Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Meet Me

Today I decided to join The Teaching Tribune's Monday Meet Me linky party. It's a fun way to discover new bloggers and to get to know them. Check it out!
This week's theme is "thankful." I'm sharing three things that I'm thankful for:

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment - I'd love to get to know you more! Have a wonderful Monday!


Independence Day Articulation

Let FREEBIES ring! I made a cute color, cut, and glue packet to celebrate July 4th! Of course, this packet can be used throughout the entire month of July or during any patriotic holiday (Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, etc).
This little packet contains 8 NO PREP articulation activities. You simply print and go! I included a variety of sounds: /k, s, l, r, sh/. Students color everything, cut out the words, and glue them on or around the main picture. Here's a peek at one of the activities:
These activities are perfect for keeping students engaged as they wait for their turn. You can find this packet by clicking HERE. If you like these activities, I've created an entire line of Color, Cut, and Glue Articulation! Please don't forget to follow my store for future freebies and updates! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

**Update on August 8, 2014**

Labor Day weekend is around the corner! This patriotic themed packet will be perfect for the upcoming holiday so I'm linking up with Speechie Freebies to celebrate Friday FreeBEES! Please go check out the linky party to share your own freebie or snag some great resources! 
 Have a happy Friday!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Welcome to Wild About Books Wednesday! Each Wednesday I share a book that can be used in speech or language therapy. If you're a blogger, please consider linking up and sharing your ideas! Just use the picture below to link back to me.
I absolutely adore Kevin Henkes! He is one of my favorite authors of picture books. In undergrad, I scored tickets to watch him speak at the University of Kentucky. He was awesome! Fun fact: While his children eat breakfast, he reads aloud from a chapter book. They keep a list of books they've read together in their kitchen. By now, I'm sure their list includes hundreds of chapter books!

Henkes' little mice often make their way into my speech room. I love Chester, Owen, Chrysanthemum, Wemberly, and especially Lilly! Today I want to focus on Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.
This is a comical story of a little mouse who LOVES school...... until her adored Mr.Slinger takes away her new purple, plastic purse! In his defense, Lilly was being disruptive haha

Kevin Henkes writes so wonderfully and uses many adjectives! I think this is a perfect book to use in a describing lesson or therapy session about describing. Lilly loves pointy pencils and squeaky chalk! Kevin Henkes makes mundane objects sound so interesting! Glittery glasses, shiny quarters, and a purple, plastic purse!

In therapy, you could bring in a purse and fill it with lots of cool objects. Pass the purse around and allow students to pull out a surprise and then they have to describe the object! Students would love it and it would be so much fun!

I also wanted to share a free product I've had sitting on my wishlist for a loong time! It's a craft pattern for Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse! I hope to download it and actually make time for it in therapy in the upcoming year. It's so cute! 
You can find this sweet craft by clicking HERE.

Have a wonderful Wednesday! I hope you consider linking up!


Wordless Wednesdays Linky! (World Cup)

It's Wordless Wednesday over at Sugar and Spice. I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo for her fun linky party this week. Go check it out!
This is my second official week of summer break! No medicaid logs. No IEPs. No meetings. Summer break has been glorious! I've been watching some serious soccer. I love the World Cup!
I snapped this photo at the USA vs. Mexico game in Columbus, Ohio! I'm a huge sports fan and Team USA games are incredible.

Are you watching the World Cup? Who are you rooting for?


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Let's Talk About Books Linky! (Strategies That Work)

It's Book Talk Tuesday and I'm linking up with Deanna Jump over at Mrs. Jump's Class!
Today I want to talk about one of my favorite professional books - Strategies that Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement by Stephnaie Harvey & Anne Goudvis.
 I recently referred  to this book in my post Cloudy with a Chance of Comprehension.

This book contains almost 60 lesson ideas that teach a wide variety of comprehension strategies! You can read it cover to cover and remained engaged or just flip to whatever chapter you need, when you need it. It's a fabulous resource. 

In many classrooms, the adults ask most of the questions. We are always trying to get an answer. As a speech-language pathologist, I ask a bazillion questions in a day! I realize, however, that one way to support comprehension is teaching kids how to ask questions. I don't think I work on this nearly enough. Chapter 8 in this book is entitled "Questioning: The Strategy That Propels Readers Forward." It outlines many ways in which to get students to question before, during, and after they read.

Questioning is truly a critical skill. While it bolsters comprehension, it is also a very unique way to assess comprehension. A child's questions upon finishing a reading assignment gives you insight into their level of comprehension.

Here's a little peek at one of the lessons, The More We Learn, The More We Wonder:
I just can't think of a better way to instill a joy of learning in kids than to teach them how to wonder.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day! If you have a favorite professional book I should add to my collection, please comment and let me know! I love reading about reading. lol



Monday, June 23, 2014

Give Speech a Chance! (Plus Groovy Giveaway)

Last Monday, I introduced my new themed materials: Peace, Speech,and Chicken Grease! I'm super excited about this little unit, because it's so darn cute and cool. Enter the raffle below for FIVE chances to win three groovy packets!

Today I'm going to review the receptive language packet!
You can find this in my TPT store by clicking HERE.

Groovy WH ?s: This packet contains 36 cards that pose WH questions (who, what, when, where, why, and how) and 6 special cards. Students draw a card and answer the question. If they are correct they get to keep the card and if they find peace in a pod they get an extra turn!
Peace Sign Riddles: Student draws a card and reads (or SLP reads) the riddle. If they can figure out what is being described they get to keep the card. If they find Jimi's guitar they get an extra turn! Of course, Jimi being Jimi Hendrix haha
Groovy Temporal Directions: Students will love taking directions from these darling little hippies! Student draws a card and follows the direction! Watch out, you don't want your groovy van to get a flat tire!
What doesn't belong?!: SLP reads a list of three items and student must determine what doesn't belong! If student finds a peace out card, they lose one card! Student with the most cards wins. Every year I have new kindergarten students that struggle with this skill... so this little game is for them!
Don't forget to enter the raffle below! If you win you will receive the receptive language packet, the expressive language packet, and the articulation packet. Click the links to preview them!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a groovy Monday!


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

National Camping Week!

The last week of June is National Camping Week! Oh, the therapy opportunities! If you're working in a summer clinic.. this should be a super fun week! I decided to round up some great camping themed materials and books that you can use during therapy.

First, all three of my camping theme packets will be on sale until June 29th to celebrate! 20% off! You'll have all of National Camping Week to snatch them up!

Speech Camp: Expressive Language
Speech Camp: Receptive Language
Speech Camp: NO PREP Articulation
I also searched Teachers Pay Teachers for other camping themed resources. Here are a few that caught my eye:
You can find this phonological awareness activity by Jenna Rayburn by clicking HERE.
Camp Go-Together: Association and Analogies by The Speech Bubble can be found HERE.
The School SLP's latest product also features a camping theme! You can check it out HERE.

What's camping without a few stories around the camp fire?! Anniedoyle226 recently instagrammed some pictures featuring an inflatable camp fire. You can check that out HERE. It looks awesome and is on my speech room shopping list! Here are some stories you can read around your speechie camp fire:
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen.
Tackle figurative language with Amelia Bedelia!
Kids love the Froggy series by Jonathan London!

Enjoy National Camping Week! I definitely plan on making some yummy s'mores on my concrete patio haha



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Friday, June 20, 2014

Five For Friday! (June 20th)

This has been my first official week of summer vacation (I was slaving over medicaid logs during the first real week of vacation! grrrr). It's been a great week! I've accomplished so much (gym, lots of netflix, and have finished quite a few projects!) and I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to re-cap my week!
This has been a very, very GROOVY week! I completed my 1960's themed materials.
On Monday, I posted about Peace, Speech, and Chicken Grease: Expressive Language. You can check it out HERE. I also created materials for receptive language (coming soon!) and articulation. My students are going to love this next year! On Monday, I will be hosting a very groovy giveaway!
I've been glued to the television watching the World Cup! I love sports and especially MAJOR events like the Olympics/World Cup/etc. Here's a #selfie.
*chants* I believe that we will win!!!
I celebrated Wild About Books Wednesday by making a FREE book companion! Book companions are my favorite! This companion was designed to go with Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle. Although, I designed it with speech/language therapy in mind I definitely think it can be useful in the regular education classroom. Click HERE to see the post and snag the freebie.
What's summer break without a little netflix?! I'm mad late, but I just discovered Friday Night Lights. I'm almost done with season one..... I won't say how many days this has taken. ;)
I've also picked up my first summer read! Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. It's been on my to-read list for years and luckily I snagged it for just a few bucks in a bargain bin!
Have a wonderful weekend! I'm stopping back in Sunday to kick off National Camping Week!