Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Speechie Freebies: Parent Note

It's been a crazy couple of months!  Not only did I begin working at another school part time, in addition to my school district position and home care, but with the end of the year coming, I feel like I am always rushing to get everything I need done accomplished!

Anyway, at the new school, I am a contractor, so I only get paid for the time I see students.  I see students back to back, and don't have time to find and write in the notebooks tha the teachers send home daily.  I started just writing notes on large lined post-it notes, but it was too sloppy looking, and I didn't think it looked very professional.  I created this note to help me communicate better with the parents at this school.  I hope you can use it too!  Click on the picture to download.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Speechie Freebies: Play dough Placemats

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!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Two Facts and a Fib-- Revealed

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!  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Two Facts and a Fib

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!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

For The Love of Speech Blog Hop: Prepositions

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.  

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Frenzied SLPs -- Introduction

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.  


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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Monday, April 21, 2014

Speachy feedback

Today I'm linking up with Nicole Allison for Speachy Feedback!  Today's winner of a product from my store is Shannon from Speechy Musings for leaving feedback that really made my day!  

Shannon, please contact me with your choice of another product from my store (!