Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SkippyJon Jones and Context Clues!

For this edition of Wild About Books Wednesday we're going to step into Skippyjon Jones' closet (a place where his imagination goes muy loco!) and trek down the desert road towards Mexico!
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I LOVE Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner! It's a wonderful book for targeting rhyming, visualization, comprehension, and the leest goes on and on! Ay, caramba! Excuse my accent, I just love reading this story aloud... "My ears are too beeg for my head... My head ees too beeg for my body!" It always makes me smile.
I found this book buddy on Amazon! He'll be the perfect visitor into my speech room. There is also a book set that includes a miniature book buddy!

Today, I want to focus on a skill I often target using this book. Context clues. Spanish words are sprinkled in throughout this book, making it awesome for teaching students how to use context clues to figure out unknown words.

A few examples:

"Then they took a siesta. But after waking up, the Chimichangos got down to serious bees-ness." 
-Students can use the context clues to figure out that siesta means "nap." This book is also great for teaching students how to use picture clues for figuring out unknown words too, as the band of chihauhaus are sleeping in the picture!

"The Bandito steals our frijoles!"
"Not your beans!" cried Skippito.

"Por que?" asked Skippito.
-Students can figure out that por que means "why?" in Spanish with a little scaffolding

Your students will have so much fun learning how to use context clues with SkippyJon. Using context clues is a critical skill for not only comprehension, but also for building vocabulary.

Also, if you're a fellow blogger please link up with your own book ideas! Just use the image below to link back to me. Join the Linky Fiesta! Ole! Ole! Ole!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Mega Blends Giveaway!!

Congratulations to Carrie for winning the first mega giveaway! Enjoy your articulation activities!

This week's giveaway is featuring blends! My Summer Color, Cut, and Glue Activities have been expanded to include l-blends and r-blends! I was in dire need for new r-blends and l-blends materials, so I'm happy to introduce two of my latest products. These two packets feature new clip art! So if you scooped up my other summer artic packets these will be just as refreshing! Enter the raffle below for a chance to win THREE Summer Blends packets: r-blends, l-blends, and s-blends. That's a total of 300 activities!
The r-blends packet can be found by clicking HERE. It features lifeguard clip art, summery pictures, whales, and sails!
The l-blends packet can be found by clicking HERE. I don't know about you, but all of this summer clip art makes me want to skedaddle to the pool!

This giveaway also includes my Summer Color, Cut, and Glue S-Blends packet that I've posted on the blog before. You can find it by clicking HERE.
THREE great packets,  FIVE chances to win! Enter the raffle below!

Also, make sure you come back next week to continue celebrating the end of the school year with me. My last MEGA giveaway will be very, very beachy. :)

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Summer Bucket List

Summer break is almost upon us! I just hope I can survive the last couple weeks... I'm currently knee deep in medicaid logs, spur of the moment re-evaluations, and still have quite a few IEP meetings to get done. The next 8 days will be NUTS! But in the meantime, I keep daydreaming about my summer. I'm linking up with Deanna Jump, one of the coolest kindergarten teachers alive, over at Mrs. Jump's Class to talk about the top ten things I want to do this summer! Check out her linky party! Lots of amazing teachers are talking about their summer plans.
1) READ! What else does a speech-language pathologist do for fun? haha.. I fell way behind on my Goodreads Challenge and hope to catch up on it this summer! Here's a look into my to-read list:
2) Put my gym membership to use! I need to get my booty back in shape.... gettin' a late start on my New Years' resolution. Oops.

3) Go to the Cincinnati Zoo on the regular. My boyfriend bought me a zoo pass for Christmas. Best. Present. Ever. I hope to go at least once or twice a week. I LOVE animals and the Zoo is my happy place. The Cincinnati Zoo is also riddled with hills on hills on hills... so it has the added bonus of being another great workout.
Chillin' at the zoo.

4) Find my historic dream home or at least start the search.. It probably won't have a turret, but I can still dream.
5) Eat more fruits and veggies.. IEP season has my diet out of whack.. I can just blame everything on IEP season, right?!

6) Learn to sew - I want to make a cute quilt. Also, I need a new hobby. Here's my "Sew Cute" Pinterest Board. I've been pinning, now I just need to follow through. Pinning is always the first step.

7) Create! I love creating therapy materials! Back in February, I taught myself how and now ideas just keep flowing. I'm excited to have more time to execute them.
8) Write! I want to finish up my other blog pages (about me, therapy, and my speech room sections), write more posts, and maybe start the next great American Novel? haha.. I have lofty goals in life.
9) Laze by the pool... I need some vitamin D, sparkly water, and tanning oil.... err sunscreen in my life.

10) Relax to the max... and live every day like it's Friday.
Friday, all day, every day.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Edward the Emu

It's Wednesday and I'm getting super wild today! Let's take a trip to the zoo and visit Edward - an adventurous Emu. Also, if you have a new or recent post about how to use a specific book in therapy link up with your ideas! Just use the picture below to link back to me.
Yesterday was Election Day - so there was no school for me! I spent the day relaxing and I also finished up a book companion I started awhile ago. If you haven't read Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles, please do so ASAP! I first learned about this book in graduate school. I was placed in a Head Start setting that focused on dialogic book reading. My supervisor handed me this book and I absolutely fell in love!

The book begins with an Emu that is absolutely bored! He's tired of being an Emu... so when the Zookeeper goes home at night he sneaks out of his pen! He tries his hand at being a variety of animals: a seal, a lion, and a snake. But when he overhears a zoo visitor say that they think the Emus are the best he becomes overjoyed and wants to be an Emu again! This book is fantastic! It's written with rhyming words so it lends itself well to phonological awareness activities, it's great for sequencing, and so much more!
You can find this book companion by clicking HERE. It supports a variety of receptive and expressive language skills, including:

Sequencing:  Print and laminate the sequencing map and story tiles.. and add velcro! This book is perfect for little ones who are struggling with sequencing events, as there are only four major events in the story.
Comprehension: There are 18 cards included that target a variety of comprehension levels - right-there questions to inferential questions.
Emu Pronouns: This book is great for teaching "he" and "she," as there is a boy emu and a girl emu. When Edward struts back to his cage he finds Edwina! She's new to the zoo and he finally has a friend! This cute card game features Edward and Edwina - students draw a card and fill in the blank with the correct pronoun.
Zookeeper says.... This game targets multistep directions that are embedded with temporal concepts. Edward is always sneaking behind the Zookeepers back! Challenge students to do a better job listening to the Zookeeper! Students draw a card and follow the direction. If they are correct they get to keep the card. If they draw a card that reads, "You escaped from the zoo!" they get to take an extra turn!
Zoo Rhymes: There are a variety of ways to use these rhyming cards. Students can play a memory game (flip all the cards over and students look for matches) or students can draw a card and produce a word that rhymes with the given word. These cards feature zoo animals (a great opportunity to review zoo vocabulary!) and all the rhyming words come from the book.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do! It's a great book to use before students go on a zoo field trip or any time of the year!

Have a Wild Wednesday! Don't forget to enter my Mega Articulation Raffle, check it out HERE.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"S...Peachy" Feedback Linky Party!

Nicole at Speech Peeps hosts a monthly linky party that celebrates thoughtful feedback! First, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it when people leave feedback on my products. It means so much that people take time out of their busy days to leave me a comment! I truly appreciate it.

This month featured a HUGE sale on TPT so to celebrate I will select two winners (one person who left feedback on a paid product and one person who left feedback on a free product). If you are selected, please email me at and let me know which product you would like for FREE! Choose ANY product! Click HERE to browse my store for your product.

*drum roll*

The winners are......
Thank you Julianne S. and Stephanie L. - I am so thankful for your feedback! Be sure to email me to receive your free product!

Speech Camp: Expressive Language quickly became my best selling product during the sale! Click HERE to check it out. Click HERE to check out my latest freebie - Summer Pronouns.

Have a wonderful day! My school was used as a polling location for Election Day today- so I've been couch potating it up one last time before I kick it into overdrive. 11 more days of school! Eeeek!

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Mega Articulation Giveaway!!

Summer break is almost here! To celebrate the end of another school year I'm going to have a series of MEGA giveaways! So be sure to come back again next week too!

This week I'm featuring two of my Summer Color, Cut, and Glue activities. Enter the raffle below to win BOTH packets. That's a total of 214 activities! These activities are great for end of the year therapy sessions, beginning of the year therapy sessions, homework, and summer therapy (for all those that don't work in the schools or have summer clinic jobs). And if you work in paradise... well, these activities will be perfect 365! haha
The early developing sounds packet can be found here. It features /k, g, t, d, p, b, f, v, m/. Each sound features 6 pages in the initial position and 6 pages in the final position. Here are some examples:
My students love these activities! They never get old! I also spent a lot of time selecting appropriate words.  For instance, /k,g/ words do not contain /t/ or /d/ and there are no crazy multisyllabic words! If a student is working on final /p/, there's no way I would ask them to practice "envelope." haha.. I designed this packet with children with severe phonological disorders in mind so that it can work for ALL speech students.

The later developing sounds packet can be found here. It features /s, z, th, l, r, ch, j, sh/ and by request 10 pages that feature /-ts/. Including /-ts/ was such a great suggestion and I've decided that all my future later developing sounds packets will include this! Each sound has 6 pages in the initial position and 6 pages in the final position. Here's a sneak peak:
Do these materials look useful to you? If so... enter the raffle below - everyone has 5 chances to win! Enjoy!

The winner will be announced next Monday!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Speech Camp is in Full Swing!

If you work in the schools... you know May is a complete whirlwind! Nevertheless, Speech Camp is officially in full swing! I'm stopping in to share a closer look at Speech Camp: Receptive Language and Speech Camp: NO PREP Articulation.
This packet contains 4 camp themed receptive language activities and can be found here.

First up, there are 42 cards that address WH ?s. There are six cards dedicated to each WH question and six special cards. Seriously, kids love special cards! They really make these activities more exciting for kids. If they answer the camping themed question correctly they get to keep the card. If they draw a stinky skunk..... they lose all their cards! Student with the most cards wins.
What's in the tent?! Or bag? Or cabin? Students draw a card a must solve the riddle. Many of my students have trouble labeling vocabulary when given a description. I love having as many resources for this skill as possible. Two of many favorite games that target this skill are HeadBandz and Jeepers Peepers! Okay, back to Speech Camp! This card game is perfect for a camp out in the speech room!
Camper Says..... After you read this blog post, follow me on bloglovin'! haha.. This cute card game features temporal directions. If students follow the direction correctly, they get to keep the card. But watch out for the wise owl... he'll steal your cards!
Woodland Creatures N' Categories: These cards feature three different items and students must determine which category they belong to. Beware - don't get lost in the woods!
Seriously, just how cute is this clip art?! If you're curious it's by Melonheadz Illustrating. Summer is coming and if you want to experiment with creating your own materials - def check her out! Fabulous clip art.

I have to be completely honest... I have mountains of articulation cards. The thought of cutting and laminating more articulation cards is daunting to me. At the same time, I want articulation materials to match my themes.... so my solution? NO PREP articulation. Yep... another addition to my color, cut, and glue line. Simply print and go!
Speech Camp: No PREP Articulation can be found here. It's 123 pages! My biggest product yet. Each speech sound is represented by three pages in the initial position and three pages in the final position. In addition, each s-blend is represented by three pages! Oh... each and every word is represented by a picture to support non-readers! Let me tell you.. that was no small feat haha (off topic, if you own my spring color, cut, and glue activities I will be updating them this summer to support non-readers, so be on the lookout :) ).
My students are loving the camping theme! Here are some examples of completed activities:
Is there anything more heartwarming than a child coloring? Just precious.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I'm recuperating from a wild week of testing, report writing, and IEPs!