glue these words on after we read the book (there are 11 pictures, we'll glue 8 of them). You can download a copy of the black and white pictures here:

3rd-5th: I also plan to use the spider book from No-Words for some of these students, but will be focusing on creating complex sentences. I'll also be using portions of my November Mystery for these kids. 

Happy November!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Mystery

It seemed that people enjoyed October's Mystery product. So I'm doing it again for the month of November. This month's mystery is for upper elementary grades (3-6). Here's a little hint: I asked my FB followers what their most commonly targeted goals were for this age group. I asked for a reason...hint, hint.

This month, there are a good variety of activities. Some are in color, some in black and white. There is an open-ended component as well. Since it's geared towards older kids, there is a writing activity as well. Similar to last month, if you purchase and leave feedback, you can enter a special giveaway so be sure to head back here to do that! 

This listing will be available for the month of November only and then it will disappear. I'm enjoying the fun of this and hope you are too! Click here to check out the listing!

To enter the giveaway, you MUST LEAVE FEEDBACK on the purchase. Leave your TpT username where it requests, so I can verify your purchase. If you win, you get to choose any product from my store (no bundles). 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

{Review + Giveaway} Sequencing App

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this app; however, the opinions expressed are solely my own.

Recently I was contacted by I Can Do Apps to do an app review! I am excited to be sharing my thoughts on their Sequencing app.

It is available in the app store for $4.99 (click above picture). Sequencing is an important skill for both functional daily living, as well as story telling. There are 5 different activities within the app. 

This is the main screen:

This is an example of the first activity (ID the picture that occurs first or last). This one was my favorite activity because a lot of my kids struggle with first and last. 

This is an example of the second activity (ID what picture happens next):

This is an example of the third activity (touch the pictures in the order that they occur). I have to say, this one was the hardest for my students. I don't know if they all understood the concept of touching one picture then the next picture. 

This is an example of the fourth activity (put three pictures in the order they happen):

This is an example of the fifth activity (number the stages).

Under settings, you can turn the words and reinforcement on or off, plus see other available apps made by this company.

What I Liked:
-several levels available so it can work for different students/ability levels
-clean, uncluttered graphics
-this app really targets temporal concepts, which so many of my students struggle with
-the fifth activity really allows you to see if your students understand the concept of sequencing (but they do need to be able to read)

What I Would Love To See:
-I'd love the ability to put in your own pictures
-I'd also love to see 4 and 5 step picture sequences

Overall, this is an excellent app with varying levels to help students learn sequencing. The different activities kept my students' attention and it was a fun way to work on this type of skill. 

Enter to win a copy below:

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Peek At My Week 10/26

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Autism: I'm using this great new product from Speech Language Pirates to target concepts with these kids. I'm working in some Halloween vocabulary as well. 

K-2: We're reading There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat. Who doesn't love that old lady? Tons of TpT sellers have companion activities for this (and other old lady) books. You can work on so much with these books, such as retelling, sequencing, WH questions, etc. 

 I also found this freebie and we can use it to talk about what each costume requires, make sentences, etc.

3-5: We're using my October Find and Fix Irregular Past Tense Verb cards, plus some of the nonfiction cards from S.A.L.L for All. Of course, along with talking about Halloween and all the fun that goes with that. I happened to find these fun writing prompts from Growing Smart Readers that I think will be great to incorporate writing with language skills. 

Last call on the October Mystery! It will disappear on October 31st and a winner for the special giveaway will be chosen - click the picture to check it out. I promise it will be something you can definitely use this week! Check back November 1st for the new monthly mystery!

Happy Halloween!