Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine's Day No Prep Articulation Packet - FREE for the weekend!

I'm always struggling to make drill exciting, which is why I'm obsessed with the erasable pockets I purchased from Lakeshore Learning in the beginning of the year. I'm sure you've seen them all over the slpeep blogs, but if you haven't click here to check them out (and click here to see how I used Crazy Speech World's winter freebie worksheets with them)!

I created these Valentine's worksheets to target /l/ and /r/ in all positions of words. The kiddos are liking them so far, and I can bring them up or take them down by putting them into phrases, sentences, etc.

The instructions are truly simple, just say and color! Best part is, these will be FREE until Sunday as part of my Valentine's Day gift to YOU :)

Click HERE to download this packet from TpT!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February Speech Newsletter is up! FREEBIE!

The February newsletter is UP! Make sure you download this FREE newsletter that contains vocabulary, idioms, and activities!

Click HERE to download this great newsletter from TpT!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Snowflake Bentley Comprehension Packet

Snowflake Bentley has been THE most appropriate story to be reading these last few weeks! It's been a snowy end of January, early February and we are loving learning about what comes from the sky! I've been using Bookflix from Scholastic to show the story as opposed to reading it - the kids are SUPER into it! I pause the story, ask questions, point things out, etc. The kids are pretty much yelling to turn it back on! It's like teaching with tv! They're hooked!
Either way, if you have the paper book it's a good story too! My comprehension pack starts off with a KWL chart and leads into a graphic organizer where you can answer questions and track traits about Snowflake Bentley. We focused on character traits, and what those mean. 

You can then use the writing prompt pages to write and draw about snowflakes or snowflake Bentley himself! If writing is not what you're targeting, I like to use the comprehension questions with or without cariboo for my little ones - and the big ones too as a support! 

Use the beginning, middle, end and first, second, last sheets to sequence both the story and how to make a snowflake. It's nice to use the white board or a simple pencil and paper to show the steps to making a snowflake. Plus, the kids like it when you challenge them to follow the steps (hello, auditory comprehension goals!)

Download this great story pack HERE on TpT and enjoy having fun with your kiddos!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fronting /k/ and /g/ Packet using the Cycles Approach - FREE until Friday!

Recently there's been a lot of talk about the Cycles Approach when I'm going to my monthly Speech meetings. I'm always interested to hear about articulation/phonology techniques, no matter how new or classic they may be.

The Cycles Approach was one of those things we breezed over in graduate school. I knew the basics, but was unsure how to implement it. Recently I added a preK student to my caseload, and thought this might be the best approach to remediate the fronting that was going on.

I created this packet to try to make the approach easy, kid-friendly, and cohesive. Since the approach follows such a structured schedule during a session, I thought it would be great to make them print-n-practice style items. The auditory bombardment words can be hole punched and put onto a binder ring, and the printable black and white practice sheets make it simple to use both in therapy and as homework.

My favorite part about this packet is the auditory bombardment cariboo cards! I'm really all about using the cariboo game in therapy, as it's just so rewarding and fun! Print, cut, and slip these cards in to use identification and auditory bombardment. Even use it as a way to practice saying the sounds once you are up to that stage!

Download this activity pack HERE on TpT for FREE until Friday!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Hat by Jan Brett Modified Book for AAC - FREE this weekend!

So, if you're keeping up with me on instagram (@practicallyspeeching) and Facebook - which I hope you are! You've been seeing how hard we're working for the bulletin board using "The Hat" by Jan Brett! I think by February we're going to become Hedgehogs lol

Anyways, in my attempt to integrate everything into AAC and one of my student's devices, I decided to create a modified version of "The Hat". I've been seeing a lot of the same format on the slp blogs, and I think it's pretty genius. Having the story book attached to the page that holds the manipulative - seriously, brilliant.

So for this one, I placed little statements on each page so you can follow along or use the manipulatives however which way you choose!

Each page is a short summary of how the story goes along, and you can target a slew of goals including following directions, naming animals, sorting, object identification, sequencing, etc!

Best of all, this is now FREE for a limited time on TpT in honor of this lovely snow day :)

Click HERE to download this great activity!

Monday, January 12, 2015

"The Hat" by Jan Brett - Sequencing and Perspective Taking

Hey all! Hope you had a lovely Monday back at work...and by lovely I mean it went quick and you drank enough coffee :) We are continuing to work on "The Hat" by Jan Brett, and I have tried to expand the book to make it more accessible for my kiddos needs this year. Last year's packet that I created seems to be a little too "high" for what I'm trying to target, so I scaled back and went back to basics with this one.

This packet focuses on sequencing the events in the story using beginning, middle, and end for my
kinders and firsties. We are really working on stretching the story, giving details, and not just telling me "Hedgie gets rid of his hat!" when I ask what happens in the story. I have a lovely bulletin board coming up, so I'm hoping to use my cute craftivity to display their hard work!

The craftivity jumps off of the sequencing chart where the kids have to illustrate b/m/e and also write keywords or events on the lines below. We have been using a lot of clinician-modeling for this, and I've been targeting how to use strategies like the book itself to answer the questions (work smarter, not harder, right!?).

For the perspective taking, I've been literally moving them to another seat to "change their perspective" for the session. It's been making it a bit more accessible for the kiddos, plus I got some figurative language in there with "put yourself in someone else's shoes" one has tried to change actual shoes yet, so that's a plus! LOL For these older kiddos, mainly my second graders, I've been having them think about how the sock in the story feels. We're then writing a newspaper-style piece that is meant to be silly, and not very writing intensive. I'm going more for a creative, narrative target. Plus, I'd like them to really think outside the box about how an inanimate object might feel! I've been using things around the speech room as examples, which is why I was describing today how my coffee cup was lonely because it didn't have coffee in it yet --- read: caffeine addicted SLP.

You can download this and my other packet for The Hat HERE on TpT! Happy Jan Brett-ing :)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Practically Speeching! I hope you enjoyed this wonderful break and holiday season! I know I did, judging by the fact that I haven't blogged since Dec 18! Eek!

I go back to work on Monday, and today is a snowy Saturday in NY - that means it's time to get back to business! I left off with the kiddos using my Holiday Synonym Packet before we went home for break, so I may finish up the packet and ride the Santa wave for one more week!

With my kiddos who I finished the packet with, I'm going to use a packet from last year and work on "The Hat" by Jan Brett. I don't like to reuse the same books every year, but I only read this with my second graders last year, and they've since moved up to the other SLP in my building! This packet has EVERYTHING in it. You can find the post on it from last year on the blog here! The gist is:

-"Story socks" for sorting the characters
-Cards with all the characters
-A Timeline to organize the characters
-"Character Socks" to talk and write about each character
-A "Dirty Sock" game featuring "what would you do" questions related to the story
-A "Story Box" organizational worksheet
-Vocabulary and Definitions from the story
-Vocabulary "Clothes Line" game involving Sentence Fill-ins, Definitions, and Word Match.
-3 Story Rewrite worksheets
-A "Write YOUR Story" worksheet 

SO we're going to be super busy until we start Valentine's Day! :) Be sure to download this great packet HERE on TpT