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November 30, 2015

Talk Like, Act Like Sticks


Talk Like, Act Like Sticks will get your students up, motivated and ready to participate in class. Students love it when they can be a little silly and pretend they are the next best actor/actress!
They are great for class participation, taking attendance, practicing reading, increasing language and vocabulary, reciting poems/chants and sharing their daily journal writings.
During attendance and calendar time, my students beg for a funny voice to use when answering my questions. There have been times when I couldn't think of a funny voice or action on the spot. So, these sticks have definitely come in handy!
Here are a few examples.

Before I let my students Talk Like/Act Like, we first discuss what their task might sound like or look like. For example, What might be happening to your body if it really was 110 degrees outside? How would you feel? Can you name some places in the United States that get that hot? How would you act if it was the opposite of110 degrees outside? There is so much language you can bring out with these sticks :)
Another example, Talk Like You're 95 years old. After my students "perform", I will continue to ask them more questions. "I noticed you were talking with a shaky voice and walking wobbly. Why would a 95 year old person, walk like that?"
There are 52 premade signs and 12 blanks ones so your students can have fun making up their own silly voices or actions.
You can find Talk Like, Act Like Sticks HERE

November 29, 2015

5 Things You Didn't Know About This SLP
The Speech Space is hosting a fun Linky Party & Giveaway! I'm having so much fun learning about the lives of other SLPs!
Here are 5 Things You Didn't Know About This SLP
1. This SILLY, LOVING girl right here is the reason I became a Speech-Language Pathologist! I absolutely love this gal! I'm so proud of the young lady she is becoming. She currently has a job working for the City Hall in her city!
2. I'm married to my high school sweetie!
3. I have 2 daughters that keep me entertained each and every day!

4. One perk about having a military parent is that I can say I've lived overseas! When I was a toddler, I lived in Cuba. I can't say I remember too much about Cuba :) When I was a sophomore in high school, I lived in Sicily, Italy. In the short 10 months that I lived there, I got to see some amazing places. I actually even climbed the active volcano, Mt. Etna!!!!
5. I'm totally OBSESSED with SNOWMEN!!! If I had it my way, my handsome, little snowmen decorations would stay up all year long!!
Make sure to go back to The Speech Space and enter her Giveaway!!

November 28, 2015

Cyber Monday Sale! What's In Your Cart? Linky Party

Cyber Monday is coming soon! Now is a great time to start adding some great therapy goodies to your TPT cart. Jenna Rayburn from Speech Room News is having a fun Linky Party so you can see what other SLPs are adding to their TPT carts.

Can you smell those cookies baking? My Holiday Category Cookies will target categorizing, vocabulary, comparing/contrasting, identifying items that do not belong and receptive/expressive language.

My Take & Go Winter Listening for Details is great for the SLP or educator on the go! It includes 46 Take & Go Comprehension Cards with 2 levels of difficulty and a barrier game!
Take a look at what I currently have in my TPT cart!

I absolutely love book companions! Speech to the Core has this adorable book companion for Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! It is a comprehensive packet with 95 pages!
You can't go wrong with growing bundles! The Speech Attic has a growing bundle that will be packed with 6 winter themed products which will target receptive language, expressive language, phonological awareness, grammar, and articulation.
Print & Go Worksheets are the BEST! The Pedi Speechie has so many fun Christmas themed activities in this packet!

Speechasaurus has 24 FABULOUS Christmas Speech and Language Game Boards that cover activities for your whole caseload!
I don't know about you, but I'm always on the hunt for fun activities to send home for extra practice. Jenna Rayburn has you covered with her fun Artic Snowman Spin and Speak!
I hope you all enjoy the Cyber Monday Sale on TPT. Go check out what other SLPs have in their cart at Speech Room News.
Happy Holiday!

November 19, 2015

Do You Want to Build a Scarecrow?

My students absolutely love the activities in "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" The activities in this product target the following goals: 
Making Requests
Increasing MLU
Answering WH Questions
Following Directions
Prepositions (over, under, in front, behind)
Fall Vocabulary

Activity 1
Students will be able to request pieces that they need to build their own scarecrows using the visual phrase/sentence strips. 

Activity 2
Have your students determine where the scarecrow is in each picture by either placing a token on the correct preposition below or smashing play-dough on the correct answer. Once they are finished, have your students tell you where the scarecrows are using their phrase or sentence starters. *alternate activity-print in gray scale and have your students use daubers to answer the questions.
You can find this activity here.

November 12, 2015

Speecharoo's Funny Directions App Review and Giveaway

Speecharoo's Funny Directions App Review and Giveaway

Speecharoo's Funny Directions app will have your kids requesting to play it again and again! This AMAZING app was designed by 2 Speech-Language Pathologists that know exactly what attracts and engages young children.This app focuses on following 1-3 step directions, attention, memory, basic vocabulary , nouns, verbs, prepositions and reading comprehension (if the audio is turned off). As soon as you turn on the app, you're greeted by the fun and silly Speecharoo himself! HOP on over to the next screen and choose between four fun filled and colorful scenes-the beach, classroom, park and bedroom.
I absolutely love that I'm able to choose between simple 1-step directions all the way up to more challenging 3-step directions. Here are some examples of the some of 1-2, & 3 step directions.
1-step directions "Pet the bird."
2-step directions "Take the beach ball and hand it to the fish."
3-step directions "Get the sunglasses, place them on the starfish and lay the starfish on the towel."
This highly engaging app will have your class or speech room laughing hysterically over the silly animations and sound effects coming from the objects and characters. 


I highly recommend this app! You can get Funny Directions for ONLY $2.99 in the iTunes store here. The creators of this AMAZING app kindly gave me an extra app code to give away to one of my lucky followers! Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter and my winner will be announced on Sunday, November 15th! GOOD LUCK!!!


November 8, 2015

Turkey Talk Blog Hop

Can you believe they started playing Christmas songs on the radio the day after Halloween? What happened to waiting to play them until the day after Thanksgiving? I would love to just slow down time a bit, and enjoy the month of November. This is the month that we usually take the time to  reflect on the things that we are most thankful for. My SLP blogger friends and I really want you all to know how grateful we are for each and everyone of you. To show our appreciation, we collaborated and came up with a special Thanksgiving book companion to share with you all. We hope we can make therapy planning a little easier for you this month!

Are you ready to find out how to collect all 4 awesome freebies! Oh My GOBBLE....I just love anything that is free! How about you?

First, you'll need to visit Karen from The Pedi Speechie to grab the adorable book she created. It is called The Turkey That Wasn't Very Thankful! Then, you'll need to collect the 3 companion portions to go with this book. Erin from The Speech Attic has an amazing comprehension flip book and comprehension cards. Amy Beth from Speechasaurus has an awesome vocabulary packet. Lastly, I will be sharing my articulation activity sheets. Your students will have fun daubing and coloring while practicing their target sounds! You can grab them here.

We all really enjoyed collaborating and putting this together for you all. We just ask that you take the time to leave each one of us feedback on our TPT store page. Don't forget to SPREAD THE WORD! Tag us if you share on your social media sites. We would love to see how you and your students are enjoying this book companion. Most importantly, we all hope you have an AMAZING Thanksgiving!

Stay Tuned for a Special Turkey Talk Blog Hop!

The Pedi Speechie, The Speech Attic, Speechasaurus and I are so thankful for all of our followers and have something special to share with you all soon! 🦃🦃🦃