Thursday, November 6, 2014

Happy Turkey Hunting!

Hey Y'all!

If you're like me, you've just finished up with Halloween activities, and you're rushing around looking for Thanksgiving materials to fill your therapy sessions for a bit of festive learning! I have TONS of students on my caseload right now working on prepositions. They need to see examples of prepositions and also have a chance to practice them. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving (and turkey season in the South), I called in the turkey to help teach prepositions in this FREEBIE!

There are several pages of cards which describe and show where the turkey is. For your non-readers, you can asked them to tell you where the turkey is.

At the end, there are turkeys to laminate and cut out for the students to practice placing them where instructed.

You can download this FREEBIE by clicking the link below. 

Hope you enjoy! I'd love to hear how your students like this activity! Happy Turkey Hunting!! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Batty for Speech & Language!

Hey Yall!

I can't believe Halloween is FRIDAY! The past few months have been a blur, and before we know it, this year will be over! If your therapy is anything like mine this week, you're ankle deep in Halloween speech and language activities! Take a look at what we're using this week in therapy!

We worked on matching inferences with my Halloween Costume Inferences! I asked the kiddos to describe their own costume to me as well and let me guess what they are going to be. They especially loved this!

For my older kiddos who work on behavior/social skills, we used Miss Speechie's Good Witch, Bad Witch activity to sort nice actions from not-so-nice actions!

My younger lovies worked on colors with Dina Peters story, Orange Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin!

Jenn Alcorn's Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat story companion was a HUGE hit, especially since there are activities for an array of ability levels!

My Pumpkin 'WH' Questions activity was great for practicing answering questions and learning about fall and Halloween!

My older students LOVED learning about the history behind Halloween with my Halloween History Comprehension Packet! Do YOU know how Halloween began?

I couldn't let my kiddos go Trick-or-Treating Friday night without a quick lesson on Halloween safety! My True/False Safety activity will help your students learn how to make safe choices while getting their trick-or-treat on!

I have a ton of students with category goals right now. They loved using my Spooky Spider Halloween Categories game to sort and describe! This game can be easily modified by taking away categories or items from each category to make it easier. The sorting cards also come with both word and picture options!

Who doesn't love Room on the Broom?!?! My kids ADORE this book, and I do too. Not only are there great vocabulary words in the book, but the words rhyme too! We used a best seller of mine, my Room on the Broom Comprehension Pack, to answer questions (with and without answer choices), sequence the story, do writing responses, and more!!!

Finally, we used pumpkin emotion cards and a sticker book of faces to make our own pumpkin faces and learn about feelings!

What are you doing for Halloween? I'd love to hear!!!

A Little Speech, A Little Life, and A Lot of Love!

Hey Y'all!

Have you noticed the new design?!?! I'm SOOOOO excited about it! Updating my blog design has been something I've wanted to do for a really long time, and now it has finally happened! To be honest, it's something I've been avoiding because I thought it would be a long, drawn out process that took a ton of time and a lot of effort. Boy was I wrong! I absolutely cannot say enough wonderful things about Kassie Garlock, who did my design! She was super friendly, super helpful, super creative, and most of all, super fast!

You can take a look at Kassie's work by clicking the link below:

If you don't already, I'd love for you to connect with me through social media. You can simply click the social media icons on the right to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin, and especially TPT. By following me through social media, you'll always be up to date on what I'm up to in therapy, as well as new products and sales going on! You can also Grab my Button for a quick link back to this blog!

As always, I'm so appreciative of your support. And I LOVE hearing from you! Stay tuned...I have several exciting announcements coming up in the next week!

Happy Fall Y'all!

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Fall is (finally) in full swing here in South GA (although we're still experiencing warmer-than-normal weather for late October!) But nevertheless, fall is here, and all that comes along with it in Moultrie, GA! Pumpkins, hay rides, cotton, and Halloween!

With the changing of seasons, I wanted to give you guys a quick update on what's going on and where I've been! As many of you know, we loaded up the Uhaul in St. Petereburg, FL back in June and relocated back to our hometown in South GA. You can read about our move HERE. Since we've been home, we both started new jobs, and we built a new house! We moved into our new home 4 weeks ago, and after a mega yard sale last weekend and new furniture being delivered, I can now officially say that we're settled! Throughout this process (and boy was it a process!), I took some needed time off from blogging and making therapy materials. I'm so happy to be back to doing what I love, but here's what we've been doing over the past few weeks!

After I unpacked all of the hundreds of boxes, I was able to decorate the house for fall! I LOVE holiday decorations, and can't wait to display them all for the first time in several years!!

We used the Mr. Potato Head parts to make ghost and goblin pumpkins for Halle Jane!

I'm incredibly blessed to have my mom watch HJ for me while I work each day. It is such a blessing to go to work and not have to worry about my little girl! My mom does a wonderful job teaching her all kinds of things and letting her experience so much!

Halle Jane is loving the pumpkins everywhere! She calls them "pukins" She picked out quite a few at the pumpkin patch last week, and daddy couldn't tell her no!

Finally, what is fall without new outfits?!?!

Cheetah print goes well with her "wild child" personality!

She is so proud of her new snow boots!

And she sported this to the neighborhood potluck last week! 

Stay tuned for pictures of her Halloween costume...she's going to be her favorite thing in the whole world...a puppy dog!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Preposition Remix {An App Review}

Hi Everyone!

Recently I blogged about where I've been the past few months. In case you missed it, you can read about all of the changes in my life HERE. Now that we're settled, I'm finally able to play catch up with several things that have been on the "to-do" list for a while!

The wonderfully giving (and super patient) crew at Smarty Ears provided me with several apps to review at the beginning of the summer. I've been using them TONS over the last month at  my new job, and I'm just now getting a chance to blog about them! So you'll see several app reviews in the next few weeks, but I chose to show you Preposition Remix first, because I'm literally using it every day right now!

When you open the app, you see this homescreen first. You can choose the "Support" tab for additional information and a video tutorial on how to use the app.

If you choose the "Settings" tab to the right, you're able to choose which prepositions to work on, how to provide reinforcement, whether or not to provide cues, and what response the students will receive with an incorrect answer. I LOVE that you can pick and choose which prepositions to address, so I can add new ones as the student learns them!

When you choose the "Play" tab on the homescreen, you're prompted to add a player. You can add individual profiles for each of your students, import profiles from TRC (Therapy Report Center), or if you want a quick fix like me, just create a player named "Demo," and you can use it each time! Then the stimulus pictures will begin to appear. The student simply touches their answer after the direction is verbally presented.

When the student answers correctly, this is what they will see! Remember, you can change the settings for what happens when they answer incorrectly under the "Settings" tab on the homescreen.

Once the student has answered 10 questions correctly, they unlock a musical instrument. They will unlock different musical instruments each time, and they can hear what that instrument sounds like!

To see how a student is doing, click on the "Report" tab on the homescreen. Then you can choose if you want to see their Report Card or their Instrument Collection.

The Report Card is excellent for progress monitoring. I love how it shows specifically which prepositions the student is having difficulty with, because that's how I know which ones to specifically target! From the Report Card Menu, you can click the "Share" tab and open the report in TRC, or email a copy to yourself or a parent!

By clicking on the Instrument Collection, the student can see which instruments they have already earned, and how many they have left to get!

Overall, I am loving this app to help in teaching my students (patients) prepositions! There is just something about an app on the iPad that keeps their attention longer than any other thing I can find! Most of my students think they are playing a game, and don't actually know that they are working on their goals! They only addition I would love is a multi-player option for therapy groups!

Preposition Remix sells for $9.99 in the itunes app store! You can click the link below to find it there!

Have you used this app with your kiddos? Do you have other ways you work on prepositions? I'd love to hear from you! 

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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 :)