Saturday, August 2, 2014

What's In Your Cart? Linky Party

Happy August, Friends!

I absolutely cannot believe August is here. Not only does August mean back to school, but August also means I've been a mommy for a year! (I promise to blog about the upcoming birthday extravaganza soon!)

Anyway, I'm sure you've heard by now that TPT's annual Back-to-School site-wide sale is coming up soon! It's August 4th and 5th to be exact! You can use the code below to get additional discounts...and since my store will already be 20% off, you'll get 28% off everything you buy! Whoop Whoop!


www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Whitneyslp


I'm linking up with my friend Jenna's What's In Your Cart? linky party. I love her cart linkies, because it makes shopping for this sleep and time-deprived mommy so much easier!

 
http://thespeechroomnews.com/2014/07/whats-in-your-cart-linky-party-2.html


Check out my highlighted products below, as well as a few products that I've had my eye on for a while!

The first is one of my newest book companions for The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash! I love teaching this book early on in the school year, and this HUGE packet has activities for all elementary age levels/abilities!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Day-Jimmys-Boa-Ate-the-Wash-Book-Companion-1201880

Having moved to the hospital setting, I've got TONS of students working on letter names, sounds, and phonological awareness. We have a learning center along with the speech therapy that many kids come to after school. I created this Alphabet & Phonological Awareness packet to use with my students, and they are loving it. The packet is enormous, and is full of different activities and classroom d├ęcor as well! The following pictures highlight just some of the different sections!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alphabet-All-The-Way-Phonological-Awareness-Activities-and-Classroom-Decor-1220620

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alphabet-All-The-Way-Phonological-Awareness-Activities-and-Classroom-Decor-1220620


So in addition to TONS of clipart, take a look at what's in my cart so far:

Many of the students on my current caseload are getting ready to begin Kindergarten. I'm so excited to have Jenna's new If You Give a Mouse to School companion to go along with the book...and it targets the Pre-K level...perfect!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Take-A-Mouse-to-School-Preschool-Book-Companion-1340562


I also have TONS of kiddos working on speech. Many of them have severe phonological disorders, to my friend Kristin's Phonology Bundle is going to be soooo helpful!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonological-Process-Bundle-1303817


And finally, I'm in love with my girl Jenn's new Daily Routine's packet. It is so precious and absolutely perfect for targeting sequencing, 'wh' questions, and soooo much more! My kiddos are going to LOVE this!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/My-Daily-Routines-For-Speech-Therapy-Special-Education-Classrooms-1358999


I can't wait to read the other posts to see what everyone else is buying. If this time is anything like the previous sales, I'll check out several different times! Happy Shopping, and thank you guys so much for the support!


Whitney :)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Long Time No Blog!

Happy Sunday, Friends!

It's been WAAAAYYY too long! BUT....I have a good explanation. Make that several good explanations!

On June 17th, just a week after our school year was finished, my husband and I loaded up the largest U-Haul we could find and moved back to our hometown in South GA. This decision was a much harder one than I ever could have expected. Both sets of our parents are in GA, all our siblings, and my grandparents and other extended family. But leaving Saint Petersburg wasn't a decision we took lightly. By making the decision to move back to GA, we were gaining immediate access to our parents among other things, but we were also leaving other family and the best friends in the world behind.



 
When my husband and I decided to move away from our hometown almost 4 years ago and settled in Saint Petersburg, we were taking a huge leap of faith. We had some family in Tampa, but we knew no one else. But The Lord blessed our time there beyond measure. He put me in what I honestly believe is the best elementary school in Saint Petersburg. And with the best school came the best group of co-workers and students' families, who quickly became the best group of friends. My husband's co-workers also became great friends. We got married, became pregnant, and had our little girl all while living in St. Pete. We loved the shopping, the beaches, the plethora of restaurants, the museums, the theme parks, and most of all, the people. Our time in Florida is something we will treasure forever. But sometimes, new opportunities present themselves, and you feel the calling to take another leap of faith. And this is exactly what happened for us a few months before school was out. I had an opportunity to take a new job in a hospital setting in our hometown, and my husband quickly received a job offer as well. And with a little girl less than a year old, we felt the desire to bring her home so that she could grow up around her grandparents as we did around ours.

So the difficult decision was made. We decided to trust The Lord to lead us home, and we will continue to seek his guidance in how long we stay. It may be forever. It may not. We may find our way back to Florida one day, or we may just enjoy frequent vacations there instead. But no matter where we are, our Florida friends and family are forever in our hearts!

So in addition to the out-of-state relocation and new jobs, we also began building a house. Until the house is finished, we're currently living in a family cabin on the out-skirts of town (ok, waaaayyy out in the country). While it's an awesome (and free!) place to stay, it unfortunately doesn't have internet. So needless to say, blogging and making TPT materials hasn't been the easiest thing to do these days!

The Cabin 

The Beginnings of Our New House! 

But even though I'm having to be very intentional right now about finding time to blog, I promise I'll be back in full swing soon enough. Our house will be ready soon, and although unpacking will take some time, I'll be back on a regular basis very soon!

Hope you all are having a wonderful summer, and have a great start to the new school year! And if you don't already, you can follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers (Whitneyslp), to receive email notifications about new products that I'll be adding in the next few weeks (just in case I don't have time to blog about them all!)


Whitney :)

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 :)