Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The True Story of The Three Little Pigs (Wild About Books Wednesday)

It’s that time again! Time to join the lovely Scarlett from Speech is Sweet for the “Wild About Books Wednesday” linky party. Last week I told you a little secret...I love spin off books! I decided to keep the “3 Little Pigs” theme going this week with another therapy room favorite. 
You’ve heard about the Three Little Pigs and their “encounter” with the Big Bad Wolf, right?! I bet you listened to those rotten Little Pigs, didn’t you? You can admit it! Haven’t you ever been told there’s always 2 sides to every story? Now you can hear the other side...with 

THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
BY JON SCEISZKA

This funny story tells how the wolf saw things go down. Maybe he’s not quite so big and so bad...just maybe! 

If you haven’t found this book yet...you need it! Trust me! If you have found it let me give you a few of my therapy ideas!

THERAPY IDEAS:
-Of course as with any book we can work on vocabulary, sequencing and story retell. 
-I love COMPARING/CONTRASTING the spin off stories. Talk about how “The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf” and “The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs” are similar and how they are different. 
-Talk about PERSPECTIVE TAKING! How were the perspectives of the Pigs and the Wolf different? How can 2 people see the same event in different ways? 
-Talk about EXPECTED /UNEXPECTED behaviors! If you needed sugar what would you do? The wolf eats the pig when he finds him. Would that be expected or unexpected? You get the idea! 
-Let the kids EXPLORE! Bring in some straw, sticks and blocks (bricks). Let the kids try to build with each material. What works? What doesn’t work? Why does it work or why does it not work? Then they can even DESCRIBE the straw, sticks and blocks or bricks!

Hope you enjoy this book as much as we do! Now, run over to Speech Is Sweet to find some more fantastic books and ideas!
See you soon!


Saturday, June 13, 2015

#Nashteacherbash: A Blogger Meet Up

Last weekend I attended the #Nashteacherbash in Nashville! Did you see all of the pictures on IG?! It was a wonderful meet up, mostly attended by amazing teacher bloggers...there were a few librarians...and there was me, the SLP. I was so worried that I would feel out of place...I did not know a single person going into the weekend. But guess what, this introvert was welcomed with open arms!!! I absolutely loved talking to and learning from these top notch educators, and I met some great new friends too! 
The first night, Friday, we met up for a fun filled night of baseball and fireworks! Emily, from A Neighborhood Kindergarten, was looking for a ride so I picked her up and off we went. (Turns out Emily knows some of my cousins.) We spent the evening hanging out without everyone, watching the Sounds pull off a win, and then watching a fantastic fireworks show. 

The beginning of the game was sunny, thankfully, Go Noodle sent us some sweet sunglasses! 
Check out these fantastic educators! Group shot at the game!
Emily (A Neighborhood Kindergarten) and I at the game. 
I absolutely LOVE fireworks! 


Saturday, we met at Atmalogy for some more conversation, lunch (from Jim N’ Nicks...thanks for paying Go Noodle), and giveaways! There were $14,000 worth of stuff donated (WOW!)
I won a $50 gift card from Educents! Thanks a bunch!
We even got Go Noodle swag bags full of treats!
I got to hang out with the 2/3 of the AMAZING women from All Y’all Need! I absolutely adore Amy and Lisa (we missed you Laura)! 
Look how many people were there! I met a ton of other women, I just don’t have pictures. 

When lunch was finished, we all went our separate ways before meeting back up for dinner and shopping. I may be biased but, I think we had the best dinner table! I spent the evening getting to chat with and getting to know some more people you should probably checkout: Jodi and Jamie from Kindergarten Glitter Girls, Megan from Mrs. Wheelers First Grade, Stacy from Simpson’s Superstars and of course Amy and Lisa from All Y’all Need

Sunday Morning, we all met up for one finally meal and hang out at Monell’s. There was soooooooo much food! After breakfast we all headed to the stairs for a group picture, before everyone started their treks home. Luckily, I live in Nashville so I didn’t have to go far but, we had bloggers from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi and Florida. I can’t wait to see everyone again soon! 

Thanks for hosting Greg (Kindergarten Smorgasbord), Latoya (Flying Into First), Dana (Common to the Core), Cindy (Exploring is Elementary), Alexandria (Classroom Action With Ms. Jackson) and Lawren (Teaching is A Royal Adventure)! I truly appreciate all of the time and effort you spent making this a fabulous weekend! 

See you soon, 



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Three Little Fish and The Big Bad Shark (Plus a Freebie)

Eeeeek....I’m so glad you decided to join me today! It’s Wednesday, which means the always sweet and precious Scarlett over Speech is Sweet is hosting her weekly “Wild About Books Wednesday” linky party! If you are like me and LOVE using books in your therapy sessions you don’t want to miss this party! 

This week I am sharing one of my all time favorite books with you! Here’s a fact you don’t know about me...I LOVE spin off books!!!!!!! You can use them across ages, abilities and goals with simple activity adaptations! With out further ado, I present to you...

The Three Little Fish and The Big Bad Shark
By Ken Geist



In this amazing book, the Big Bad Shark tries to eat those three little fish... Swim little fish, swim! Where can they hide? What can they do? Can they build a house strong enough to keep the shark out? You and your kids are guaranteed to have a HOOT following along as the fish build houses and try to outsmart that mean ol’ shark!

If you don’t know or own this book you can grab it by clicking here

Need some therapy ideas?!...

1. Interactive reading...Have the kids help you read   the repetitive lines, “...I’ll munch and I’ll crunch and I’ll smash your house in.” Interactive reading makes books much more fun for little ones!

2. Sequencing...Put the houses in order! So easy! 

3. Retell...Yup, no need to explain! 

4. Vocabulary...Talk about different things you can find in the ocean (seahorse, shark, fish, seaweed, turtle, coral, ships, etc). You could even throw objects in a sand sensory box and let the kids dig through the sand to find and label the ocean animals. 

5. Following Directions and Positional Concepts...Let the kiddos cut, color and glue to make an ocean theme by following positional directions (put a jellyfish over the seaweed...you get the idea).

6. Following Directions...Let the kids follow directions to help make cloud dough (grab the recipe here). When it’s ready, throw some plastic shovels and pails in to make sand castles. 

7. Attributes...Describe sharks, fish, ships, etc using simple graphic organizers. 

8. Compare and Contrast...Talk about similarities and differences between “The Three Little Fish and The Big Bad Shark” and “The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf”. 

You can grab an EXCLUSIVE, blog only, FREEBIE to help you and your kiddos out. Click HERE or on the image at the top of this post!


I hope you and your kiddos have a SMASHING time reading this book! Now head over to the linky party (by clicking on the image below) to check out some other fantastic books! 


See you soon! 
The Speech Owl

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Currently: June Edition

It’s June...school is out, the sun is shining and I’m finally finding time to revisit my blog! I’m excited to kick off some summer blogging with Farley from Oh boy, 4th Grade, for her “Currently” linky party! I love that she’s supporting Wimberley Adoption Group (WAG) after all of the flooding in Texas. If you want to donate too, head over her blog and click on the donate button. 

Listening: With all of the noise and chatter of the school year and life in general, sometimes it’s nice to just sit in silence and recharge. 

Loving: This weekend I attended the Nashville Bash teacher and blogger meet up! I loved every minute of it and met some amazing new friends! There will be a post about the meet up coming sometime later this week. 

Thinking: No explanation needed! I love spending sunny days by the pool!

Needing: I’m working a few days a week this summer and I’m having a hard time motivating myself to go make my lunches! Making lunches ahead of time makes my life so much easier! 

Summer Lovin’: I never have the time to read adult books (I can’t wait to start “Girl on the Train”) so summer is my time! Reading by the pool during the day and live music at night. I live in Nashville so I have no excuse not to catch at least a few live shows!

See you soon!

The Speech Owl