Saturday, November 28, 2015

What's in Your Cart? Cyber Monday TPT Sale Linky Party


Did any of you grab some great Black Friday sales this year?! I just can’t bring myself to fight those crowds anymore, so Cyber Monday is more my style these days! Speaking of sales...Did you know the next TPT site wide sale is coming up on November 30th and December 1st. My store, along with many others, will be 20% off, then you can use the TPT code “SMILE” to get an extra percentage off, for a total of 28% off your total purchase. 
As usual, to help you prepare for the sale, Jenna at Speech Room News is throwing a “What’s in your cart” linky party! Let’s take a peek inside my store and inside my cart. 

From my store I think you should check out these products:
  1. “No Print Snowman Language” There is no printing, no laminating and no prepping with this product, full of receptive and expressive language practice. This top seller will be a huge hit in your winter therapy sessions!
  2. “Snowman Language Print and Go” This brand new packet is the perfect compliment to the “No Print Snowman Language” packet, but it can also be used as a stand alone product. Don’t have time to prep? No problem, I have you covered whether it’s for therapy practice or homework, you can’t go wrong with this one. 
  3. “Investigating Tier 2 Vocabulary” So many of my older students are missing important Tier 2 vocabulary words. This packet has been a life saver while trying to teach my students how to use context clues. 
Here are some products I've picked from other sellers (I think you should get these too)!

1. “Apraxia and Phonological Disorder Survival Pack” from Jessica at The Speech Space.  There are so many activities and so many pages!!!

  Confession: I already own it...it’s amazing!!

3. “Winter Speech Language Mage Bundle” from Sarah at Short and Sweet Speech. This has soooo many skills included!!!


Make sure you head back over to Speech Room News to check out what other people have in their carts! Click HERE to return to the linky party!



See you soon!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Thankful and Grateful Blog Hop (Frenzied SLP)

The Frenzied SLPs are bringing you a fantastic scavenger hunt style “Thankful and Grateful Blog Hop” and we want you to be a part of it!!! Three lucky winners will be chosen to win a $10 TPT gift card and a $10 Starbucks gift card. 
Click the image above to be sent to The Frenzied SLP Facebook page. 

Here’s what you do:
  1. Read each of the “Thankful and Grateful” blog posts written by individual Frenzied SLPs. 
  2. Collect the letters at the bottom of each blog post. (Make sure you write them down.)
  3. Enter the Rafflecopter. It can be found on any of the blog posts. 
  4. Visit the Frenzied SLPs Facebook page for an additional entry. 
  5. Wait until 11/13/15 to see if you are one of the lucky winners!
Now let’s get down to what I am Thankful and Grateful for! 

1) I am thankful for my friends and family, who support me, love me, and call me out when I need a reality check! I don’t know what I would do without each and everyone of these people! 

2) I am thankful to be a member of the Frenzied SLPs! (Thank you Laura!) I am also thankful for the amazing friendships and collaborative community that I have found through Facebook, my TPT store, and blog. Each of you are included in this community! I have learned new things about myself and our profession through the amazing amounts of constant collaboration! 

3) I am beyond thankful for my new job and the amazing people I have the opportunity to work with! Over the past few months they have shown me that they will be there to support me, teach me, learn from me, pray for me, and talk about life with me. I hope they each know they can expect the same from me! 

4) I am thankful that I have the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing students I have every met! I love finding new ways to help them grow and supporting them in their academics. Not only am I able to teach them, but they teach me new things each and every day! 

What are you thankful for?

Don't forget to write down my letter and check out all of the other blog post, before you enter the Rafflecopter. 
 
Click the image for the next blog.
Click the image to start at the beginning. 





Sunday, September 27, 2015

Middle School Materials and Motivators (linky party)


Oh middle school...working with middle school students is unlike working with any other age range. How do you find materials for the kids? How do you keep the kids motivated? How do you keep the kids from suddenly being too embarrassed to come to speech/language therapy? Those are some tough questions! Luckily, the Frenzied SLPs have you covered with this fun “Middle School Materials and Motivators” linky party! I'm linking up over at Twin Speech's blog
Let me give you a peek into my MIDDLE SCHOOL therapy and how I’ve combated some of these issues. 

How do we find great materials for middle schoolers?
The first thing I want to show you is my newest MIDDLE SCHOOL product! I am so excited to share this with you! I spent well over 40 hours working on this to help my kiddos and we are loving it! Over my years in this field and after talking to tons of teachers about how my students are performing in the classroom, I have become a firm believer that vocabulary is a huge factor in their classroom and comprehension difficulties. Here’s the problem though...I can’t teach my kids every vocabulary word they will ever need to know! Neither can you! But...I can teach them strategies to help them figure out what unknown words mean. One of the main strategies I teach kids is to USE CONTEXT CLUES!!!!! Here’s how we’re working on context clues...
This packet contains important Tier 2 Vocabulary Words for 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th grade!!! There are almost 200 total Tier 2 Vocabulary words included!!! WOW!
We start by using our context clues to define made up words! I want to know that they really understand how to use the clues and that they aren’t correctly defining the word because they happen to know what it means already. 

I have included Level 1 cards (with multiple choice answers), Level 2A cards (same words and sentences as level 1 without multiple choice options), and Level 2B cards (same words with different sentence context and no multiple choice options).
Level 1
Level 2A
Since I have large groups of kids, I make them each a packet based on their needs. If they need multiple choice answers to assist with defining the Tier 2 word, I give them Level 1 cards. If they don’t need the multiple choice answers and will be able to determine the meaning without extra support they receive Level 2A. I read the sentences to the group and the students are responsible for highlighting the important clues. If we need to use a graphic organizer we pull those out too. After they highlight the clues they either circle the letter they believe to be the correct answer or they write the answer on the card. We go around and talk about whether the answers are correct and or incorrect and discuss the clues used to determine the the meaning. 
If I need to address skills with one student, I let the others work on a “Context Clue Center”. They have a mini dictionary (pages with each word and definition) that they can use to check each others answers while they are completing their packets. 
Level 2B
When we are ready to practice our vocabulary in other contexts, we use the Level 2B cards. The words are the same but the sentences are different. 

Once my kiddos understand how to use context clues, I start to see more progress in the classroom. They start trying to figure out what the unknown words mean which leads to better comprehension of the material being presented to them. 

How do we keep middle schoolers motivated?
This year my theme with for the middle schoolers is employment!
We started the year with a conversation. During the conversation we discussed responsibility and taking responsibility for your actions. I told them for the rest of the year speech was their job. They would be responsibility for showing up to “work” on time. They would be responsible for completing all of their work in a timely manner. They would be responsible for completing and returning all paperwork or homework. They would be responsible for their actions on the way to and from speech. They would be responsible for their actions in the speech/language sessions. Finally, they would be responsible for learning, doing their best and making progress. We also discussed that I will be responsible for making sure they are provided the information and strategies they need. I will be responsible for planning our work tasks. Since this is now their job they will earn a daily “wage”. Their wage will be dependent on their ability to fulfill their responsibilities. Their “wage” is in actuality me making tally marks. I don’t do the whole treasure box after each session thing, however, they will be allowed to cash in their wages at various times to earn some type of reward. The reward may be school supplies, it may be a special activity, or anything else decide I make up!

That all sounds crazy right?!?! Do you know every single kid shows up to speech on their own every single session!!!! Do you know every single kid works hard and completes all of the tasks I give to them!!! Do you know every single kid returns their paperwork and homework!!! 

To make sure the kiddos (they’re too old to be kiddos right) students didn’t forget when their “appointment” was, I made them “appointment cards” that were discreet but able to be used as a reminder! 

I made a list for all of the teachers telling them the students who receive speech/language services, the day of services and the time of the services. 

I hope this has helped you out in your journey into middle school! Now head back over to the linky party (click here) and grab some other great tips, materials, and motivators from some other amazing SLPs! 


See you soon!


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Talk Like A Pirate Day Linky Party!!!


Ahoy, matey! Did you know September 19th is “Talk Like A Pirate Day”? Many SLPs will be using pirate themed therapy materials all week in preparation for this oh so special day!!! My sweet friend Tracy, from Gold Country SLP, is throwing a pirate themed linky party to make sure you are set with all the best pirate themed products from TPT!

If you know me at all, you know I love incorporating a good book into therapy! And this “holiday” is just one more reason for me to buy children’s books! I absolutely love the book “How I Became A Pirate” by Melinda Long and David Shannon!!!! Check out this book companion I created to use as a supplemental material with this book! (You will need to purchase the book separately!) 

***Note: When you purchase this book companion you receive both a color version and a black/white version!!!
(Click on any of the images to be directed to the product in my TPT store.)

Look at all of the skills addressed in this book companion! There’s something for just about everyone on your caseload and you can easily adapt many of the skills based on age and ability levels!
This book is full of both tier 1 and tier 2 vocabulary! 
Working on object functions? There are 2 different levels included. This book companion also includes cards to assist with “wh” comprehension and yes/no questions. 
Working on prepositions? No problem...let’s see where those pirates are hanging out! 
Talk about these simple pictures to address pronouns in sentences. 
Working on plural nouns or past tense verbs? No problem!  Do your older kids need vocabulary practice? How about some synonyms and antonyms related to the story?
How many of our kids need work on describing? Taking those descriptions and using that information to compare and contrast is tough for our kiddos!
Have an artic kid instead of a language kid? No worries! I have included target cards (including images) for /r/ in all positions and blends, with a game board for reinforcement. 
Smartly, me lass...run, don’t walk to The Speech Owl’s TPT store and grab this Book Companion!!!

Here are some other pirate materials you might want to check out!
1)This Sheep on a Ship Book Companion from Speech Sanity looks so cute! I don't know this book, but love learning about new books for therapy!!!
2) This Pig Kahuna Pirates Book Companion from Old School Speech look fantastic also!!! Another book I don't know, but can't wait to check out!

Click here to voyage back to Gold Country SLP’s blog to see all of the other links!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Shining Stars Linky Party (It's time for another sale!!!)


Have you heard?!?! TPT is having another ONE DAY SALE for back to school! That means another day to score up to 28% off EVERYTHING in my TPT store (The Speech Owl) on August 19th (Wednesday) with the code "MORE15"!!! In preparation for this SALE SLPRunner is hosting a SHINING STARS linky party! This linky party was created to show you a few of our favorite products from our own stores (they may or may not be best sellers) and a few favorite products from other stores! These are those products that are “SHINING STARS”!
Here we go!!!! These are the products that I think are SHINING STARS from my store!
I love all of my no print products! I’m choosing to show the fall version simply because it’s my newest one and I can’t wait to use it with my new caseload. My No print “seasonal” products each cover 12 different language skills. I love how easy it is to grab the iPad and address most, if not all, of my kids language needs! 
I am loving my nonfiction products! These are great for a variety of ages and ability levels with a few simple adjustments. So far, this bundle contains passages for Black History Month and U.S. Landmarks. There are more passages in the works (inventors and presidents will be next)! Each time a new packet is added the price will go up. Each packet contains multiple informational passages. Each informational passages also comes with separate pages to address important vocabulary, 2 levels of comprehension questions, graphic organizers to organize important information related to the topic, and pages to allow your students to work on writing short paragraphs. Check out this free excerpt from the U.S. Landmarks packet by clicking here

These are a few of the products that I think are SHINING STARS from other stores!
This has been one of my lifesavers!!! I love that I can use this tool to not only progress monitor but also to determine areas of need when writing IEPs for new students. I can’t tell you how many students I have acquired on my caseload only to have an IEP due immediately. This progress monitoring tool has helped me learn more about the students strengths and weaknesses, write a strong present level and determine the most appropriate goals for each of the students. 
I haven't had a chance to use this one yet, but I think it is going to provide a lot of information! Some of the words are a little tough for my littles, but it's going to definitely help build their vocabulary to help them with understanding what is begin taught in the classroom. Pre-teaching important vocabulary is always beneficial and this tool will help pre-teach and monitor my students progress. 



Make sure you stop by all of our stores on Wednesday. August 19th, to grab some AMAZING deals! Remember 28% Off EVERYTHING with the code "MORE15"!!!


Head back over to SLPRunner’s linky party to find some more SHINING STARS!!!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wild About Books...If you take a mouse to school

Have you started back to school yet? I’ve been back for over a week! How did summer go by so quickly?!?! Oh, well! I am super excited to get to know some fantastic new kiddos and see what kind of progress we can make! If you know me well, or at all, then you know I love using books for therapy! I think literacy is super important for all students, but especially for our speech and language students!!! Since I love books in therapy so much I am joining Scarlett over at Speech Is Sweet for her weekly “Wild About Books Wednesday” linky party. 

In honor of the start of another school year, I want to talk about a book you probably already know! Do you love the Laura Numeroff books too? Lets talk about “If You Take A Mouse To School.” I’m going to tell you a little about this book, show you how I use it in therapy and let you take a peek into my book companion for this book. 

Here's a link to check out my book companion. 
Here’s a link to check out the book on Amazon

In “If You Take A Mouse To School”, this sweet little mouse is headed to school with his human friend. Of course they have to get ready, catch the bus, put their belongings away, go to class, learn new things, have lunch, get into some type of trouble, play and go back home to rest before the next day. This precious mouse is busy as a bee. 

How do I use this book in therapy?
  1. Vocabulary: You know I love teaching vocabulary! There are so many school related items to teach in this book! Here is one of the pages from my book companion to address basic school supplies/vocabulary. 
  2. Sequencing: You can have the students put the scenes in order and have them retell the story. Want to relate this skill to daily tasks? Talk about your daily schedule, what happens first in their day, what happens last in their day and have them tell you about what they learn in their classes. 
  3. Comprehension Questions: Ask your kids questions related back to the text. Need extra visuals...just open up the book. Ask them general questions about their day. When they do things, why they do things, where they do things, etc.
  4. Object Functions: Talk about why or how you use various school supplies. 
  5. Cause and Effect: Talk about what happens after various events in the book. The mouse writes a book=you hear the book. 
Click the picture above to be directed to my book companion for this book.
Here are the skills addressed: 
1)  Vocabulary     
2) Sequencing       
3) Comprehension     
4) Object Functions     
5) Pronouns          
6) Same and Different
7) Big and Little    
8) Following Directions       
9) Some Things About Me

How would you use this book in therapy?
Head over to Speech Is Sweet to see some other great books!


See you soon, 



Sunday, August 9, 2015

Speachy Feedback winners announced!!!

Today I am linking up with Nicole over at Speech Peeps for “Speachy Feedback”!!!
Speachy Feedback is a linky party where TPT sellers celebrate insightful and encouraging feedback on Teachers Pay Teachers products. I have read each and every piece of feedback that you guys have left and chosen my winners! That's right WinnerS! All of the feedback was fantastic and so encouraging, but I narrowed it down to two winners! Each of you win one product from my store!  

Winner #1 is Tracie Higgins!!! Thank you so much Tracie! This is exactly what I aim for when I create materials and book companions! Email me with your choice of free product! (Thespeechowl@gmail.com)
Winner #2! I don't know who you are! Did you leave this feedback? If you did email me with your choice of free product! (Thespeechowl@gmail.com)
You can click on either of the above pictures to be redirected to the products in my TPT store! 

Keep leaving that great feedback and maybe your feedback will be picked next time!
Don't forget to check the other blogs to see if you won in another store! 
See you soon!