Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Weather Visual Freebie!

Happy New Year! I'd like to start out this year with a freebie - the best way to kick off 2017!! I've been creating a lot of 1 page "cheat sheet" visuals lately for my kiddos and their parents in order to help with carryover in the home. I decided to carryover some morning meeting skills in order to target "put on" and "it feels/it looks". You can achieve a lot of goals this way, whether it's increasing length of utterance, vocabulary, imitation, etc.

You can download this HERE on Teachers Pay Teachers! Be sure to tag me in your photos on instagram @practicallyspeeching if you use it! I love to see my products at work!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thanksgiving Mysteries

Just a quick post - I realize it has been a while! I love using mysteries to target inferencing, making predictions, and drawing conclusions. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be fun to solve some turkey trouble!

I created a packet with 6 different short stories that contain a graphic organizer on the same page. This will make it easier to teach note-taking skills and allow students to look back at the story without having to flip pages!

The stories are simple and can be read aloud or independently depending on the goals you are
wanting to accomplish.

You can preview the entire packet on TpT by clicking the link found HERE!

Monday, September 5, 2016

All About "Sticker Stop" - a free classroom management and carryover tool!

Recently I have been seeing my beloved "Sticker Stop" popping up in many SLP classrooms and I'm LOVING it! It is one of the best activities I've ever made for carryover and behavior management (I think, at least!) and it's free!

When I originally made this activity I was using sticker charts for my kiddos. The story goes as follows - my supervisor came to observe me during my first year as an SLP (eek). She is awesome and (gives great, constructive feedback) so when she suggested I ask the kids what they learned as they get their sticker my wheels started turning. I work with little ones, so I found that a visual was really key in reinforcing this idea. A traffic-light format is a great way for kids to pace their answer and work through the question - plus, most littles know that red means stop and green means go!

I no longer use stickers, as I recently fell in love with Classroom Dojo. However, I will always use my sticker stop. It's part of the routine of speech and something that my kiddos really like! Plus, it works!

Here's the breakdown of what it is and how to use it...

WHAT is Sticker Stop?
Sticker Stop is a visual you can use in your classroom to reinforce carryover skills and enhance classroom management. It is a simple, free activity that you can download, print, and laminate in minutes.

HOW does Sticker Stop work?
Students work through red, yellow, and green lights to answer questions at the end of a session. Expected answers may vary based upon the age group you work with and what you were targeting that day. I always start with a modeled answer, as this is something that isn't always apparent. You are trying to avoid the dreaded "we played games!" :) Students that reach the "green" question successfully earn a sticker or reward of your choosing.

The questions are as follows:

  • Red - WHY do I come to speech?
    • Examples of appropriate answers are: 
      • "to work on my language"
      • "to work on my ___ sound"
      • "to work on answering questions"
      • "to work on talking with friends"
  • Yellow - WHAT did I learn today?
    • Examples of appropriate answers are:
      • "we learned about animals"
      • "I keep my tongue behind my teeth"
      • "to keep eye contact"
      • "to take turns"
  • Green - HOW can I use it outside of Speech?
    • Examples of appropriate answers are:
      • "when I talk with my friends I can..."
      • "when I'm reading a story I know..."
      • "when I'm sitting in class I can..."
      • "when I'm at home I can..."
Each student goes around and answers the question for themselves. So everyone answers red first, then yellow, then green. As I mentioned, I will model this for them and provide prompting when necessary. It does take a few sessions to get kids into the routine. By the end of the year they are reminding me about it!

WHY should you use Sticker Stop?
As SLPs, we all dread the "we played games" comment from our kiddos. I think it's important to encourage ownership over therapy. Kids should know why they come to Speech and what they are working on. It's important for carryover, as well as for confidence. 

WHEN should you start using Sticker Stop?
The first day! If you've just come across this and you're mid year, get printing! Start the routine now and be consistent. Use it every session with every student.

WHERE should I put Sticker Stop?
I have mine hanging where the students enter/exit my Speech corner. I no longer use stickers, but when I did I had my sticker charts hanging around the visual. Students had to stop at the Sticker Stop in order to receive their reward. Now, students have to stop at Sticker Stop to receive their dojo point. I also display my expected behavior chart on the desk in front of a student who needs it, as well as up on the board for all to see. 

WHO can use Sticker Stop?
Sticker stop is a basic visual made for all ages. You can go high or low with your questioning and what you expect from your students. There is also a behavior chart that you can use to help focus your students and present expected behavior. 

Using Sticker Stop with Classroom Dojo:
In an effort to "go green" and limit clutter, I switched to Classroom Dojo last year. Click here to learn about it if you aren't familiar. I like to describe it as facebook for school where students and parents have a direct link to what you are doing in the classroom/speech room. I utilize my Sticker Stop the exact same way I would with stickers, only students receive virtual "points". Every 10 points you get to visit the prize box - if you get 100 points, I created a special "Dojo 100 Club" for the kids. They all want to get 100 points!

I hope this was helpful in explaining the wonders of Sticker Stop! Have a GREAT year and feel free to reach out with any questions! :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

FREE Parent Handout for "Self-Talk" and "Parallel Talk"!

This summer I pledged that I would work with more of the little little guys in my private practice - early intervention and preschool age. I love this age group and really missed working with them (currently I see preK through second grade in a school setting). Working in a home-based environment is incredible because of all of the great parent-training we get to do. I love being able to explain and show exactly what I'm doing and the strategies I'm using.

As all SLPs know, with this age group we are doing a lot of self and parallel talk. Sometimes I leave my half-hour sessions out of breath! Of course, talking is never an issue for an SLP!! I find that my parents are talking to their child, however their language needs to be modified, or they need to present things differently (i.e., giving options to elicit more language vs. yes/no questions).

I created this parent handout to familiarize my parents with what I'm doing and to emphasize effective carryover. I like to say "I build the house, you do the decorating" - meaning I'm going to set up the foundation and now the job is yours to carryover the skills on the daily.

You can download the first handout in this series for FREE on TpT by clicking HERE.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Let's catch up...plus, summer of CEUs!

Last Day of School Clean Out!
Our Insta-Announcement
It's been TOO long since I blogged - I really hope you are following me on instagram @practicallyspeeching or on facebook! I've been updating instagram/facebook regularly, but haven't had time to sit down and blog!

This is a very interesting summer, as we are expecting our first baby at the end of August! So summer is consisting of working privately, getting ready for baby, and staying cool (this is the hardest part!).

This summer I hope you are relaxing, catching up, and enjoying the sunshine! One of my summer goals was to finish out the rest of my CEUs before "Baby K" arrives. I know myself - it's not going to happen when I'm back to reality in the fall!

We all know and love the free CEUs from ASHA! I hope you are signing up for them and enjoying them each month! Each CEU opportunity is worth .05!

The link to access them is HERE

Another awesome CEU opportunity is the Summer Decathlon series from Presence Learning! They have great webinars worth .15 CEUs and offer a variety of topics and speakers.

The link to access them is HERE

Here's to an amazing summer filled with learning, fun, and relaxation!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Better Hearing and Speech Month FREEBIE!

I'm kicking off BHSM with an awesome {FREE} packet for kiddos of all
ages! This packet includes a bunch of different things - reading comprehension, self reflection, graphic organizers, interviews and more!

**Be sure to check out the video on Facebook HERE that will guide you through the packet!**

Download the first of many freebies for BHSM on TpT (click the link)!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Keep Calm and Shamrock On -- Activities for March!

It's March Madness in Speech - Leprechaun Madness that is! We have launched into our St. Paddy's Day fun with some great activities! I wanted to share with you some of the awesome things I'm using for St. Patrick's Day, some that I created and some that were created by some awesome TpT-ers! The links are in the titles! Keep Calm and Shamrock On!

Leprechaun Snot
This is my personal favorite from last year!! I will be using it in the coming weeks to target inferencing, predicting, following directions, sequencing, and drawing conclusions. The kids LOVE the green goo they get to take home and I get SO much language out of it!

How to Catch a Leprechaun
This is another fun one! I love spreading the secret that a Leprechaun has entered the Speech room! I leave little clues each day and green footprints all around! The kids love to talk about how they would catch him, so I created this activity to harness that creativity! I like to use this with the book "The Night Before St. Patrick's Day" by Natasha Wing also! After we listen to the story of Tom and Maureen, we talk about how the Leprechaun tricked them, and we look at the traps they set. What worked? What didn't? What would attract a Leprechaun? It's super fun!

Worth More Than Gold (freebie)
I used this amazing activity from The Teacher Wife last year as my bulletin board. It's SO cute and I
love the figurative language it targets. We talked about the idiom, who might be worth more than gold to us, and why. Bonus, it's free!

Shamrock Challenge (freebie)
I LOVE the challenges from The Peachie Speechie! The Shamrock Challenge is awesome, and I've been using yellow and orange m&ms to track the trials for the kiddos! They like coloring their trials also, but the m&ms seems to be the hit! Much like most of her other challenges this one is free, free, free!

Lucky Leprechauns Listening Comprehension (freebie)
This is such a great no-prep, no-print activity from The TLC Shop! It has 14 short stories that target listening comprehension that you can load onto your iPad for a techy, no-print experience. It's perfect for your Kindergarteners and Firsties, and the cute stories keep the kiddos entertained! I like to use the stories for inferencing as well!

St. Patrick's Day Pronouns  (freebie)
This is an adorable pronoun packet from Speech is Sweet! It's definitely going to take some laminating and cutting, but it's worthwhile! I love using this with my younger kiddos who need to target appropriate pronoun use. They love the fun graphics and the game-like atmosphere of the activity. I've been pairing this with my "Pop the Pig" game that I just purchased!