Sunday, January 15, 2017

{Looking Ahead} It's a Blitz! (And a Freebie!)

Picture courtesy of Pexels
My school system is having a 1 book blitz for the month of January. Pre-K through 12th Grades are reading the same book: Charlotte's Web by EB White. To be perfectly honest, things seem a little discombobulated with the planning. My initial thought was to follow along with my schools and to plan speech/language activities that correlated with what the students are reading. The reality is that not only are both of my schools reading the same chapters, but each grade is reading something different. I just don't have the time to figure out what each grade is doing, so I'm going with some generic activities.

This is a short week, so that helps a bit with the planning. Tuesday, Mia at Putting Words in Your Mouth has an Open Ended Dot Art Freebie that includes a pig. PERFECT! All of my students on Tuesday are artic (except for 2: 1 receives inclusion services, the other is working on retelling stories), which makes planning pretty easy. My 4th graders may or may not want to do the sheet, so they'll do the Great R Challenge by Small Talk SLP.

Wednesday & Thursday, my artic groups will play Pop the Pig
Pop the Pig Game - New and Improved - Belly-Busting Fun as You Feed Him Burgers and Watch His Belly Grow
For my kids who are working on "Wh" questions and saying complete sentences I found Who's Hiding in the Barn from Panda Speech:
Who's Hiding in the Barn? FREEBIE Min-Prep Activity
As an added bonus, I found an emergent reader from Lindsey Karol that they can work on for the next couple of weeks and take home:
My Farm Book: Emergent Reader Freebie
For homework, I made a quick worksheet for the students to circle the pictures that have their sound in it, then take home for homework. (Just click on the picture to be taken directly to the product to download.)

That should do it for the week of the 16th! Does your school system do a 1 book blitz? If so, what book are you reading this year?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DIY Planner Stickers: Whole Sheet

I've jumped on the planner sticker bandwagon, but I've run into a bit of a snag. There are some stickers that I want to use for specific things, but I couldn't find what I wanted on Etsy. I don't have a cutting machine, and can't justify buying one for just a few stickers. I knew there had to be a way, and I found it.
I picked these up at Office Depot for about $7 or $8. They also have round ones, but I stuck with the rectangular ones. If you're interested, make sure you get the ones that you can put through your printer.
From there, you go to the Avery website, find the product, and you can complete the template. The tutorial below will walk you through making the sticker to suit your needs.

A finished product using 1 picture for the whole sheet:
I've found some ideal stickers through Etsy. My favorite SLP seller for IEP stickers is Kiwi Speech. I've also found some stickers for household reminders from PlannerMint and The Crafty Student

I am in no way associated with Avery Stickers and have received no compensation for this blog post.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

{Looking Ahead} Still Sliding! (and a Freebie!)

Talk about being unprepared! We had a snow day on Friday so I didn't have time to prepare properly. Then, we had snow on Saturday and with temps not getting above freezing until Monday, I think there's a chance we may have Monday off as well. So, I'm going with 'Plan A' and 'Plan B' for Monday/Tuesday:
Plan A: No school on Monday
If this happens, I'm going to let my kids play Don't Break the Ice again. Several of them asked if we could play it again next time, so this will be their chance! Plus, I left the game at my Tues./Thurs. school, so it's all set up and ready to go.
Plan B: School on Monday
I've got this cute game called Don't Rock the Boat.
I'll use this game since it's stored at my M/W school. It's a "Don't Spill the Beans" kind of game: put a penguin on the boat, but if it tips over, that person has to take all of the penguins that fall off.
For Wed./Thurs., Jenn Alcorn has the perfect activity:
In this packet, there are several different language activities, but 1 that will be used is the Winter Scenes Cut & Glue for following directions. The smaller pictures will be cut out prior to the session so time won't be wasted waiting for the students to cut them out.
She's got me covered for artic as well. 
The picture above is an example of the blank sheet; there are sheets for six sounds. The student rolls the dice and says a word corresponding to the number. Then, he will "X" the word said. Instead of printing out 1 sheet for each student, I'll slip one in a dry erase pocket so it can be reused.
For homework, I made a quick sheet to use. The student finds the pictures that have the target sound and circles those pictures. This is a freebie, so just click on the picture below to download!
What do you do when you don't have appropriate time to plan?


Thursday, January 5, 2017

{Looking Ahead} Sliding into the Routine

Technically, this isn't a "Looking Ahead" post since I'm a day into our half-week following Christmas Break. I'm going to be perfectly honest with you: I didn't plan for what I was going to do in therapy when we came back. It wasn't until we were on our way home from our New Year's camping trip that I thought about using Don't Break the Ice. It's definitely a favorite with my kids! Annie from Doyle Speech Works has the ideal go-along with the game: 

Don't Break the Ice Mats for Speech and Language


The mats are perfect for eliciting responses and are great to use for mixed groups since several phonemes and language targets are included. 
For artic: I had the students "X" the target corresponding to the ice cube chosen to tap. For the students waiting for their turn, they put a slash (half of the "x") on the same target as the person taking his turn. When it was her turn, she said the targets with the half "x" as well as the one corresponding to the ice cube chosen. So, more responses were elicited because each student was marking the same boxes and saying all the words. If more than one ice block fell through, everyone slashed the corresponding boxes and said the words when it was their turn. 
I have some students who are working on isolation. I had those students produce their target 3 times, then I said the word & they identified where in the word their sound is (beginning, middle, or end). 
Using the mats is a great way to add a little variety to playing the game. The kids enjoyed it, and I also enjoyed it. I didn't take data (I only take data when we're using picture cards so I'm not comparing apples to oranges) so it allowed me to slide back into the routine as well. We can all use some "sliding into" after breaks, don't you agree?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Organizing Your Data for Progress Reports: Part 3 (Averages & Medians)

My friend, Annie (Doyle Speech Works) mentioned how long it takes to figure out medians when reporting progress for progress reports. I thought there had to be a better/quicker way, and there is! Of course, it will take a little time in the beginning, but at the end of each report period, I found a way to make completing progress reports a snap.

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