Saturday, November 29, 2014

What's In Your Cart Linky: Cyber Monday Sale 2014

Hey Friends!!!

I can't believe another Thanksgiving has come and gone and we're on to Christmas! This Christmas is especially exciting because my little girl is 15 months now and notices everything!



If you haven't already heard, TPT is hosting another site-wide sale December 1st & 2nd (Monday & Tuesday)! The site-wide sales are awesome opportunities to empty out your wishlist and save, save, save! Just be sure to enter the code TPTCYBER to save up to 28% in most stores (mine included!)

My friend Jenna at Speech Room News is hosting another awesome "What's In Your Cart" linky party, and I'm participating! Head over to her her blog to see many of your favorite SLP bloggers' posts on what they are planning to buy during this sale!



First, here are a few of my own products I recommend:



If your kiddos loved Turkey Trouble, they'll adore this book companion to the sequel: Turkey Claus!!



Since non-fiction is so important these days, I created a fun way for students to learn the history behind Christmas symbols such as the Christmas tree, Candy Cane, Gingerbread Man, Stockings, and More! 


This Little Critter book companion is so much fun and has activities for a wide range of ages!!!



Pierre the Penguin is one of my favorite non-fiction books to teach!!! This book companion not only incorporates the story, but you can also learn about the different types of penguins too!!


Finally, my January Book Club Bundle is a great way to get 4 book companions at a fantastic price! As with all of my Monthly Book Club Bundles, you already get 4 companions for the price of 3, but with an additional 28% off, you'll never find this packet at a lower rate! 


And now, here are several items that are already in my cart:


First up is Jenn at Crazy Speech World's Old Lady Craftivity Bundle...I have no words for how adorable this is!! 


Next is Jenna from Speech Room News' Christmas & Holiday Interactive Books. My students are totally addicted to these things (as am I!) 


Then comes Kristin from Simply Speech's Trim the Pronoun Tree. Anything with Pronouns is desperately needed...and holiday-themed pronouns are a bonus! 


I've been dying to get my hands on Nicole from Allison Speech Peeps' Leveled Vocabulary Intervention Pack!! 


And finally, I'm so excited to snag Felice at The Dabbling Speechie's Winter Wonderland Social Pragmatics Pack. I have several of her holiday-themed packets and they're amazing, so I know this one will be too! 

What's in your cart? I'm always up for more suggestions!!! 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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 close to being 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!

Happy Fall, Y'all!





Monday, October 27, 2014

Smarty Ears' 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: Blast Off Back to School Sale

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!

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!


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!

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!



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!)



Monday, May 19, 2014

The Weekly Wrap-Up: Frogs & Flip Flops

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!






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!



Friday, April 25, 2014

The Weekly Wrap-Up: Articulation, Screenings, Jimmy's Boa, and Social Skills

Hi Friends!

I'm literally hours away from the weekend....and I'm sooo excited! Though I have a lot of work to do at home this weekend, I'm also going to take some time to relax on the beach (weather permitting), and spend some time with family!

Anyway, I haven't done a Weekly Wrap-Up in a few weeks, as our scheduled have been a little off with State testing among other things. So this is what we've been up to the past few weeks in therapy:



 I have a little Kindergarten speech kid who is infatuated with any type of vehicle. He doesn't like to practice his speech sounds at home, so we made him a place-mat to keep with his words, so he can practice them before dinner. Mom reports it's working so far!


I have one student in particular who is having a very hard time with playing games with peers. He attends one of my social groups. He used to loathe Apples to Apples card edition until we introduced Apples to Apples dice edition. Now he loathes the dice, and asks to play the card version. However, the other students in the group are enjoying the dice game, so we're using this as a teachable moment to teach the importance of compromise, talking out solutions instead of tantruming, winning and losing graciously, etc. Some days are good, others not so much. But he'll get there eventually. Until then, we keep on playing....


Before we play a game (always an educational one, might I add), we review the acceptable and unacceptable ways to win and lose. You can find these in my TPT store HERE.


 I spent some time this week planning for Summer suggestions, too. I used this homework calendar from Sublime Speech last year and my parents loved it! You can find a very similar one she made HERE.


I also spent time this week doing a few screenings on Kindergarten students. I used Speechy Musing's Kindergarten Screener from her HUGE CCSS Reference Binder for the first time, and LOVED it! You can find her awesome packet HERE.


We used Speech Time Fun's Noun/Verb Agreement activity on the iPad for a wonderful no-print option! You can find this cute and quick FREEBIE HERE.


 I tried to use the iPad as much as possible this week and last, as the majority of the school was in "Quiet Zones" because of State testing. I often saw my kiddos right outside of their classrooms instead of bringing them all the way back to my room for speech. Teach Speech 365's adorable no-print book, Carl's Crazy Day was perfect for reading comprehension! (And my students ADORED it!) You can find it HERE.



 For the majority of my language groups, we read the story The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash and used my new companion packet to target all kinds of skills such as basic concepts, comprehension questions, sequencing, writing, prepositions, cause/effect, and much more! You can find this companion packet HERE.



In one of my kindergarten speech groups, we worked on the /sh/ sound. I have one working on the initial position and another working on the final position. These FREE worksheets by Talking With Rebecca were great to target both sounds at the same time! You can fine these HERE. (P.S. Please tell me that you, too, have one of those students who insists on coloring everything in rainbow colors, so that it takes forever and he/she never finishes!)

And finally, I took a few of my kiddos on nature walks in celebration of Earth Day. We talked about our 5 senses, vocabulary of things we saw and heard, and then came back to make adorable nature walk books by The Dabbling Speechie. You can find this adorable book HERE. We talked about the importance of taking care of our Earth as we made the books for them to take home. Though I did not tell the kid, this one was definitely my favorite:



In case you can't read it, then sentences go like this. His answers are in red. Don't you just love it when you feel as if your lessons make a difference?!?!?!

I went on a nature walk.
I saw ___ grass
I found ____ a stick.
I felt ______ hot.
I discovered _______ I don't like nature walks. (The End.)


Have a great weekend, friends!