March 5, 2017

Activity of the Week: 2/20/17

This week is one that is slightly out of the normal.  On Monday, we were out of school due to the holiday of President's Day.  On Tuesday, students were out of school so staff could have some professional development time to train in our respective areas.  Due to such a shortened week, I decided to make our focus on technology by using SLP created or research-based apps for learning!

The first app is by Smarty Ears and is called Basic Concepts.  It teaches and shows concepts like locatives, word relationships, cause/effect, and other areas through touch exploration of 3 various scenes: western, space/futuristic, and Egyptian.  Students love exploring this app!

 The next app is also by Smarty Ears and is called Sentence Ninja.  Students had the opportunity to create a variety of sentences and we discussed various components of grammatical elements such as subjects/nouns, verb tenses, and punctuation.

 Articulation students worked in the app called Articulation Station and after they practiced their targeted speech work, they got to have a turn at putting together a Cootie for the same-named game, Cootie!

Happy Speeching!

Activity of the Week: 2/13/17

For Valentine's Day, we revisited something we began last week, the story about the old lady.  We also reviewed some interactive Valentine's Day books, both resources by Speech Room News. I love her materials!

Next, both articulation and language groups got to do some science experiments with Nicole Allison's One Item Therapy packet using those tasty Valentine's Day candy hearts!  Some topics included vocabulary concepts, predicting, inferencing, discussing the activity with fluent speech or using speech sounds, and figurative language (idioms).

We formed hypotheses, discussed concepts like substances, liquids, floating, sinking, and also practiced correcting capitalization and punctuation.

These are how the marbled paper hearts turned out from our craftivity we did last week with the special forces students:

They smelled yummy and the kids enjoyed seeing the different textures. I think it was a hit! Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy speeching!

February 12, 2017

Activity of the Week: 2/6/17

This week my special forces students got to do one of my favorite activities with the book companion kit by Speech Room News to the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose.  We are reading this to prepare for Valentine's Day that is coming up!

I love this set/companion because it has a lot of activities to do with students such as yes/no questions, verb tenses, -WH questions, comprehension questions, sequencing, a story map, and many more. I pair this set with my book and my little old lady doll who is ready to gobble up all of the many items that she eats in the book.  I try to get activities as much "hands on" as possible!

Some students worked on their articulation flip books that we mentioned last week:

Other students got to work on the speech/language Non-fiction texts worksheets by Nicole Allison.  These were mainly used so students could work as independently as possible. I also extra love them because I can use them with both artic and language groups. I've been recovering from strep and lost my voice for part of the week.

We used highlighters as a visual aid/tool to find our answers. Some groups even worked on writing skills with punctuation and spelling with this exercise.  Speech students highlighted the sounds they were working on for a more visual guide when reading.

For my push-in classroom therapy, we worked on a few pages of the Valentine's Day themed TPT resource.  We targeted sight word reading, counting syllables, labeling parts, finishing a sentence, and phonemic awareness/letter recognition.

After, we made our way outside to the table to do some paint marbeling by using shaving cream and paint.  We mixed in the colors and then stirred it with a straw. Students then pressed a piece of paper down and then we pulled it off the paint and scraped off the extra foam.  Once dry, the paint/foam gives the paper a "marbled" effect.  Next week we will make them into valentines cards, stay tuned!

Happy speeching!

Activity of the Week: 1/30/17

This week we did a variety of activities.  To begin, my special forces students began to get some nice reviews of some Valentine's Day vocabulary with the Speech Room News interactive books.  I just love her materials in case you haven't figured it out--I use her therapy tools ALL the time.  It's nice to know that other SLP's use similar materials and do similar activities. Here are a few snapshots of my students working with these books:

Other students got to work on the interactive and leveled language and vocabulary notebook by Nicole Allison. Our focus this week was on using and understanding prefixes and how they are added to words to change the meaning of the base word. This is a new focus of our school for ELA understanding and so I hope to do the suffixes portion of this book soon to round out the concepts.  The book is printed and I placed the pages within plastic sleeves so the students can write on the pages and then erase their work.  

Other students working on articulation, fluency, or other goals had different activities to focus on. My fluency student has her own binder by SLP Peachie Speechie that we've been working through. I LOVE how it has pages on discussion/myths about stuttering, visual tools to rate herself, and other practice pages.  Here, take a look at what we've done so far:

My favorite part about this binder is the set of visual aides so my student can rate her own speech performance AND pick out what therapy technique she wants to practice.

I pulled out my big Super Duper book of Articulation and my speech students got to work on various words, phrases, sentences, and conversational practice while playing the game Candy Land.  I don't normally play games in therapy but every once in awhile I will pull one out to get less structured practice.  

I also have some other speech students that are going through more of a cycles approach to therapy treatment.  We have been working through some awesome articulation flip books by Speech is Sweet.  Gosh, I sound like an SLP TPT add, but I promise all materials were purchased by me and are rated and reviewed by me on this blog.  I will always add a disclaimer if I was offered to try a product at no cost to me.  Anyway, here are a few snapshots of our work on these flipbooks:

Last, I have a student working on using proper verb tenses (present, future, past) so we used these Flip n Clip pages from Teach Speech 365 (I bought the bundle).  Normally you use a laundry clip to clip the right answer but I just had my student point to the right answer and read the whole sentence out loud without the clip to save time.  

To spice up the activity, we played a round of Cootie to keep things interesting. My student LOVED it!  I haven't played this game in awhile and it was a short and fun game that was easy to set up, play, and put away--something that is important when looking at incorporating games into therapy.

Happy speeching!