Friday, August 1, 2014

What's in My Cart Linky {Back to School Sale}

It's officially August, and for many that means that the school year will be starting soon! Like it or not, we all need to start getting our next year of therapy ready. So to help you prepare, Teachers Pay Teachers is hosting a HUGE sale!!

Jenna over at Speech Room News has made it easy for you guys to figure out what to buy. I'm linking up with her and a whole bunch of other SLP bloggers to show you what's in our carts!

First, let me show you a few things from my store that I'm excited about this year.

My Articulation Binder: Baseline and Therapy Tool is perfect for collecting some baseline data at the beginning of the school year. The best part, you can also use it for therapy!

My newest product is Bubblegum SPLAT! Phonological Awareness: Rhyming. It's Common Core Aligned and contains a wide variety of activities, such as task cards, DIY rhyming book, homework worksheets, and a game board!

Now for what I'm purchasing during the big sale...

I've recently moved to an Early Intervention position that I am oh so excited about! After working with mostly middle schoolers for the past year, I am in need of some new things for my younger clients. 

This Verbal Apraxia Packet for Early Developing Speech Sounds from Speech All the Time will be perfect to help my littles with apraxia!

I'm also loving this Early Intervention Vocabulary Cookies activity, also from Kathy over at Speech All the Time. 

My last find for my new job is this Early Language File Folder Bundle from Miss Speechie. I love how many different themes are included in this!

And finally, a product for those of you with a little older clients, Design a Town from Teach Speech 365. You can target expressive and receptive language across a wide variety of ages with this activity! 

I hope you find something you want during the sale! My store will be 20% off, and with the additional 10% off using code BTS14 during checkout, you'll save a total of 28% on my store!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bubblegum Phonological Awareness: Rhyming

I'm back! The creative bug (along with some much needed down time this summer) has hit me and I'm back to making products! I can't promise how often I'll be posting them for the rest of the summer due to limited internet access and moving craziness, but I promise there will be new things coming soon. 

My first product since my long hiatus targets phonological awareness with a cute bubblegum theme. In particular, it focuses on rhyming words, both identifying if two words rhyme and producing a rhyming word given a word. I plan on creating a whole series of phonological awareness products around this bubblegum theme, so stay tuned for more!

This product aligns with CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.

There are 72 total cards in this product. 36 each for Identifying Rhyming Words and Producing Rhyming Words. 

There is an 8 page mini book with included pictures that can be used as a therapy activity or sent home as homework. I have also included a black and white version to save on ink!

A cute Bubblegum SPLAT! board game with optional game pieces can be used with the target cards or by itself. 

And finally, there are 3 homework worksheets. Two target identifying two words that rhyme and one targets producing a rhyming word. Activities include matching rhyming words, cut and paste rhyming words, and find/draw rhyming words. 

You can find my Bubblegum Phonological Awareness: Rhyming activity here. Be sure to leave some feedback if you download!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Articulation Jenga L/L Blends Edition

I've been asked to make more of my Articulation Jenga products, and I was happy to oblige! So here's my newest edition- L and L Blends.

Just like before, take a standard Jenga game and color the ends of the blocks with red, orange, yellow, blue, green, and purple. Have your student draw a Jenga block. The color they draw corresponds to the position of the sound. The best part is you can target the word, phrase, or sentence level all on the same card! There are 15 cards per color. 
You can find my newest Articulation Jenga version here. Be sure to check out the other versions in my store as well!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Bloggy Birthday Celebrations!

I can't believe that it's been a year since I've started this crazy adventure of blogging and making products on Teachers Pay Teachers!! I definitely wouldn't have made it this far without all the love and support from all of YOU! 

So to thank you, I've got some fun stuff in store. First, my entire Teachers Pay Teachers store will be on sale from June 6-8. You can find my store here.

I've also got a fun new freebie up at my store- Articulation Jenga S/S Blends Edition! But you better hurry and grab it, after this weekend it will become a paid product. 

Finally, I'm throwing a huge giveaway where you can win my ENTIRE store. Yep, that's right, you can win everything in my store, for free!! Even if you aren't my grand prize winner, you can win awesome products from other bloggers too, there will be 4 winners in all. 

Here's a breakdown of what you could win:
  • Grand prize: My entire store!
  • 2nd place: 
    • Teach Speech 365: Articulation Phone Book
    • Home Sweet Speech Room: Summer Lovin' Language Activities
    • Speech All the Time: Potato Friends Barrier Game
    • Straight up Speech: Articulation Bingo Initial R
    • Speechasaurus: Articulation and Phonemic Awareness Bundle
    • AND 5 products of your choice from my store!
  • 3rd place:
    • Tech n' Talk SLPs: Practice Pack 100 Vocalic R's
    • Putting Words in Your Mouth: Tackling Apraxia CV and CVC Early Sounds Edition
    • Speech Universe: Speech and Language Calendars 2014
    • Figuratively Speeching SLP: Super Strategies for Word Retrieval
    • AND 3 products of your choice from my store!
  • 4th place:
    • Twin Sisters Speech and Language Therapy: AAC Choice Boards for Early Communication
    • The Speech Summit: Baseball Articulation L and L Blends
    • Speech Sprouts: Monster Munch Speech Therapy
    • Rae's Speech Spot: Pirate Two-Step Directions
    • AND 2 products of your choice from my store!
Enter to win here:
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Once again, I'd like to thank you with all my heart. I'm giving you all a big virtual hug right now.  Be sure to check out all the FABULOUS bloggers who donated to my giveaway, I couldn't have done it without them either! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

May Speachy Feedback Linky Party

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I LOVE rewarding you for the awesome feedback you leave in my store. This month is no different. In fact, this month I get to pick two winners-yay! I'm linking up with Allison's Speech Peeps to bring you this month's feedback linky.

Usernames Teach Speech 365 and Felecia B., email me at with a product of your choice from my store. You can find my "Let's Make Analogies!" and "Vocabulary Graphic Organizer" in my Teachers pay Teachers store. Thank you all for leaving feedback in my store, I love reading your comments and seeing how you use my products. Keep it up!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Teaching Vocabulary

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Oh the dreaded "V" word- Vocabulary! I don't know about you, but whenever I see a vocabulary goal, I shiver a little inside. Why? Because they are usually super vague. For example: [Student] will learn grade level vocabulary words with 80% accuracy over 3 sessions, or, [Student] will give definitions for academic vocabulary with 80% accuracy over 3 sessions. First of all, how are these goals even measurable?! And my next question, and the question I'm sure you're all asking as well, what vocabulary words do I target?? 

I recently attended a wonderful conference on teaching vocabulary. Unfortunately, the presenter wasn't able to give us a magic list of words to teach. She did, however, point us in a few different directions. One set of words to consider teaching are called "Bell's 12 Powerful Words". These are words that commonly trip up students when they are taking tests and include trace, infer, formulate, support, summarize, contrast, analyze, evaluate, describe, explain, compare, and predict. 

The presenter also recommended teaching academic vocabulary, or the vocabulary your students are using in their classes. You can use the vocabulary that the teachers are using in their classes if you are able to get the words ahead of time. Or you can come up with your own vocabulary from their subjects. There are a few additional resources that provide examples of academic vocabulary- Vocabulary for the Common Core by Marzano and Simms, Building Academic Vocabulary by Marzano and Pickering, and The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists by Fry and Kress

For our life skills kids or kids with limited vocabulary, we could work on functional vocabulary. These are words that come from the student's environment. Go around the school and find important words, such as caution, flammable, and exit. Bring in words that you find from labels, maps, ads, and recipes. Involve the student and their families when you select the words to make things as functional as possible.

The last type of words the presenter recommended to target were essential vocabulary words. These are words that appear frequently in reading materials, on tests, and during conversations, but aren't learned easily without instruction. These are also considered Tier 2 words. [Side note: Tier 2 words are high frequency words that are useful across a variety of domains. Some questions to ask to help identify Tier 2 words include: Is it useful? Is it an important word for people to know? Does it have instructional potential- can it be worked with and taught a number of ways? Will it help students more precisely discuss and explain general concepts?] Some resources that target essential vocabulary words are Vocabulary Cartoons, AbraVocabra, and 504 Absolutely Essential Words

Like I said before, there is no magic list to use to target vocabulary for our students. That doesn't mean that we shouldn't target them though! The presenter recommended picking 10-12 words a month to target. So you have your 10-12 words, but how do you teach them? 

There are SO many ways to teach vocabulary to our students. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Use a guessing game- provide clues and have the student try to guess the meaning. 
  • Personalize it- use the word when talking with a student about himself/herself. They will want to know what it means and they now also have a personal connection to the word, which will help them remember it better. 
  • Go on a treasure hunt- in the dictionary! Give them different things to find in the dictionary- like five adjectives that begin with "a" or ten words that use "pre" as a prefix. Ask them which word doesn't belong out of a set of four and why. Have them explain if they would rather be/do/see ____ or ____ and why. There's endless possibilities here. 
  • Start a vocabulary notebook with all the new vocabulary they are learning.
  • Use charts and diagrams- like a Venn Diagram or the Frayer Model
  • Take a picture of students acting out vocabulary words- the more your students are involved, the more likely they will be to remember!
  • Use vocabulary words to make song titles, act out a skit, give a newscast, etc. 
  • Look for vocabulary words in real life materials- magazines, news articles, song lyrics, comic books, etc. 
These are just a few of my favorites. What are your favorite ways to teach vocabulary? Spread the wealth, peeps!

ABC's of my Speech Room {M is for...}

M is for Monkeying around with Vocabulary. I looked and looked and looked to try to find a link for this for you, but it seems that it's out of print! In fact, this copy was left at my school from a previous SLP. So if you run across a copy of either book, be sure to grab it up!

There are two versions to this product, a grades K-2 version and a grades 3-5 version. They both include sections on antonyms, synonyms, classifying, definitions, absurdities, and then the 3-5 grade version also includes a section on analogies.

These are so much fun for my littles. Each section includes multiple ways to practice the skill: matching pictures, cut and paste, coloring pages, circling words, fill in the blanks, writing sentences, and word banks. With so many different activities to use, my students don't even realize they are working!

What's an M from your room that you love?