I am so excited to be blogging over at Speechie Freebies today!
I have been working on this product for months! It's still unfinished, but I'm posting one phoneme for you today!
So many of my students can't sit still for drill work. I have recently picked up a whole bunch of preschoolers, and they always love play dough. I wanted to make activities for them that would be fun and functional, incorprating their speech sounds, as well as language skills.
You can download them here! And be on the lookout in the next couple of weeks for more of these! Enjoy!
A. True.... I still have no idea why it was not considered inappropriate to cast hookers in a play, but I did play one of a pair in Guys and Dolls. And my parents let us... Lol!
B. True.... I still remember the name of the child I turned blue when dyeing Easter eggs. Luckily, his mom had a great sense of humor!
C. False.... I did not babysit for Alexa Ray, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley's daughter. My college roommate did though! She lived on the main road in the town next to theirs, and one day she met them while she was looking after her younger siblings. They liked her, and asked her to watch their daughter throughout her senior year of high school!
Welcome to the Two Facts and a Fib a Blog Hop. I'm thrilled to be joining my fabulous SLP blogger friends in this fun blog hop, where you will have the opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card! Can you spot my lie? A. I played a hooker in my school's 8th grade production of Guys and Dolls. The drama teacher decided he wanted twin hookers walking the "street" in several of the numbers. The teacher told me I looked fine, but that my twin sister would need to be "stuffed." B. I once turned a student into a Smurf while coloring Easter eggs, and forgot to call the parents to let them know what he would look like when he got off the bus. C. I babysat for Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley's daughter, Alexa Ray. As some of you know, I hail from Long Island, and Billy Joel lives here too. When I was younger, and before they divorced, I was asked to watch his daughter. So cool!!! Hmmm, for those of you not from this area, do you know Christie Brinkley better than Billy Joel? Take your best guess, then hop to the next blogger, Maria from Communication Station, to see if you can guess her fib!
I am so happy to be participating in another blog hop! I hope you enjoy this fun prepositions book for Valentine's Day! "Where is the Heart?" is printer-friendly, just print, cut the pages, and have your students color in each page. Save on color ink with this no-prep, black and white coloring book for your students! You can use this as a book or use the pictures as flash cards to teach the concepts. Once the students have colored the book, you can also use hearts that you provide to copy the positions in the book for a cute carryover activity! You can also send this home for homework.Click on the cover page to download.
I hope this helps you with some of your planning for the next couple of weeks... I know I'm counting down to February break (two weeks, yay!) and just want some quick and easy activities to use with my students!
For your next stop in the blog hop, click on the picture.
I am thrilled to be part of The Frenzied SLPs! I hope you are enjoying the posts you have seen so far.
My New Year's resolution this year is to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Between my kids and my various jobs, I'm finding it hard to keep organized and clutter-free. My kids are also learning about recycling and reusing, so I decided they could pitch in and help.
We went away in December, so I had to clean out my car, a massive undertaking, since I am seeing 9 students in their homes over the course of a week. I had several different bags and tons of games in the back of my car, in addition to whatever my kids brought in that never seemed to find it's way back into the house. I debated showing you a picture of the corner of my living room, but I figured I would spare you the horror!
As I was sorting through my materials, I found my boxes of broken crayons and empty glue sticks. Instead of throwing them away, I decided to reuse them and make new crayons. It's actually pretty easy, I have made them before using silicone molds which I couldn't find (organizational tips anyone ;-) ), so I used mini muffin cups and empty glue stick containers. I hope you will enjoy this tip and find it useful.
DIY CRAYONS! First you will need your supplies:
Old crayons Dixie cups silicone molds, empty glue sticks, or mini muffin pans or cups microwaveable container with about 2 cups of water NOTE: I used the microwave because I could not find my silicone muffin pans. You can find directions on how to melt crayons in the oven here.
Next, sort and peel your crayons.
I forgot to take a picture of the crayons in the microwave. Place the cups of crayons in the microwave You can mix colors to make swirled crayons, but only mix dark colors with dark colors, and light with light. It takes 4-5 minutes to melt dark ones, but the lighter ones can take up to 10 minutes. I added a microwaveable measuring cup with 2 cups of water to the microwave, along with the cup of crayons. You need to stir the crayons every couple of minutes, they are similar to chocolate chips, where they retain their shape (mostly) until you stir them. The picture on the left shows the orange melted crayon about to be poured into the empty glue stick. The second picture shows more being poured into muffin cups. You need to work quickly, as they harden very quickly.
Finished product! Twistable crayons and fun shaped ones too!
I hope you enjoyed this tip. How will you find alternate uses for common household items that are cluttering up your house?
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Do you work with adolescents? If so, you definitely need to check out this wonderful product from the brilliant Tatyana Elleseff of Smart Speech Therapy! I am so excited to review this product with you, as Tatyana continually provides terrific information regarding the assessment and treatment of a huge variety of speech and language disorders. This product is no exception, and well, checklists just make me happy (yes, I am such a geek, lol!).
This 6 page checklist (overall product is 10 pages) is chock full of the information you need to make an informed decision regarding assessment. Here is a sample of what you will find in this product:
This comprehensive checklist is well organized. Here is a list of many of the areas included:
Receptive, Expressive, and Pragmatic language
Memory, Attention, and Cognition
Each area contains a well thought out list of characteristics and difficulties associated to assist in the determination of a need for evaluation. The checklist also includes an area to describe the student's most significant areas of difficulty, as well as any additional information necessary when making a decision on assessment. Tatyana suggests giving this checklist out to several individuals to assist in the decision-making process.
This product will be very useful for me in the Middle and High Schools in my disrict, as I am constantly being asked to screen students. This checklist will allow the teachers and parents to express their concerns, and give me the valuable, timesaving information I need to make an informed decision about wat areas of speech and language I need to assess.
So, where can you pick up this awesome product? Well, you can head on over to her online store to purchase it now HERE for $10.99. Tatyana has also generously allowed me to provide one of my readers with a copy of it. Enter via the rafflecopter below!
Bio: Tatyana Elleseff MA CCC-SLP is a bilingual SLP with a full time hospital affiliation as well as private practice in Central, NJ. She specializes in working with multicultural, internationally and domestically adopted as well as at-risk children with complex communication disorders. For more information visit her BLOG,STORE, orfollow her Facebook page. a Rafflecopter giveaway