Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fun little /s/ blend cut and paste booklets

I have a ton of /s/ blend kiddos on my speech caseload this year! I love working on s blends because children seem to progress quickly with them. (Carryover is another story! That is why I included sample phrases and sentences.) We have had the best time making these little books. I got the idea from all of the neat interactive notebooks and foldables I have seen on TPT lately. You don't have to fold these or glue into a notebook though. They are really cute when they are finished, and my kids all ask to take them home to read to their parents. Yeah for carryover! Yeah for reading! (Sorry - I just finished a binge marathon of Breaking Bad. Jesse Pinkman-isms just come out now.)

I included a directions page to explain how to make these. We have been able to finish making one booklet in one speech session. (While also practicing correct sound production at the same time.)
I have had so much fun making these with the kids, I want to make more sets with other sounds.

I included a data sheet and stimulus pictures as an extra item to help with RTI progress monitoring, or you might want to use it with your current speech kids. You might choose to just work on some of the s blends at one time, so you might not need the whole data sheet in one session. If you are like me, you keep data on 24 different sticky notes to transfer! I'm still on the lookout for the perfect data sheet. I think this one is a pretty good supplement for tracking which s blends are giving my students the most trouble.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Speech Therapy Articulation with Sight Words Bundle

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 Here is my pride and joy of all of the products I have created for my speech room. Long before I ever heard of Teachers Pay Teachers, I created some sight word bingo games to use in speech therapy. In 2009, an administrator asked if I could help a certain child with sight words during speech. Of course I said yes, but I was a little apprehensive because I have zero training in reading! I decided to find out which words he needed to learn and made a bingo game with his current list. I didn't use the sight words as the focus of therapy, but we used sight word bingo as our activity to break up the monotony of artic drill. Why not? If we can play Hungry Hippos during a session, why not sneak in something academic? I made my first bingo boards and noticed lots of the sight words contained his target phonemes. I started making lists with words that contained target phonemes. At some point, my computer crashed with this information.....and it took several years before I could force myself to start over with the lists! I have created products for /r/, /l/, /s/, /z/, and /ch/ so far, and /k/, /g/, and /f/ are in progress right now.
I created the product in color and black and white. I get one color ink cartridge per year at work, so I am usually down to black ink only by Christmas! I do have a good laser printer for black and white printables, and I love to print on colored cardstock. It's sturdy, and it gives everything a little more pop. You can see in the picture above how I printed the /s/ words on purple cardstock. I have purchased more colored cardstock since I took these pictures, and I printed each phoneme on a different color. I would say organization is my downfall, but every now and then I surprise myself! I put the entire product in a binder with page protectors. I store the little flashcards in a pencil pouch, and that works really well. I bought different colors of pencil pouches at Dollar General to match the color of phoneme cards, but only ONE actually had holes that lined up correctly with a standard 3 ring binder. In the future, I will test them out while I'm in the store! I found out the cards also fit perfectly in baseball protector pages - I'm just scared they will fall out if I pick up the binder when it's upside down one day.

I keep extra copies of the homework pages in pocketed page dividers, and that works great for sending home once I think my kids are ready for it.

Here are more images of my articulation sight word sets:

Friday, January 3, 2014

Free Winter Sports Graphing Freebie - Just in time for the Olympics

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I just posted a freebie in my TPT store! I hope you can use my winter themed graphing sheet with your students this first week back. Let's face it - the first week back after Christmas break is brutal! It's a pretty rough transition for students AND teachers. I know I have to figure out a way to get back on schedule ASAP! I've been staying up very late and sleeping until 9 or 10. (That's crazy for me!) I can't even think about that alarm that's going to go off Monday morning at 5:38 a.m. I set it for an odd time so I can hit snooze once and be up by 5:45. We have to be at work at 7:20 at my school. When does everyone else have to be at work?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Another Giveaway - this one is huge!

I'm participating in another giveaway. This one was organized by one of my favorite clip artists on TPT! Enter now for a chance to win lots of awesome Elementary resources!
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