Summer’s End and Labor Day Linky

Growing up we never went back to school until after Labor Weekend. Like many of my school based SLPs and teacher friends, we have been back up and running before this weekend. Even though we are back to school, I don’t mark summer’s end until after Labor Day weekend. It’s always tough to say good bye to summer but there is excitement for a new school year!

This summer I had some goals in mind:

  1. Not working Extended School Year Services (ESY)
  2. Exercise everyday
  3. Tackle something around the house
  4. Work on my Teachers Pay Teachers store

After working for over 20 years, I decided to not work this summer. Having a son going to college for the first time, I certainly could have used the money but decided I needed the break even more. Sometimes you need to take a break in order to keep it going.

While I can’t workout like I once did, I can still walk and use some resistant bands. There may have been a few days when I didn’t move as much as I would have liked (one of the downsides of working on TpT), but for the most part, I felt like I was pretty successful in this area.

Tackling something around the house…this may have been my “needs improvement” area for the summer. Sometimes something has to give, and for me this was the one. I did manage to expand my container garden and I am still enjoying tomatoes and some jalapeno peppers, which make a great hummus by the way. Maybe closet cleaning is better suited for winter.

I probably spend the most time working on my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. I was able to add some new products but I’m excited about the makeover I gave to my store and many of my existing products. I’m so excited about some of my new postings and some projects currently in the works.

As I make the shift from summer’s end to back to school, I am prepping and preparing some materials. I wanted to share some of products that your are perfect for the start of school year that I know your students will enjoy. These products will help you to target speech and language goals in a fun and effective way. I’m also teaming up with some other SLPs and teacher friends for a 20% of sale in my store all day today. You can find the link to that Linky Party at the bottom of this post.

Here are some of my products to help make the next few weeks, fun, productive and easy!

My Lunch Room Themed Language Activities have activities that will target vocabulary, answering questions, receptive and expressive language skills, inferencing skills, and more!

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My Scarecrow, Scarecrow What Do You See? Interactive Reader, is perfect for speech groups, preschool classes and special education classrooms. Students love this predictable reader that targets concepts and colors.  It has a black lined version that is perfect for sending home for carryover. Slide1

You  may also like my No Prep Articulation Worksheets for Fall. Just print and go! They cover 14 sounds in the initial, medial and final word positions. These can be used for group sessions, RtI and home reinforcement. Slide1

My students love finding the differences in these fall themed Find What’s Different Products. Students will not even notice that they are “working” as they describe spatial differences, sequential differences, quantity differences and more!

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To check out what some of my fellow school based SLPs and teachers have on sale in their stores, check out the link here:

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I hope everyone has a great 2016-2017 school year!

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BACK TO SCHOOL SCAVENGER HUNT!

I know it’s hard to believe but Back-to School is going to be here before we know it! Around here we still have a few more weeks to recharge, prepare our rooms and prepare for upcoming students.  Kristin from Beautiful Speech is hosting this fun Back to School Scavenger Hunt. This is a great way to connect with some great SLPs on social media and WIN some fabulous prizes. Basically you will receive a list of SLPs who have left secret words on one of their social media sites. It should be fun and easy! For all the details on how to participate click on Scavenger Hunt. It’s important to remember that once you have all of the secret words that you visit Beautiful Speech to enter for the prizes. Go to Giveaway PicI first took this social media plunge about five months ago. I have found the online SLP community to be extremely generous and supportive. This experience has provided me with priceless, ongoing professional development.  I think taking the time to visit the social media sites and blogs of these SLPs is well worth the time. I have no doubt that visiting these sites will provide some inspiration and get those creative juices running. If you don’t feel like you have creativity, well there’s plenty of others out there who do and are willing to share.

Have fun and good luck!