Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Halloween Articulation Vocabulary Books! {Freebie!}

Happy October, friends! This is my favorite therapy month!

Today, I want to share my latest freebie with you! Lately, I've been completely obsessed with articulation vocabulary books! I've made a thematic bundle and yesterday I posted a seasonal bundle! I decided to make a free version so that you can try them out with your speech students!
Articulation vocabulary books are such a great way to infuse reading and vocabulary into your speech therapy sessions! Students can practice at the reading level, sentence level, and even the word level by simply labeling the item on each page! Your non-readers can also echo read each page with you!

The Halloween version addresses /k/, /g/, and /s/ blends! Each page features the carrier phrase "I see..." followed by a Halloween vocabulary word that contains the featured phoneme. These are also perfect to use as easy readers for the regular education classroom! Here's a preview:

These are a great way to keep students engaged throughout their session! While they wait for their turn to participate in repetitive drills, they can color and assemble their book! These are also perfect for home practice! Students can make their book with you and then take it home to read for additional practice! The finished product looks like this:
These vocabulary books are also perfect for mixed groups! You can easily work on describing, comparing/contrasting, and categorization with these books!

If you like this freebie, the seasonal bundle is 50% off until October 16th! It features spring, summer, fall, and winter vocabulary books for all phonemes and blends!
The thematic bundle features five fun themes: transportation, food, home, school, and animals!

I hope you love this little freebie! Please leave a comment and let me know how you like to incorporate literacy into articulation therapy!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Witch Finger Pacing Sticks {Craft}

Can we just skip everything and go straight to Halloween themed speech therapy?! haha! If you've been following along with me over the years then you know that I'm a tad bit obsessed with Halloween. I just love Hocus Pocus, costumes, jack-o-lanterns, and of course.. the candy!

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I love using pacing sticks in therapy. They're great for all sorts of things such as fluency/stuttering, apraxia, phonological disorders, and more! Your students will love these witch finger pacing sticks in October!
Here are just a few ideas for your speech room:
1) Your fluency students can work on flexible rate. They can touch each sticker on the pacing stick to help them create a slower and more relaxed pace.
2) Your fluency students can work on pausing and grouping words together.
3) I love using pacing sticks with students who exhibit initial, medial, or final consonant deletion. Each sticker will represent a sound in the word and they have to touch each sticker as they produce each phoneme. These are great, because they help students build awareness that words consist of multiple phonemes. :)
4) Super fast talkers. This will help slow them down a little bit and increase their intelligibility.
5) Students who are working on multisyllabic words will also benefit from using a pacing stick. Each sticker can represent a syllable in a word. As you can see above, I like to create a variety of pacing sticks. It's great to have some with 3, 4, 5, etc stickers on them!

If you have any other ideas for pacing sticks, please leave a comment below! I love new ideas!

These are SO simple to make! You just need a few items!
1) Green Foam Craft Sticks! I was originally going to use popsicle sticks and paint them green, but then I saw brightly colored foam sticks at Michael's! What a time-saver!
I found something similar on Amazon if you don't have time to pop into a Michael's. They're Darice Foam Craft Sticks and you get 125 in a pack!

2) Halloween Stickers! I found lots of sticker booklets at Michael's for only a $1 a piece! You'll definitely need stickers that will fit on your sticks! I bet you could even find some at the Target Dollar Spot!

3) Black pens! These are used to create the squiggly lines on the witch fingers! You know witches have lots of wrinkles on their fingers. haha.. Kids will love making the squiggle lines everywhere!

4) Black construction paper. You just cut out little black triangles and glue them at the top of the stick. These are the fingernails!

I know that crafts are not for everyone. Trust me.. I promise I'm not crafty at all! If I can make these, then I'm sure you and your students can make them with your eyes closed! haha

I do have NO PREP options though! Each packet in my Fluency In a Snap Bundle features two sets of pacing sticks (one seasonal set and one that goes along with that month's nursery rhyme).

The October Edition features some fun Frankenstein pacing sticks!
You can print them on Astrobrights paper or students can simply color them! Also, how fun are the witch fingers?! I found them at Michael's also! I found something similar on Amazon, just click HERE!
I also found some cute googly eyes! These fingers and crazy eyes will pair perfectly with these witch finger pacing sticks! I found some similar eyes on Amazon, just click HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! Enjoy some spooky speech in October!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Halloween Worksheet Buddies {Freebie!}

I'm so excited, because Halloween is right around the corner! Seriously, October is my favorite therapy month! I just love incorporating ghosts, witches, and other fun spooky creatures into my therapy sessions.

I wanted to drop in today to show you how you can turn ANY worksheet into a fun Halloween craft! Truly, I don't have a crafty bone in my body. For real. I wish I could perform magic with construction paper, but I can't even cut out a circle. haha! If you're anything like me, you're going to love this!

Meet the Halloween worksheet buddies!
Seriously, can you even handle this cuteness? Spooky + Cute = My Favorite Combination!

These are SO simple to make and can truly be used with any worksheet that you plan on using in October. Of course, I had to pair them with some of my favorite Halloween no prep activities!

First, let's flip out with Frank!
Frankenstein is my favorite Halloween character! I paired him with one of my Articulation Flip Books! This would also work perfectly with WH Question Flip Books or October's Literature Flip Books!

There is a trick to using full sized flip books or worksheets though. You have to have large construction paper! I bought a package of black 12 inch by 18 inch paper at Michael's! I also cut off about 3 inches from the top using my paper cutter! Of course, you don't have to cut off anything from the top, but I wanted part of Frankenstein's head to come off of the top a little bit!
This picture shows you the size difference! If you only have regular sized construction paper you'll have to adjust the size of your worksheet! I promise it's super easy though! Just print two to a page! I used Frankenstein Articulation above and made a little booklet.

To print two sheets to a page just go to print and input the page numbers you want printed. Then select multiple and 2 in the drop down menu! Voila! You can print off the initial, medial, and final positions and your students can glue a little booklet in the middle of their craft!
Let's check out some more worksheet buddies!

How cute is this little witch?! I paired her with Witch's Articulation Brew! The middle features a booklet of all the /l/ blends pages!
Nerdy confession time! I love vampires! I'm currently on season 7 of Vampire Diaries on Netflix! haha! I paired this cutie with Halloween Apraxia! I made a booklet of CVC words in the middle!
I paired the mummy with Halloween Articulation Gumballs! He's holding a booklet of /k/ and /g/ words!
Gotta love Frank! :)

If you want to try out some worksheet buddies in October, you can snag this blog exclusive freebie by clicking HERE! Also make sure you sign up for my newsletter for future freebies and I may even send additional worksheet buddies to my subscribers!
I hope you enjoy these worksheet buddies! Stay tuned! I hope to turn this into a new blog series! Fall and Thanksgiving themes are coming soon! Make sure you stop by my blog often so you don't miss any new posts! If you use bloglovin' you can subscribe to my blog using the icon on my blog's header above! Also, you can use speechissweet.com to get to my blog quickly! :)

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Articulation Lap Book Tutorial (plus freebie!)

Last school year, interactive notebooks were something brand new to my speech room! Students found them to be engaging and fun! I found them to be basically no-prep. So, of course, it was a wonderful year! haha :)

What I find the most exciting about these interactive activities is that they don't have to be confined to a notebook. They can be incorporated into crafts, as one super creative SLP has shared with me. They can be glued on to loose leaf paper and then placed into a pronged folder or glued onto construction paper to make a craft-like activity! The possibilities are endless!

Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite possibilities for these activities! You can use them to create an endless array of articulation lap books! Yep, if you already own my interactive articulation notebooks and/or articulation flip books then you're equipped to make these amazing keepsakes!
Seriously, how cute? You can grab the cover labels for FREE at my TPT store! Just click HERE.

There is definitely a trick to get these activities to fit on the file folder though! Many of the activities have to be printed at a custom scale, but no worries - it's super easy!

I'll walk you through a few different versions!
On the left flap, students will glue down the label. Those are free in my store!  On the right, you can use the pencil pouch found in the August edition! I found that most of the pouches (such as the puzzle pocket in the September edition) found throughout my year long series have to be printed at a custom scale of 75%. To do this, simply go to file and then print. In the custom scale box, change 100% to 75%.
This will allow the activity to print out smaller so that it can fit on the side flap!

The little miniature flip book on the front doesn't have to be changed at all! Just print it out as is! The mini flip books are in December (initial position), January (final position), and February (medial position).
Let's check out the inside! One possibility for the middle is to glue in an articulation flip book! Just print it as is and it will fit perfectly in the middle! There are a variety of petals found throughout the year long bundle and they will all have to be printed at a 60% custom scale if you want them to fit on the side flap. If you want them to be in the middle, then they can be bigger or printed out as is!

The flap-up books, they're found in four different editions are great for the side flaps of a lap book! They're perfect at a custom scale of 75%, but you could probably get away with 80% too.
The color, cut, and glue activities (the kangaroo above) are found in three or four editions. They work well at 70%! Last year, one of my students created flaps with these and glued her words under the picture! Kindergarteners are geniuses!
Okay, so the flipping for sentences activity and almost all the other activities have to be printed out at a custom scale of 65%. Seriously, look how little and cute they are!

RECAP: If you want activities to fit on the side flaps of a lap book - petals get printed at 60%. Flap-Up books and pouches get printed at 75%. Color/Cut/Glue activities get printed at 70%. Everything else gets printed at a custom scale of 65% (except for the mini flip books, they're good to go!).

Here's a different version!
I do recommend using a mini flip book on the front. They fit perfectly and look really cool.

So this inside looks different! If you don't have the articulation flip books - no worries! Just fill the middle portion with different activities. The initial and final sort is printed as is! It fits perfectly along the bottom or top of the middle portion! The fish bowl (it's a color/cut/glue) flap is printed at 75% and the other flap in the middle is printed at 65%.

The side flaps are just like I said above. The flap-up is printed at a custom scale of 75%, the petal is 60%, and the other activities are 65%.


Okay, so if you want your students to create a super mega lap book, then check this out! This project will take 2-4 weeks worth of sessions to complete, but students will be so proud of the outcome!
The middle portion has two layers in this lap book!
The first layer has two activities that are printed as is (no custom scale needed). The flip-tivity booklet and flipping book are both found in the May edition. If you notice at the top, there are some staples! You can use construction paper, heavy duty card stock, or a portion of another file folder to create the flap! Then lift it up to reveal even more activities or a flip book!

I'm such a dork, but I think this is really neat. :)

Okay, so at this point you're probably like... "But Scarlett, BUT how do you actually make this thing?!" Haha... No worries, I laid out the steps. Also, the pictures are kinda dark.. Sorry, it was cloudy when I snapped these photos. haha

Step One: Get a file folder.
I like to use colored ones, because they look prettier. haha.. You can absolutely use plain manila folders though. I'll share an Amazon Affiliate link for your convenience. I bought these in bulk from Amazon. Smead makes a pack of 100 that are $13.99. A steal!

Step Two: Open it up.

Okay, so you'll notice branding on the inside over. That's why I pasted a white piece of printer paper on the /f/ lap book above before glueing down the activities (or use a flip book to cover it up).  You could also have your students glue the activities on a white piece of paper first and then glue them down into the lap book. Also, if it doesn't bother you.. then just leave it as is! :)

Step Three: Fold in one side towards the middle.

Step Four: Fold in the other side towards the middle and make it fit like a jigsaw puzzle!

Voila! There you go!

So, these lap books are pretty extensive and they definitely won't be finished in a 30 minute session! haha! I would recommend having students complete one or two activities per session and slowly build upon the lap book.

I hope this tutorial was helpful! If you have any questions please leave them below or email me at speechissweet@gmail.com!

I plan on sharing a WH Question Lap Book tutorial later this week or next week! Those will be created with activities from the Interactive Language Notebooks and WH Flip Books! I'll also make some free cover labels for those too! Stay on the look out!

P.S. If you don't already own my interactive notebooks, I recently made a super mega bundle that features both the year long bundles for articulation and language! To celebrate a new school year, it's 30% off for a limited time!
P.S.S. If you think you might be interested in creating lap books with your language students, also check out my blog post about Literature Lap Books!

Okay, one more thing.. I forgot! If you have students working on /j, z, b, d, w/ or vocalic /r/. Those activities are found in Articulation Notebooks Volume Two!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Literature Lap Books ~ The Art Lesson

My obsession with picture books continues! If you've stopped by my blog a few times, you know how much I adore children's literature! I've said it during many Wild About Books Wednesdays (which, I plan to bring back by the way!), but books are a springboard for language and they're my favorite therapy tools.

Last year, I used Literature Flip Books and Interactive Notebooks and they were both huge successes! I decided to combine these two ideas and make Literature Lap Books! I'm so excited about these new resources!

Introducing...... Literature Lap Books!
This growing bundle will feature 36 different lap books! Each lap book will feature a literature flip book and a wide variety of interactive activities that will correspond with the book! These activities are super versatile too! If you don't feel like making a lap book then just simply have students glue the activities onto construction paper or inside an interactive language notebook! I'm super excited to add these fun activities to my literacy toolbox! The price of this bundle is currently 75% off for a limited time! This price reflects its growing bundle status and the price will increase throughout the year as I add in more lap books.

So far the bundle only contains a lap book for (aff. link) The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola! This is one of my favorite stories - especially for back to school! Each month, I'll add in at least 3 new lap books!
The skills covered in these lap books will address common core standards in kindergarten through early elementary. They'll address comprehension, comparing/contrasting, sequencing, retelling, WH questions, describing, story elements, and more! Speech-language pathologists can use these in a wide variety of grade levels for students who are working on those skills. In the regular education class, these would be ideal for work on writing centers, whole group read aloud follow-up activities, listening centers, and more! One sweet teacher told me that she used my literature flip books for "treats" on Friday! How cool is that?! These lap books would make great fun Friday projects too!

Here's a peek at The Art Lesson Lap Book:
The flip book can stand alone or it can be included inside the lap book!
You can expand upon the lap book by taping or stapling a piece of construction paper over the flip book like this:
To see the flip book, just flip up the piece of construction paper!
So, how do you make a lap book? Easy. Peasy. You take a file folder and open it up completely. Then you fold each side in towards the middle. Voila! When you're done folding, it'll fit together like a little puzzle piece like this:
Students will be so proud to take these home to show parents! Interactive activities such as lap books make learning memorable and fun!

If you're interested in collecting all 36 lap books, make sure you snag the bundle! I spent all summer reading TONS of picture books (both favorites and new-to-me stories!) and I settled upon 36 books! You can find them all in the bundle's description! I selected these books carefully and I'm so excited about them!

If you're looking to stock up on file folders for the year, I recently purchased a pack of 100 multicolor file folders from Amazon! They're currently 13.99! This is an affiliate link, but I would never recommend something that I don't use myself!

Thank you for visiting my blog! Have a wonderful day and happy reading!