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Bento Box Your Story!

I'm super excited about this one, and not just because I love sushi! This Bento Box Your Story activity is a great way to teach the different parts of the story.

Each student will get their own Bento Box to fill with the different parts of the story. The sushi pieces each represent different story parts. Fill up the bento box and create a story!

Another idea to use is to grab some chopsticks from your last take-out experience and line up the different pieces of sushi on the chopstick to create a story!

If your students need a little oomph to their story, make sure they dip into their wasabi! Each Wasabi-spiced story idea can be "added" to the bento box to help increase the story! Then, "unroll" your story or "roll" your story and write it out!

Download this fun activity HERE

Tac Tac Touch! A Simple Sensory Activity!

I'm sure your students are hands-on, they're kids, it's their job! In an effort to come up with an activity that ties in language and holds students attention, I created "Tic Tac Touch". (I've been on a Tic-Tac kick lately, and had a bunch of boxes laying around)


All you need for this fun activity is a scissor, paper, tape, and a few empty boxes of Tic-Tacs. You could also do this with film canisters, shoe boxes,  or even empty tissue boxes. Engineering wise, you can do this one of two ways -- using the scissors, cut off the top, or pull out the top portion if you can, of the Tic Tac box OR you can keep the top of the Tic Tac Box on and have students put their pinky into the top (I tested it, mine fit comfortably). Cover it with any sort of decor you choose, paper, duct tape, wrapping paper, etc. Then fill them up! I kept mine pretty basic, filling them with water, beads, sand, play dough, and cotton balls.

Have your students describe what they're feeling,…

Practically Sharing: Smart Speech Therapy

Another great blog post from Tatyana at Smart Speech Therapy! Enjoy this great post about multiculturalism! Read on, share on!


Integrating aspects of multiculturalism into group language therapy sessions I don’t know about you but I have a number of multicultural students on my caseload who exhibit language deficits in both their birth language as well as English. Even though I am unable to speak their languages (e.g., Spanish, Hindu) I still like to integrate various aspects of multiculturalism into my sessions in order to support their first language as well as educate them about their culture and other cultures around the world as much as possible. Why? Because among other benefits (e.g., cognitive, linguistic, academic, just to name a few) studies have also found a connection between bilingualism/multiculturalism and higher self-esteem in children (Verkuyten, 2009). For me the latter definitely plays a huge part, since children with language impairments already recognize that th…

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Practically Sharing: Schoolhouse Talk!

A great new post from Schoolhouse Talk on iPad Apps! I can't wait to share this great post with you guys! Abby has a ton of great ideas! Read on, share on....

Hello everyone! I’m Abby from Schoolhouse Talk and I am extremely excited to be sharing on Practically Speeching today! I have been working as a speech-language pathologist for four years, and currently work in a public school with children ages 3 through 1st grade. They are such a delightful age to work with and they keep me smiling! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today I wanted to share some ideas for teaching narrative language and story grammar skills. Why is it important for children to be able to provide narratives and retell stories? The ability to talk about their experiences and retell stories is something children need to be able to do in academic settings as well as in other places (e.g. at home when a parent asks, “What did you do in school today?”). Plus, the evaluation of narrative langua…

Let's Go Fly A Kite - A Comparison Kite!

Comparisons are something that I call "thinkers" - if someone quickly asks you if a watermelon is harder than a banana, you might take a beat to answer. For some of our students, even taking a second to think about their answer might not help. Address teaching comparisons and that fateful "than" word using this fun, spring-themed game!

"Comparison Kites" is a great game you'll be able to use for a session, or even quickly play at the end of a session. Print out the kite and the bows as a reinforcer for correct answers! Then ask the comparison questions and have your students explain why their answer is correct! So go fly a comparison kite and have a blast!

Download this fun activity HERE!

Practically Sharing: Peachie Speechie!

I'm loving all this sharing! Here's another awesome post from Meredith at Peachie Speechie. She's a great blogger who is just starting out and has tons of great ideas! Read on, share on........
Hi! My name is Meredith and I have been a school-based SLP for three years. I am relatively new to the speech blogging world and just started my blog, Peachie Speechie (http://peachiespeechie.blogspot.com), in October.  I am so happy to be guest blogging for Practically Speeching!
At this point in the year, my students are starting to get bored with my materials. They are starting to whine about doing articulation drills. They are ready for summer. But we still have to make it through seven weeks of school. So, today I will be sharing a few ways that I have modified my materials to keep my students engaged during the past few weeks.

The first thing I did was turn my artic cards into super hero cards. I found some batman tape at Walmart & carefully taped the backs of my old artic …

An Eggcellent Idea

With Easter coming to an end, I'm sure that clever bunny left you with a ton of eggs from the hunt! Instead of stashing those plastic eggs away for the year, keep them out and use them as great therapy tools! Here are some eggtraordinary ideas for re-using those plastic eggs!

1. An eggtra easy WH-game! Just hide something in the egg, provide one clue (or even no clues!) and then have your students ask questions to figure out what's in the egg -- category, shape, color, etc.

2. Be an Articulation Eggspert! Fill your eggs with the sound you're working on and hide the eggs throughout the room! Find the egg, say the sound, and win!

3. Inferencing Eggtra! Write descriptions about items in your room and then hide those descriptions in the egg! Shake up the eggs and then have your students pick one egg and use inferencing skills to figure out what the clue meant!

4. Scrambled Band! Fill your eggs with pebbles, sand, marbles, etc. (then tape them shut!!) start shaking to a beat, o…