Sunday, September 20, 2015

Don't Eat the Teacher! A Print-n-Go Story Comprehension Packet

Whatever you decide to do on the first day of school, don't eat the teacher! I have loved this story ever since my Mom (fellow SLP!) introduced me to it. I've used it at different times during the year, but this year I decided to start off the year using it with my Kindergarteners. With scheduling and all the other hectic beginning of the year school stuff, I hardly get to see all of my students on the first day. This makes it hard to do things geared for the first day of school, since by the time I'm running my schedule we're at least a week in! You SLPs know the drill...

The awesome thing about this book is that it's about Sammy the Shark's first day, but it's not beholden to the first day of school. I'm using this book to talk about the kiddos first day, how it was different/similar to Sammy's, and then of course using it for retell, sequencing, vocabulary, and story connections.

I included 6 vocabulary words in this packet, which may seem like a small amount, but lately I'm finding the smaller number of vocabulary words the better. It's easier to not have to juggle a million cards, and I don't have to use a whole session to introduce vocabulary, because at this stage my kiddos are still learning the Speech routine.

Also included is a sequencing worksheet, a vocabulary match, a WH-question worksheet, a game board with questions, and carryover!

You can download this packet HERE on TpT and take a bite out of this story!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About Speech: A Parent Hand-out (FREEBIE)

Today I sat down to switch around the parent letter that I send out every year. It's a pretty basic introduction letter stating who I am, what your child will need, and asking to send back a permission slip to have food in speech. I find that each year I have to explain the concept of Speech to many parents, and reinforce the idea of the "Speech Notebook". I have pretty much the same conversation at meet-the-teacher every year, and I decided it's time to change that!

I want my parents to be informed! I want them to know about the Speech Notebook and do the homework! I want to live in a wondrous, Speech-land where everyone knows I'm a "Speech-Language Pathologist" and not the "Speech Teacher"! ....Yeah right, I'm a realist. I know that school is hectic, homework is insane, and that often Speech falls to the bottom of the to-do list because there's just. so. much. However, I strive everyday to do the best for my kiddos and be the best "Speech person/teacher/lady" I can be!

So, without further ado, here's the handout I created to help increase awareness about what the heck Speech is and why my kid keeps coming home with this marble notebook:

I decided to keep it simple and talk about the following:

-What Happens in Speech?
-What is the "Speech Notebook"?
-How Can I Practice at Home?
-How is Behavior Management Handled in Speech?
-Technology Use in Speech

The handouts are pretty self-explanatory, and I did try to make them as universal as possible. It seems we all use a similar format in our Speech Rooms, but personalize it to our liking.

You can download these hand-outs HERE on TpT for FREE!

Have a WONDERFUL year!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back to School Must Haves + Catching Up on Summer!

This has been an incredible summer filled with firsts for me! If you were wondering where I went off to, homeownership would be the answer! I spent my summer moving, working on my wonderful house with my husband and treating private clients.

I also spent most of the beginning of August walking past the school supplies in Target with my eyes closed! However, I'm now in the school spirit! I'm ready for fall, for a new school year, and to see my kiddos!

I wanted to share some of the "must haves" for this year for me with links to where you can get them. Some of these are my own products, and some are products from other awesome bloggers! So, here it goes:

SLP Back to School Must Haves:
(Please note: all photos used in this post were taken from TpT strictly for promotional purposes)
  • Whole Body Listening Rocket Ship (My Own Product)
    • I'm all about implementing a behavioral modification plan, and my whole body listening rocket ship does just that in a fun way. Talk to your kiddos about whole body listening and then utilize the rocket all year round.
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Sticker Stop Carryover (My Own Product) FREEBIE
    • Finding a way to implement carryover in speech is super important to me. I could cringe when a child is asked what they did in speech and they say "played games"!!! Use this fun way to answer questions and earn stickers at the end of your sessions as an interactive exit-slip strategy! Oh, and it's a freebie!
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Language Informal Assessment (Super Power Speech)
    • I do NOT stop using this all year-round! It is so phenomenal and was easily one of the best things I've purchased on TpT. Not to mention you can do the entire thing on your computer and then it prints out the report for you!
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Common Core Reference Binder for SLPs (Speechy Musings)
    • This thing is invaluable! To be able to flip through and have all of the standards there, organized, and speech-oriented is fantastic. I use this constantly whether I'm writing goals, lesson plans, or just referencing it for curriculum-based purposes. It is definitely an investment, but so worthwhile. 
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Roll and Color Articulation (Mindy Stenger) FREEBIE
    • I'm constantly searching for new ways to freshen up my articulation sessions and these really do the trick! I use the "make dice lite" app on the iPad so that we don't lose any dice, and so that it's tech-y! We basically roll, say, color! It's brilliantly simple and reinforcing.
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Candy Corn/Clover/Heart/Etc Challenge (Peachie Speechie) FREEBIE
    • I mean, the truth is I just love anything that Meredith makes! She has awesome ideas and her activities are FREE! This one is so reinforcing because you can either color them in, or use the actual candy/object to fill the board. I let my kiddos take home whatever they put on the board for later. Plus, you can get 100 tries from them!
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • SLP Planner (Crazy Speech World)
    • This thing is just great! So specific to what we do and need as SLPs! I like to buy it and then have it printed and bound at FedEx. You actually end up saving money doing this and you don't have any excess items that you don't need! Jenn has a ton of other awesome activities so be sure to check her out!
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Expressive Language Interactive Bundle (Big Apple Speech)
    • These things are AMAZING! They're "peel and put" as I like to call it interactive books that target pronouns, sentence creation, and syntax. They're CCSS aligned, and they're adorable! You can grab them individually, but I found that the bundle was the cheapest. Katie at Big Apple Speech has some really great activities, PLUS she's a good friend from grad school - so I can account for how awesome she is :)
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Pierre the Penguin and Penguin Facts Comprehension Packet (Whitney SLP)
    • Whitney has some really awesome comprehension packets, but this one happens to be my favorite because of the story! I urge you to check out her other products along with this one. She targets a TON including vocabulary, sequencing, inferencing, etc. Plus, the graphics she uses are great to laminate and use before, during, and after the story.
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Fall, Fall What Do You See (The Speech Chicks)
    • I have used these books for every single season! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them for use with AAC devices, students working on vocabulary, and/or students who are ELLs. They're repetitive, filled with vocabulary, and colorful! I can't wait to start fall vocabulary with these! 
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

  • Smash Mats: Language/Articulation (Simply Speech)
    • These are so awesome because they include everyone's favorite - play doh! The mat that you will find the link to here is for categorization, but there so many others from Simply Speech that are awesome! I love these because they're super motivating for the kids, and it's something different! 
    • Click HERE to visit this activity on TpT

These are only some of my favorite back to school activities! Check them out and the awesome SLPs that make them! Wishing you a wonderful school year! 


Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Update!

Hope your summer is going well! As a school-based SLP, my summers usually consist of private clients, extended-year, and sometimes some summer fun! This year, we purchased our very first home at the beginning of the summer and it has taken almost all of my time up!

I wanted to check in with you ladies and gents and show you the speech-y side of my summer, since this year I changed up my usual routine! This summer I focused on CEUs, and taking full advantage of ASHA's CEU opportunity. I actually just finished July's CEU course while waiting for a contractor to arrive! (life of a homeowner, right?).

Anywho, the course was WONDERFUL and I just really love anything regarding AAC...and anything that's free! LOL

I'd highly recommend logging on to ASHA's continuing education site and taking advantage!

Happy Summer :)


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer Articulation: Cariboo Card FREEBIE

As the year is winding down here in NY, I'm struggling to keep my drill sessions engaging for both me AND my students! lol I fell in love with Cariboo this year, and to end my year I'm giving away a freebie, summer-version of my pirate Cariboo cards!

Download this HERE on TpT for free!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Blobs in a Bottle

I'm loving science experiments in speech lately! It's a great way to target a bunch of goals and keep the kids engaged! To make a "blob" in a bottle, you don't need much and you can work on turn-taking since there are a a few steps!

I like to start out by introducing the vocabulary word "observe" and talking about how we will be observers today. I then have students make sure we have all the ingredients using the visuals included. A lot of time I will assign students to that ingredient to link the ingredient to the step of the experiment.

I included a beginning/middle/end chart so you can target
sequencing both during and after the experiment. There are manipulatives included so you can have students glue rather than write/draw if you so choose. When the experiment is done, have students sequence the steps you took to complete the experiment with the sequencing page!

Check out this packet HERE for more of what's included and so you can start making your "blob" in a bottle!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Two New Interactive Books With Manipulatives!

I hope you all had a glorious spring break! I know I definitely took a break from blogging and doing any work to just relax! Since we're back into the swing of things, I wanted to share two new activities that I'm really excited about!

Now, I'd like to give credit to the many other SLPs who are doing these interactive books, the core idea of this is in no way, shape, or form exclusively mine. I just happened to put my own spin on it, just like how we all hopped on the Cariboo train! :)

ANYWHO, if you didn't check out my interactive book for Spring - "Getting Dressed in the Rain" - make sure you click the link HERE and take a peek! I've been targeting tons of goals with my kiddos with this one, especially my AAC guys!

My latest two books are for planting a seed and going to the beach -- you can tell I have warmer weather on my mind! Here are the details on them both, click the titles to reach the links!

Let's Grow A Flower:

 This is a great kick-starter for life cycles or plants! The manipulatives help you target vocabulary and following directions, all while teaching about how to plant a flower!

The book runs through the basic parts of a flower and what you need to grow a healthy plant! Target comprehension by answering the question in the book - can you name some things you plant in the spring? - and then carrying that over into a group discussion. I've also done some nice comparing/contrasting with this question for the different seasons, and talking about how we can tell if it's spring. A great thing for all of these books is that you can work on requesting and yes/no questions using the manipulatives!

Let's Go to the Beach:
I have warm weather on the brain! For this one, I decided to target basic concepts with the items you might bring to the beach - chair, umbrella, beach ball, etc. This is a great way to not only teach life skills, but to spark a discussion aboutwhy you might need an umbrella in the scorching sun! This book is also great for following directions, whether auditorily presented or having kiddos read them and decide where to put the object.

This packet also comes with a sorting mat and some extra manipulatives. I found my kiddos had a hard time nailing down what might be important for the beach, so I decided to throw in a sorting mat for the beach vs. school. We talked about why it's important to have your backpack at school, and your towel at the beach!