Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ice Cream Token Board Freebie

Hello! I've been a little lacking when it comes to the blogging arena, and for that I apologize! I went
down a very different path for me this summer and am working with preschool! Working the extended year program has been great! Of course, you know I miss my littles at my school!

I created this token board to use with the entire class, but it can be used individually as well. Simply print, laminate, and customize. There is a spot to place what you're working for, as well as printable manipulatives.

Download this FREEBIE here on TpT

Monday, July 7, 2014

Red, White, and Blue Emergent Reader

The red, white, and blue theme was kicked off today with a book and some vocabulary! Tomorrow we will sort red, white, and blue items and use this emergent reader book to target more vocabulary. The kiddos were into the "parade" situation so that means the book was a hit! LOL

This is another freebie! Another situation where I found the clip art in assorted places, cannot remember where, and so I'm not selling it, simply a free share!

We will be using this in a group setting, where we will be following verbal directions and coloring using red, white, and you guessed it - blue! This is a great carryover item to send home too!

You can grab this freebie HERE on TpT while it's red hot! Get it?! Eh!? Eh!?

...Okay, it's reality TV and popcorn time, I'm officially punchy! :)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fourth of July Freebie

SO I've been off all week and I start my summer job Monday! I'm super excited because I'm working with preschool in a super cool collaborative program. It's unlike anything I've ever done traditionally in my school (of course we collaborate and push-in, but not all day) so I'm SUPER excited to get a summer to try something new! The kids should be super adorable and the people I'm working with seem great..so, we're off on another adventure! Hold onto your hats.

ANYWHO, I'm loving preK already because there's a theme every week - and we know how much I love a theme. Our theme for this week is - wait for it - red, white and blue! So, all week I will be bringing you the crafts, worksheets, and songs we will be doing to celebrate good ol' America!

Our first, and I feel most important, item to review (super speechy) is vocabulary. If our kiddos don't know the lingo, how are they suppose to identify, make connections, and explain the topic! I crafted these vocabulary words and two worksheets as a freebie for a number of reasons. First, I got all the images off of google because I think it's important to use real pictures with the little ones. Second, I love a good freebie!

With the vocab, we are going to tie in the book we're reading "Red, White, and BOOM" by Lee Wardlaw. We will categorize (what do we eat vs. what do we do on the 4th), and of course we will expand and make connections! The worksheets help carryover the skills we're targeting.

You can download this packet HERE off of google drive for FREE!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

CCC for Me!

As of June 26th, I have finished  my CFY! Let the fireworks and parade begin! I had an amazing experience and truly learned a ton..and I mean a ton. It's unbelievable how much you learn as you do, and how much you truly learn by collaborating and observing.

It wouldn't be a proper #instacfy post if I didn't share some tips that I picked up from my CFY, or CF as the true term is now. So, through blood, sweat, and tears here are the things I learned from being a CF:

1. Waiting out behavior truly does work.
This goes for students and adults. When you're a newb, you don't believe that if you ignore a behavior, or wait it out it will stop. Guess what, it will. You know that teacher you keep smiling at and saying good morning to, but she walks on by? Ignore it. Keep doing it, eventually you'll get a response - or at least I did in my case. Alexis - 1, Grumpy - 0! Same goes for the child who is now throwing himself on the floor because he didn't get the card he wanted. That's his choice, you can calmly address it "Bob, when you're ready to come play appropriately you can choose a card," or you can continue to play with the other kiddos and when he rejoins you calmly you positively reinforce. I mean, I really didn't think that worked...I was so so wrong, it's a life saver.

2. Keep it simple.
You're in a meeting, this is your chance to either pass out and die from terror or impress everyone with your super speech knowledge. Fun fact, no one has any idea what you're talking about when you use terms like "lingual lateralization" or "reauditorization". You've now just confused the parent, and looked a little confused yourself. Stick to easy terms and words that people know, which is super hard because you just spent all this time memorizing all those ridiculous medical terms in grad school!

3. Smile, apologize, and if you have to - pull the "mandated" card.
Teachers are under a ton of stress, and you coming and pulling out their kids a zillion times a week/day doesn't help. Be flexible, and I mean super, yoga pants wearing flexible. Hang out in class and work on some goals, take the work with you (sometimes - only when appropriate), apologize for disrupting a lesson and see if you can carry it over into the session, and when all else fails - and I mean you're basically standing on your head balancing a speech notebook and smiling from ear to ear fails - pull the mandate card. "I'm sorry, but this service is mandated and I need to take him/her" always does the trick. BUT and this is a huge, Kim K, BUT be flexible! The world is not going to end if you don't do the linguisystems ditto you printed out that day. Adapt your session to the child and you will save yourself from faculty room torture!

...and I mean everything. Every note that you sent, received, or telepathically intercepted. Keep every memo that was given to you, monthly calendar, your own calendar, etc. This is essential to keeping yourself organized, but also covering your butt. Say the preK went on a field trip Thursday, and you cancelled your sessions. Where's your proof? Oh right, it's on the calendar I saved from June! Tadaaa, saved butt. 

5. You're not doing brain surgery.
First, Speech is unbelievably, one million percent the most important job in the world...to me and anyone else who is an SLP, or is being helped by an SLP. However, by no means is it the only important job in the world. Understand that speech may sometimes fall to the side if other matters are needing tending to. Don't be offended, and don't feel the need to defend your profession. You're important, you're doing a great job, and you're appreciated. Second, relax. I say this all the time, but no one is going to die if you use the wrong prompt or print the wrong ditto. Feeding therapy is a different ball game, but day to day school therapy - everyones living. If you relax and have fun, the kids will too.

OK, that's a tiny bit of wisdom that I have from this wonderful year! I'm off to tackle my first summer working in an extended year program, with preschool! I'm so excited and can't wait to share my activities and experience with you!

Peace out SLPeeps <3

Monday, June 16, 2014

Prediction Popsicles!

The year continues to wind down...and wind...and wind some more! I've been doing a ton of "craftivities" to keep the kiddos attention lately, Prediction Popsicles are one of those!

This is a simple paper, scissors, and glue activity. I pre-cut the popsicle and popsicle stick from construction paper and drew some lines on it. I had my older kiddos do some writing, and the younger ones strictly draw. 

First, we discussed what a prediction was. Although we did this with Punxsutawney Phil in February, many of them didn't remember what exactly a prediction was (even though I say "make a prediction about what's going to happen in this story" about 100x a day!).

We then watched a short clip on what summer is from Brain Pop Jr. Just simply type in "Summer" and choose the video that is strictly about summer. It was a nice background for the kids who weren't sure about what they might predict. Each student made their prediction, and then drew a picture on the popsicle depicting themselves doing the activity. We then polled everyones summer activities and created a bar graph that we are updating each time we do the activity.

SOOOO get cutting and pasting and ready for summer!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Summertime Snoop: An Interactive Inferencing Game

Did you download my other Who-dun-its?? You're going to LOVE this summertime snoop edition! School is about to let out, but the golden mascot is missing from the library! School can't close without it! 

Have your students run through the clues, looking for hair color, eye glasses, and motive. Make predictions, use inferencing skills, and draw conclusions about WHO could've taken the statue and WHY they did it!

The kiddos can fill out a graphic organizer that you can print from the end of the ppsx to collect their clues. This is a fun, great way to target inferencing!

Download this great activity here at TpT and put a fun spin on the end of the school year!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Summertime Carryover Calendars!

Summer is approaching, I can feel it! We end on the 26th here in NY, although I do see some of you lucky ducks have ended already, or end soon! In preparation for this extended period of non-speech for our kiddos, I've crafted a little packet to avoid the "speech slump".

So far, I have a calendar for /s/ and /r/ in all positions, and one for basic language. The articulation calendars are for July and August and give a set of weekly words for July and daily words in August. You can layer the calendars you want to send if your kiddos have multiple position targets. It also comes with blank calendars to fill in your own directions, or maybe have students keep track of the days they complete without totally scratching out the words to remember!

The packets also all come with a letter to send home to parents. It's addressed to the "Speech Helper" in order to cover any and all people who work with our kiddos on getting in their practice! The letter basically explains why we want them to practice over the summer, and gives a brief review of what to do with the attached calendars.

The calendars themselves are fairly self-explanatory, but if you know your parents need a bit more instruction feel free to add it in!

The language calendar targets vocabulary, inferencing, comprehension questions, sequencing, and categorizing.  It's a little different than the articulation just in the way it's worded, but the format is the same. The themes are the same too!

You can download the /r/ calendar for free for a limited time as a trial on TpT! Click below for the links to the different calendars!

/r/ Calendar
/s/ Calendar
Language Calendar