Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Mr. Snowman Awesome Artic!

Maybe I should have named this Arctic (not Artic) worksheets!  It is cold and we are expecting snow here in the California foothills!

Yes, winter is upon us as of TODAY!! The New Year is coming and it will be upon us before you know it. If you are a school-based SLP, you are probably on break right now. Who wants to think about prepping for January? Me either! But you need to be ready, right? Here is what I plan to use:

This packet contains a total of 36, all black ink ONLY worksheets. I have the following sounds in the initial and final positions of words: R, S, L, TH, SH, CH, J, K, G, F, T, D, N, P, B, M,. Also: initial blends for R, S, L and final S-blends. 

Your students can say their word and cover each snowball with a cotton ball (more like snowballs, you know?). 

In a pinch? Grab some coins and use those to cover the snowballs!

Here are some glass beads covering the snowballs (the kind you put into the bottom of a vase to hold flowers). I found these at Dollar Tree. 

Of course, bingo chips, paint daubers and crayons are fun to use too! Want to get TWO uses out of one sheet? Use one of the above ideas in therapy and then send the same sheet home for homework! BAM! You have now printed out one sheet that will be used twice!

The BEST thing about this packet is that I have typed in all of the words for you—NO PREP!! Like me, you will use this over and over!!

Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a wonderful 2016!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Speechie Freebies - Christmas

Have you downloaded my Christmas FREEBIE? It will make your life easier for the next few days. Click on the picture below.

After your students practice each word, they can have fun covering each ornament with bingo chips, coloring them with markers or crayons or even covering each one with a Christmas sticker.

Do you need more sounds? Click the picture below to see the FULL version of this easy, NO PREP packet!

Have fun and enjoy the holiday season!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Easy Peasy Christmas Craft

We’re all crazed this time of year and it can be a real challenge to find a fun, easy hands-on activity for children. My criteria for a craft project: 1) Minimal items required. I travel to three schools, so portability is very important. 2) No water involved. I’m located in the “back 40” at one of my sites with no easy access to water.  3) Versatile.  It has to be open-ended so the child can make choices and have a chance to be creative. AND it has to be something that would appeal to many ages.

What to do? Craft stick Christmas trees! Perfect!

You will need: 1) Craft sticks. You can use plain or pre-dyed craft sticks. Head to Wal-Mart. 2) Glue-I like Aileen’s Tacky Glue, but you can use Elmer’s or even glue these ahead of time using a hot glue gun. 3) Decorative items to glue onto the trees. Sequins are a favorite! 4) Ribbon to make a loop at the top. 5) Brown construction paper OR cardboard from a cereal box for the tree trunk.

Begin by gluing together the craft sticks to form a triangle (ooh-there’s a basic concept word to teach, and a R-blend, too--now you see how I operate as a therapist). You will have to adjust the angle of the triangle before the glue sets.

Cut out the loop for the top. Glue the ends together to form a loop and glue it behind the top of the tree.

Have the child cut out a square for the tree trunk. Glue it behind the bottom “rung” of the tree. For young kids, help them find the center (there's another basic concept word!) of the stick. Apply glue. Let these set while choosing the decorations. 

Next, select the decorations. You can use sequins, buttons, foamie shapes, natural items like miniature pine cones, feathers, ribbons, fabric scraps-I could go on and on. Apply glue and place the decorations. You can ask the the child to describe the items, tell you where they are putting the item (more basic concept words-below, above, next to, to the right of, to the left of, etc).

Voila! The beautiful tree is complete!  Wait, I had another brainstorm…this would make a GREAT picture frame. See below. Trim the photo to fit the frame and glue behind the craft sticks. And who is that adorable little one? My oldest at the age of five. I was told more than once he could be a model. Um, NO way….(and sorry for the bragging). He’s now 24 and an electrical engineer. 

A word about integrating your student's goals...I like to allow the kids to make choices about their activities. I then "follow the child's lead" and weave in opportunities to address their individual speech/language goals as described above. You would be amazed at how many opportunities there are to target their goals! What other speech and language goals/objectives can you find that could be targeted with this activity?

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

HO HO HO HOLIDAY Giveaway with the Frenzied SLPs


Today the Frenzied SLPs are featuring a giveaway!

Read through my brief post and comment below to WIN the item described!

It’s a crazy, FRENZIED time of year! It's also a giving and helping time of year. I like to help my church with our annual Angel Tree Project. There are many needy children in every community and the Angel Tree is a way to give a needy child something special for Christmas. An "angel" is made for each needy child in our community. While children are not identified, of course, their wants and needs are written on paper angels which are hung on trees in churches, community centers and some stores in our area. Those who wish to purchase something for a child can use the suggestions (toys, clothing, etc) written on an angel to make a purchase. It is a wonderful way to help a child during the holiday season.

In that same spirit, I have an item to giveaway to a harried and stressed SLP. You need an activity that is QUICK-as in NO PREP and I am here to help you out! My Print ‘n’ Play Christmas is what you need! You can address goals for pronouns, verbs, vocabulary, receptive and expressive language all with this black ink only packet. 

What kinds of activities do you participate in to help your community during this time of year? Comment below for a chance to win my Print 'n' Play Christmas!

Happy Holidays!!