Monday, December 31, 2012

V-day Sock Monkey Artic

I've got another Valentine activity for you!  This one uses cute little sock monkeys.  My grandmother actually made me one when I was little, and I've had a soft spot for them ever since.  :)

Check these babies out!

This 42-page articulation packet targets articulation sounds and includes visual cues on each card.

Move across the fun little game board by choosing a heart number card.  Then choose a target card and say the word correctly.

To make the game more interesting, have the kids also choose a monkey face card to say their word in different ways.  Some examples include say and spell it, say it 10 times, or say it in a silly voice.

There are 192 articulation cards that target the following sounds: /s, r, l, k, f, sh, ch, th/.  24 cards are included for each phoneme - 6 initial 1 syllable word cards, 6 initial 2-3 syllable words, 6 medial cards, and 6 final cards.
You can grab this at my TPT store here!  Don't forget to leave feedback once you purchase.  :)

*I'll give a free copy of this activity to the first 2 blog followers that comment on this post with their email address!  To become a follower, just click the "join this site" on the right.

**Oh, and today Busy Bee Speech has been featured over at Presence Learning for one of their 12 days of speech activities!  Head on over there and check it out!!  :)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Valentine Language Pack

Alright, so it may be a little early for Valentine activities.  This clipart was just so cute, that I couldn't pass it up.  Check it!

This pack targets asking WH questions, answering WH questions, following directions (1-3 step), synonyms, and antonyms.  I'm excited to use this during Valentine's week.  Aren't the graphics fun?

There are 2 ways the kids can play!  They can either use the included game board, or they can just use the cards and sort them onto the mats.

  • Asking WH questions - There's a prompt for the type of wh-question and response on each card.
  • Answering WH questions - There's a question prompt for who, what, when, where, and why questions.  It features cute little boy and girl robots.  Love em!
  • Following directions - The bird cards include 1-step, 2-step, and 3-step directions.  
  • Synonyms - These can be used as a matching game or just identifying the synonyms using the game board.
  • Antonyms - These can also be used as a matching game or identifying the antonyms when using the game board.

Every game needs some wild cards!  These crazy and happy cupcakes did the trick.  

You can grab this packet at my TPT store HERE!  Enjoy!

I'll send a free copy to the first 2 blog followers that comment with their email!  To follow this blog, just press the "join this site" button on the right.  :)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy Holidays and a SALE!

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and spent some much needed downtime with their families!  I know I did.  I try to treasure all these little moments, as I know they won't be forever.  And I know that so many other families are dealing with inexplicable losses that I cannot even imagine going through.  So count your blessings, friends.  Thank the Lord for the grace that He's shown you today.  There will always be someone who has it better than you and someone who is worse off than you.

On a lighter note, here's a shot of my sisters and I.  We had a great time at my grandmother's house eating, laughing, and dancing with the rest of my family.  So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from me to you!!

I also wanted to tell you about a TPT SALE going on for New Years!  Lots of speechie stores will be participating, so browse around and stock up for next year!  On January 2 and 3, all of my products will be 20% off.  Time to build those wishlists!  :)

Happy New Year!

Check back tomorrow for a new Valentine's pack!  I'll be getting some new materials out before the sale, so stay tuned!  :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Olliblocks Silly Sentences

Ok I've been dying to try this ever since I saw these cute little blocks posted on pinterest.  Right when I saw them, I thought they'd be SO perfect to put together silly sentences.  At first, I looked at some clipart to try and make my own people, but nothing I could find was as cute.  Plus, I'm all about supporting a fellow small business, so I purchased the pictures straight from caravanshoppe.

Check out how cute they are!!

Here is a mini tutorial on how to make your very own silly sentences using these Olliblocks pictures!
*Note: They do have directions in the packet your purchase and on the Olliblocks page also ~ see it here.

You will need:

  • Blocks - either 1.5" or 2" (I used 1.5" and got them at hobby lobby)
  • Sticker/adhesive paper
  • Scissors and a sponge brush
  • Modge podge
  • Olliblocks pictures from caravanshoppe! 
  • Clear printable decal paper (I got it at office depot)

1.  Grab your blocks and print out all pictures onto full sheet label paper (sticker paper).  

2.  Cut out all the people and animals.  There are three parts to each person.  Then stick them on all the sides of the blocks.  It doesn't matter if they're all facing the same direction or not.  They can flip and turn however you choose.  :)

3.  Print sentences onto the clear decal paper and cut out.  You can grab the sentences that I made HERE.  You could also come up with your own sentences, if you wanted.  The ones I made target /r, s, k, l/ in initial, medial, and final position.

4.  Peel the sentences off the decal and stick on the blocks.  The three parts of the sentence should go on the three different parts of the people.  

5.  Now it's time to whip out the modge podge! I made sure to brush it on after I attached the sentences.  That way, it won't come off.  

6.  Let dry and then brush modge podge onto the remaining side.  Then they should be all good to go!  They are SO fun!  You can get pictures for girls, boys, and animals.  I got them all.  :)

They can mix and match and say silly sentences until the cows come home.  I'm planning on putting this in one of my articulation centers for my older ones who read.  

What do you think?  

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Three Snow Bears Speech & Language Packet

After using some awesome story companions from a few of my very talented bloggy friends, I forgot how much I really loved incorporating literature themes into my sessions.  I do it all the time with my preschoolers.  Because I do inclusion for language in my older grades, I rarely get the chance to use it with my language groups.

With the variety that some of these packets offer, I was able to easily adapt them for the classroom.  Anyway, I thought I'd take a stab at it myself, mostly so that I could have the variety of targets I needed to address different classes and grade levels.  One of my favorite Jan Brett books is The Three Snow Bears.  It's kind of like a arctic version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  My kids of all ages love it!

Check out this 34 page packet!

I'm so excited about it!  Let's dig in a little, shall we?  

  • Story props - I use these for an added visual while reading the story, as well as to help with story retell.  They love playing with them and acting out the different scenes.

  • Sequencing cards - Put the cards in order the events occurred in the story.  You can also use these for retell.

  • Vocabulary cards - 8 simple pictures for describing, identifying, or defining

  • Vocabulary synonym matching - A little higher level.  You can use the context clues to figure out what the word means and then find the matching synonym.  Play it like memory.

  • Comprehension questions - 16 comprehension questions with visuals

  • Predicting chart - This chart can be completed as you read the story.  I plan on bringing this in the classroom when they address this skill and doing it together.

  • Summarizing organizer - Summarize the main events in the story by using this graphic organizer.

  • Compare & contrast organizer - This lets you find the similarities and differences between this story and the original Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.  I also plan on doing this one whole group.

  • Inferencing chart - My fourth and fifth graders have to be able to come up with their own inferences.  This chart will help them understand how they got their inference and what each part means.

  • Feelings inferences - As you read the story, infer how each character might be feeling.  Match the  thought bubbles to the cards.

  • Good & bad manners sort - Talk about what is and isn't appropriate by sorting igloos onto the ice mats.

  • Game board - This is an open-ended game board to be used with the enclosed cards or any card deck you choose.  

  • Articulation cards for /r/, /s/, /l/

  • Regular plural cards

  • Regular and irregular past tense cards

  • Game board wild cards

  • A couple of homework/coloring pages for articulation

What do you think?  I definitely needed something that could be used with many different skills, and thought perhaps you might need that too.  

You can grab this packet at my TPT store HERE!  

Enjoy :)

PS I'll give a free copy to the first two blog followers that comment with their email.  To become a follower, just click the "join this site" button on the side.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Biscuit's Christmas Eve

As you might already know, I LOVE using Biscuit books with my preschoolers and young elementary kids.  The pictures are great for vocabulary, simple inferencing, and asking questions.  A couple months ago, I posted some freebies for Happy Halloween Biscuit.  Today, I want to share with you how I use
Biscuit's Christmas Eve!

I put velcro in this book as well to target vocabulary and following simple directions.  I have a non-verbal autistic student who can really interact well with the book this way.  He finds the pictures on my velcro board that go with the corresponding picture in the book.  We even practice finding the words on the page that go with the picture (yeah, he can do that at age 6).

After we go through the book, I sometimes use the pictures to try and get my students to sequence the story, or at least tell me the important events.  I also ask them questions and try to incorporate some basic concepts and following directions (i.e. find the big ornament, the cookies probably feel ___).

If they are able, we look for pictures with their sound in it and draw them on a dry-erase board.  They LOVE drawing on dry-erase boards.  I still can't figure out what's so great about it lol.

This time we practiced our colors and directions by coloring a picture.  This is the one we used.

You can grab it from here.

I also uploaded a FREEBIE copy of the pictures for the book.  You can snag that HERE!

Just thought I'd share in case you're needing some last minute Christmas ideas!  Enjoy!

Please leave me a comment if you download.   :)
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