Saturday, October 11, 2014

Our Week With the Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves {Giveaway!}

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Pumpkin candles are burning. There is a cool breeze in the air. The pumpkin patches are open... fall is here! Fall is also in full swing in my speech sessions. Thematic therapy plans are always more fun and engaging for students. That old lady always make therapy more fun, too. This week we read and had some fun with the story, 
I love this book because it is festive but not about Halloween. Many schools don't allow Halloween stories and activities. Since I am now a private therapist, I have to be mindful of the family I am visiting, their culture, and their beliefs. In those cases, this is a fun, fall book that is safe to use in school and at home. After we read the story, we completed activities out of my speech & language story companion. 
We covered the dots as we practiced target articulation words. I use the chips and magnetic wand (we call it a magic wand) from Super Duper's Chipper Chat. You could also use small erasers or even candy!
We practiced good listing skills as we followed directions using story vocabulary.
We went on a story scavenger hunt as we searched for words containing our target sounds in the story. These pages were then kept at home for practice. 
We completed a color, cut, and glue story sequencing activity to practice our retelling skills. This is also a great way to tie in vocabulary and articulation goals. 
This packet includes more activities then I was able to take pictures of this week. The kids and I had such a blast that I want to share all of these fun activities with you! You can download a copy of my story companion here or try to win a copy below! The winner will be announced Wednesday, October 15!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Articulation Game Show {Giveaway!}

Holy moly, it feels like forever since I have been able to get a blog post up. Between bachelorette parties, weddings, reunions, and birthdays, I have not been home on a weekend in over a month! But- I have been able to get a new activity up in my store and I want to share it with you!
It's no secret- articulation sessions can often get boring. I am constantly looking for new games or activities to tie articulation practice into. My students are very competitive and love a fun activity to do while we practice targets and work on our goals. So I came up with a fun articulation game based off a hit TV game show! The original activity that I posted over a year ago, has been one of my best sellers, so I decided to make a second edition!
This particular edition of the game targets Sh, Ch, Th, S, and R phonemes. I also have one that targets K,G,F,L that you can check out here. Each sound has a game board and questions. The student chooses a category and point value.  You then read them the question or direction for that corresponding box. The answer to each box contains a target sound. Speech practice and fun… check!
There are many different ways that you can play this game both in an individual session or in groups (although, I created this game with groups in mind.) Many therapists have told me that they enjoy sending this home as a family homework activity for carryover practice. Since using this with my after-school, private therapy kids, I have incorporated after school snacks! Jenn from Crazy Speech World shared a picture of her students with  their own copies of the game board, shading in boxes and adding up their own points! Way to go tying math into speech (although I chose speech so I didn't have to do any math! ;) You can download a copy of Articulation Game Show: Take 2 in my TpT store here, or try to win a copy below!