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.


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."