Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Roll & Color

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Hi everyone!

Did you happen to catch the Acorn Roll & Color that I posted in the fall?  Well, one of the teachers in my school loved it so much that she asked me to create an Easter Version!

Here it is:

I'm using this activity along with the book Easter Eggs Everywhere! by Steve Metzger in my language groups. I love that I can use roll and colors to target a variety of objectives!

You can grab a copy of this freebie HERE.  Let me know what you think about Roll and Color worksheets. Would you like to see more?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Autism Awareness...Jamberry Style!

You may have heard by now that April is Autism Awareness month.  Did you know that Jamberry nails has an Autism Awareness wrap?  Yup, we do, and $2 from every sale goes to the Autism Society of America!  I used it as an accent nail with Jamberry's Cardinal Lacquer...

I know that many of you have students (or children) with Autism, so I wanted to host a giveaway.  I'm raffling off a half-sheet of these Autism Awareness wraps (9 wraps total, enough for a full manicure and possibly a full pedicure too)!

Enter using the Rafflecopter below! :)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Easter Roll & Colors

Hello! Long time, no see!!  I feel like I'm so out of the blog loop lately!  I've been busy at work and at home and I just have to say that I'm so grateful that other bloggers have been creating some amazing materials to make my planning life so much easier!  I've been ALL about the no-print and no-color-ink products that my bloggy buddies have created! They've made my life so much easier!

I'm starting to plan for the spring now and I wanted to share some print and go worksheets I made for mixed groups!

There are three different worksheets that are designed to be used with various targets and in mixed groups.  There are 6 spaces on which to write targets for the student.  Students will roll a die and complete the task on the corresponding line (e.g., say a target word, provide a definition, provide a synonym, etc.). If correct, they can color a portion of the picture that corresponds to the number they rolled.

Each of the three worksheets has a different level of difficulty. The Easter Egg Sheet has one space to color per number/target: 

The Bunny Sheet has two spaces per number/target:

The Easter Basket has 5 spaces per number/target:

The Easter basket is probably your best choice for articulation practice so that your students can get multiple productions in a session!

These worksheets can be downloaded for FREE in my TPT store.

Let me know what you think and what you're going to use the worksheets to target!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Speachy Feedback Linky

It's that time again! Time for another Speachy Feedback Party!

I've joined up with Nicole over at Speech Peeps to reward one lucky TPT customer for giving helpful feedback!  This month's winner is TPT user stover87.  She left this feedback on my SLP Planner and Data Collection Binder:

Thanks for the feedback stover87! You have won a product of your choice from my TPT store (excluding bundles).  Please email me at to claim your prize!!

Educator Evaluation for SLPs: Student Learning and Professional Practice Goals

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I’ve done a few posts now where I’ve mentioned my student learning goal and professional practice goals for the Educator Evaluation that many districts have adopted. A decent number of people have asked me to share some information regarding my SLG and PPG. Last year was the first year my district used this evaluation method. In effort to stagger plans, some of us were to develop 1-year plans and others developed 2-year plans. I was on the one-year plan. This is good for you because I’ve now had to write TWO plans!

If you’re new to my page, I just want you to be aware that the majority of my caseload consists of preschool students. Because of that, you might not choose to work on the same goals, but they should give you an idea for your own goals!

For the 2012-2013 school year, I had a number of preschool students who had significantly reduced Mean Length of Utterance (MLU).  I decided to select a cohort of students who had an MLU of less than or equal to 2.0 for my SLG.  I'm not sure if other districts have the same type of plan, but we are required to submit our SLG and PLG for approval, then create a plan that includes action steps. This is a basic outline of that plan. The "due dates" of the steps are included in parenthesis.

Student Learning Goal:

By June 2013, 80% of an identified cohort of students with a BOY Mean Length of Utterance in Morphemes (MLU-M) of less than or equal to 2.0 will increase their MLU-M to 3.5 or greater as measured by language sampling.

Action Steps:

1. Obtain language samples and calculate BOY MLU (By 9/30/12). 
     *BOY = Beginning Of Year

2. Identify cohort of students with MLU of less than or equal to 2.0 (By 10/30/12)

3. Implement activities to target the following morphological structures/sentence types:
a. Plural -s (by 12/31/12 )
b. Subject-Verb (by 1/31/13)
c. Subject-Verb-Object  (by 3/31/13)
d.Prepositional Phrases (by 5/31/13)
4. To demonstrate effectiveness, by Progress Reporting Period 2 (March 2013), 80% of students in the cohort should see an increase in MLU to 2.75 or greater. 

5. For each student in the established cohort, I will provide home activities for parents to complete to facilitate carry-over of skills at least 4x/student during the 2012-2013 school year.
*2 activities sent by 2/28/13
*1 activity sent by 4/30/13
*1 activity sent by 6/20/13

Professional Practice Goal:

I will increase my content knowledge of Evidence Based Practice in the area of increasing MLU in preschool students by researching methods and establishing 4 different activities based on those methods by June 2013.

Action Steps:

1. Research evidence-based instructional strategies that target increasing MLU in preschool-aged students. Identify a minimum of two instructional strategies for use in therapy.
*By 12/31/12, search the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s online database for articles related to preschool MLU.
*By 2/28/13, compile binder of resources for increasing preschool MLU containing at least 5 articles from journals or websites.
2. Develop/create activities to target the following morphological structures/sentence types:
a. Plural -s (by 12/31/12)
b. Subject-Verb (by 1/31/13)
c. Subject-Verb-Object (3/31/13)
d. Prepositional Phrases (5/31/13)
3. Research/trial at least 5 different iPad applications that are designed to (or can be adapted to) target morphology/sentence structure using the FIVES criteria.
*2 apps by 2/28/13
*2 apps by 4/30/13
*1 app by 5/31/13
I did share some of the activities I created for this project in previous posts. You can find them below.

I'm on a 2-year plan now, so my timelines will look a little bit different.  However, my caseload does change every year, so I wanted to reflect that!  For this go-around, I chose a cohort of students on an IEP for language delays/disorders (e.g., NOT articulation).  I also selected students in the 4-year old program that will be going to kindergarten in the next school year.

Student Learning Goal:

By the end of each academic year, 75% of students in an identified cohort (language delayed/disordered students in the 4-year old preschool program) will demonstrate an increase in vocabulary and describing skills (using the Expanding Expression Tool) to be able to state 5 or more attributes/features of 6 pictured objects.

Action Steps:
1. Identify cohort of students. (By 11/27/13) 
*We had a late start getting our plans in this year!

2. Obtain baseline data through the informal assessment (students will name and identify characteristics of 6 familiar objects presented in pictures) (By 11/27/13 )

3. Become familiar with the Expanding Expression Tool by reviewing manual (Ongoing)

4. Implement activities to target the individual beads on the EET strand:
a. Green (by 12/31/13)
b. Blue (by 1/31/14)
c. Eye  (by 3/31/14)
d. Wood (6/20/14)
e. Pink (1/31/15)
f. White (6/20/15)
5. To demonstrate effectiveness, by Progress Reporting Period 3 (June 2014), 75% of students in the cohort should be able to state 3 or more attributes/features of 6 pictured objects.
*Obtain informal assessments 4x/year (BOY, Progress Report 1, Progress Report 2, EOY).

Professional Practice Goal:

I will increase my content knowledge of Evidence Based Practice in the area of vocabulary skills in preschool students by researching developmental norms and the Expanding Expression Tool (EET), as well as creating/finding and implementing 6 different activities related to the beads on the EET strand by June 2015.

Action Steps:

1. Research evidence-based instructional strategies that target vocabulary development in preschool-aged students, including the Expanding Expression Tool.
*By 12/31/13, search the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s online database for articles related to preschool vocabulary development.
*By 6/19/14, compile binder of resources for increasing preschool vocabulary containing at least 5 articles from journals or websites.
2. Develop/identify activities to target the individual beads on the EET strand:
a. Green (by by 12/31/13)
b. Blue (by 1/31/14)
c. Eye (by 3/31/14)
d. Wood (by 6/20/14)
e. Pink (by 1/31/15)
f. White (by 6/20/15)

Freebie Alert:
The informal assessment sheets I am using to track student performance can be downloaded as a freebie HERE.  My plan is to have students describe 6 different objects 4x in the year...Beginning of the Year (BOY), Progress Report 1 (PR1), Progress Report 2 (PR2), and End of the Year (EOY).  My plan is to repeat the first 6 words at the end of the year to get a good estimate of progress.  My prompt is "Tell me everything you know about a ___" and I give the student the EET strand. The sheets look like this:

For those of you who are new to the evaluation system, I hope this information is helpful!  I think once you have one evaluation cycle "under your belt," it will be easier to write and implement new plans!

I'm curious...Is your district following this evaluation system or are you doing something different? If you are doing a similar evaluation system, what are your SLGs and PPGs?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Book of the Week: Sneezy the Snowman

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It feels like FOREVER since I've actually had the chance to sit down and share with you what I've been doing in my speech room!  Before Christmas, my son came home telling me about a book that his preschool teacher read to him.  It sounded fun!  The next week, a co-worker had it out in her pile of snow themed books and I had to check it out.  Sneezy the Snowman is now one of my all-time favorite snowman books!

I encourage you to head over to Amazon and use the "look inside" feature. You won't be disappointed!  In the story, Sneezy keeps looking for things to make him less cold.  The first thing he does is drink hot cocoa. Many of my students can relate is a fairly common activity post-snow play!  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that we used Hot Cocoa Speech (a very fun freebie) by Lauren over at Busy Bee Speech:

I used cotton balls because we're not supposed to give food to students...well, technically there is a loophole. A permission slip must be signed by the parent of EVERY student in the group.  It just so happens that one of the teachers with whom I work had already sent home a permission slip for marshmallows!  So, after reading the story to that class, we discussed ways to warm up and what we like to eat with our hot cocoa.  The kids made this craft (the pattern is from Mailbox Magazine) to bring home:

Every January, I target /s/ blends with my articulation students.  Why January? Well, it's the perfect opportunity to target the sound in a naturalistic way!  There are just about 100 ready-to-go target words!  Here are just a few:  snow, snowman, snowball, skate, scarf, sled, slide, slip, slippery, skid...You get the idea!  So, with my articulation groups, we made this snowman craftivity:

For the snowman, I used a printable page from Tales of a First Grade Teacher.  I got the photos from Phonology Roundup by Super Duper (I got the book that comes with a CD ROM). I printed 2 pages per sheet of paper so the pictures would be smaller.  We glued the target words on and, in some cases, added some bonus words (sticks, snowflakes, scarf)!

And that pretty much sums up my week last week!  I'd love to hear from you.  Have you read "Sneezy the Snowman"? If so, what do you think of it?

Monday, January 20, 2014

S...Peachy Feedback Linky (January)

Hey Everyone!!

I'm linking up with Nicole over at Speech Peeps for another round of "S...Peachy Feedback"!!!

This month's winner is TPT user LaurenDrinkard, who left this comment on my "Feed the Penguin" activity:

Exactly what I was looking for! I need this for a kindergartner with limited language skills. He can approximate initial consonants and I want to build on that. Thank you so much!

Thanks for the feedback Lauren! You just won a product of your choice from my TPT store (excluding bundles). Please email me at to claim your prize!

Did you know I have FOUR Feed the Penguin products in my store?  Here they are:

Check out Nicole's linky for the other participating bloggers. If you didn't win this time around, keep leaving feedback. You never know, you may win the next time around! :)  

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Little Final Consonant Deletion Karma

This year the majority of my 3-year old articulation students have a little final consonant deletion going on.  Not surprising, I know.  Well, I've been plugging away at getting them to mark those final consonants and they're doing great!  Next step?  I pulled out the FCD story from Read Aloud Minimal Contrast Stories With Activities from Super Duper.  This one is about a monkey who finds all sorts of strange things in her mailbox.  I got the story printed for my group and grabbed some markers.  And then it occurred to me...Hey! I have a monkey!  I got him with my Talk it, Rock it (formerly Kids Express Train) CDs.  Wait a minute! I also have a mailbox!  (Thanks Target Dollar Spot!)  My kids had a blast making the monkey look in the mailbox for their target words!  

Don't you love it when your therapy plan ends up being even better than you had planned??  Have you ever planned something and had it transform into something even better?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Year, New Venture (and a Giveaway)

So I have recently been introduced to Jamberry Nails.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed this! :)  Have you heard of them? Jamberry wraps are heat activated vinyl wraps that adhere to your fingernails (as well as gel, acrylic, shellac, etc.) and last on your fingernails for up to 2 weeks and your toenails for up to 6 weeks! They do not chip like polish and there's no drying time!  Did you notice I said "heat activated"?? Here's the official Jamberry Application Video. FYI, I skip the cuticle oil. I found that my nails started to lift at the cuticles the one time I did use it. I also do a slightly different removal process (see below).

This was my first attempt at applying them:

Way neater than I ever could have done with polish!  BTW, I almost NEVER polish my nails! I'm just terrible at it!  Also, when I was little, I used to bite my fingernails. My mother told me "If you bite your nails, they'll never grow long!"  So, I started biting/picking at my cuticles instead, lol!  This is a horrible habit to have and nail polish remover is just plain painful!  Anywho, I've tried nail "stickers" before, but none have lasted as long as the Jamberries!

This is the next wrap I chose, just in time for the holidays!  How cute are the candy canes???

I loved these so much, I did them twice!  Here's the 2nd set on day 14, and after I broke 2 nails cleaning the house:

Not bad, huh?  You can see some nail growth, but they still look awesome!  On day 14, though, I was hosting a demo at my house and wanted to show my guests how I remove my "jams."  I don't have pictures, but basically I dip my fingertips in a small bowl of olive oil (about 1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp) and work the oil under the wrap from the cuticle to the tip. No Chemicals!  I totally love that!

This "Jamicure" has been on my hands for about a week now.  I'm not typically one to "mix-and-match" patterns, but I really like this combination!

I have to add something speech related to this post...My preschoolers love the patterns! They've been a conversation starter since I've started wearing them.  Some of my kids are even paying more attention when I point to things, lol!

So why am I telling you about Jamberry?  Well, I love them so much, I decided to become a consultant!  I started this blog and my TPT store, not as a way to make money, but as a way to share my ideas with the rest of you.  I have been SOOO fortunate to make a little bit of money from my TPT store and I am unbelievably thankful to each of you who has made purchases!  A few years ago, my husband went back to school. 

The short version of a long story is that, to supplement our income while he's in school, I have been thinking about joining a direct sales company (e.g., Pampered Chef, Thirty-One) for a while now and along came Jamberry! Talk about right place, right time!  I can host virtual Jamberry parties right on Facebook with my son in the same room!  

If you're interested in hosting a party right on Facebook, January is the perfect time to do so!  Check out the AWESOME bonus hostess rewards for January!  I still have a few spots left, so email me if you're interested (I'm using for Jamberry related emails)

If you're interested in finding out more about Jamberry, I invite you to check out my website ( and/or Facebook Page.  

I'm so excited about this new venture! I'm going to do a giveaway because I believe that once you try Jamberry, you'll love it as much as I do! I'm giving away a half sheet of nail wraps!  Each wrap is meant to be used on 2 fingers (right hand, left hand).  I cut them down the center, but if you have short nails, you can get up to 2 manicures out of this sheet (right side of wrap, left side of wrap, center of wrap)! The wraps I have available are pictured above (Midnight Celebration, White Stars on Pink, Heartstrings, Sealed With a Kiss, Dizzy Blue, and Cool Blue Sparkle). Enter using the Rafflecopter below!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Mitten Mania!

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BRRR!  It's been so cold all over the country this week that I bet even in the south kids are wearing winter clothing they've never seen before!  This week in my speech room, we've been doing activities related to MITTENS!  Here's the run-down:

The Mitten:
In many of my groups, we read "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. Who doesn't love this book?!? Believe it or not, I drew the animals from the story when I was in college (in the mid to late 90's) and they are STILL hanging in there!  This still shocks me because I didn't even think of laminating them at the time!  

Here's a closer look:

We worked on sequencing the order in which the animals went into the mitten and I found this printable emergent reader take-home book from Jamie Mayas on Teacher's Pay Teachers. What a great way for my preschoolers to practice the vocabulary from the book!

Noisy Story:
In some other groups, we read the Noisy Story "The Mitten." (Click HERE to see more information on the Noisy Stories program).  This story is about a lost mitten.  I begin the story by wearing one mitten and telling the kids that I'm going to tell them a story about something you can wear in the winter.  Believe it or not, they don't ALL clue in that the story will be about a mitten! Once they do figure it out, I tell them that there is a BIG problem in the story (mind you, I'm still wearing ONE mitten).  Eventually someone infers that there is a missing or lost mitten in the story...

At the end, the mitten is found on a snowman! My preschoolers love when I pull out my snowman (above) with the mitten stuck to his belly.  (Sometimes they make me feel like a magician!)  The younger kids worked on same/different using real mittens (see photo below) as well.

PS, If you want a similar type story for older kids, check out "The Missing Mitten Mystery" by Steven Kellogg.

EET: Mitten style!

I have rounded up a ton of mittens over the years.  I usually pick them up at the end of the winter in a clearance bin. We focused on the "eye" bead of the EET strand and described what the mittens look like.

I don't know if I mentioned this before or not, but I'm doing my Student Learning Goal for my Educator Evaluation on the EET.  Based on my mid-year data, my kids are just NOT getting the eye bead!  Here's an example of a very typical response from my kiddos during mid-year data collection:
Me:  What's this?
Student: A carrot.
Me:  Right! {shows green bead}Green-group. What group does a carrot belong in?
Student: Food group.
Me: Nice! {shows blue bead}Blue-do. What do you do with a carrot?
Student: You eat it!
Me:  You're doing great! {shows eye bead} Eye ball!  What does a carrot look like?
Student:  It looks like a carrot!
Me: {face-palm!}
We spent about 2 weeks on describing appearance, but I guess we need some more time with that!  So, we grabbed the EET strand and worked on describing the appearance of the mittens.  If you don't have a ton of mittens like I do, you can always make them out of paper.  

I used a pattern similar to the one below and printed them on letter size scrapbook paper, then cut them out.

Want a copy of the mitten patterns? Click HERE.

And there you have my week of Mitten Mania!  What are your favorite Mitten activities?

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