Sunday, November 20, 2016

Create Simple and Easy Construction Paper Crafts

Do you love crafts? They are one of my favorite things to do and it is reflected in the therapy I provide.  Every month I plan a craft activities that can address multiple goals.  This year I have some large groups of 4-5 students with different goals.  Crafts, play, and books are all activities that I have been using. I love using crafts, but prepping crafts can be time consuming.  As I plan for the month of December I wanted to share a craft activity that is very easy to prep.

This Christmas tree activity uses 1 inch squares of green construction paper, and stickers.  For me if it is December I have to add glitter.  I start by using my paper cutter to cut small green squares and a few brown squares. 


Next I gather card decks that I need to target goals.  (I have a collection that I'm almost a little embarrassed about.  Last time I counted I had 38 commercial decks of speech cards. That doesn't count all the decks I have made myself.)  This month I am using my articulation decks, who and what question decks, and my category deck of cards.  That is all that I need to do and this craft is prepped. I like to make a sample so that my students have an example to follow, but you can also make one with your students.

When I use this craft in therapy I will be using the decks of cards to get multiple articulation productions, have the students answer questions or generate items in a category.  Throughout the activity I give my students 1-3 step directions that they need to follow.  After the student practices they glue on 1-5 pieces of paper in the shape of the tree.  I like to give directions about placement of the squares, but if I have a student that needs more help I will put numbers, letters or marks where they have to glue the squares.  After the tree is assembled we add a trunk and stickers.  Then it is time for GLITTER! 

Crafts are such a great way to target multiple speech and language goals.  My directions can be individualized for each student.  It is easy to incorporate basic concepts as well.  The concepts of first, second, last, next to, under, over, and in a row are all easy to use throughout this activity.

This December if you are looking for fun holiday activities think about crafts.  They can be fun and easy to prep.

Other craft activities that I will be using this month that are low prep are Christmas characters and another Christmas Tree decoration.



I hope that you give crafts a try this December in therapy.  Enjoy the holidays and have fun.
Cathy







   
   

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Take a Look at the November Visual Lesson Plans I Created

As October comes to an end I realized that writing monthly plans has made planning and therapy for the month so much easier.  I actually over planned for Halloween and had activities left over. I love not having to worry about what I am doing throughout the month.  The long term planning is keeping me focused on each groups goals for the month as well.  So, here are my plans for the month:

This month I am so excited to use my new book "The Old Lady Who Swallowed A Turkey" by Lucille Colandro.  I added vocabulary cards and comprehension questions to my Old Lady Book Companion series.  My groups are going to be focusing on answering "wh" questions, retelling the story, identifying the rhyming words, associating items in the story, categorization skills and the basic concepts first and last.

                                          There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey


 It made me think this was the perfect month to address food vocabulary with my functional skills class. This should go along nicely with the "Old Lady Who Swallowed A Turkey" and Thanksgiving.

My articulation and apraxia groups will be using ipad games, dot art, chipper chat and my latest craft, a Thanksgiving Turkey this month.
                                                           Thanksgiving Turkey Craft


I will be targeting categorization skills with my language processing groups this month.  I will be using the functions, associations and category cards from my Language Processing Quiz game.  We will also be completing the Thanksgiving Describe it book. My groups will be describing a turkey, Pilgrims, a log cabin and the Mayflower.

                                             
                                                        Describe it for Thanksgiving


I am excited for November to arrive thanks to my new book.  It also feels great to have my month planned.  Once I prep my activities I will be all set.   I hope that you and your students have a productive and fun filled November.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family.
Cathy




 


Monday, October 3, 2016

Join Me in Looking at the October Visual Lesson Plans I Made

Wow!  Can it already be October.  September flew by for me.  I can't wait to get out all my Halloween decorations for both school and home.  I am joining Speech is Sweet again this month posting my lesson plans.


I plan to use a lot of Halloween based activities this month.  I love Halloween books and  plan to use There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat and Spookley the Square Pumpkin .  We head to the pumpkin patch on October 14th, which is one of my favorite days of the year. They have a Spookley corn maze, so I always use that book with my Kindergarten student.  I hope that you all have a great October and get some ideas for your caseload from my visual lesson plans.
These activities are available at my tpt store Speech Gems

See you next month.

Cathy


Friday, August 19, 2016

Save Time When You Start the Year Off Using Easy To Follow Monthly Lesson Plans


Planning is something we all have to do.  I like my therapy sessions to be centered around themes and holidays, so when Scarlette from Speech is Fun created a monthly Visual Lesson Plan Linky it matches the way I plan therapy perfectly.The last week of the month I think about what I need to do next month.  I am excited to share my monthly plans with everyone.    I am so excited to share my therapy room with you all year.

I go back to school 9/6 and the first week is spent developing my schedule and conducting screenings.  My room is still in the process of being cleaned so I decided to get a head start on my September lesson plans.   I work in a small Elementary school that has less than 200 students. I am full time in the building due to the placement of 2 functional skills classrooms.  I see the student in the functional skills classroom 4-5 days a week.  I have organized my plans into 6 different groups:  Articulation, Apraxia, Kindergarten RTI, Functional Language skills, Language skills for 1st-2nd grade and Language skills for 3rd-5th grade. I hope that you find some ideas for your own caseload as I share what I will be doing this year.

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Products can be found at my tpt store Speech Gems.
It feels good to have September mapped out.  Now I just have to get my room set up.

Cathy

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Engage Your Students in Learning by Using QR Codes That Will Make Therapy Fun

QR Codes?


A year ago I had no idea what a QR Code was and how I could use them in therapy.   I am so glad that I stumbled across them and gave it a try.  My 2nd-5th graders love them.  It is the activity that they always choose when given a choice.

There are a lot of QR Code activities available on tpt.  In order to use them you need to download a QR Code reader on your phone or tablet.  I like to use QR Code scanner on my ipad.  It is free and works great. I place the ipad on the center of the table and the students move so they can use the scanner.  That way we don't have to pass the ipad around and my students get to move.
QR Code Readers

My favorite game to play is QR Articulation Wild Card.  I select the target sounds that the students are working on.  The activity comes with QR cards that contain the following hidden messages:  Try again, Say your sound 5 times, Think of a word with your sound, Make a sentence with an R word, and WILD CARD YOU WIN! I like to use 3-5 of each QR Code message mixed in with their articulation words.

When we play the game I set the ipad up in the center of the table and spread the cards around in front of it.  The students reach behind the ipad to use the QR code reader. The students are only allowed to select a card that has their sound on the back.
QR Code Articulation Game R sounds

If the student selects a picture they practice the word.  When a QR code is selected they put the card behind the ipad and allow the reader to uncover the message. If they found a WILD CARD YOU WIN! they keep it in front of them.  I like to have multiple winners, so game play continues.  When the session is over we count up the number of wild cards each student has found.  That student with the most wild cards is the grand winner.  We all congratulate the winner.

I made the QR Code Articulation Initial F Game free so that therapists could try it out.  I know that my students can't get enough of QR Games and I hope that your students will feel the same.
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This has been such a surprising hit with my students I made it for multiple sounds, irregular past tense verbs and irregular plurals.  It is a fun and easy way to get a large number of productions during the speech sessions.  This is now one of my favorite activities.

Cathy







Sunday, July 31, 2016

Get Ready It's Time For a Back to School Sale

Welcome Back,

I am always find this time of the year very exciting.  The start of a new school year fills me with joy and excitement.  I wonder what the year will hold for me.  This year is even more exciting,  This will be my very first Back to School sale a seller.  I opened my store, Speech Gems, on August 25th.  It has been a year filled with learning opportunities. I am excited to participate in my first Back to School Sale August 1-2, 2016.

A big thank you to Jenna over at Speech Room News for hosting this linky party.
 My store was recently given a $10 gift card from tpt to use as a giveaway for this sale.  You can enter this giveaway by visiting my Facebook page.


 At 11pm Monday night, 8/1/16, I will be randomly selecting one winner. That winner will receive a message with a code that can be redeemed on tpt for $10.  Hopefully this will let you buy more of the items that are in your cart.

Three products that I am extremely excited about this fall are my Multiple Meaning Word Unit,  my Old Lady Who Swallowed a ....series and my Fall Language Processing Smash Mats.

This product contains memory cards, task cards, a Bingo game and pages to make a book

It includes The Old Lady Who Swallowed a fly, bat, snow, bell, clover, chick, frog, shell and books.  Look for the new book the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey to be added in September

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fall-Language-Processing-Dough-Mats-Association-and-Categorization-Skills-2653427
This product contains 36 association cards, 12 association mats, 19 category cards and 12 category mats that can be used with dough or small manipulatives to target language processing skills.

Four other product that I am excited to purchase are Origami Boats for Speech Therapy by Courtney Gragg, Spin a Pinwheel Articulation by Speech Wonderland and Kindergarten Sight word Sticks by SLPTalk with Desiree and Print and Go Trioramas for Articulation, Language and Social Skills byCreative Speech Lab.  A product that I own and love is Adjectives and Opposites by Talkin With Twang.  These look fun and interactive.  Two things I love to see happen in my Speech room.







I hope that everyone finds a lot of new products to use this fall as we all head back to school. Don't forget to go over to my Facebook page and leave a comment to be included in the drawing for a $10 tpt gift card.

Cathy
Speech Gems





Thursday, February 18, 2016

It's Time to Play More, Laugh More and Have More Fun in Therapy!






Cathy

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A TPT Winter Sale




What's new in my store?  My store is only 5 months old so I would have to say.....everything...  I am excited to be joining a linky party hosted by Jen at SLP Runner.  What a perfect time for a sale, although it still doesn't feel like winter up here in New York. The Winter is flying by with or without snow.

At school I have just started a new unit on Multiple meaning words with my 3rd graders. In order to address the goals I created for them last May, I recently created a Multiple Meaning Word Unit.  It consists of task cards, memory cards, a bingo game and pages to create student books.  It has everything I need to address their goals.
Multiple Meaning Word Unit
               
                                                  Multiple Meaning Word Unit by Speech Gems

For the next two weeks I am planning on using the book Who Will See Their Shadow This Year by Jerry Pallotta with my first and second graders.  It targets animal and weather vocabulary in a fun way. I found a great book companion to use with it

Groundhog Day 'Who Will See Their Shadow This Year?' CauseB

In keeping with my theme of Groundhog Day I created a Feed the Groundhog activity to address initial articulation sounds. The students select a flower, practice the words and feed the groundhog. My students remember my neighborhood groundhog that ate many of my flowers and vegetables last Spring. They frequently ask if he is back yet. Although I am ready for Spring, I am not ready for the return of this groundhog.


I have recently fallen in love with craft activities created by Speech Dreams.  In my cart is her Groundhog Day activity.  I can't wait to use this.
Groundhog Day Speech Therapy Craft
                                                     Groundhog Day craft by Speech Dreams

I continue to have students who struggle to answer who and what questions. One product that I will be using with those students is my Adapted who and what winter questions. It allows me to address who and what questions when their is only one choice with some of my students..  Also included are pages that combine both who and what for my students who are are more advanced.



Another item in my cart. That I am using this month which these students that targets what questions is Interactive Valentine's Day book created by Speech Space. It focused on what questions using a Valentine's Day theme
Valentine's Day Interactive Books - 50% Off for 24 Hours

I hope that everyone is able to find activities that will help their students meet their goals. I am excited to use all of these activities during the next month.

Cathy


Sunday, January 3, 2016

I'll try in 2016


I am very excited to be apart of Frenzied SLPs January Linky In 2016 I'll try...

I don't make New Year's Resolutions.  I have always felt like my New Year's Eve was the night before the school year started.  For me time is always marked in school years and not calendar years.  I have been in school for over 50 years.  Every year in August I decide what I am going to do differently.  I can't wait to try new things. Top on my list is always be more organized. I can almost feel the success, but by the time New Year's Eve rolls around I have long since given up on what I was going to change.  Obviously this is really no different than making a New Year's Eve resolution only I make it on Labor Day.  Number 1 on my list year after year is organize my office, desk and materials.  This year was no different.  I wanted to be more organized. As I look around me I still have Halloween materials out that are mixed in with my Christmas activities. I am going to try and have a plan to get myself organized.  I think I always start out with a goal that is too big.  Rather than try to organize everything at one time I am going to start with all of my Christmas materials.  I brought them all home over vacation with the plan to organize them.  I am going to put everything in a crate based on seasons and holidays after I have used them. I see these on Pinterest all the time, so I bought a clear crate with a red lid.
I just finished organizing my December activities and it is a great feeling to have one month done.  In the December crate I put all my Christmas books, tpt activities, left over craft  materials, stickers, classroom decorations, tablecloth and holiday specific toys.  My Christmas crate is done.

The plan is to have it all organized next year at this time. I am going to try and do this at the end of each unit and holiday I complete. I guess all I can say is "I will try."