Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Well hello there!  I've been taking a little break from cyberspace lately for some much needed R&R and family time.  I hope you and your family had a great Christmas!  This year my sisters and I had some professional photos taken for my mom.  Long story short she LOVED them and even shed a few tears when she opened up the gift.

Here is one of the photos along with a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from me to you!  :)

Since I have a few more days left of break, I'm trying to fit in a little planning for this upcoming month.  Most of my January therapy activities consist of winter themed fun, but toward the end of the month, I like to throw in a week full of "sweets" themed activities.

My kids absolutely love it, especially since I try to have one day where we actually get to eat a few sweet treats.  Soooo to add to the fun, I've got something freebielicious for you!

Yay cupcakes!  And one thing I feel like I'm constantly working on in therapy is vocab.  Plus it's part of the Common Core Standards across most grade levels, especially synonyms and antonyms.

Well this download lets you practice just that, using yummy cupcakes with cherries on top.  It comes with 12 pairs of synonyms and 12 pairs of antonyms.

I like to cut out the circles using a scalloped 3 inch circle punch just to make it extra cutesie.  This game can be played like memory or just have the student find the appropriate match among an array.  Use it however you'd like!

You can download this freebie from my TPT store HERE!

So what do you think?  Do you target a lot of vocabulary goals in your speech room?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

S-Peachy Feedback December ~ 2 Winners!

It's a special edition of S...peachy Feedback this month with Speech Peeps!  This time we are choosing TWO of the fabulous comments we received to win a free product of your choice from our TPT stores!  One is from a paid item and one is from a freebie.  :)

Here are my winners!

I received this about my Superhero Comic Book Companion Pack:

This comment made my day!!  Thanks, Julie Graham, for the awesome feedback!  Please contact me to receive anything you'd like from my TPT store!  busybeespeech@gmail.com.

I also received this comment about my Gingerbread Speech Freebie:

I loved this sweet feedback from tgunn0627.  Thanks for sharing!  Please contact me and let me know what you'd like from my little store.  :)  busybeespeech@gmail.com.

Thanks so much to everyone who leaves feedback!  It absolutely means more than you know!  Be sure and check out Nicole's blog over at Speech Peeps to see if you're a winner.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Edublog Finalists!

Last week, something super cool happened.  The edublog nominations were short-listed and the finalists were announced.  And guess what?!  Lots of SLP blogs made the cut!  It's so exciting to know that our profession and blogs are recognized as playing an important part of the education community.  :)

Danielle over at Sublime Speech even nominated my blog for the Most Influential Blog Post of the Year category for this post!  So honored!  Check it out!

Here's the thing...the winners are chosen by majority vote.  Soooo, if you want to help support the speechies, please consider heading on over to the Edublog site and voting for your friends!  You can vote for however many people you'd like.

Here is a list of all the speechie finalists:

1.  Best Individual Blog
-PrAACtical AAC
-Chapel Hill Snippets
-If Only I Had Super Powers
-Speech Adventures
-Speech Peeps
-Playing With Words 365

2.  Best Group Blog
-Speechie Freebies!!  (I'm a collaborator on this one!)

3.  Best New Blog
-Speechy Musings
-Rock Chalk Speech Talk
-SLPs For Change

4.  Best Resource Sharing Blog
-Speechy Musings
-PrAACtical AAC

5.  Most Influential Blog Post of the Year
-Busy Bee Speech (ME!!)

6.  Lifetime Achievement
-Caroline Bowlin
-Crazy Speech World

7.  Best Teacher Blog

8.  Best Twitter Hashtag

9.  Best Use of Educational Wiki
-Communicate PA

10.  Best Mobile App for Education

I'm so privileged to be a part of this list!  Thanks so much for voting!  Yay speechies!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Oldies but Goodies...Christmas

I hope everyone is surviving the crazy weather, hyped up kids, and super busy holiday season!  Today I've got a round up of some oldie posts to help you keep pushing through!

Here they are in case you missed them last year!

1.  Christmas Monster Smash

My kids love this slap happy game and this version is great for this time of year!  You can check it out on my blog at the link above or my TPT store here.  (PS This one is on sale for my seasonal deal!)

2.  Christmas Bingo

Who doesn't love BINGO?  This game targets lots of sounds and uses cute clip are with an extra spin to help say sounds in different ways!  It's on TPT here.

3.  Too Many Tamales Sequencing + More

This is one of my favorite books to use around Christmas time!  Find out why at this blog post. :)

4. Christmas Speech Tree

Check out this cute crafty Christmas tree I put up in my speech room!  The kids loved it.  Read about how we used it here.

5.  Biscuit's Christmas Eve

Biscuit freebie alert!  This post tells more details about how we use Biscuit books in speech.  Check it out and pick up a freebie here.

6. I Spy Christmas Freebie

Here's another Christmas freebie!  I have lots of ideas on how to use it over at my blog.  Click on the above link to go to the post or grab it at my TPT store here.

And of course, don't forget my Christmas Worksheet & HW Packet as well as my Gingerbread Speech Freebie!

What do you think?  Have you used any of these ideas?  Hope some of them help!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday FREEBIE Linky!

So how are you trudging along in these 3 weeks or so between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  For some reason, this time of year is always fun but SUPER crazy.  The kids always seem wired, and I'm always trying to fit as much in my day as I can.

Luckily, I've got something special for you today that I hope will make these few weeks a little easier on you.  It's a Holiday and Winter FREEBIE Linky Party!!

Just scroll on down to the bottom of this post to find some links to some awesome freebies!  But first, here's one I have for you to add.

It's an open-ended game that's gingerbread themed that's made to be played with real candy!  Check out Gingerbread Speech.

I like to use those gingerbread men marshmallows when playing this game, although, you could really use gumdrops or any Christmas candy.

After saying a sound/answering a question/etc., students draw a gingerbread card.  The number on the card indicates the number of candies they get.  They can sort them on the gingerbread mats.

But watch out for the sly fox!  He will make you put your candies back or give them away.

I've also included some pretend candy in case you aren't allowed to have candy at your school.

Plus, there's a cute gingerbread gameboard that's open-ended and can be used with any target.

You can grab this freebie from my TPT store HERE.  Hope you and your kiddos can use it!

Now for the linky!  To link up all you have to do is create a new blog post highlighting your freebie.  Then, click on the blue frog button and enter your info.  Where it says name, you can put the name of your freebie or blog.  Make sure it links to the direct page of your freebie blog post and not just your blog in general.  If you don't have a blog, that's ok too!  Just link to your store or website.  Thanks!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas Worksheets & MORE!

It's officially December.  What?  Cue the Christmas lights, carols, and crowded malls.  Here's to a fun-filled holiday season!

In my speech room, we are all about fun Christmas activities this month, from gingerbread men to Santa.  So today, I've got another worksheet pack ready...Christmas style!

Quick side note: This post is kind of long, so be sure and stay with me until the end for a giveaway at the bottom!  

This pack is a little bigger than my other worksheet/HW packs.  It comes with 18 generic worksheets, including:


Cut/glue activities

Coloring sheet reinforcers

Syllable practice

Dice Games

Tic Tac Toe, Christmas Flip books, and More!

There are also specific activities for /r/ and /s/ included.

LOVE these Christmas flip books!

You can grab this worksheet pack at my TPT store HERE!

December also means exit fall and enter winter!  To help get ready, I've got a couple more packets for you.  Newly available in my store are a Winter Worksheet & HW Packet as well as a Valentine's Day Worksheet & HW Packet.

Most of my worksheet packs have similar activities but with different themes.  Here's a look at a little of what's included in the winter pack:

Grab this packet at my TPT store HERE.

Here are a few glimpses at the Valentine packet:

You can grab this packet at my TPT store HERE.

All 3 of these packs are in black and white and are made to be printed on regular paper.  No laminating, colored ink, or card stock required.  :)

If you're interested, you can grab ALL 3 packs bundled together to save a little $...20% to be exact!

I've also got a free copy of the bundle (all 3 packs) ready to giveaway!  Just enter in the rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, December 1, 2013

What's in My TPT Cart?

Woohoo!  It's TPT cyber sale tomorrow, just in time for Cyber Monday!  You'll be able to get up to 28% off all your favorite products using the promo code: cyber.  Since we are all getting our carts and wishlists ready about now, I'm linking up with Jenna over at SRN to talk about what I'm buying!

Just click the graphic above to head over to Jenna's blog and see what everyone's getting.

First, I want to show you a few things from my store that my kids are loving right now.

Articulation Booklets
The Three Snow Bears Companion

Common Core RtI 3-5 Grades
Christmas Worksheet & HW Pack
Christmas Bingo Combo Pack

My Winter Worksheet and Homework Pack is almost done and should be posted soon as well.  

Now for my cart!  Here are the products I'm recommending:

1.  Gingerbread Craftivity by Jenn Alcorn

2.  SLP Student Teaching Binder by Carissa TenHoeve

3.  Articulation Cans by Mia McDaniel

4.  Language Dice by The Buckeye Speech Path

5.  I Mustache You a Question by Sublime Speech

Plus, I'll be getting lots of clipart, fonts, and frames.  :)  What does your cart look like?  Don't forget to enter the promo code (cyber) before you click submit.  I forgot last time lol and could have kicked myself!

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