Monday, September 30, 2013

Therapy Review for the Week of 23 September

Monday & Tuesday were  "5 Minute Days".  For the independent activity, the students did a "roll & color" activity.  This picture was actually taken when I was working with a student individually, but you get the idea!
1)  The student said his target 3 times.
2) The student rolled the die using the "Make Dice" app.  I love this app because you can make any kind of dice you need/want.  And, you can turn off the sound.  I've even made dice using pictures; I'll be using those at some point for "5 Minute Days"!
3)  The student colored an apple corresponding to the number on the dice.  If the apple was already colored, they have to start the turn over by saying his/her target.
 (Graphics by Loreen Leedy)
At this point, I only have 1 group that has more than 2 students in it, and I didn't do 5 minutes with them this week, so I only had 1 independent activity.
To keep track of the time, I used a timer I downloaded for my smartboard from SMART Exchange:


I used the same activity for my students who are seen individually (as in the first picture).  With one student who is working on absurdities, I used "I Mustache You a Question...Can you Find the Absurdity" by Speech with Sharon.  (I love quality free activities that I can use with my students!  Keep 'em comin', ladies!)  This was perfect to use with this student.  He read the sentence, chose the word that doesn't make sense, and changed the sentence so that it made sense.  It was difficult enough that he really had to think about the answers, but there were some that were easy enough for him that he had some success and built up his confidence.

My 4th grade language group at one of my schools wanted to play "Superhero Word Associations" by SLP Gone Wild/Crazy Speech World again, but I held them off.  We played "Pirate Inferencing" by SLP Gone Wild/Crazy Speech World.
Just as in the absurdity activity, these cards were perfect for this group.  This group has such a difficulty time with abstract concepts, and as they're getting older, they're having a much harder time.  The "Aaargh" cards were great for throwing in a little bit of a diversion.

On Monday, for my preschool special ed class, my intern read "Fresh Fall Leaves" by Betsy Franco, and used "Falling Leaves: Prepositions" by thedabllingspeechie.  It seemed to work pretty well with the little ones.  We just didn't think ahead to make sure my intern had everything she needed before we went into the classroom, so she was scrambling a bit for things to use!  (Totally my fault!)  I think it would've worked better if we had used thedabblingspeechie's ideas that she lists on TpT.  I'm still trying to find my footing in that class since it's new to me (and to the school) this year.

Wednesday/Thursday we played "Pass the Pencil" by SLP Gone Wild/Crazy Speech World.  The students said 3 targets, then picked a pencil card.  When the game was close, the points were added up and the person with the most points was the winner.  For some reason, when I played with a student, it wasn't close...I seemed to always have to put all of my pencils back right before it was time to finish up.  

With a preschooler that I see individually, we played "Fall Chipper Chat" from Holiday & Seasonal Chipper Chat on Thursday.  I used the timer on my iPad so that he would know when it's time to go.  This was his first week, and I think he was still a little apprehensive about mom staying in the office.  The timer seemed to work, and his little face lit up when he heard the ducks quacking!
I started a new incentive program for my 4th graders this week.  I found some plastic cups in the Target Dollar Spot and spruced them up with some decorative tape (2 rolls for $1 at The Dollar Tree).  Instead of earning a sticker each time they come to speech, they earn a dollar.  I found this "Class Cash Incentive Printout Freebie" by MrWatts.
The group can earn an extra dollar for each homework that is returned with a parent signature.  When they have a certain number of dollars, they can either pick a prize out of the box, or have 5 minutes of free time on the iPad... their choice of games.
(A picture of the cup before tape.  I didn't even think to take a picture after I put the tape on!)  I used the "What's Different" Fun Deck from Super Duper for a student who is working on carry-over.  She looks at both cards and tells 3 ways the cards are different using complete sentences and her sound correctly.  The language fun decks are a good way to work on conversational speech because the student is concentrating on the language aspects instead of their sound.

Since this was the first week of fall, I put some decorations up to get in the fall mood:



 Refrigerator magnets from The Dollar Tree!
And, of course I had something to put on my Smartboard!  I found these on TpT for free.  I downloaded them on my PC, put it on "full screen view", and voila!  These are "Free!!!Speech & Language Therapy Door Signs and Coloring Pages" from Twin Sisters Speech and Language Therapy.
For the week, I only used 4 things that I had to pay for:  the Make Dice app, Pirate Inferencing, Chipper Chat, and the Fun Deck.  Not bad...not bad at all!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Finds

My finds for the week:


Only $4 at Dollar General!  Crazy Speech World uses them for antonyms/synonyms, but since I don't work on those targets very often, I may use them for describing, or for an open-end game.  
One of the SLPs in my system shared this with us.  She bought the 3/4 wooden cubes (8 for $1.99) and the paint markers from Hobby Lobby, then put dots on one cube, and numbers on the other.  The student rolls each die, then puts that number of dots corresponding to the color on the paper.  She had the student fold the paper several times so they would have some sort of guide to go by when they made their dots.  

These next 2 don't have anything to do with Speech, but I wanted to include them anyway!  I saw the white asparagus in our local Aldi.  When I was in Germany this summer, it was "Spargel" (asparagus) season.  I had a taste of some, and it was actually pretty good.
Aldi also had another goodie I had over the summer:

I saw these in Kroger and had to grab a couple to see how they were.  In case you're wondering, they are delicious!  Especially if you like pumpkin!
Those are my finds for the week. Did you find anything exciting to share?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday Waffs

Time for another installment of Wednesday Waffs!  My students provided me with plenty of material this week!

♥♥  After telling the students about the game they were going to play, one of them said, "I've never heard of this game, but I like those things" (while pointing to the Chipper Chat chips).

♥♥  After I said, "Good job!" to a student, he said, "Yeah, I'm pretty good at these sounds."

♥♥  For a sentence with the word "check", one student made up the sentence "A check has zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, dot, zero, zero."

♥♥  I've started using little dollars instead of stickers for my 4th grade groups.  One student made the comment that he "could use a check" instead!

♥♥  As I went around the corner with some 4th graders, I almost ran into our SRO.  One of the boys said, "You'd better watch out for ♪♫bad boy, bad boy...whatcha gonna do♪♫"!

♥♥  From a first grader speaking about a student that he went to speech with last year:  He's a pretty good fella, but he could've been in last place but I would've stopped so he could win.

And, if that wasn't enough for a sweetest quote of the week, he said this:
♥♥  I have best friends and I want them to get first place.

What funny or sweet things did your kids say lately?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Week in Review

It's Sunday night, and I'm just getting around to recapping last week's therapy activities after a pretty restful weekend.
Monday/Tuesday are my "5-Minute Days".  I'm still using flowers for the students to track how many times they've said their target because I haven't had time to make leaves with the die machine.

 I let the students use "Articulate It!" as a listening station while they played "Treasure Hunt".  It doesn't matter to them whether or not they have someone to play against, they just like to play a game!  The student listened to their target 3 times, then rolled the die and moved that number of spaces.
 I have a few students that are seen individually on Tuesdays (just because that's how the schedule worked out).  With those students, we played "Treasure Hunt".  One student got to play an additional game.  Since Thursday was "Talk Like a Pirate Day", he got to play "Pop Up Pirate"!
Wednesday and Thursday we played "Pirate Bingo", which was a freebie from LyndaSLP123.  The students said their targets, then picked a pirate.  They described what their pirate looked like, and confirmed the correct picture when a student said they had it on their board.  Most of the groups got to play "blackout" instead of "bingo".  I put the pirate cards in an empty tissue box to keep them from peeking. We used "Chipper Chat" chips to mark the pirate that was called.


 The book fair is in town!!!  I was so excited to see "There was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Books!' and  the new "bear" book:  "Bear Says Thanks".  I love this series from Karma Wilson.  AND, Jenn from "Crazy Speech World" is working on companion activities!  I also indulged in a couple of books for myself:  "The Paris Wife" and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time".
 Friday, after we played "Treasure Hunt", one of my students worked on his /r/ sound while playing "Grammar Wonderland" from McGraw Hill.  I snagged this app when it was free last year.  The students really enjoy playing it.
What did you do last week?

Friday, September 20, 2013

September Love It & List It Linky!

It's the 3rd Friday of the month, so that can only mean 1 thing:  Time for Speech Room News' Linky Party!
This month, we're talking about vocabulary.  Vocabulary can take on a whole lot of different meanings, so I'm just going to talk about actual "vocabulary".
For younger grades, I may have the objective of being able to verbally identify (or define) words from monthly themes.  For example:  September may be school items.  At the beginning of the month, I will do a sort of a "pretest", using pictures from bingo games from Mayer Johnson's "Print 'n Play Games".  During the month, we will read books and do various activities using those words.  At the end of the month, the "post-test" will be done while playing the bingo game that goes along with the cards.

For older grades, I still may use thematic vocabulary.  Linguisystems' Listening for Vocabulary All Year 'Round works very well.  Although the description lists the ages as 5-8 or K-3rd grade, I find that it's more appropriate for the 3rd grade & up.  I do have to modify it a bit for 4th & 5th graders so it won't seem so "babyish".  Below is an example of September's vocabulary and the activity.  (Sorry it's not a very good picture, but hopefully you can get the idea!)

Each month starts with a story using the vocabulary words.  Before reading the story, I go over each word and we discuss it.  As I read the story, I have the students find the card that goes with the word as it is read.  There are activities that go along with the month.
(click on the picture to be taken to the site for information)

That's it in a nutshell!  Don't forget to visit Speech Room News to get some great ideas!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday Waffs

I didn't see my student who usually provides me with material for Wednesday Waffs because she was on a field trip today, so I'm going to have to dig deep today!

I had a student who informed me that his mom didn't come to a meeting because his parents "were in a hotel".  (No way was I going to ask for more information!)   His mom called me later in the day and let me know that it was their anniversary, and her husband surprised her by taking her out of town for the weekend.

When I first started working (I told you I was digging deep!), I worked in NW Georgia.  One morning, one of the kindergarten teachers said that one of my students went up to her and said, "I 'et' pizza for breakfast!"  Anita said, "No, honey, you 'ate' pizza."  The little girl looked very puzzled and said, "I loved it!"

Does this remind anyone else of a PLS stimulus question?
My kind of math.
From "You Can't Scare Me, I'm a Teacher" on facebook:

Do you have any funnies to share?  Share away!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

5 Minute Day Variation

A couple of years ago, one of the SLPs in our system began talking about "5-minute Days", and a few of us went to a seminar on 3:1 and 5 minute days.   We took the information back to our Special Ed Coordinator.  He seemed genuinely interested, but there was one little problem:  money.  Isn't that what most everything boils down to?  Not seeing students for 60 minutes/week puts them in a lower funding "bracket" (if you will), which would mean less money generated.
So...we came up with an alternative.  One day/week (at each school), I have "5 Minute Days".  The students come to the therapy room for their designated 30 minutes, but I have "stations" set up.  Each child spends 5 uninterrupted minutes with me, one on one.  If he/she is on the word or sentence level, I use the "Jumbo Articulation Book" from Super Duper.  They roll a die, and then say a word or sentence that number of times.  If they're on isolation, we'll work on that sound.  The number of responses I get during those 5 minutes is amazing!  On the word level, it's common for me to get around 100 responses; on sentences around 75.  That's compared to around 28 on a typical, "traditional" speech session.
 For data collecting, I will use a tally counter to keep track of how many total words/sentences they produce.  On each student's label (which I use for data collection), I will make a mark for each incorrect production.  The students keep track of how many times they've said their target by putting their finger on one of the cut-out shapes.  For example:  this month I'm using flowers (just because I haven't had time to cut out leaves!).  If he rolls a 3, then I put 3 flowers on the desk in front of them.
  I have a notebook where I have the pictures/sentences needed divided into their groups.  I didn't do this until towards the end of the year last year, and it's proven to be a time saver for me.
When the students aren't with me, they rotate between a couple of other stations.  I may have a listening station set up (sometimes, but not always).  The past couple of weeks I used my "Articulate It!" app as the listening station:  last week the students listened to each word/sentence 3 times before scrolling to the next picture.  This week, they are using the matching game.  They are instructed to listen for their sound, and think about where in the word their sound is.
Another station may be anything from Chipper Chat to a cut & glue activity, a color activity, a board game, hidden object activity, or a Bingo Dauber Art activity.  Pretty much anything goes during the table activity.  As long as it's something that the student can do independently, it will work.  The student uses a pvc pipe as a "whisper phone" while he says his words/sentences to himself.  For those students working on the /r/ sound, I have them do their "straw exercises" while doing the independent activity.
Last year, I was talking with one of my principals about how I felt like the students showed a lot of progress by using the 5 Minute Days, and she said, "If it works that well, why not do it both days?"  We talked about how important it was for the students to have that social aspect of therapy of playing a game or participating in the "typical" therapy activities.  I wasn't sure how the Special Ed Coordinator was going to take it, but he said it was a form of Differentiated Instruction.
If you have any ideas on how I can improve my 5 Minute Days, or any activities, please let me know!

Monday, September 16, 2013

#InstaSLP: Week 1

This past week, Speech Room News & Crazy Speech World joined up to give us an instagram linky.  I've really enjoyed looking at everyone's pictures and getting some ideas!  You're never too old to get some great new ideas!  Here's a recap of my 1st #instaSLP week:
Monday:  Therapy Today


Materials ready for the first "5 minute day" of the year!  Plus, some "Dog Dice" for individual therapy!

Tuesday:  Show us your Space

My Tuesday/Thursday school.  It's a small space, but I love it!  It's away from everything, so I have my slice of heaven in the school!  Plus, the view on the way to work is nothing to sneeze at!



Wednesday:  DIY Day
Crazy Speech World inspired me with her "Keep Calm" sign!  I've had a few students who try their sound or their language target and say "I can't".  I let them know that when he walks through the speech door, he doesn't say "I can't" because "I can"!


Thursday:  Favorite #SpeechRoomNews Activity
I was a little embarrassed that, when I looked back through my instagram pictures for the week, I realized a couple of people asked about how to play the game, and I hadn't seen their comments!  My students absolutely loved this game last year, and it's definitely going into the rotation again this year!  Here's the link:
http://speechroomnews.blogspot.com/2011/10/spooky-reinforcers.html?m=1
The best part about it? It was under $10!  I got everything from the Dollar Tree.  The eyeballs are in stock now, so if you don't have any, go and get some!


Friday:  Favorite Game Friday!
While my students constantly ask for "Pop the Pig", "Funny Bunny" is right up there.  My students especially love it when I play with them, and one of my bunnies goes down the "rabbit hole"!  I usually only play this around Easter.

What cool pictures did you put up last week?

Friday, September 13, 2013

This Week in Therapy

I finally got to see my students on a Monday!  Between Labor Day and Kindergarten Screenings, it had been a few weeks before I got to see all of them twice/week.  We started our "5-minute Days" on Monday.
I use my "Jumbo Articulation Book" from Super Duper for the stimuli.  The box you see in the top right corner has a dice in it (Thank you, Pinterest!).  The student rolls the die, then he says the word/sentence that many times. The students touch each flower as they say a word/sentence so they know how many times they said it.  I use my trusty "clicker" to keep track of the total number of words/sentences, and just make a talley on their data label for each incorrect response.

I used "Articulate It" by Smarty Ears for my "Listening Station".  The students touch the screen 3 times and listen for their "good sound" and also listen for where their sound is in the word/sentence (depending on what level they're on).  After they hear the stimuli 3 times, they scroll to the next picture.
Monday was the first time the students used my SmartBoard.  I downloaded some "Loaded Scenes" from Adventures in Speech Pathology, and  put it on my board.   The student circled the 10 words that had their sound in it, then said each word 3 times.  Unfortunately, I don't have a Smartboard at my other school, so I just used a listening station when the student wasn't with me doing his/her 5 minute "kill & drill".  I don't have more than 2 artic students at a time, so that worked out for me.
For the students that I see individually, I used "dog dice" from "Gamewright".
On Tuesday with my language groups, we worked on describing skills with  Busy Bee Speech's "Back to School Vocab & Worksheet Freebie".
 Wednesday & Thursday, we played "Best in the Class".  I got it from Dean Trout's Little Shop of SLP on TpT.  And it was FREE!!!
When we played it on Wednesday, it took my intern quite a bit of time to play it; I don't think anybody finished it during their speech time.  I wised up on Thursday:  I made a die with just a 1 and a 2 with the "Make Dice" app on the iPad.  The students said their targets, rolled the die, moved, then picked a card and did what it told them to do.  The game went much faster!

How did your week go?  Did you try any new activities this week?

I'm participating in Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five for Friday!  Hop over and see what went on in classrooms this week!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wednesday "Waffs"

It's Wednesday!  By this point in the week, I think we all could use a good chuckle.
I've decided to do Wednesday posts dedicated to funny things that my students have said, or funny things pertaining to Speech Pathology that I have seen.  Let me know if this is something you'd like to join in on, and I'll make it a linky party!

☺  Yesterday, one of the TAs was walking down the hall.  She stopped, and said she thought she heard someone say her name, and asked me if I heard it.  When I told her "no", the little girl that was with me said, "Sometimes I think someone says my name, but it's actually myself."

☺  The same little girl picked out a bracelet from the treasure box.  After she put it on, she said, "It's a little big, but I think I'll grow into it."

☺Home-Speech-Home.com posted this on facebook on Monday:
Me (screening Kinder student last week):  What has a motor, used soap and water, and cleans your clothes.
Student:  Mom.

☺  How many of you can relate to this:
Have you had yours yet?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

How to Relieve Stress

If you work in a school, you know how stressful the beginning of the school year can be.  Transfers, screenings, new evaluations, scheduling, and planning therapy can really take a toll on your stress level.  Here are a few tips to help relieve that stress and keep you loving your job:

♥  Get organized.  Make sure you put things in your calendar, no matter how trivial you think they may be.  Don't forget to look at your calendar every day to keep up with what you have to do.

♥  Get ahead.  It may take you a weekend to do this, but it will be worth it.  Print out notices to meetings for the week ahead, and print out drafts for meetings for the week.  September is a very hectic month for me, so I've got all of my meeting notices for the month into the computer, ready to print out when I need to send it.  I have all of the present levels and projected objectives in the computer, also ready to print out the draft IEP.

♥  Be prepared.  If there's a question as to the recommendation for the frequency (or dismissal) of a student, call the parent ahead of time and discuss the options.  For example:  there is a 6 year old whose birthday is in May.  He has corrected all sounds except for /s,z/, and he still has his "baby" upper incisors.  I usually don't work on /s,z/ until the student is 7, or has his permanent upper incisors (since the incisors are bigger than the baby ones, and may create a barrier that will keep the tongue in...thus "self-correcting".)  I call the parent and talk about the options:  keeping the student at 2x/week for an hour/week, consultative services (checking on him once/month), or dismissal (knowing that if the sound doesn't correct itself, all of the paperwork will have to be redone to recertify him as speech impaired.)  This keeps the parent from being put on the spot and have to make a decision at the meeting.  And, if the parent requests dismissal, you have the paperwork ready to present at the meeting.

♥  Have an extracurricular activity for yourself.  When my boys were younger, I had their football, soccer, and baseball games to keep me busy and keep my mind off of school.  Then, when my youngest was in high school, I had his band activities to keep me busy.  I also did various things for me:  I found a volleyball league and later a tennis league to keep me active and to de-stress.  Go after your interests and take some time for you!

Monday, September 9, 2013

No Materials? No Problem!

As I was laminating and cutting out all of the cool free stuff I printed out from the blog hop, I started thinking about when I first started working.  There were no iPads, no computers in the room, and not even a phone in the room.  I relied heavily on picture cards and materials that I  made and colored myself.
Let's say you're a brand new SLP.  It may be your first year out of grad school, a new school, or a new school system.  You're excited to take on this endeavor:  it's a new job, new people, new challenges.  You're shown your room (or your space), and you realize there are little to no materials.   What are you going to do?  Where are you going to start?

1)  First, you need to be creative.  I was lucky enough to have a mother-in-law who owned a bookstore; she gave me a couple of the Dr. Seuss' ABC books that I cut up, put on index cards, and laminated.  I still use them for my artic cards at one of my schools.

2)  If I described you  in the second paragraph, you're lucky that you are working in this day and age of computers and iPads.  There are a lot of free apps out there.  Appshopper is a great way to make a wishlist of apps you want; they'll notify you when there is a sale.

3)  Dollar Stores are your friend.  I've noticed that some speech bloggers find things at Goodwill.  I'm planning on taking advantage of it as well as a couple of other thrift stores we have in my area.

4)  TpT: You wouldn't believe the free materials I've made from this site!  I just can't thank those creative minds enough.  If I see something I could use and it's free, I download it and save it on a file on my computer just in case there may be a fee for the license later.  Of course, you do have to buy the cardstock, ink cartridges, and laminating film (at least I do!), and that can get costly.  The key is to not get carried away.  It's hard not to get excited when you see all of the amazing stuff. But then there are:

5)  Grants.  Our local education foundation gives us opportunities to write "mini-grants".  I haven't tried, but as soon as we get that email, I'm going to try to get some funds for the materials for TpT.

6)  Another good thing about being in the field in 2013 is the amount of speech blogs and, of course, Pinterest.  Don't limit  yourself to speech blogs and pins; you can get some great material from teachers.

7)  Amazon Prime.  You can get a free 30-day trial, then it's $79/year.  You can borrow books and use on your tablet, iPad, Kindle, even your computer.  I'm guilty of not using books as much as I should, but this may help me use them more.

8)  Don't be afraid to ask coworkers for help in finding the right materials for your students.  I'm not just talking about other SLPs, I'm talking about the teachers.  Are you the only SLP in your system?  Cozy up to the SLPs in neighboring systems.  You may even be able to attend their meetings.

Not having materials can be stressful, but with time you will build your library.  Talk with other SLPs, raid closets (only your own unless you have permission!), and visit the local dollar store.  You'll be amazed at what you can find out there!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday "Waffs"

I've decided to do Wednesday posts dedicated to funny things that my students have said, or funny things pertaining to Speech Pathology that I have seen.  Let me know if this is something you'd like to join in on, and I'll make it a linky party!

So...for the first installment, here are a few things my students have said:

*  "Everybody thinks I'm handsome 'cause I work hard" ---H., First Grade

*  Me:  What does "climate" mean?  {insert crickets here}  Can you make up a sentence using the       word "climate"?
    4th Grader:  My friend can "climate".

*  This was actually heard during Kindergarten Screenings last week.  Every day, the Kindergarten focused on a different color.  The students were asked to wear something in that color.  We screened my schools on Thursday, and when I asked one of the students what the color was going to be the next day, he responded with:
"All colors.  But I don't have a shirt with all colors, so I have to wear all of my shirts.  And pants.  And underwear."  (This reminded me of one of those AT&T commercials.  You know the ones; like this one:




I completely forgot to go back and check on what he wore on Friday!

What funny things have your students/clients said this week?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Speech Room Decor Linky!


Wow!  Another linky party!  If I can link up, I'm in!  Thedabblingspeechie is hosting a linky party to show off your work space.  I have 2 schools:  1 is only 2 years old, the other is about 100 years old.  Kidding, but it is one of the oldest schools in the system.  My room in the older school is smaller, but there are a couple of good-sized windows.
Before I get to my older school, here's a view of my drive:
Most days it's just beautiful because it's rare when there isn't a fog settling in "the gap".  The turn-off to the school is just past the gap.
The view from the door as you walk in:
 The view from beside the windows:  (Since I've taken this picture, I hung my "Keep Calm" frame up above the file cabinet in the above picture.)
 My "Cool Dudes" Chart (compliments of "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs"):
The students' "Cool Dude" gets moved up as they go through the artic levels.  Thank you, Nicole at Speech Peeps for giving me the idea!
The only thing I don't have pictures of is my 2 large bookshelves.  I found a couple of very inexpensive shower curtains at Dollar General to hang over them.  I had sheer curtains, but it was a little distracting.

Now for my new school.  Here's a picture of the playground:
It was a foggy morning, and I thought it was pretty cool the way the fog hung over the mountains!
The view from the door:
The basket on the right side holds the students' homework folders.  I have a smartboard, but I honestly don't use it that much.  I plan on using it during my "5 minute days".  If you have any ideas, please share!
On the black storage cabinet, there are these boxes that I got from the Dollar Tree last Spring:
 A closer look:
I have pictures in the boxes so that the students can reach in and grab one to glue on their paper during a "5 minute Day".  (Thanks, Jenn at Crazy Speech World for this great idea!)
The view from my desk:
 To the right of my chair is another artic "ladder", but I use paws at this school since we're the Tiger Cubs. (Compliments of "Graphics from the Pond")  At both schools, I used the Cute Color-Filled Text Frames  by The 3am Teacher for the levels.
To the left are reminders that I use to make a good /r/.  (I have this same chart at my old school, in between the windows.)  I used the 8.5 x 11 Bordered Background Cover Pages by Cat Lady Graphics for this.
Since I teach students how to make an /r/ using /i/ as a starter, these are my reminders:
1.  Move your tongue slowly and smoothly
2.  Don't move your mouth
3.  Hold onto your "E"
That wraps up my little piece of the Speech World!  I feel very fortunate to have 2 very decent rooms.  Go over to thedabblingspeechie to visit other rooms!
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