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 Spin-Go Articulation Bundle. It's 25% off and features 11 fun themes! I have more themes planned too! If they're made, they'll be added to the bundle 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 - (aff. link) 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

*I included an Amazon Affiliate link. I would never recommend a book I didn't love!*

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 (aff. link) 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?

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!

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!

*I included an Amazon Affiliate link for the book. I would never recommend a book that I didn't love!*

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

Speech is Sweet

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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