Monday, October 29, 2012

An Autumn Camera Dump

Sooo if you live on the east coast you are probably running for cover from Hurricane Sandy. 

Pretty much everything in the NY area is shut down.  School is closed Monday and Tuesday so I've been stuck in the house and I'm getting a little stir crazy.  We're all prepared over here so I decided since I finally have lots of free time i might as well put up a blog post (if my power doesn't go out first). 

These past few weeks we have been all about Autumn at my school.  So my therapy sessions have centered around apples, pumpkins, witches, bats, and MONSTERS.  I so LOVE this time of year!!!

You can't have a discussion about Autumn without talking about Apples and Pumpkins... I got these two books last year and my kids LOVE them.  They are full of fun, interesting facts and vivid pictures. 

I  used a ton of different activities to accompany these books.  We learned about pumpkin and apple life cycle (sequencing), pumpkin and apple sizes and colors (concepts), and we made caramel apples (following directions). 

*I will put the links for all of these projects at the end of this post. 

It wouldn't be October without mentioning two of my favorite books "Big Pumpkin" and "Go Away Big Green Monster". 

We read Big Pumpkin several times last week.  We are working hard on our writing and retelling.  Finally on Friday, we role-played the story. 

I tend to use "Go Away Big Green Monster" with my younger and non-verbal students.  It's a simple and easy to follow book and I love the use of color. 

Activity Links...

To all my fellow east coasters please stay safe in this storm..

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Let It Fall!

Hi Guys!!!

I know it has been a long time since my last post.   I have been dealing with a few personal issues and also tackling a few projects around my home.  Things are easing up quite a bit so I am back to (somewhat) regularly posting again!!

My kiddos and I have been discussing all things Autumn this week.  I love Fall so I had lots of fun teaching this week!

I used 2 books in therapy this week Let It Fall by: Maryann Cocca-Leffler and There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro.  Both are great books for targeting fall vocabulary and many other speech and language goals. 
After spending some time learning and discussing our new fall vocabulary we worked on categorizing.  I used some activities from the "Autumn Leaves are Falling" packet by: Primary Junction posted on the Teachers Pay Teachers website.  *It's a Freebie this week so go grab it. 

My kiddos really love doing craftivities in Speech but I'm not so crafty or creative.  So I am always scouring the web looking for fun crafts that I can build language lessons around.  This week I relied on the genius minds over at All Kids Network

We practiced following written and oral directions, color identification, making requests and turntaking using their Bean Leaf Craft



 In all it was a fun and productive week! Enjoy the rest of the weekend guys!  Tai


Monday, September 10, 2012

Speech Chic---Week In Review!! Whew

Hello out there!!!

I survived the first few weeks of school!! I have spent this time getting to know my new and helping my old studnets remember all of the skills that they learned last year. 

No compliants so far!!

Some pictures what we've been doing..

I love using "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" in the beginning of the year to (re)introduce letters/sounds.  I also used these great minibooks from "More Story Making".

                                 My little bees working hard!
It's always nice to get a red box of goodies!!
I'm off to bed early tonight.  Open House tomorrow = 12 hour day Ugh...

Sunday, September 2, 2012

I hit the lotto.. Sort of...

So I think I've blogged before about how much I love my language master/card master.  Well on Friday one of my co-workers was cleaning out an old closet and found all of THIS!!!

  • 5 Headphones
  • Headset Jackbox
  • about 900 Blank Soundcards (multiple sizes)
  • Language Master (now I have 3)

She immediately brought them to me because she knew I would be in HEAVEN!! I was so happy I immediately snapped a picture.  These items are pretty pricey and I could never afford all of this with my yearly budget. 

I know to some of you these probably look OLD SCHOOL.  Especially in the world of laptops, netbooks, iPods, iPads etc.  But I find them to continue to be pretty useful. 

So you're  probably wondering how I work these items into therapy.  Well I already had a about 100 pre-printed cards with various objects and actions on them and I use them with my students who are at the emerging stage of vocabulary development...

The brown strip on the bottom is magnetic and recordable.  So in the beginning stages I just have students listen to the recording of each word.  Once they start to make progress they can record themselves saying each word.  Each strip has about 15 seconds of record time so I also use them for 'I see / It's a/an" sentences. 

Since I now have so many blank cards now I plan to print some articulation sounds onto them and add the language master to the listening center in my ARtIC Lab. 

I also now have some of the larger cards so I am hoping there is enough record time on them for 3 step sequence pictures. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful and restful Labor Day Weekend!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Craziest 1st Day EVER!!

It came and it WENT!!! The most insane 1st day ever. 

So here is how my day went.

7am - Arrive at school finish miscellaneous task

8:30 - 9:20 - Crazy 1st day Bus Duty

9:20 - 4:00 - Create the schedule from HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Excuse my language y'all but it was just THAT kind of day.  Usually scheduling my students is easy breezy.  I sit with my teachers we plug in the times and FIN.  ONE & DONE.  But this year the entire school schedule changed and that just made this process all kinds of crazy.  I have to say though I am so thankful and appreciative of the teachers at my school.  They really value the importance of Speech and Language Services and are so FLEXIBLE with when I can pull kiddos out for therapy.  Although it was a little outrageous at times they made it a quite a bit easier for me.  I also want to shout out my fellow SLP, she splits the building caseload with me and she was really so much help today. 

Anyway, on to better and brighter things.  My room is all unpacked and looking normal again.   Our building is K-5 with 6 self contained classrooms and preschool walk-in services so the other SLP and I split the caseload. I know alot of SLPs would prefer not to share a room but I actually LOVE it. I think its great to have someone else in the building to bounce ideas off of or help out with a tough case. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My Favorite (FREE) Therapy Resource: Boardmaker Share

 One of my favorite places for searching for resources to use in therapy is Boardmaker Share.


Boardmaker Share is an online community where educators can share tools they have made using Boardmaker software.  There are literally thousands of pre-made activities for any idea you can think of.   To download and use activities from the site you need to have a Boardmaker product installed on your computer.  Luckily for me my district provides me with a license for Boardmaker to use on my work laptop.  

These are some of the recent activities that I have downloaded: 

Story Frame Cue Card by: Cheerio

WH? / Describing Cue Card By: Cheerio

Sorting Activities By: npruitt

Story Retell Ring By: abfed

Personal Narrative Retell Ring By:  abfed

Inferencing Game By: mweidner

WH- Question Support By: Molly Campbell

First off.. if you are the creator of any of these items THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! I can't wait to put these tools to use this school year.  

Secondly... If you haven't already go an check out Boardmaker Share and get to downloading and uploading.  

Finally.. Yes I am writing this at 3am (don't judge don't judge) I am heading to bed now.  

Good night to me.. Good morning to you.. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Preparation Purchases

So I am reluctantly preparing to get ready for the new school year.  I have been running around NYC/Westchester getting the items I need to start the school year off on the right foot. 

I still need to pick up a few more things but here is what I have so far. 

From Lakeshore Learning:

Picture books, Good Work/Behavior Tickets, Poster Keyboards, Vocabulary Activity to use with the book "Quick As A Cricket", and laminating pouches. 

I also got a bunch of goodies for FREE from Staples by redeeming my rewards!!

8 more days!!!

Happy Monday Guys!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Back to your regularly scheduled programming...

So today is the first official day of summer vacation!!! It felt so good ignoring my alarm clock at 4am this morning.  Plus its Friday and I have had a life-long love affair with Fridays so I really couldn't be any happier!!!!

I have a LONG laundry list of things I need want to do this summer.  First on the list is organizing my thematic unit materials.  Right now my materials are either in housed in plastic bins or storage crates.  This system is ok but I think I can tweak it to make it work better for my needs.  Yesterday, I purchased some book bins from Target. 

They are similar in shape and size to this set from Lakeshore Learning.  The bins from Target don't come with folders or a storage rack but I think they will work for me. 

I have a just a few days before the extended school year starts.  Rest and relaxation from now till then!

Talk to you guys soon...