Monday, May 19, 2014

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Happy Monday, friends!

Did you know that this past Tuesday was National Frog Hopping Day? Because of this amazing fact, we went a little froggy in the speech room this week! Check out what we did below, with the help of a few products from some fellow Speechies!

We used the book From Tadpole to Frog, by Wendy Pfeffer, along with my book companion to target all kinds of concepts including comprehension questions, sequencing, describing, comparing and contrasting, writing, and more! We also used this FREE vocabulary worksheet by Natalie Synders to make dictionaries for the new vocabulary words we learned!

You can find my companion packet for From Tadpole to Frog by clicking the link below:


You can find Natalie's FREE My Personal Dictionary Activity by clicking the link below: 


In keeping with the frog theme, we also used The Speech Umbrella's Fluency Frog Packet in my fluency group. I love this comprehensive packet, and my kids went "froggy" over it too!


You can find The Speech Umbrella's Fluency Frog packet by clicking the link below:


And finally, we got away from the frog theme to do a little contraction practice with flip flops from The Speech Ladies! You can find the FREE Contraction Flip Flops Activity by clicking the link below:


Thanks so much for "hopping" by! Have a great week!

Whitney :)




Thursday, May 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day (Little Critter) {A Book Companion}

It's Thursday! And that means there's just one more day til Friday!

I know some of you lucky ones are wrapping up the last 2 weeks of school. I will be seeing kiddos through the first week of June, and then private kiddos over the summer. And I know some of you very unlucky ones are seeing kiddos later into June due to weather make up days. So I've been working on a few activities to get those of us who will still be seeing kiddos through the summer months.

I am loving using the Little Critter books for therapy. They are adorable, funny, and at a great level for many of my students. This book is very similar to my recent book companion, Happy Mother's Day, by Mercer Mayer. You can see highlights from the Happy Father's Day companion below:


 Sequencing Cards from the Story are included for story retell!

 Comprehension Question cards are included-with and without picture answer choices!

 Basic Concept Cards are included for basic concept practice!

 Several character description worksheets are included like this one!

 Several Venn Diagrams are also included!

 A following directions worksheet is included as well!

 With this worksheet, your students can fill in the blanks about their dad and take it home as a great gift!

A game board is included as well for reinforcement and fun!

AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

You can find it in my TPT store here:


If you need the book, please consider using the Amazon Affiliate link below to find it!

Have a wonderful day, and come back tomorrow for the Weekly Wrap-Up to see what we were up to in therapy this week!

Whitney :)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy To Be An SLP Blog Hop!

Happy Monday, Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! If you haven't yet heard, May is Better Speech & Hearing Month! I'm sooooo excited to be a part of this awesome blog hop, where many of your favorite Speech Bloggers are giving information about our field. AND....there's great prizes and a really cool surprise at the end, so make sure to "hop" all the way through!


Anyway, as many of you know, I had my first baby, a little girl named Halle Jane, back in August. It has been so much fun watching her grow and learn and begin to talk! She's 8 1/2 months old, and she's got quite the vocabulary going on! This weekend I took the time to write down the words/phrases she is currently saying consistently and in context:

  • Dad (No, she doesn't call him Dada, just "dad." And I have no idea where that came from!
  • Mama
  • Uh-oh
  • Hey
  • Bye-Bye
  • Duck
  • Doggie
  • Kitty Cat
  • No-No
  • Whassat (What's that?) 
  • Thank you
  • What?
  • Baba (ball/bottle) 

So now that I'm done bragging about my kid, here's my tip:

NOT ALL KIDS DO THE SAME THINGS AT THE SAME TIME.....AND THAT'S OK!

As mothers, it is easy to constantly compare your children to others. The American Speech & Hearing Association has guidelines for normal language development, but if your kiddo isn't meeting them exactly by a certain point, it doesn't necessarily mean they are behind and there is something wrong. Although my little girl is talking early, she hasn't started crawling yet, and again, that's ok!

Try to keep in mind that the normal language development guidelines are just that....guidelines. And chances are, your little one will start talking your ear off in no time!  However, if your child doesn't progress or you become concerned about your child's development, it is always a good idea to ask your pediatrician. And many SLPs will offer free screenings as well!

Following is a very brief synopsis of typical language development:

4-6 months: Begins babbling sounds and laughing
7 months- 1 year: Babbles in long and short groups of sounds; imitates speech sounds; and may have 1-2 words
1-2 years: Uses 2 word questions (Where mama?); puts two words together (Want ball)
2-3 years: Has a word for almost everything; strings together 2-3 word phrases

For additional information on typical language development, visit ASHA's website

Now for  my letter:


To go back to the first blog,  click the link below: 

FIRST BLOG

To go on to the next blog, click the link below:

NEXT BLOG


Thanks so much for hopping by! Enjoy the rest of the hop, and Happy Better Speech & Hearing Month!




Whitney :)
 


Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Mother's Day (A Little Critter Book) {A Book Companion}

Hi Again, friends!

I wanted to show you how my little lovies are getting ready for Mother's Day this week:

We're using the Little Critter book, Happy Mother's Day! by Mercer Mayer to work on goals such as wh questions, sequencing, speech sounds, basic concepts, repeating sentences, following directions, prepositions, and so much more. Plus...we're writing about our MOTHERS! Below are highlights of my book companion for Happy Mother's Day!


 Character Cards

 Sequencing Cards

 Comprehension Questions

 Basic Concept Cards

 Character Description Cards

 Conversational Starters for Speech

 All About My Mom worksheet....Great for Mother's Day gifts!

 Happy Mother's Day Promise Cards

 An Open-Ended Game Board

AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!!!

How are you celebrating Mother's Day in your classrooms?

If you need the book, you can find it by using the Amazon Affiliate link below.

Enjoy, and Happy Mother's Day!



Whitney :)

Princess Pigtoria and the Pea {A Book Companion}

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Amigos!

We had a very big weekend at my house...We had a birthday party to go to for one of Halle Jane's BFFs...HJ decided to (finally) start crawling, she stood on her own, she decided to (finally) say MAMA, and she decided to stop calling her daddy "Dada" and start calling him just "DAD." Plus, we spent a large portion of the beautiful weekend in the pool (see picture below!)


So thanks to all of the fun stuff, I didn't crack open my computer once. And sometimes that's just ok. But anyway, I'm back today to let you know that I finished the book companions for my MAY Book Club. Here's the newest addition, Princess Pigtoria and the Pea, by Pamela Duncan. This is an adorable book, and WONDERFUL for teaching when the Letter of the Week is "P"! You can see highlights of the companion below, or find it in the May Book Club on TPT:


 Character/Vocabulary Cards

 Sequencing Cards

 Comprehension Questions-With and without answer choices

 Basic Concept Practice

 Synonym Matching Cards

 Compare and Contrast Venn Diagram Pages

 Color "P" Food Worksheet

 Finding Words that Start with P Worksheets

And Open-Ended Game Board

AND MUCH, MUCH, MORE!!!

You can find the book companion packet here:


If you need the book, you can use the Amazon Affiliate link below to find it: 

Have a great day!

Whitney :)