Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Now, this is where you all come in... I need your help!!
I am so honored to even just be considered for this nomination! If you feel as though you find the ideas/information on this blog to be useful, I would be *SO* appreciative if you would take a minute to cast a vote for me here. Voting is super easy! You'll just hit the "up" arrow right under the box with my blog name.
It will have you log in to List.ly to cast your vote using either Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. After you log in, make sure to check the page again to see if your vote went through. If the "up" arrow is blue, that means your vote has been cast!
While you're there, take a look around at the other categories and cast your vote for all the other SLP blogs out there, too. You can vote for as many as you want, but you can only vote for each blog one time.
Sublime Speech has put together a blog post with a list of all the SLP blogs nominated for each category for easy reference. Check that out here. How awesome would it be if SLPs were in the top few in each category we were nominated in?!
A big thank you from the bottom of my heart goes out to all of you who read my blog!! I never would have dreamed when I started this blog just 5 short months ago, that I'd be nominated for something like this! Another big thank you goes out to those who have already or will be casting a vote in the Edublog awards! I appreciate you!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Up first.. a Winter Wonderland of Language!
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I was browsing Pinterest for some winter/Christmas therapy ideas and came across this pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/21040323233050339/ I loved the idea of decorating the tree for a therapy activity, so this activity was born!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
5. Most schools/hospitals require you to wear an ID badge to work. I prefer the ones that clip onto your pants, because I'm often times wearing a scarf or necklace around my neck already. Many badges also serve as keyless entry into the building, so having a retractable badge reel is ideal! Get your favorite SLP a cute, stylish one like this one on Etsy:
8. Personalized Clipboards- These are SO fun! Who wants to carry around a boring old brown wooden clipboard when you could have something as fun as this?! SLPs are always on the go, and we do a LOT of assessments. Clipboards can help keep everything together while we're running around, and on days when it feels like we're drowning in paperwork, a cute clipboard to look at may be *just* the little boost we need to lift our spirits ;-)
*Sublime Speech's 10 Speech/Language Apps to Gift This Holiday Season- I love Danielle's unique twist on the gift giving idea... if you like the idea of helping your favorite SLP load up his/her iPad, but don't want to do something generic like an iTunes gift card, check out her post! Gifting apps is a great idea-- you just may have to be a little sneaky and do a little detective work to find out if they already have the app or not!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I'm pretty sure a love of shopping was programmed into my genetic makeup at birth. I get it from my dad, who probably enjoys shopping more than I do... My parents always used to go out at 4am on Black Friday when all of us kids were younger, in order to get the best deals on toys and games. I haven't done a ton of Black Friday shopping (mostly because I love sleep), but I have gone out the last two years.
Last year, my first stop was Walmart to get some nice sheets on sale, thinking everyone would be in electronics and it'd be easy to get them. False. I got elbowed in the face when they opened up the pallet, so I decided to just walk away.. An ER visit was not worth it for bed sheets!! My husband had gone with me to get some Coke, so we ended up checking out, on Black Friday, with only a 2 liter of soda.. Ha!
In most other places besides Walmart, the check out lines were the worst part of the stores.. I haven't had any bad encounters at any other store, but I've been to Walmarts in less populated areas that weren't crazy, either, so I guess it just depends on your area!
That being said, I think I might just stick to trying to do most of my Black Friday shopping online this time around.. But for those who are going out to the stores to shop, I saw a lot of good deals in the ads this year that could be useful for SLPs. I thought I'd highlight some of the most relevant deals being advertised at various stores this year!
-30 percent off die cut machines and accessories, plus $20-$25 Cricut cartridges--good for the crafty SLPs!
-50 percent off Creatology crafts, including sticker buckets - - could be used for some winter/Christmas-themed crafts you're making in the speech room! I love the sticker buckets!
-Photo boxes 5/$7 (regularly $4 each) - - Could be used as organization / storage for printable TpT materials!
Combine these deals with a 30 percent off your entire purchase coupon from their ad (or get it from the Michaels app on your phone) for even more savings!
-$299 16gb iPad Mini, plus $75 Target gift card with any iPad mini purchase
-$100 Target gift card with any regular size iPad purchase
-$50 for $60 worth of iTunes cards (pack of four $15 cards)
-$5 Games: Hedbanz, Jenga, Connect 4
3. Toys R Us
-$3.99 Game: Chutes and Ladders
-$5 Games: Angry Birds Outer Space, Cooties, Connect 4 Launchers
-$8 Game: Hedbandz
-Playdoh 4-pk: $1 each
-Save $10 on iTunes gift card purchases of $50 or more
-$4.88 Games: Don't Break The Ice, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland
-$14.77 for Apples to Apples (regularly $21.88)
-50 percent off Apples to Apples to go and Angry Birds
-$229 (39 percent off) for a Silhouette Cameo die cut machine + Vinyl Starter Kit + $25 + $10 download card
-$4.99 high heel tape dispenser--what girl doesn't need one of these?! :)
-$15 Walgreens gift card with the purchase of two $25 iTunes card
Are you braving the crowds this black Friday, or are you sticking to Cyber Monday?? Post some of your finds if you're shopping - - I love to hear about good deals!!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Some of the ways I incorporate these into activities in speech:
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Anyway, I digress.. Back to the craft! I let the kids have 1 marshmallow for every repetition.. so 5 repetitions=5 marshmallows to glue on. They're motivated to do more repetitions, so it's a win-win for everyone! If you can't use food at your school during therapy sessions, you could use cotton balls as an alternative and cover the whole ghost rather than just the outline.
This craft is super easy to prep-- we have die cuts in our workroom, so the body is just the large circle die cut, and the legs are strips just cut with the large paper slicer.
I've had a couple preK parents tell me they really enjoy the crafts sent home from speech because then they know what sounds they're working on that week. After every word they practice, they get 1 leg to glue onto their spider. I write the words on the legs in white crayon, and when we're done, we go back and practice all the words again!
Monday, October 28, 2013
Here are some of my favorite up-and-moving activities for Halloween week!
1. Toilet Paper Ghost bowling
I saw this on Pinterest (link here) during my first year in the schools, and have had a blast with it every year! I typically do this with an artic group of 2-- one kid practices their words, then bowls, and while they are setting the ghost pins back up, the other kid is practicing their words. The second kid bowls, and while they are bowling/setting back up, that first student is practicing speech words again. That way, each kid is busy with something and there's not much down time where a student is just waiting for their turn.
I also just saw a variation of this activity today from a new blog, Cheerful Speech Chatter, using bowling pins.. super cute! http://cheerfulspeechchatter.blogspot.com/2013/10/ghost-bowling.html
2. Pumpkin beanbag toss
This is pretty simple, but my kids love beanbags! I had them toss beanbags onto a pumpkin, and they had to tell me the number on the pumpkin they landed on (working on number recognition). The number on the pumpkin was either the number of times they said their speech words (with artic cards) or the number of cards they had to do before their next turn (with the language kids; ie 4 pronoun cards, 2 vocab cards, etc.. Or, you could do it this way with artic, too, and have them do 3 cards 5x each or 4 cards 5x each, etc... for even more repetitions!). You could modify this for kids working on MLU and put pictures underneath the beanbag and have them use 3 word phrases like ("I got ___" "I found ___" or "___ under pumpkin" etc...)
One of the preK teachers I worked with last year had some super cool beanbags that one of our previous preschool parents had sewn her, and one of the beanbags was made from a skull & crossbones pattern-- perfect for Halloween and my little boys LOVED using it for this activity. They asked for it
3. Ghost Footprints
I got the inspiration for this from the blog, "Toddler Approved." I modified it a bit to fit my needs, and used these Fall Concepts Bingo pieces to tape on to the ghost footprints. The kids have to listen for a specific picture to find (i.e. find the pumpkin UNDER the table, ON TOP of the table, etc...) and then hop onto that footprint to "catch" the ghost before he floats away. The kids were giggling the whole time... Oh to be a preschooler again... :)
4. Trick or Treating with speech cards
I'm pretty sure I saw this idea somewhere out there in blog-land/Pinterest a couple years ago, but I have no idea where I saw it first. I have a couple little trick or treat bags like this one below from the Target $1 Spot
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Last year for my birthday/Christmas, I put iTunes cards on my wishlist, thinking that I'd maybe get one or two $10-$15 cards. Wrong. When all was said and done, I ended up with $125 in iTunes credit! I actually just found one of those $25 cards when I cleaned off my desk at home the other night--I had never redeemed it and it was just sitting on my desk this whole time! I also found a $5 Starbucks card while organizing... talk about hitting the jackpot! Coffee and iPad apps are two things that can make my work life
All of my kids love this app and so do I-- so many ways to incorporate different goals! Turn taking is super easy to do with this app (as are phrases like "my turn" and "your turn"). You can use it for 'be' verbs and -ing verb sentence structure ("Cow is hiding" "Dog is hiding" etc...). You can even throw in some speech practice with early developing sounds! (Cow/moo, bird/peep, barn, hay, dog/puppy/bark, etc...)
#2: Mr Potato Head!
Monday, October 14, 2013
- Vocabulary: I used this to work on farm animal vocabulary. A lot of my kiddos can't name very many farm animals! The kids had to pick a beanbag and name the animal on it before throwing it into the jeep. You could also target this receptively with two or three beanbags out at a time, and tell them to "Find the sheep" or "Find the pig" before tossing in a beanbag.
- EET/Describing: For my older preschoolers working on describing (older 5s going into kindergarten next year), I had them pick a beanbag and describe the animal on it before tossing it in.
- Inferencing: This goes along with the vocabulary piece, but for some kids with basic inferencing goals (ie naming items when they are described), I described an animal and they had to guess which one it was. After they guessed, they found that beanbag and tossed it in.
- Increasing MLU: We worked on combining 3 words together while tossing the animals in.. "Pig goes in" "Horse goes in" or "Pick up sheep" "Pick up goat" etc... You could also use "Take out (animal)" when taking the beanbags out of the jeep!
- Articulation: I used this as a general reinforcer for my artic kiddos. They got to toss in a beanbag as they practiced their speech words.
What are some of your favorite activities to use with Sheep in a Jeep? I'm always looking for new ideas!