Friday, October 17, 2014

Week in Review: 10/17/14

Don't you just love short weeks? We had a Professional Development Day on Monday, and "Parent Conferences" today. The catch is that if you have logged at least 6 hours of parent contact, you get the day off! Here's what I did this week:

5 Minute Day:
I only had a 5 Minute Day on Tuesday, since I only saw my MWF kids on Wednesday. I used the Autumn Write and Say the Word from All Y'all Need; the same one I used the week before Fall Break.

For my kids that didn't do a "5-Minute Day", I used a couple of games from "Troll in a Bowl". I've said this before: I really wish that this company was still in existence, because these games are awesome. They are non-competitive, so the whole group wins or loses. 
 The goal of this game is to find all of the treat bags before the "Meanies" block all of the exits.
In this game, the kids are trying to get "Little Freddie Frightening Hood" to Grandpa's house before Grandpa turns into a werewolf. 
On Wednesday & Thursday, I used Trick or Treat from  The Buckeye Speech Path:
Younger Language:
I chose Fresh Fall Leaves by Betsy Franco because of the verbs. The book is short, sweet, and to the point. We continued with  Falling Leaves Prepositions (freebie from Dabbling Speechie) using 'in', 'on', and 'under' because my student is still having a pretty difficult time following directions using those concepts, as well as expressing them.
 I used more yes/no questions from Fall Early Language File F older Activities (Miss Speechie).
 Then, that activity was expanded by making complete sentences:
 To reinforce "on" and "under", I found this freebie from Lupita Valdez. It's a very short reader (only 4 pages). I had to modify some of the words to fit those concepts: The book used the words "on top of" and "on the bottom of".  Answering "where" questions was also targeted.

Older Language:
We were all about Halloween Idioms this week! I started off the week using a freebie from Jenna Rayburn:
I have to be honest: there were several that I had never heard of, and even after consulting the internet, I still didn't know what they were. I'm not sure if those are regional sayings. 
Later in the week, I used another freebie from LindsaySLP
These worked much better. I saved it on my iPad and it worked perfectly. 

What did you do this week, or what do you have planned for next week? Link up below. All I ask is that you mention that you're linking up in your post!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wild About Books Wednesday! Fresh Fall Leaves

Time to join Speech is Sweet for another installment of "Wild about Books Wednesday!" I love this's a wonderful way to get some new ideas!
It's a short week in my school system this week (as in a 3-day week!), so I decided to take it really easy on myself!
I'm using Fresh Fall Leaves (Betsy Franco) with my walk-in language student this week. It's a short book, but it's filled with verbs...which is what this student needs!
I plan on making another book through Custom Boards (Smarty Ears), kind of like this one:
Since I'll use this book with this student again next week, I hope to gather up some leaves and take them in so my student can experience the actions in the book (once the leaves dry from all of the rain we've been getting!).
If you use this book, any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How TpT Improved My Language Therapy

I have to admit this with a very red face: I've gone many years with using the same activity with all of my students, regardless of their objectives or age. It was just easier to do therapy using a game, and centering therapy around that activity. Now that TpT is in the picture, my language therapy has been taken to another level.
The Book Companion Packets help me bring books into my therapy session. All of the different activities that go along with the book bring excitement and allow me to tailor the activities to each individual's goals. The only downside with the packets is that I usually end up buying at least 2 packets per book to hit the goals I want to target with my students. And, since almost all of the packets have some activities that are the same, part of the packets don't get printed. Some of my favorite sellers of Book Companion Packets: (Click on the picture to be taken to their TpT Store)
Jenn AlcornSimply Speech Mindy Stenger Jennifer Hanson
Jenn Alcorn                    Simply Speech               Mindy Stenger         Jennifer Hanson

Normally, I don't even look at TpT products that are over $5, unless it's something specific that I'm looking for. Even then, that product will go on my wish list until there's a sale and/or I have enough credits to bring down the price. If a product is large, I normally won't print off the entire product: I decide what I need right away and only print what I need.
There are a lot of quality free products available. You would be amazed at what you can find for free through TpT, and not just Speech-specific products. I would estimate that 75% of my materials were free. Well, not exactly "free" when you figure in the ink, cardstock, and laminating sheets, but you get the idea.
Sorry; I got off on a tangent, there! Back to the topic!
I am able to individualize therapy for my students by searching for their targets on TpT. It takes more planning, but it's definitely worth it. My students are making more progress, and I feel like I'm really making a difference with increasing their language skills.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Decked out for Fall

This week is Fall Break, Speech for me! I took a little bit of time last week and decorated my new/old school for Fall.
My doorway leading into my room (or, as you're looking at it, you would be walking out of it!):
The bulletin board on the other side of the leaf garland:
 I use the bulletin board to talk about what the different characters are doing, as well as Fall Vocabulary.
My October Calendar, compliments of 3 Dinosaurs:
 My testing cabinet with fall magnets from The Dollar Tree:
 A pumpkin hanging that adds just a little something to the cabinet:
 More Dollar Tree finds stuck on cabinets:
How much decorating for Fall have you done?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Week in Review for 10/03/14

Things were a little "off" this week. Next week is Fall Break (9 weeks gone already!), and there were programs going on and field trips taken.

5-Minute Day:
I absolutely love All Y'all Need's Write and Say the Room cards. It gets the kids up and moving around for at least 5 minutes. This week, I used the Autumn Write and Say the Word. I stuck the cards up all over my room, and the kids walked around and found the words that had their sound. For the language students, they wrote down any of the words they wanted, then we talked about what that word had to do with Fall. An added plus: their homework for after we get back from break is all ready to go!

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Instead of having my Kindergarten students write words on their sheet, they pulled pictures out of their letter box and glued them on an outline of a leaf. As they pulled them out, they said that word. (Their homework is all ready to go, too!)
With my artic kids that are individual (only because of their schedule or if their other group member was absent), I used this from Autumn Worksheet and HW Pack (Lauren LeCour) as a game:

For the last half of the week, we played Touchdown by Megan Exner.

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Younger Language:
Since my younger language students were having a difficult time with putting the noun + verb together, I continued with When the Leaf Blew In (Steve Metzger) from last week. I used the same activities, and was able to expand the yes/no activity from Fall Early Language File Folder Activities (Miss Speechie). 
I was even able to slip in another activity on Wed.

Categorizing, identifying colors, vocabulary, and using complete sentences were all worked on with this little activity.
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Older Language:
My older kids worked on using context clues to determine when each event happened.
One of my kids also worked on inferencing through sequencing using S'Mores 3-Step Sequencing by Denise Polley.

S'mores 3-step Sequencing

And, because I got to my T/Th school without an activity for my walk-in preschooler, I pulled something off of DTLK & she did a dauber sunflower.

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Going on around school:

Just in case you don't follow me on Instagram (@tnslp), here's a sweet little joey I met at my mountain school on Tuesday:
He was seriously the sweetest little joey I've ever met! 

One of my students showed me this word and asked if I could say it:
Yep, it's all one word! 
What's happening in your part of the world?
And, because I'm a sucker for Linky Parties, I'm also joining in Doodle Bugs Teaching Five for Friday.