Sunday, October 2, 2016

October Speech and Language Lesson Plans!

October is my FAVORITE month for therapy and I'm so excited to share another edition of A Slice of Speech with you! A Slice of Speech is a series on my blog where I share my visual lesson plans and invite other speech bloggers to link up with their own plans too! I love peeking into other speech rooms and seeing what resources other people are using!
I'm seriously obsessed with Halloween! Pumpkins, costumes, Hocus Pocus, vampires (any Vampire Diary fans out there? haha), and candy! I just love everything about October! It's going down, for real. haha! Here's a breakdown of all the resources I'll be pulling from this month: 
I was absolutely not joking when I said I was obsessed with Halloween! haha! I'm excited to fill my speech room with Frankensteins, witches, and wizards! I've made an insane amount of Halloween articulation packets over the years, because they are so much fun to make! This year, we will be using Franken Articulation, Witch's Articulation Brew, and Halloween Gum Balls! I'll be sending sheets home for additional practice and will also be printing these off at 70% so that they will fit inside our interactive notebooks! If you can't use Halloween items at your school, my October Articulation Notebooks only contains year around activities! I also have a ton of fall themed items you could use instead! 

My stuttering students will be using October's Fluency In a Snap and pages from my A Dab series! My apraxia/phonology kids will be using Apraxia On the Go and Halloween themed apraxia printables (they'll be posted in a few days!).

I'm also hoping to squeeze in activities for fire prevention week too! If I can make it happen, I'll blog about our craft later in the month! I also picked up a Little People Fire Truck and Department for 40% off at Kohl's this week! I can't wait to take them to my speech room! 

My language groups will be using the activities found in my Halloween Language Bundle! Room on the Broom is one of my absolute favorite books, so I'll definitely be dusting off that book companion. We will also be using the Room on the Broom flip book found in October's Flipping For Literature. I have a ton of students who are working on following multistep directions, so I'll be printing my Halloween NO PREP Barrier games (at 70% to make them smaller) to add to our language notebooks!

If you're not familiar with visual lesson plans, just download them HERE and just click on each image to be taken to the resource!

What do you have planned for October? I hope you have a spook-tacular month! :)

If you would like to link up with a FB post or a blog, just use the series picture above and link up below!

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by my blog!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Speech and Language Lesson Plans for September!

It's time for another Slice of Speech! Wow, August was an absolute whirlwind! How is it already September?! I have to say, August may or may not have hit me like a ton of bricks. Suddenly, all the kids in the world moved into my district and I'm knee deep in paperwork. I've fallen behind on all things Speech Is Sweet, but I'm happy to say that I feel like I'm on the brink of getting readjusted to balancing blogging, creating materials, and being a school SLP once again! If you didn't catch this year's first installment of A Slice of Speech, you can find it HERE. Each month this year, I want to pop in and share my monthly lesson plans with you! If you have a blog or a FB page, feel free to link up with your own lesson plans below! Just use this image to link back to me!
I know some of my friends up north are just starting back. If that's you, Happy Back to School! I've been back in the swing of things for awhile now, and I have to say.. I'm so excited that it's finally time for fall themed therapy! Here's what's going to be happening in my speech room during the month of September!
In articulation, we're going to continue improving our fine motor skills with the Fall Articulation Bundle. We love to color, cut, and glue in my room! I'll also be sending home pages from my Apple Articulation packet for homework and using the pages as play-doh smash mats in my classroom. Of course, we will continue working in our interactive articulation notebooks too! My student who stutters will be doing activities from September's Fluency In a Snap and September's A Dab of Speech and Language!

I do have quite a few students who are exhibiting final consonant deletion, so I'll be busting out lots of pages from Apraxia On the Go and my latest apraxia printables packet - it'll be completed soon! Keep an eye out, it'll be half off for the first 48 hours or check out the growing bundle that's half off!

Talk Like A Pirate Day is right around the corner! I love doing a pirate theme in September! We will be reading one of my favorite books - How I Became A Pirate by Melinda Long! I'll also whip out one of my favorite Super Duper Games, Pirate Talk! My language groups will also be working in their interactive notebooks, using bingo daubers, and creating flip books!

If you're not familiar with visual lesson plans, they're super convenient! Just download my plans HERE and click each picture to be taken to the resource! Gotta love technology. :)

What do you have planned for September? Comment below and let me know! You can also link up with your own plans!

Have a wonderful September! Fall is coming! :)


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bonus Sale, Interactive Notebooks, and Tips!

Did someone sale bonus sale?! I'm absolutely ecstatic, because I'm addicted to Teachers Pay Teachers! haha.. There's no such thing as too many materials, right?! :)
I'm linking up with my friends, The Frenzied SLPs, to share some back to school fun!

Monday (8/22/16) is a Best Year Ever Bonus Sale! Use the code: oneday to get 28% off of EVERYTHING in my store! Yep, even bundles and growing bundles!

This year, I've decided to implement interactive notebooks in speech therapy! I bought a bajillion composition notebooks from Walmart, glue bottles, and an IKEA cart to store them in (I only work with 3 grade levels so one works perfectly)! I'm really excited! I highly recommend snagging my growing bundles (Interactive Articulation Notebooks and Interactive Language Notebooks) during the sale, they'll be more than 50% off! If you don't make the sale, no worries.. I'll be extending my own sale through Wednesday (8/24) so they'll still be heavily discounted! Here are some pics:

I have a few tips regarding interactive notebooks for you!
1) Liquid Glue sticks way better than glue sticks. Drill "dot, dot, not a lot" into your students' heads. haha :)
2) I don't recommend getting notebooks with perforated sheets. When notebook shopping, stay away from those. I just have a feeling those will not hold up throughout a school year. haha
3) I decided to use composition notebooks; however, spiral notebooks will work too.
4) Keep Calm and Notebook On! :)

Make sure you check out the rest of the linky party! I don't know about you, but I'm ready to stock all the way up for my year! haha

Have a great school year!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Speech and Language Lesson Plans for August!

Summer break is over and I'm ready to jump into a brand new school year! I started attending professional development sessions last week, I've been organizing my speech room since mid-July, and I've been plugging away on some brand new materials off and on all summer! I'm ready, ya'll.  Nothing beats the excitement of a brand new school year. I'm ready to have my best year ever (I'm on year six now!).

I'm also excited to bring back my little blog series A Slice of Speech! I provided visual lesson plans on a weekly basis for awhile to share a little "slice" of my speech room. This year I decided to share my lesson plans on a monthly basis! So make sure you visit my blog on the first of every month to get some ideas for your speech room! If you have a blog or a speechie FB page, feel free to link up and share your lesson plans too! Please use the image below and link back to my blog!
I know many of my friends down south have already returned to school, so I made sure I provided resources for the first two weeks of August too! We can never have enough ideas! My students start back next week! I have a few more days of professional development, home visits, and then I'll be diving right back into speech. I can't wait! So here's what I have in store for my students:
In articulation, my students are going to create a cute banner that I'm going to use to decorate my speech room (and maybe the hallway too!). I just finished this up today and I'm super excited to have some functional decor that my students will help create! They're going to love it! We are also going to warm up our fine motor skills with some color, cut, and glue activities to prepare for our interactive notebooks!

I currently just have one student who stutters on my caseload and we will be learning about the different types of stuttering and practicing fluency shaping strategies with August's Fluency In a Snap and A Dab of Speech and Language! I can't wait to dust off those bingo daubers!

During the first week of speech, I'll be reading There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books with my kindergarteners! I'll be reading The Kissing Hand with my first and second graders and using my literature flip books! We are also going to be cracking open our new notebooks and start diving into language interactive notebooks! So excited about these!

If you're not familiar with visual lesson plans, they're so much fun! You'll just download them by clicking HERE. Then just click on each one of the resources and it'll instantly take you to where you can find it!

What do you have planned for speech and language therapy in August? I'm always looking for new resources, books, and activities! Comment below and let me know! Or link up! :)

I hope you have a wonderful school year! Make sure you click on the links below to find more visual lesson plans by other speech-language pathologists! :)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Best Year Ever! {What's In your Cart? Linky!}

My summer is dwindling away, but I'm super excited about having the best year ever! Teachers Pay Teachers is throwing their annual Back to School sale on Monday (8/1) and Tuesday (8/2). As always, my wish list is overflowing with new clip art, fonts, and speech goodies! I know I can't wait to stock up! I'm linking up with Jenna at Speech Room News for one of my favorite linky parties - What's In Your Cart?
Before I show you what I'm grabbing for my speech room during the sale, I want to share some must-have items in my store! I decided to implement interactive notebooks this year! I'm really excited about it, so I spent all summer preparing fun, interactive materials for my kids!

Interactive Articulation Notebooks for the YEAR {A Growing Bundle}
This is already one of my favorite things ever! A growing bundle acts like a subscription. It's really fun! On the 20th of each month you'll receive a brand new packet and the bundle will be completed on June 20th, 2017! You'll definitely want to snag this during the sale, because it'll be its lowest price going forward. It's already 55% off and you'll get an additional 28% off when you use the code: bestyear. That's only $2.58 a month!

Interactive Language Notebooks for the YEAR {A Growing Bundle}
I can't leave my language kids out in the cold! I had to make interactive notebook activities for them too! Mixed groups are inevitable sometimes, so I'm glad everyone can work with their notebooks even though they're focusing on different skills! This bundle is more than 50% off (until August 15th), but during the sale it will be an additional 28% off. This sale is definitely the right time to invest, as it'll never be this price again. It comes to just $1.80 a month!

Articulation Bundle #2
I love articulation and I love themes, so I had to whip up 10 more fun packets! This time around, I'm including medial sounds! This growing bundle will be completed on 9/1, so it'll be 50% off through August only. Snap it up during the sale for an additional 28% off! These sheets can be used with bingo daubers, play-doh, bingo chips, and more! You can send these home as homework, use in therapy, or print them at a custom scale of 70% to add them into your interactive articulation notebooks! :)

Now on to what I'll be adding into my cart!

Speech Sound Alphabet
Amanda of A Perfect Blend is one of my favorite SLP authors! I need this alphabet to brighten up my speech room! :)

Speech and Language Acorn Crafts by TLC Talk Shop 
How cute are these acorns? I'll use these as fun crafts or as something else we can add into our notebooks!

Interactive Notebook Companions for Picture Books by Sparklle SLP
Interactive book companions?! Fun!

RTI Toolkits for Teachers

I'll definitely be grabbing this RTI bundle by Jenna Rayburn! Gosh, RTI is a struggle sometimes. I have a feeling these ready to assemble binders will make my life easier!

Happy shopping, friends! Let's have the best year ever!

Monday, July 11, 2016

August Interactive Articulation Notebook!

My summer break is flying by! Eeeek! I only have a few weeks left until my professional development begins and as hard as I'm fighting it.. my brain is starting to switch into back to school mode. I've been thinking about classroom decor (but not scheduling yet.. haha.. only the fun stuff!) and interactive articulation notebooks! I'm super excited to embark on a new journey with my students. I've been contemplating using notebooks for a couple years now and I decided to take the plunge! If you have been following my blog for any length of time, then you know how much my students already color, cut, and glue (here's an example post)! I just adore those types of activities and an interactive notebook will just take what my students are already doing to another level!

I debuted my latest bundle yesterday - Interactive Articulation Notebooks for the YEAR! I've had quite a few requests for more examples and I decided to whip up this little blog post to share August's Articulation Notebook with you!
If you snap up the bundle, each month you will receive four different activities for the following sounds: k, g, f, v, p, t, m, n, s, r, l, th, sh, ch, s blends, r blends, and l blends. Since this packet was growing out of control (100+ pages!), I decided to only include the sounds I work on the most. In the future, I do hope to create add on packs for the missing sounds (z, j, b, etc) that can be purchased separately.

Let's go through the four different types of activities that can be found in August's edition!

Flip-flap books for sorting sounds into initial, medial, and final positions and sorting blends! 
Students lift each flap and then glue the words that belong underneath the flaps! 
This activity provides you with 15 different articulation targets (5 in each position)! In addition, each flap is decorated with pictures of 4-5 additional words! So really, students are getting exposed to around 20 words during this activity! 

Throughout the year, I'm going to strive to expose students to TONS of different words that contain their sounds. There will be some repeated words though, but I'll always make sure there's a nice mix each month! 

Flap-Up books! Students glue words around their flap-up book and then lift the flap to write sentences that contain their words!
If your students are not yet writing, they can just draw pictures instead! Students can also write phrases!
Each sound will have it's own unique book! For instance, /k/ has a baking theme and /v/ has a veterinarian theme! 

Interactive pencil pouches!
These pencil pouches are just darling! I think they're my favorite activity found in August's packet! Students decorate their pencil pouch and pencils. Then they stick their pencils (that feature their words) into the pouch! Whenever they want to practice their words, they can just open up their notebook and take out their pencils!
Each pouch is customized! I think students will love having activities that are made just for them and their sounds! :)

Color, cut, and glue activities!
I already have probably 5,000 (literally) color, cut, and glue activities... but hey, you can never have enough! haha.. I never thought about putting them into a notebook until now! If you're also addicted to these types of activities, you can snag 2,000+ in my articulation mega bundle. It's 50% off every day. Students can cut them out and glue them into their notebooks! I also have plans to update that bundle some day to include even more word choices! But anyways.. back to the notebooks! :)

Okay, so I also received some great questions so far and I thought I would answer them here! I put some of them into my own words!

Will each month contain the same words over and over?
Yes and no! Each month there will be different combinations of words! However, within each month's packet there is a huge variety (all four activities will have different words, that's 40+ words!). It truly will be impossible to come up with 40+ words for each sound every month. I can't even think of 480 initial /g/ words! haha.. Also, there are some sounds I don't have a whole lot of clip art (ex. /th/) for and I'll have no choice but to repeat those words. Overall, I truly believe you will be pleased with the variety of words you will receive over the course of the next year.

Will each month contain the same types of activities just with different themes?
Sorry, but again... yes and no! Each month you will receive at least one totally unique activity that your students have never done before (and most likely, you'll receive two totally unique activities). You will also receive the same types of activities in different themes. I think this will be great, as students will gain more and more experience with flap-up books, interactive pouches, flip-flap books, etc). Truly, there are going to be sooo many different types of activities (puzzles, spinners, accordions, file folders, etc) your students will never get bored!

Will the cutting take away from therapy time?
Nope! When students are working one-on-one with you, make them put down their school supplies to engage in repetitive drills. When their turn is over.. these activities are perfect to keep them active while they wait for their turn again! This is one reason why I love color, cut, and glue activities.. I personally don't like it when students just wait around for their turn. I like them to be engaged with an activity. Also... you will have to take a few seconds to show students where to fold and glue, but I feel that's the same as taking time to show students how to play a new game/make a craft/complete a new worksheet/activity.

Is this a lot of prep?
Nope! You can literally make a sample in a minute! Just skip the coloring (the most time consuming part). Don't do any cutting for your students.. They do all the work! Once students learn how to complete these activities, you won't even have to create a sample.... and then it's NO PREP! :)

If you have any questions, please leave them below or in the Q&A section of my store, Speech Is Sweet.

If you're interested, the year long bundle is 25% off! You can check it out HERE! It's also part of a SUPER MEGA bundle (along with the language notebooks bundle) that you can find HERE!

I've also recently added a Volume Two! It includes the add-on packs for /z, j, b, d, w/ and vocalic /r/.
I'm really excited about these notebooks! I just know my students are going to LOVE them! :)

P.S. I'm going to store these in an Ikea cart! I'll definitely share lots of pictures when it's all set up! Be sure to follow me on Instagram! :)

Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting my blog!


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

July: Apraxia On the Go!

It's finally summer break around these parts! Man oh man... what a busy school year. I'm excited to finally get some free time to start blogging again! I have so many ideas to share with you! Before I dive in, I'm going to get my feet wet by sharing my latest resource with you!

I've had so much fun creating my Apraxia On the Go series this school year and I'm excited that I have an entire bank of materials to choose from for the rest of my career!

Since, it's summer.. I thought I would share a peek into the July edition!
This packet contains tons of no prep games and materials! It features an ocean theme! Bring on the beach, sailboats, and animals!

Roll into summer! This fun game features nautical themed dice. Students roll a die to determine which column they'll be using. They then select a word from that column to practice and color! The first activity in each packet differs from month to month!
Game Boards Galore! Students can flip a coin (tails - 1 move, heads - 2 moves) or roll a die to determine how many spaces to move! I recommend dice that only go up to three moves (the kind that comes with many super duper games!) All of the game boards have a nautical theme! Gotta love whales and sails!
Color, cut, and glue! I just love these activities. I made them for my articulation students and had to have some for my students with apraxia! They're a great way to also work on fine motor skills.

Color by Word! Students color the ocean themed picture using the code provided! It's a fun way to engage students while they wait for their turn!
Spin-Go Games! I just love these so much that I also made them for articulation! Students spin the spinner using a paper clip and a pencil then they practice the word that they land on. After they practice the word they color it in.. after they color five in a row they get spin-go!
Paint and Go! One of the easiest ways to spice up your therapy sessions is by simply using a new art supply (bingo dauber, markers, etc). Paint and Go is designed to be used with watercolors! Dive in and have fun! These pages can be used year around!

I hope you have a fun summer! Thank you for visiting my blog! Be sure to check in often, as I have a lot planned this summer!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Sale!

Yay! It's finally Teacher Appreciation Week.. which means that the school year is coming to a close (18 more days for me!) and it's time for Teachers Pay Teachers' annual sale! These special sales only occur a few times a year, so I always comb through my wish list and stock up! I'm linking with the Frenzied SLPs to talk about all the goodies I plan on adding to my therapy toolkit!
My store will be celebrating all week long! Everything will be 20% off Monday through Friday, but on May 3rd & 4th you can grab an additional 10% off by using the TPT code: celebrate at checkout!

First, I wanted to share a few must-have items from my store!

Flipping For Literature for the YEAR {A Growing Bundle}
I'm so excited about this series! When it's completed it will contain 52 interactive flip books to go along with some of your favorite picture books and 52 additional themed booklets! It's currently 75% off, but you can snag it for an additional 28% off on Tuesday and Wednesday! It covers 1st and 2nd grade standards if you're a classroom teacher and can be used across grade levels if you're a speech pathologist! This is the lowest price it will EVER be! You'll definitely want to scoop this up soon! If you enjoyed my articulation flip books, you'll want these for your language students!

Apraxia Printables {A Growing Bundle}
This MEGA bundle will contain 10 seasonal packets for apraxia! Each packet will contain 7 no prep pages for each syllable pattern (VC, CV, CVC, CVCV, CVCVC, CVCVCV, CCVC, and CVCC). These sheets can be used with children with apraxia of speech or phonological disorders! This bundle is also 50% off until the Back to School packet is added in July.. scoop it up during the sale to get it for an additional 28% off! #steal

The Last Week of Speech
Are you ready for The Last Week of Speech? This packet is full of memory activities, summer themed no prep pages, and passports to send home for homework! End the year on a fun note!

Lastly, my Apraxia On the Go and Fluency In a Snap series are both coming to a close! That means that this summer they will reach their final prices. They're still heavily discounted, because they're still growing (only two more packets to go!) and this week they'll be at their lowest prices going forward. With the additional discounts they'll both be over 50% off during the TPT sale, which will never happen again! If they're on your wish list, I recommend grabbing them!

I'm super excited to fill up my cart with some new speech goodies! Here are some things I'll be buying:

Articulation Paper Airplanes by Speech Therapy with Courtney Gragg

Grow A Flower Craft by The Dabbling Speechie

Growth Mindset by Speech to the Core

I hope you have a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you for visiting my blog!

P.S. Don't forget to check out the linky to get more ideas!