November 8, 2015

Turkey Talk Blog Hop

Happy November! I can't believe it is already November! Where has this year gone? I have to admit that this is my favorite time of year though. The changing colors, yummy foods and smells, and of course, all of the festivities around the holiday season. I have been collaborating with some of my SLP blogger friends about something fun we could all do together to show you how THANKFUL we are for each of you! We decided to do a blog hop with lots of freebies to help making planning super simple this month, so you can spend more time with your family.

Here is how it works:
Karen from The Pedi Speechie has created an awesome Thanksgiving story, The Turkey That Wasn't Thankful, which is about a turkey that isn't thankful. Since you have arrived here, you will now be picking up the companion parts to this book. First is the comprehension questions created by yours truly. You can find them here:

There are two activities within my packet: a comprehension flip book and comprehension question cards. The flip book has visual answer choices and is separated by question type. The comprehension cards do not have answer choices. Next, you will be visiting Amy Beth from Speechasaurus to gobble up some awesome vocabulary activities.

Please don't forget to leave each of us some feedback. We love reading how you used all of the activities in your classrooms. And we would really appreciate if you could SPREAD THE WORD!

August 18, 2015

Shining Stars Linky Party: TPT Boost Sale

Have you heard? Teachers Pay Teachers just announced that they are having a ONE-DAY SALE! That means there is one more day to grab all of those must have items in your cart. I know I have found lots of amazing products since the last sale and am so thankful I can save up to 28% off by using the code MORE15 on August 19th (Wednesday).

I am linking up with Jen over at SLPrunner for her Shining Stars Linky Party to show you some "Shining Star" products from my store and a few favorites I have from some other stores.

Here are some favorites from The Speech Attic:

Back 2 School Speech and Language

This packet is filled with activities and worksheets to get the school year started off right. It covers 12 different language skills with lots of differentiated activities.

Articulation Kits Early Sounds k,g,f,v

I am loving my new Articulation Kits for Early Sounds! I has tons of different activities for each sound. It is great for articulation stations and even includes worksheets that can be sent home for homework.

Editable Monthly Newsletters For Speech & Language Therapy

These newsletters have made communicating with parents about what's going on in speech a breeze. They include a newsletter template, vocabulary worksheets, and articulation worksheets.

Here are a few "SHINING STAR" products from my speech peeps!

Following Directions

Following Directions by The Pedi Speechie
I love pirates and I love working on following directions! This pack looks so fun! It will be a great addition to my pirate themed materials for Talk Like A Pirate Day in September. 

No Print Fact Vs Opinion

No Print Fact Vs. Opinion by Speech Wonderland
This year I found out we have limited copies we can make. BOOOO! This no print product will definitely come in handy!

Articulation Carryover Activities!

Articulation Carryover Activities! by Speechasaurus
I am always looking for fun activities to use with my articulation students for carryover. It is in color and in black and white. Woohoo!

My entire store will be 20% off plus you get an additional 8% off when you enter the code MORE15 at checkout! You can check out other Shining Star products here!

Happy Shopping!

August 12, 2015

Wacky Wednesday Book Club: Pirates Don't Change Diapers

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! As I was digging through my books trying to decide which one to talk about this week I found the sequel to "How I Became A Pirate".

My students LOVED reading this book last year! If you don't have "Pirates Don't Change Diapers" you can grab it here from Amazon

This companion is quite similar to the one I made for "How I Became A Pirate". It is loaded with activities to target a variety of  goals.

Here is a peek at some of the activities included in this packet:

-Story Map
-Sequencing With Ordinal Numbers

-Sequencing Chain
-Comprehension Questions With Picture Cues

-Comprehension Questions Without Picture Cues

-Yes/No Questions
-Vocabulary Using Context Clues
-Vocabulary Word Search

-Vocabulary Four Square

-Sentence Comprehension
-Pirate Vocabulary
-Past, Present, and Future Verb Sorting
-Past Tense Irregular Verbs
-Scrambled Sentences

-Compare & Contrast
-Writing Prompt
-Open-ended Game Board

I forgot to mention, this book companion just got a makeover! WooHoo! I can't wait to pull it out in September. 

What are some other pirate themed books you like to read for Talk Like A Pirate Day?

August 6, 2015

Funny Directions: App Review & Giveaway

Every year I have quite a few students with goals for following directions. I was really excited when Speecharoo, a new app developer, contacted me to review their new app Funny Directions. 

This app is adorable and so much fun. It targets 1,2,3 step directions, basic vocabulary, attention, and memory. 

When you open the app you are greeted by an adorable kangaroo named Kit who takes you to the home screen. On the home screen you have 4 different scenes (classroom, bedroom, beach, and park) to choose from and each scene has 3 different levels. The scenes are perfect since they are familiar environments for our students. 

Here is a look at the different scenes:

Within each level there are 10 directions that must be completed. After the child completes a direction correctly, they are given reinforcement from that particular character. For incorrect responses, the directions are repeated for the child on the first attempt. If they respond incorrectly on their second attempt, it will provide visual and verbal prompts. Visual directions are provided at the top of the screen. Directions can be repeated as many time as needed within each scene. You can also turn the verbal commands and text off and on by going to settings. The arrow in the bottom right corner allows you to skip to the next direction. The house icon in the top right corner allows you to return to the home screen at any time. The app also collects data which can be emailed at the end of each game. 

Once all 10 of the directions are complete Kit the kangaroo appears with balloons for your student(s) to pop.

This app is a must-have for students working on following directions. 

But before you run go purchase the app, the awesome creators at Speecharoo are giving away one for free! Woohoo! 

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*Please note: This app was provided by the developer for review but the opinions here are all mine. No other compensation was provided.

August 5, 2015

Wacky Wednesday Book Club: How I Became A Pirate

Hey friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope all of you enjoyed the Back to School sale and found lots of awesome deals. 

I need to confess... I love pirates! Talk Like A Pirate Day in September is one of my favorite days during the year. The kids get so excited because group becomes a little different. We make up pirate names for each other and wear eye patches. One of the books we love to read is... 

This book is about a little boy, named Jeremy Jacob, who is at the beach with his family until the pirates show up and take him away. They need his help. On his journey he learns how to talk like a pirate and act like a pirate, but he also learns there are no books or good night kisses on the ship. Jeremy decides he does not want to be a pirate, he just wants to go home to his family. 

I created a companion to accompany this book which covers a little bit of everything!

There is a worksheet to identify story elements.

There are two sequencing activities: 

There are 24 comprehension question cards and 3 additional blank cards for you to add what you need. There is also 8 yes/no questions included. 

Next, there are 15 tier two vocabulary cards with 3 answer choices plus an additional 3 blank cards for you to add what you need. Your students will use context clues within the sentence to identify the meaning of the words.

Jeremy learns some pretty awful manners from the pirates, so I included an activity to talk about good manner/bad manners.

We couldn't forget about the Pirate vocabulary! There are 11 pirate words with matching definition cards and 2 additional cards. 

I have many students who work on sentence structure and verb tenses. There is a past, present, and future sorting activity with 24 verb cards. 

And 16 irregular verb cards with 3 answer choices.

Next we have sentence scramble, which includes 6 color coded sentences. Students will arrange the words into the correct order to formulate sentences. 

There are 4 describing mats, articulation worksheets, and an open ended game included.

You can grab this packet in my TPT store.

I can't wait to pull this packet out next month. What fun pirate crafts or activities do you do with your students to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day?

July 31, 2015

What's in Your Cart? BTS 2015 Linky Party

The secret is out, TPT has announced their Love Back to School Sale which is happening next week August 3-4! Can you believe it's already time to go back? I don't think it has fully set in yet that I go back to work next week. What better way to get prepared to start than with a sale! Site-wide sales are pretty awesome because can save up to 28% off all those awesome products you have been eyeing all summer. I know I have slowly been loading my cart with lots of goodies in anticipation of this sale.

I have linked up with the fabulous Jenna Rayburn from Speech Room News for her What's in Your Cart? Linky Party.  

Before I show you what is in my cart here are a few items from my store that I think you will find useful as you begin the 2015-2016 school year.

This is a best seller in my store! All the pages within the planner are editable and I will personalize the cover for you. This planner has been a life saver during the school year. It helps me keeps up with everything I have to get done.

This 85 page packet is filled with differentiated activities addressing asking/answering WH questions, categories, pronouns, compare & contrast, antonyms/synonyms, vocabulary, following directions, verbs, conversation skills, and articulation.

This packet is filled with articulation activities that will last for months. The activities are also perfect for use in articulation centers. Included in the packet are worksheets, puzzles, QR code cards, turn & talk books, play dough mats, matching game and much more.

Now, let me show you what's in my cart!

I am so excited about the Speech & Language Flip Books Nicole Allison from Speech Peeps has created. They will be perfect for going over all of the beginning of the year expectations and goals with my students.

Speech and Language Flipbooks

I have to confess, I am a little obsessed with the Interactive Articulation Flip Books from The Dabbling Speechie. They are easy to put together, include lots of engaging activities, and easy to take with you.

 Interactive Articulation Flipbooks for /s,z/ with editable

I love any materials that are easy to take along with me. I can't wait to put together these Take & Go Cause & Effect Task Cards Rings from Speech Wonderland.

Take & Go: Cause & Effect Task Card Ring

I am always in need of minimal pairs activities! This Minimal Pairs & More: Bundle from The Pedi Speechie is just what I have been looking for.

Minimal Pairs & More: Bundle

This Elementary Social Skills Bundle from Speechasaurus looks very comprehensive. This will be perfect for my caseload this year, since many of my students struggle with these skills.

Elementary Social Skills Bundle

Make sure to stop back by Speech Room News to find out what others are buying. I would love to know what's in your cart. 

Happy shopping!

July 29, 2015

Wacky Wednesday Book Club: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books & Giveaway

It's Wednesday! Time to check out another great book and activities you can use in therapy. This week I chose "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books" by Lucille Colandro. As you probably know she is one of my favorite authors.

As we all know this old lady likes to swallow lots of bizarre things. In this book you can expect her to eat some school themed materials including some books, a pen, a pencil case, a ruler, a folder, some chalk, and a bag.

These predictable stories are perfect for targeting language concepts such as: sequencing, rhyming, cause/effect, vocabulary, and many other skills. If you don't have this book you can purchase it from Amazon for $6.99.

One of my favorite activities I do with my students is attach the Old Lady's head to an empty tissue box or small trash can so they can feed her the objects as we go through the story. I also use this for my articulation students and have them feed her their speech cards.

As we read through the story I ask my students WH questions. Once we are finished with the story we work together to sequence the events in the story. 

I like to incorporate following directions into a lot of my lessons since a lot of my kiddos can use some help with this. Jenn Alcorn from Crazy Speech World has a great product, Granny Says!, that I use with my students. It covers 1,2,3-step directions and conditional directions.

Depending on my students needs I have created activities to address verb tense, object function, rhyming, sound identification, or counting syllables which can all be found in my book companion.

There are also many great crafts I find on Pinterest to accompany this book.

I also send my students home with a mini book so they can practice reading to their parents and share what they worked on in speech.

You can grab a copy of my book companion HERE or try to win a copy below. The winner will be announced Monday, August 3!

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