Friday, December 9, 2016

{Looking Ahead} Let the Celebration Begin!

Things are about to get crazy around here! Next week is the last week before break, and there are going to be so many things happening in both of my schools that it's going to be hit or miss for most of the week. 
I'm not even worrying about 5 Minute Day or homework. The kids have more important things on their SANTA!!!  🎅
This is going to be a stress-free, holiday cheerful kind of week. We're going to start off the week playing a Team Game. The kids will work together to make sure the stockings are on the mantle before Santa is ready for his visit.
My preschoolers are going to use the Gingerbread Articulation Play Dough Mats from Small Talk SLP. 
For the end of the week, my older kids get to play Christmas Bop to see who will score the most points.
My younger kids (Preschool, Kinder, and 1st Grades) are going to do a craftivity: Santa's Stuck! from All Students Can Shine. She doesn't have this in her TpT Store, or on her blog, which is really too bad, because it's super-cute!
The craftivity is something my SpEd students can do, too; it's great for following directions and basic concepts. 
I'm attending 2 parties next week: 1 of my schools is holding their party off-campus, and the SLPs are getting together after school for our annual party in a local restaurant. We'll have an ornament exchange, food, and great conversation.
Do your schools have staff parties? If so, are they on or off campus?
What about the SLPs?
I hope you and yours have the Merriest Christmas possible.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Organizing Your Data for Progress Reports

The dreaded progress reports. We all have to do them; I've never heard anyone admit to enjoying completing them. I found a way to complete my progress reports quickly, without having to shuffle papers. Using Google Forms to keep track of my data, it was a snap to finish progress reports last 9 weeks. Here's how I did it:
I can't thank Marisha at Road to Speech for her great tutorial on using Google Forms for Data. It's been a tremendous help so far!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

{Looking Ahead} Bears & Christmas

Photo by Thomas Lefebvre
The countdown to Christmas is ON! I love the "Bear" books, and it's time for Bear Stays Up for Christmas (Karma Wilson) in the rotation. 

5 Minute Day
I like to kill 2 birds with one stone, so using an activity that will get homework ready fits the bill. The students look through circulars, find pictures that contain their target sound, and glue them on their chosen picture. Don't need an independent activity? You can have your students do this to keep busy while they're waiting for their turn.
You can find the activity here.
Crazy Speech World's book companion has an open-ended game, as well as comprehension questions to work on 'wh' questions.

Follow Directions
I'm using Listening for Basic Concepts All Year 'Round (Brenda Brumbaugh) for my students working on following directions. This week's concepts are tough ones: behind and in front of. 

Lower Language
Another interactive book by Chapel Hill Snippets:
These are great to use for basic concepts and making complete sentences, along with Speech Universe's Winter Interactive Books.

Things are crazy for the next 2 weeks as I try to make sure meetings for new placements are held before Christmas Break. With the break and then iffy weather in January, it's imperative to have those meetings as soon as I can so I don't run over my 60 days! 

Are things as crazy for you, or are you on the "downslide"?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

{Looking Ahead} Stinkin' It Up!

Thanksgiving is over; now the real craziness begins! This week, we'll be "stinkin' it up" with Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt. If you don't know about Stinky Face, he's quite the character. He has so many questions about situations that may or may not happen, and his mom has an answer. She's a wise woman, for sure!
Sparklle SLP has a book companion with quite a bit of activities that I can use with my caseload. For 5 Minute Day, there's a homework sheet included. My plan is to have the students look through the vocabulary cards to find words that have their sound; they will write those words on the homework sheet. The vocabulary cards will also be used with my students who are working on describing objects.
Sequencing/story retell will be worked on using the sequencing cards.
For Game Day, I made a sequencing activity for Cariboo. My students will produce their target, then choose the picture that depicts what happened next in the story. This is a freebie in my TpT Store; click on the picture below to be taken to it.
My students working on producing complete sentences and basic concepts will work on over and between using The Lonely Reindeer from Ruth Morgan at Chapel Hill Snippets.
Hopefully my mountain school will be back in session next week (after the fires on the mountain directly behind it) and things will get back to normal. As normal as things can be right before Christmas Break, anyway!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

My SLP Story {The Frenzied SLPs}

I had a fantastic time in college; really, I had the best time! I tell people if there was one thing I could go back and change, it would be that I would have been a more serious student. I was in the marching band (flag corps), concert band for a couple of years, flute choir for a couple of years, was an RA my senior year, and was a little sister to a fraternity. (Phi Sig, by jig!) 
I went into college 2 weeks after I graduated from high school as a music major. As soon as I found out I had to take sight-singing, I was out of there! (I'll play almost any instrument handed to me after some instruction, but don't ask me to sing in front of people!) Then, I switched to Spanish, because it was something I was good at. After realizing I couldn't really do anything with Spanish without spending some time immersed in the language, I changed to Business Administration, only because somehow I got a very small scholarship. So, there I was floundering, going from major to major, without really knowing what I wanted to do...who I wanted to be.
One of my sisters & I were looking through the school catalog, and we came across Special Ed. That was something I could do, but did I really think I could handle being in a class with the same kids day in and day out? (The answer there is "no"!) Then, right behind SpEd was Communicative Disorders. My sister had a high school classmate who was in the program at the same university, so I called her. She suggested that I make an appointment with the head of the department. The head of the dept. suggested that I take an intro class and see how I like it. I was pretty hooked after that class, but after my first client in the school clinic correctly produced /f/, that was IT. What validation I felt! 
I went on to graduate with my B.S., and had a job in a school system in Ga. waiting for me. (That was way back in the days when you could work in a school with just your Bachelor's.) I had 5 years to attain my Master's. I've had the very good fortune to have some wonderful professors/instructors (in both my undergrad & graduate programs) who didn't stress you out...they wanted you to learn and to be the best therapist you could be. 
My story isn't the most dramatic, but it's mine. Looking back through my life, when I was little (before elementary school), the only person who could understand me was my mom. She said my dad used to get so frustrated because he couldn't understand me. Remember, that was before the days when SLPs were common. My errors must have been developmental; I don't think I had any residual errors by the time I got to first grade.
Then, when I was in 5th or 7th grade, we had to write down what we wanted to do when we grew up. I had written down that I wanted to be a teacher of the Hearing Impaired. I ran across that form a couple of years ago...I had completely forgotten that I had written that down so many years ago. I guess it was destiny!
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