Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tips and Tricks on Tuesdays: Storing Tiny Cards

Welcome to my new installment: Tips and Tricks on Tuesdays!  I am going to share quick tips and tricks that help me get through my crazy days.

My first tip is for storing cards that go with TpT activities.  I started out using big Ziploc bags for each activity, but the bags never seemed to close right, and the cards still ended up all over the place.  When I did my file cabinet makeover last summer, I vowed to re-organize my TpT products, especially my book companions.

I decided to put each book companion in a hanging green file, and put each individual activity in its own file folder.  But, what would I do with all of those cards to keep them from falling out of the files when I picked them up?  Solution: envelopes.

I take a business sized envelope and seal it.  Then, I cut it in half and glue it to the inside of my file folder.  I label the envelope as needed, and I can place my cards inside without worry that they will be sliding all over the inside of the file folder.

I can then place the rest of the pages for the activity in the file, and store it all in my green hanging file.  Sometimes I even place the book in the file if it is a book companion.

There it is.  My first Tip and Trick on Tuesdays!  Hope you can use it!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lucky 2B an SLP!!!

This month over at The Frenzied SLPs, we are talking about why we feel lucky to be SLPs.  I feel lucky for so many reasons lately, and a lot of them have to do with this blog and my TpT store.  Having the opportunity to share ideas at both of these places has really allowed me to bring more creativity into my therapy sessions.  It has made me think broader and farther than I ever thought I would.  I love creating my own materials and seeing kids really love using them too!  I also love to hear that many of you love using these materials with your students also!

The main reasons I feel lucky to be an SLP on a daily basis truly is the variety of students that I get to work with.  I am blessed to have some of the best kids around (I might be biased).  I love that my day can go from getting a smile or small interaction from one of my students who are non-verbal, all the way to bantering with some of my super fun fifth grade language students.  My days are different all the time!

I am also really lucky because of the company of staff that I get to keep.  The people that I work with on a daily basis truly are amazing people.  The special education staff at my school really is top notch, and I don't know what I would do without their support.  The teachers that I work with are also so much fun to collaborate with.  I am really lucky to also have a great support system in my front office.  My principal and the secretaries are such supportive, caring people.

Ok, gush fest over!  How about if I have a raffle to make one of you #Lucky2BEanSLP?

I am going to give away one copy of my Interactive Articulation Books Bundle.  As it is right now, I have S, Z, F, V, Th, K, and G available in this bundle.

All you have to do is enter this rafflecopter to win!  This giveaway will only be going on until midnight tomorrow night! (3/19/2015 at 11:59pm)

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Monday, February 23, 2015

What's in Your Cart? {LINKY}

TpT is throwing a Teachers are Heroes sale on Wednesday, February 25!  Well guess what?  I think SLPs are Heroes!!!!  So, I am participating in the sale, but calling mine an SLPs are Heroes sale!  You'll be able to receive 28% off of anything in my store when you use the code          at checkout.

Jenna over at Speech Room News has put together a linky where we can list what we are interested in purchasing, and also list some items we think you might be interested in purchasing during the sale.

If you have checked out my Winter Interactive Books, I think you will really like my Spring Interactive Books!  There are two books included in this packet.  Spring Activities has students examine some activities that they can participate in during spring.  They will use interactive pieces to complete sentences about activities.  What Do You See?  will have students explore things that they can see in the spring.  There is a repetitive nature to both books, which is great for your younger students.

Speaking of Interactive Books, have you checked out my Interactive Articulation Books yet?  These have been so fun to use with my students, and there are more to come!  This is a progressive bundle, with more sounds in the works, so grab this one at this super low price!  It will NEVER be offered this low again!

The last of my products that I would like to share is one from last year that got a lot of use in my room.  Spring No-Prep Articulation.  This bundle consists of activities for S, R, and L, plus an open ended packet that you can use with any sound you are working on.

Besides the small enormous amount of clipart in my cart right now, I also have a few things that will make my SLP life a lot easier in the next few weeks!

I love No Prep activities, and I know I will get a lot of use out of this great Articulation Dot Art set from Mia McDaniel!

I have also been wanting to try a "write and say the room" activity with my students, and this one that focuses on community vocabulary looks like it will be great.  Write & Say the Room: My Community by All Y'All Need looks awesome.

I have a lot of students who really need some help with listening skills.  I am looking to purchase Listening Skills Resource Pack for Speech Therapy and Classrooms by Jenn Alcorn looks like something that will also make my life a little easier.

The next pack in my cart is a Spring Sentence Scramble by SLP Runner.  With two levels of activities, I am sure to be able to target a variety of students with this packet.

The last item in my cart is for a specific student that I have who is working on irregular plurals.  Irregular Plural Nouns are for the Geese by LyndaSLP123 looks like exactly what I need.

I hope you have fun picking up a few extra things to get you through spring!  Remember to use the code HEROES to get 28% off of everything in my store on February 25th!

You can go to Jenna's linky at Speech Room News to discover some more of your favorite SLP bloggers wish lists!  


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Spring Interactive Books!

Hi everyone!  I am super excited about these books that I am going to show you today!  These books are very similar to my Winter Interactive Books that have been very popular with my students.  I am proud to bring you...

Spring Interactive Books!

These are simple, fun books that can be used in a variety of different ways.  They are pretty simple to assemble with a little lamination and Velcro.  Complete instructions for how to assemble these books are included in the packet.

The first book is called What Do You See?

In this book, students use the interactive pieces to complete sentences about things that they can see in the spring.  Examples include a bee, an umbrella, a rainbow, and grass.  Here is an example of a page:

The second book is called Spring Activities.

In this book, students use the interactive pieces to complete sentences about activities they can do in the spring.  Examples include blowing bubbles, riding bikes, planting flowers, and jumping in puddles.  Here is an example of a page:

These books are great because they can be very versatile.   I use them with my students who have ASD and need help expanding their utterance length.  Sometimes, I will pull the book apart and pull off two or three interactive pieces to create a smaller field of choices for my students.  Here is a picture of what that looks like:

I also use these books for some of my Kindergarten and First Grade students who need a little help with using complete sentences.  I use them for WH questions such as:

  • When do you see grass?
  • What do you see in the spring?
  • What can you ride in the spring?
These books have been so much fun for me to make and use with my students.  When my older students come into my room, and the books are lying on the table, they can't help themselves either. They love to look through the books and manipulate the pieces.  Kids LOVE Velcro!

You can find these books here:

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Frenzied SLPs!

Hi everyone!
I am so excited to be a part of this great group of SLPs!  The Frenzied SLPs is a Facebook group designed to bring you tips and treats to help you get through your frenzied SLP life.

Today, I am going to introduce myself and provide a quick tip.

 I am:
1.  A Michigan Girl:  I was born and raised in Michigan.  I left for a while to go to grad school, but returned to be close to my family.  I love Michigan for the seasons, however, I have to admit to getting pretty sick of winter weather about now.  We have an ice rink in our backyard this year that my husband built for the kids, so that has made this winter a little more tolerable.  I absolutely love summer in Michigan though.
2. A Runner:  I guess I never really considered myself a runner until this last year.  I always dabbled in running small distances, but this year really got into it and entered (and finished) a half-marathon.  I love the way running clears my head.  I get some really great ideas while I am running.  Now if I could just write and run at the same time...
3.  A Mom of Boys:  I have two boys at home with me.  They are super close in age (first and second grade), and really fun to hang with.  They both play soccer, and because of the ice rink this year, they both really want to play hockey now too.  They keep us pretty busy!
4.  A Coffee Addict:  I never thought that I would be such a coffee person.  I started drinking it just a few years ago, and I have to admit, I am hooked.  I bought an awesome cup from Teavana this year that keeps my coffee hot for a long time.  I usually sip on a large cup in the morning, so it is nice that it stay hot for so long.  I make my coffee at home, but as a treat, I do love Starbucks too.
Well, that was a little bit about me.  Now, for my tip this month.
I'm sure a lot of you know how to do this, but I also know that some teachers that I work with did not know about this.  It has to do with how you record your students.  I used to have an ancient tape recorder that I had purchased when I was in undergrad from Radio Shack.  I would have to guess where I had started recording my students and then rewind my tape again and again to get everything that I needed out of my recording. 
The iPad has changed the way that I record.  I use an app called Quick Voice which is a free app offered on the iPad or iPhone.  It is super easy to use, plus, I can label all of my recordings so that I know exactly where to go to listen to what I need.  The app will save the title that I give the recording, as well as the date, time, and length of recording.  Quick and easy!
I also have another app called Recorder Pro.  This app is sold for $1.99 at the app store.  This app allows you to create folders and subfolders, make private folders that can be locked with a password, make ZIP of files so that you can email the recordings.  I haven't used this one as much yet, but I love all of the capabilities in this one.
I hope I am not the last person on the planet who found out about digital recording on your iPad, and hope this tip was useful to at least a few of you!
Thanks for letting me introduce myself as one of The Frenzied SLPs!  Hopefully you have "Liked" the page so that you can continue to get lots of tips and treats that will be offered.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Interactive Articulation Books!!!!

Today, I want to share with you a passion obsession with you.  I have been using interactive books with my students for a while now.  I especially love to use them with my students that have ASD.  Many of you have recently checked out my winter interactive books.  These have been a big hit with my students.  One day I had some sitting out on my table, and a group of articulation/fluency kids came into my room.  They went nuts with about these books!  I told them that they could use them, but had to focus on their fluency and articulation goals while they said the sentences.  I think what they loved most about these books was moving the pieces around using the Velcro!    After this session, I thought, why not make articulation books?  I started with two different initial /k/ books, as this was the sound my Velcro excited kids were working on.  My students loved them!  I shared them on my Facebook page for a day to see if you all would be interested too, and the response was unanimous!  Interactive Articulation Books rock!

I have created six books for each sound.  Each sound has two books for the initial position, two books for the medial position, and two books for the final position.  The books differ by the types of sentences that are included. 

Level 1 has repeating sentences such as: "I see a cat."
Level 2 has changing sentences that differ for each item.  E.g., "My cat likes to play with yarn."

I have also included a data sheet for each position of sounds.  I think these will really help with progress monitoring. 
Here is everything you can make with the Interactive Articulation Books: K and G packet:

I have started to organize my books in a file box so that I can easily access each sound and progress monitoring sheet when I need it.  Each position of a sound has its own file.
I am so excited about these books!  So far, I have created books for /k/, /g/, and /th/.  I am currently working on /s/ and /z/.  I have plans to make books for all commonly addressed sounds.  I had a lot of requests for early sounds, so those will be next.  You will be able to buy each of these sound packets separately, or as a huge savings, you will be able to purchase these books in a bundle for 20% off.  This will be a progressive bundle, so as sounds are added, you will be able to download the latest files for no additional charge if you purchase the bundle now!
You can find these products at my TpT store:
I hope you enjoy these as much as my students and I have!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Pronoun Heroes: App Review and {GIVEAWAY}

Back to work it is!  I hope everyone had a wonderful break, and a great day back to work today.  In appreciation of going back today, how about a giveaway?  I had the opportunity to try out Pronoun Heroes from Smarty Ears Apps before the break, and they were generous enough to offer not one, but TWO free copies of this app to give away!

So, onto the app!  I have a student who asks for this every time I see him now.  He loves "that superhero app."  It really is pretty cute.

To start out, you select the players.

Next, you get to choose from the Activity Center.  There are six different activities to choose from.

  • What are Pronouns?  This guide describes why we need and use pronouns.

  • Where is the Pronoun? This activity has students decide which word is the pronoun from a selection of four words, or within a short phrase.

  • Which one is not a Pronoun?  Students choose from four different words to determine the one that is not a pronoun.

  • Pronoun Types: This is a guide that describes eight different types of pronouns.

  • Find the Picture: This activity states a pronoun, and students must choose the picture that matches the word.

  • Let's use Pronouns!  This activity allows you to modify the goal that you are working on.  You can choose from a huge list of options for customizing this activity.  My only wish was that the picture would stay for a little longer after the student chooses their word so that you can have the student repeat the whole sentence.

When your student has completed the desired activities, there is a report section.  This will give you the data you need for your session.

All in all, I think this is a fun, quick way to target some pronouns.  Again, my only wish is that it would have the sentences stick around a little longer during the Let's use Pronouns activity.

If you like this app, you can enter to win a copy of it!  Simply complete the Rafflecopter below.  A winner will be chosen very early Wednesday morning.  I enjoyed my break a little too much and was a bit of a slacker on this review.  The winner will have until Friday, January 9, 2015 to redeem the code for the app.

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Thank you so much to Smarty Ears for offering this giveaway, and for providing me with a copy of the app to review!