GOODBYE SUMMER HELLO BACK TO SCHOOL

I never like to say goodbye to summer and it’s not officially over yet, but tomorrow is the first day of school so it’s time to switch gears. I feel like I’ve made the most of the summer which makes it a little easier to make the transition. I kicked off the summer with an amazing family trip to Costa Rica. We traveled from the west coast to the east coast and spent several days at Tortuguero National Park, only assessable by boat or plane. We zip lined, saw incredible flora and foliage and experienced wild life up close and personal.  Here’s a little look at our trip.

After our trip, I transitioned back to reality and spent 5 weeks providing service for students requiring Extended School Year services. Making the most of the weekends, I spent time exploring the many great beaches Rhode Island has to offer. My favorite this summer had to be the The Charlestown Breachway. Armed with my book and small cooler this was definitely a place to unwind and relax. The crystal clear water with a moderate surf was so refreshing on those hot days. (By the way, you will NEVER hear me complain that’s it’s too hot. NEVER.)

 

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I also tried my hand at a little gardening this summer with a container garden. Usually I just plant a few herbs in pots but this summer I wanted to try some veggies. I probably could have planted the veggies in the yard but decided the bunnies would probably get to them (or maybe it just seemed like more work than containers). I planted tomatoes, squash, zucchini and a variety of peppers. The squash didn’t do that well but everything else has been flourishing. I’m thinking about learning how to pickle the peppers to have them for our annual antipasto on Thanksgiving. container garden2Last but not least, I have worked on some new therapy materials for the fall. I am armed and ready to go for the first several months with some fun new activities. I will be able to target food vocabulary, plurals, pronouns, following directions, expressive language and more while playing Cookie Match Plurals, using open target drill sheets, and packing a lunchbox with food and utensils, all part of my Speech and Language Activities, Lunchroom Edition. You can find it here at my TpT store. lunch time language picAs we move into fall we will be using my new “Scarecrow, Scarecrow” books. These interactive repetitive books are perfect for my students who are challenged with visual attention and need activities with a clear ending.  The related materials also target categorizing, following directions, basic fall vocabulary, spatial and sequential concepts. There is also a black and white companion book that can be sent home for reinforcement or it could be used during co-treat sessions with the OT. You can find this product here.

scarecrow picWe will also be using materials from another repetitive reader “Gray, Squirrel, Gray, Squirrel” which is still in the works. It is a reader that targets fall vocabulary, spatial concepts, following directions and more.  Here’s a sneak peak.

 

gray squirrelIt’s been a busy summer with a good mix of leisure and work. While I’m not really wanting to say goodbye to summer, I don’t really have a choice in the matter. It’s good to know that I’ve made the most of the summer and I’m prepared for a new year ahead. Wishing everyone a great 2015-2016 school year!

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PRODUCT REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!

Recently I had the good fortune of reviewing some great products from Beautiful Speech and TLC Talk Shop. I am also excited because each of these ladies has agreed to give away their products to a lucky winner! In the spirit of the giveaway, I  will also give away one of my products.

I currently work with preschoolers and school aged students, grades K-2. I am always looking for interactive, hands-on activities that are bright, engaging and hit as many targets as possible. Aren’t we all?? These products do just that!

I will start with Kristin’s Verb-Pronoun Flip and Practice Book. verb pronoun flip and practiceThis interactive flip book provides targets for subjective pronouns, is/are and 20 verbs. This product can be used as an interactive flip book (that’s how I’ve been using it) or as an interactive cut and glue activity. The pictures are bright, clear and large, which is perfect when using in a small group or individually.

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When used as a flip book, students can generate sentences to match the pictures.  The books can also be used for asking and answering questions, such as “What is he doing?” and “Who is climbing?” This product also lends itself to expansion questions such as “When do you swim?” and “Where do you dig?” This product is especially effective with those students who have decoding skills that are stronger than their comprehension. Students can match the verb words to the action pictures, helping to build comprehension. This quality product is certainly becoming a staple during my therapy sessions. This product could also be used by special educators.

I have also been able to use the fun and interactive books that target multisyllabic words by Tami from TLC Talk Shop.

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This product contains two interactive story books. The books are bright, engaging and just fun! They target vocabulary and speech production of multisyllabic words. Also included is a board for barrier games and following directions. Task cards for various “WH” questions is also included.  This is a perfect activity when you are grouping students with various needs. There are even homework reinforcement pages included where students can practice production of multisyllabic words, as well as think about categories.

I have also used the Speech and Language Dojo Bundle.

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First of all, students just love the “ninja” type characters! The Speech materials include:

265+ Act It Out Sound Loaded Articulation Cards. Students have the opportunity to practice following directions, and articulation all at once! Problem solving is also targeted for those students who are guessing the actions.

25 K Cards 25 G Cards 25 F Cards 25 V Cards 23 CH Cards 25 SH Cards 25 TH Cards 30 S & S-blend Cards 30 L & L-blend Cards 30 R & R-blend Cards There are also blank cards so that you can create your own Act It Out Cards.

My students LOVE roll and cover, and roll and color activities. There are colorful ninja token pages that can be laminated so that they can be used as boards. There’s also a black and white ninja token board for a low ink option or to use with daubers, another favorite in my speech room!

dojo token board

This bundle is also loaded with language activities! Included in the bundle:

DESCRIPTIVE FEATURES:

There are 20 description cards students use to figure out what is being described; 25 single word cards for students to describe as well as a Descriptive Features Mat. CATEGORIES: There are multiple ways to work on categories. There are 5 cards for what doesn’t belong that provide visual representation. There are  15 word lists cards for what doesn’t belong. These could also be used to target auditory memory. There are 20 name the category and add to it cards.

COMPARE/CONTRAST: Students can practice similarities and differences by describing the compare and contrast cards. There are 10 cards that have pictures and  20 that have written words.

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ACTION/SEQUENCE: Also included are 30 Act it Out Action/Sequence Cards- Students can take turns acting out basic sequences for actions such as brushing teeth and putting on shoes. Other students in the group can practice problem solving by guessing the action sequences being performed. ABSURDITIES: There are 30 absurdity cards that describe silly situations, such as “The girl rode her broom to school”. Students can use problem solving to determine what is wrong and practice use of sentence structures by recreating a sentence that makes sense. INFERENCE: There are 30 inference cards that require students to determine “where”  someone is based on the location described. Students also describe “what” someone is doing based on the actions described. Students also explain “why” someone is feeling a certain way or performing a certain way based on the actions described. RECALLING DETAILS: Also included are 30 Recalling Details Cards. Questions target Who (5); What (5); Where (10); and When (10).

This set is just loaded with activities that hit almost so many targets and are appealing to a wide range of grades and ages.

Since it is June (and some of us are still in school), I thought I would give away my Summer Interactive Grammar Books.

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There are 2 interactive summer themed interactive type books. Subjective pronouns he/she/they are targeted as well as possessive pronouns his, her and their. Eight irregular past tense verbs are targeted, as well as has/have. These books can be used as part of therapy, or as part of a center. They could also be sent home to be used as reinforcement of skills. Instead of creating a book, copies could be made to create an interactive cut and paste activity. Just eliminate the the full board on the last page.

Here’s a peek inside:

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