Monday, December 28, 2015

New Year's Articulation Freebie!

Wow! It's almost 2016! Eeeek! Where has the time gone? 2015 has been a truly magnificent year. I've accomplished many goals and have continued to improve as a speech-language pathologist. I have lots more room to grow, but I do hope 2016 has many more great things in store! Maybe I'll finally start eating healthy and get in semi-shape? haha

I do know one thing. While 2015 was wonderful, it was also one of my most stressful years to date. In the new year, I hope to relax a little more and stay on top of my medicaid billing... just to name a couple things. haha

I have five IEP meetings the first week back, yikes! I needed a little something that was seasonally relevant that would save me some time, so I whipped up a little freebie. I hope it's something that can be useful for you too. The first week back is always unbelievably exhausting for me. I made a New Year's themed articulation packet to ease myself into a new year full of therapy! It can also be used year around, because it's really just a party theme. I'm thinking I will bust this puppy out when a student has a birthday too! I think my students are going to enjoy ringing in a new year of speech!

New Year's Articulation
This packet addresses /k, f, s, l, r/ and even has an open-ended page! On the open-ended page, students just write their target words onto the balloons! You can find it in my TPT store by clicking HERE. Here's a little peek:
I really adore making articulation materials! I have so much fun thinking of new themes and ideas to make therapy more fun & entertaining. If you like this freebie, please consider following my store. I have many new themes planned for 2016 and I'll be offering all new articulation packets for 50% off for the first 48 hours!

Here's a peek at my next packet! Snowman Articulation should be finished and released during the first week of January! Stay tuned! It'll be perfect to use all winter long! Now, if mother nature will just send some snow to the Greater Cincinnati area! Don't hate me, I love snow! haha
Thank you for visiting my little blog! I hope you savor the final moments of your winter break and may the new year bring you much joy!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

What's In Your Cart? Linky! (Cyber Smile Sale)

I'm super excited! It's time for another big sale on Teachers Pay Teachers! I can't wait to stock on new materials! I need to get my speech room ready for Christmas and the winter season! I'm linking up with Jenna over at Speech Room News for her fun linky - What's In Your Cart? to talk about all the fun things I've had my eye on!
The Cyber Smile sale will occur Monday (11/30) and Tuesday (12/1). EVERYTHING in my store (including bundles!) will be 28% off when you use the TPT Code: Smile.

Before I reveal what's in my cart, I want to share some must-have items in my store! First up, I'm super excited about one of my newest NO PREP series - Spin-Go Articulation! The growing bundle will be a steal during the sale and currently contains four packets. I'll also be adding the Christmas packet sometime this weekend! It is currently more than 50% off, but will be an additional 28% off during the sale! That comes out to just $1.96 a packet. If you like using themes in your speech room, this will be another nifty tool to add to your articulation tool box!

Spin-Go Articulation for the YEAR {A Growing Bundle}

My students have been flipping out over one of my newest creations! These Articulation Flip Books contains a treasure trove of activities - articulation scenes, reading passages, and more! Just print and go! One book can be used for multiple therapy sessions!

Articulation Flip Books

Apraxia On the Go for the YEAR! {A Growing Bundle}
My NO PREP Apraxia series is in full swing! It's almost half-way complete, which means it's still being offered at an amazing discount! When you apply the TPT code, you'll receive this bundle for over 50% off! Gotta love Cyber Monday & Tuesday deals! :)

What's in my cart? Lots of goodies! Here's a little peek at a few of the items I'll be getting!

Interactive Speech and Language Stickers by Marisha McGrorty of Road to Speech
How cool is this idea? Marisha has a newer store with lots of fun items!

Zig Zags for Articulation Bundle by Activity Tailor
These look super fun! I can't wait to add them to my materials collection!

The Gruffalo: Book Companion by Twin Speech Language and Literacy
This is one of my favorite books ever! I need a companion for it. :)

What do you plan on scooping up? Make sure to browse the What's In Your Cart? linky party for more great ideas!

Happy shopping!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Dab of Christmas

Hello, Friends! I heard through the grapevine that there are 39 more days until Christmas!! Seriously, I'm one of those people that goes right into Christmas-mode as soon as the last trick or treater knocks on my door. I would be perfectly content with skipping Thanksgiving and going straight to Christmas. haha!

In my Christmas excitement, I whipped up a quick gift for you! I made a little sample of my "A Dab of Speech and Language" series to share!
I debuted this series back in February/March. You can read my original post here!

When I first introduced these activities to my students, they absolutely fell in love! Many of them had never used bingo daubers before, so these activities added a sense of novelty and lots of fun to my therapy sessions! Of course, if you don't have access to bingo daubers I recommend using crayons or colored pencils!

This sample packet includes activities for /k, g/, /th/, pronouns, describing, and comparing/contrasting! Here's a little peek:
You can download this merry packet from my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking HERE. If you snag this freebie, please leave me a little feedback love!

If you're curious about the entire series, each monthly packet includes articulation activities, fluency activities, language activities, and some open-ended sheets! They're pretty much a catch-all and will likely have something for each person on your caseload! I know these packets have been a lifesaver for me. I have a large caseload and it's not always possible for me to group students with similar goals and these sheets allow me to differentiate with ease! I love when my students can do the same activity, but work on a different goal.

I've been working on the year long bundle since February and it's almost complete! I'll be adding the December packet this week and then two more months to go! You can check out the year long bundle by clicking HERE.

I hope you enjoy your early Christmas gift! ;)

#bingodaubersarethenewblack

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Spin-Go: Articulation Freebie!

Happy Saturday, friends! Thank you for stopping by my blog! I spent the afternoon making a little freebie to share with you! My students are loving my one of my latest creations - Spin-Go Articulation! The Back to School version was such a big hit, that I decided to turn it into an entire series. I love doing thematic units and wanted to add another NO PREP tool to my toolbox! You can read more about it by clicking HERE.

My latest freebie is a sample of the series!
You can scoop up this freebie in my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking HERE. Each game features a teddy bear spinner! It's perfect to use at any time during the year! I work with K-2 and all of my students love using pencil and paperclip spinners! It adds some novelty to each session! Students simply spin the spinner and practice the word that they land on. After they practice the word, they color it, and then they spin again! Once they color five pictures in a row, they get spin-go!

Here's a peek into the freebie:
This freebie addresses 6 different speech sounds /k, f, p, th, sh/ and /sn/. I tried to give a sample of a variety of sounds! 

Here are some action shots! During the last week of September, we did a little week-long farm theme in my speech room. My language groups worked with When the Leaf Blew In and my articulation groups used Spin-Go: Farm Articulation!

These also make fun sheets to send home for home practice! Students are more likely do articulation drills at home when they have a fun activity to go with it!

If you enjoy this freebie make sure you check out my growing bundle! It's 50% off until December! I'll be adding the Christmas and Winter versions within the month! There are ten guaranteed packets, but it looks like I'll have some upload space leftover to add in some bonus packets as well! I'll definitely make a Halloween Spin-Go packet next year and owners of the bundle will get it for free!

Enjoy your freebie! I have to get ready for my trick-or-treaters! Have a wonderful Halloween and a fantastic weekend! I have a four day weekend and I'm super excited for the extra sleep! haha



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (Ideas and a craft)

It's Wild About Books Wednesday! If you're not familiar with my little blog series, each Wednesday I talk about a specific book and share ideas on how to use it to enhance speech/language. Books are a springboard for language and I use them in my therapy all the time! This week, I'm sharing another irresistible Halloween Book - It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff.
This book is short and sweet! My favorite mouse (from the If You Give A... series) finds himself with seven lovely pumpkins to decorate! He paints each pumpkin to represent a different feeling - happy, sad, silly, surprised, etc. It's a fantastic story to teach children about emotions! I've used this book with a couple different students this week! We also made a sweet little craft to go with the story!

First, we read through the book and talked about each one of the pumpkins! Then, we went through the book again and made our own pumpkins to match the given emotion!

After we talked about the emotions we glued them on a black piece of construction paper! This was a great little sequencing activity!
One of my non-verbal students also worked very hard to make phrases using AAC, such as "silly pumpkin" or "scary pumpkin."

I highly recommend this book! You can target sequencing, emotions, vocabulary, phrases, and so much more!

Do you have a favorite pumpkin book? Please leave a comment and let me know about it!

It's almost 9pm here and I'm pooped, but I just had to stop in to share these little activities with you! If I was mouse, I would've painted a tired pumpkin! haha

Have a wonderful evening! Thank you for visiting! :)



Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Night Before Halloween (Plus Freebie!)

Wild About Books Wednesday has returned just in time for the Halloween season! It's been awhile since Wild About Books Wednesday has been a weekly occurrence! If you're not familiar with this blog series, it's when I discuss a specific book and share ways that it can be used to enhance speech/language. I have four fun spooky books planned out for the month of October. I'm super excited to share some ideas and freebies with you this month! I'm kicking it all off with The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing! This series is the absolute cutest.
I'm a huge fan of book series. They're a fun way to help students build background knowledge. It's always super helpful when a student is familiar with a character or a sequence of events. This little book follows that same general outline as The Night Before Valentine's Day or The Night Before Easter.

There are many goals that you can target with this book! Here are just a few:
1) Rhyming - This book is written with a sweet little rhyme scheme. It's perfect for students who may be struggling with phonological awareness skills or to introduce students to rhyming.
2) WH Questions - I made "A Dab of Comprehension" sheet for this book! You can use it to practice some simple WH questions! Students just use a bingo dauber or marker to color in the circle after they have answered the question.
3) Executive Functioning - The monsters in this book plan a Halloween party! You can discuss how they planned their party and students can plan their own party! I whipped up a quick sheet that you can use with your students!
4) Describing - Students can describe all the Halloween costumes that they see in the book!

If you would like these little freebies, just click HERE. Have you used this book in therapy? How did you use it?

P.S.
Today is also the 7th of the month, which means it's the SLP Must Have Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers! Many speech therapists choose one of their must-have items and place it at 50% off for the day! I'm offering my Halloween Language Bundle today! It's an additional 50% off today (in addition to its daily discount of 20% off)!
Just click HERE to check it out! You can find more spooky savings by searching #octslpmusthave on Teachers Pay Teachers!

P.S.S.
If you're a blogger and would like to link up with your own blog post about a book.. just use the picture below to link back to me!

Have a wonderful Wednesday! Thank you so much for visiting my blog!




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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Halloween Articulation (Plus Giveaway!)

I don't know what it is exactly, but I've always loved Halloween! I love the costumes, the haunted houses, the spooky hayrides, and the endless reruns of Hocus Pocus! Not surprisingly, I love spooky speech! October is my absolute favorite month for speech therapy, because I get to read tons of my favorite books (Room on the Broom, Hallo-wiener, Where's My Mummy, and more!) and invite a few cute monsters into my speech room! I've also made a gajillion therapy resources, because I just love this time of year so much!

Last year, I hosted a couple giveaways to share my Halloween color, cut, and glue articulation activities. You can peek the early and later developing sounds HERE or the blends packets HERE. I have also updated all five of last year's Halloween packets too! So if you scooped them up last year, please download them to get 2-3x more word options!

I also made a couple more Halloween articulation packets (I couldn't help myself! haha), so I'd love to host a giveaway again this year too! I hope you're ready for some spooky speech!

Witch's Articulation Brew
This is seriously, one of the cutest packets I've ever made! It's full of darling little witches and their articulation brew! Students will absolutely fall in love with these spooky sweethearts! This packet contains all early and later developing sounds (in the initial and final positions), as well as, consonant blends (/r/ blends, /s/ blends, and /l/ blends). Best of all? It includes a visual cue on each page to show students their lip and tongue placements for each sound! This makes these sheets ideal for homework too! Parents will find this feature very helpful. While students wait for their turn to engage in repetitive drills they can color these sheets or students can use bingo daubers/dot markers with these activities! Here's a peek:


Kids love monsters. Fact. Seriously, monsters are super fun and kids love them! These monster gumball machines are surrounded by articulation gumballs! All early & later sounds are featured in the initial and final positions and consonant blends are featured! This packet is a great way to tackle multiple sounds in a group while still having your students do the same activity. You can use this packet in a variety of ways, one session use crayons and the next use bingo daubers/markers/etc. Here's a peek:
If interested, you can find ALL of my Halloween resources HERE. I have 19 Halloween items. Clearly, I'm obsessed. haha

You can enter the rafflecopter below for FIVE chances to win these two packets! Thank you for visiting my blog! Have a wonderful day!



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Monday, September 21, 2015

Apple Articulation Giveaway!

Apple week is underway in my speech room! I thought this would be the perfect time to share my latest NO PREP creation - Apple Articulation!
This packet addresses early and later developing sounds in the initial and final position! It also includes pages for /s/ blends, /r/ blends, and /l/ blends (a page for each blend and a combo page)! This morning I printed all the pages I needed for the week in a blink of an eye! Gotta love fun activities that save precious time. This packet is already a big hit!

Here's a peek:
My students are also getting a kick out of the visual cues near the top of the page! There's a picture depicting tongue/lip placement for each speech sound! Today we used crayons, but the next time I bust out these sheets we will use bingo daubers! If you're interested in this packet, you can find it in my TPT store by clicking HERE. I love making repetitive drills fun for my students. :)
It's been forever since my last blog giveaway, so I'd thought I'd share the apple love! Just enter the rafflecopter below for FIVE chances to win! Raffle begins on Tuesday and will end on Sunday!

If interested in more NO PREP fall and apple themed articulation packets, you can check out my blog posts from last year. Just click HERE and HERE to preview my color, cut, and glue articulation packets.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a wonderful day!



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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Apple Themed Lesson Plans

Fall is in the air. I've already busted out my boots and I'm geared up for one of my favorite seasons in speech therapy! Leaves, apples, scarecrows, and Halloween, oh my! I just love this time of year. This week is going to be apple week in therapy! If you're new to my blog, I have a little series called "A Slice of Speech" where I share a little slice of my speech room in the form of visual lesson plans! Stop by each Sunday to get a "slice." :)
Last week we had so much fun with our pirate theme! You can read more about the resources I used for that here. One of my favorite books that meshes pirates and apples is If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff. I adore her If You Give a.. series! I read this book to my now first and second graders last year, so I'll be using this book with my kindergarteners only. My first and second graders will be using Queen's Speech's Autumn Apples packet. It includes a ton of activities - mini book companions, irregular plurals, describing, and more!
Expressively, we will continue our work with the EET and describe apples, applesauce, apple juice, and more! (*note to self - stop at Kroger before work!!) I love the graphic organizers included in the Autumn Apples packet! We will also be comparing different types of apples and apple foods. Receptively, we will practice following conditional directions (perfect for a If You Give a... book!), answering comprehension questions, and working on understanding spatial concepts using my If You Give a Dog a Donut Book Companion.

My articulation kids will be using my latest Apple Articulation packet! I'm super excited about these little activities! We'll use crayons, colored pencils, and bingo daubers to complete them! We will also throw together an easy-peasy apple craft! I have a bunch of die-cut apples, so we will glue our articulation words onto the apples! My fluency students will continue learning about stuttering and practicing light contacts with my September fluency packet.

I'll be giving some homework this week too. I'll send home some grammar pages, printables from the book companion, and some apple articulation sheets too!

If you would like to download these visual lesson plans just click HERE. You can find each resource by clicking the picture!

You can also take a peek at apple week from last year by clicking HERE. We had bushels of fun! haha
Do you have an apple week in your speech room? Which resources/books do you use? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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