Friday, February 20, 2015

A Dab of Speech and Language

It's no secret. I love art supplies. We go through massive amounts of colored pencils and glue in my speech room! My students love creating & decorating and I'm always thinking of ways to provide them with novel actvities. My bloggy friend Mary, over at Old School Speech, mentioned to me that her students preferred bingo daubers over crayons. Honestly, I had never used bingo daubers in therapy so they went straight to the top of my shopping list! I began thinking of ways to incorporate the daubers into my therapy. Of course, do-a-dots and articulation therapy, are pretty popular ways to use bingo daubers.. but I wanted to take it further. I made some "A Dab of Comprehension" freebies that I shared on my blog and other dot activities. Finally, I decided that I wanted to create ways to address lots of different goals with bingo daubers and "A Dab of Speech and Language" was born.

I'm super excited about this series! I stocked up on bingo daubers of all colors and ever shimmery daubers! I'm the type of person, when I see a shoe that I like.. I want it in every color! haha.. The same thing goes for therapy materials (and apparently bingo daubers haha). If there is something I like, I want it in all themes so that I'll have options throughout the year. So, I decided to make "A Dab of Speech and Language" for every month.

Here's a peek at the March Edition:
Each month, there will be activities that address the holidays and the season of that month. March covers St. Patrick's Day and spring. April will be covering Easter, spring, and Earth Day. Months that are low on holidays may also include some year around themes.

Here are some examples of completed activities:
This packet contains three different activities for articulation. There is "A Dab of..." where students simply dab the picture of their word after they practice. There is also "Spin and Dab" where students use a pencil and paperclip to spin the spinner to determine if they are practicing their word in the initial, medial, or final position. There are also "spin and dab" activities for blends and CVC words.
I thought it would also be cool to color code each position! There are also "Dab and Say" activities that encourage students to practice their sounds at the word, phrase, and sentence level. After a student practices their word at the word level they get to dab, after they practice at the phrase level they get to dab, etc.
These packets will also cover lots of language skills and fluency. Here are some more examples:
"Dab and Sequence" 
Dab the preposition!

Many other skills are included such as categories, antonyms, synonyms, multiple meaning words, describing, and more! 

If you don't own bingo daubers, no problem! Students can use crayons, colored pencils, or markers to color in the circles instead. These activities are great for reinforcing skills and fun with or without the bingo daubers... Although, I highly recommend scooping up some daubers (they're also called "Do-A-Dot Art Markers)! haha

I also decided to create a "Growing Bundle" for anyone who is interested in collecting these packets each month. Essentially, it's like a club! On the 20th of each month, a new packet will be added to the bundle. It's a great way to save money up front, as opposed to purchasing each individual packet over the course of the year. Since the bundle only contains March at the moment, the bundle is discounted at 50% off. Each month, the cost will go up until all the packets are included! 


Do your students enjoy using bingo daubers/do-a-dot markers? What sorts of skills would you be interested in seeing in future packets? Please comment and let me know! I've been doing lots of brainstorming this week.. since snow and the bitter cold have closed down my school. Seriously, it was -11 degrees this morning! Eeek. 

Thank you for visiting my blog! Have a wonderful weekend - stay warm and safe! 



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