Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! Tree Decorating Time!

Tomorrow will be a fun day!  It's time to decorate with our extra special little ones!

Our OT will bring in her family tree, and I'm bringing in my old box of ornaments from our trees past.  Kids will take turns choosing and hanging!  It should be fun!



These are a small sampling of my kids' old tree trinkets.  Can you guess which one was homemade?


My question is how will the kids choose the ornaments.  I went online for ideas, and found this nice communication board at Speech Room News.

This is great for fringe vocabulary, although there is a little bit of core on there.  I'll also have a core sheet.  Kids that need it have a binder with the same core words on the left, and fringe on the right.  It's all described here.


I'll post a final picture soon of our creation!

Three more days!





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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Snowman, Snowman, What do you See?

A while back, I posted an interactive Smartboard lesson entitled "Snowman, Snowman, What do you See?". It went with a book that another blogger had posted. She, unfortunately, has taken the book down, and so I made one of my own.

(C) Annie Lang anniethingspossible.com
 Since I paid for the adorable graphics (only a few of the items are shown here, so if you like them, go here to this seller), I listed this book, along with a snowman poem and manipulatives at a very modest price on Teachers Pay Teachers. 
I also used this set of graphics. Those graphics were multicolored snowmen which could be used for many different materials.  That seller listed them as free! 



This book is meant to be interactive---cut out the manipulatives, laminate the pages, and use velcro.  The kids can find the shovel, hat, gloves, sled, hot chocolate, and other winter items.  Happy winter!

Another item included in this bundle are the manipulatives for a '5 Little Snowman' poem.
Count backwards from 5 as the snowmen fall off the sled.  Read about that here.

Then use the free smartboard lesson to reinforce their literacy and vocabulary skills.




I also created a very simple snowman colors Bingo game using some nice graphics from here.




Go here to purchase the interactive book, interactive poem, and the snowmen colors Bingo game. 

 It's a modest price, but if you are unable to afford it, send me an email, and I'll send you the link.
( speech40@gmail.com  )  Like, let's say you are a graduate clinician in a practicum setting. Or let's say you are an SLP working in NC schools.  No questions asked--you can have everything I have.


Family update---Peace Corps daughter is on an amazing vacation in Flores, Indonesia.  Wish I were there!





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Monday, December 8, 2014

Opposites Bingo---New download of an Old Game

Kids need to make associations and connections or they won't learn new vocabulary.  Opposites, synonyms, categories, features, functions----they all need taught.  To help you with this monumental task, here is a small December present to all of you speech people out there.

It's Opposites Bingo!!!

Easy game---kids each have a Bingo card.  The calling cards have an opposite word, and tokens are then placed on the players' cards when named.

There are other opposite Bingo games out there in internet land, but if you want mine, here it is!  Merry Christmas!






Click here to download Opposites Bingo in Boardmaker

Click here to download Opposites Bingo in pdf.


Some of you may remember that my daughter is in the Peace Corps in Indonesia.  She's enjoying a vacation there on the island of Flores.   The pictures are stunning.





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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Basketball Bonanza---The season is here!

Since we only have 10 school days left before the holidays, I thought I would get a head start on basketball season!   I live a quarter of a mile from the UNC Tarheel Dean Dome, so it's big here.  Basketball nearly shuts down education in the local schools when the NCAA tournaments are going on.

Many of my students can barely speak, but they know basketball.  I found a great book on Tarheel Reader that I downloaded for you as a Google doc.  It's not adapted, but if your students are wanting to learn words like 'layup' and 'dribble', you may want to take them to the playground and demonstrate.  No Boardmaker icon can really show it.  This is actually a nice reading book for older students reading on about a first grade level.



 Click here to download this book,
or go to Tarheel Reader.


If you are a Duke fan, sorry!!!!!







I have taken the plunge and created some other items for basketball fans that are posted on TPT for a modest price.  This includes 'Basketballs Everywhere' and 'Basketball Preposition Bingo'.  Download individually, or get a discounted price for two.



You can get Basketball Prepositions Bingo HERE

You can get Basketballs Everywhere HERE

You can get these bundled for a discount HERE




Important note:  I know some of you don't have funds, and all of your students are poor.  If you feel you need the bingo game and Basketballs Everywhere, but can't afford them, send me an email.  I'll send a link for downloading, no questions asked.   If these help children become better communicators, then I'm happy.
 ( speech40@gmail.com)




Sunday, November 30, 2014

'Pants on Ants' 'Go by Goat'---review of two fun books for phonological process remediation



When I went to ASHA a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon a booth in the exhibit hall that had the cutest set of books I've seen for working with kids on phonological processes and language.  As I was talking to the author, Elizabeth Redhead Kriston (who is a speech pathologist), I let on that I blogged, and she kindly handed me four books to review!  I was thrilled!   Two of the books were for articulation (final consonant deletion, and initial consonant deletion) and the other two books were language, which I'll describe in a subsequent post.

I went to the website, cleverly called the Word Menders Series, and as I saw, the books are designed to target specific phonological processes while fostering language and literacy development.

flashcards from 'Pants on Ants'

 Each book is written around a set of minimal pairs that highlight a specific phonological process so children are provided with numerous opportunities to hear and practice the contrasts in a natural context. Flashcards are included with each book, and store in a pocket inside the back cover.






 I loved the illustrations---the ants in the pictures for "Pants on Ants" are quite funny.  This story (which targets initial consonant deletion) rhymes and has vivid imagery! 









  My favorite book, however, was "Go by Boat".  It's my favorite simply because I have a student who uses final consonant deletion, and the pictures and flashcards were perfect for him.  The plot centers around a little elephant who has invited her friends to a birthday party.  Some come by sea, some by train, some by goat.  Will they make it in time?  



 My little guy loved the story, and the flashcards were perfect for focusing his attention on what words to practice during reading. 







If you have children who are working on phonological processes, these books combine literacy, minimal pairs, and fun all in one package.  A good book should be read multiple times, so you can use these over repeated sessions.  



Disclaimer:  Although the books were provided free to me, I have no other affiliation with this company.  I love books, however, and these are reasonably priced, sturdy, and spot-on with integrating speech and literacy skills.  


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Common Core--Informal Kindergarten and First Grade Math Vocabulary Assessment

This is a re-do of a kindergarten and first grade set of math common core vocabulary assessments based on Marzano's book, Vocabulary for the Common Core.
    I've added progress monitoring tables, and a bonus Bingo game, and relisted the combined assessments on Teachers Pay Teachers for a modest stipend.  Go to the bottom of the page for the link.  This assessment has helped drive some of my therapy with the younger kids.

 ---------------(from March 2014)
Service delivery for my kids has changed over the decades---now for my regular education kids, I try to go into the classroom as much as possible.  Often, there are strategies and a little coaching that needs done and the child is able to do reasonably well, or at least participate in the curriculum with his peers.  With the old familiar curriculum, the NC Standard Course of Study, I felt like the classroom was a comfortable place to go--I knew the expectations and I knew how to help.

Then things changed, rather abruptly, with the introduction of the Common Core.  I'm not anti-common core, but I'm finding that for the two curriculum areas--language arts and math, there are lofty language and verbal problem solving expectations, and my kids, with language deficits and vocabulary difficulties, struggle mightily.  Someone like the teachers and me needs to fill in the holes, but what are the holes to fill?  Teachers struggle with appropriate interventions, not knowing how to easily find the gaps in prior learning.


 Often when I go into the classrooms now during math, the teachers are so intent on teaching the higher level thinking skills to the class, my children are left in the dark, since they lack the understanding of some of the basic concepts which are being used in classroom discussions. 



 Somewhere, in someone's blog, I read about this resource, Vocabulary for the Common Core, and being in need such a book, I purchased it (with my own money, of course. Don't get me started on the lack of instructional funding in NC!).  This is full of vocabulary lists arranged by topics both in language arts and math by grade level K-12. I can now begin to fill in gaps in my children's learning!

A current student of mine is in the first grade and struggling in math, and so to assist the teacher in creating math interventions, I have started with kindergarten math vocabulary lists from this book and created an informal Common Core vocabulary assessment to determine if this child understands kindergarten language concepts (prerequisites to his current first grade placement).  Words in this assessment include 'first' 'last' 'part' 'whole' 'addition' 'subtraction' 'rectangle' and 'number line' (plus others).  Another skill was whether the student could verbally compare two different shapes. I did not include concepts introduced in first grade (since my child is in first grade, the teacher should be instructing him at that level), nor did I include items that solely seemed 'math' such as counting, computation, and identifying numbers. I also left off words pertaining to measurement. Prepositions were not included since I have another assessment for that.  These concepts here seemed to be the most commonly occurring concepts out of the kindergarten math list in Marzano's book. 






Screen shots from my assessment are shown here. I did try it out on my little guy in first grade, and glaring deficits became readily apparent.  How can he begin to comprehend 'part-part-whole' for addition, when he doesn't understand 'part'?   (e.g. When asked to color part of a square, he traced it.  When asked to color the whole square, he traced it again.)

The teacher of this student in question was so excited about this because it gave her a starting place for interventions in the classroom and it gave me some easily identifiable concepts to work on.  That made me happy :) 



Click here to download the informal common core math vocabulary kindergarten and first grade assessment. Includes Progress Monitoring Tables, and bonus bingo game.  18 pages total.


BONUS BINGO GAME INCLUDED FOR KINDERGARTEN MATH VOCABULARY!!!!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Modest Holiday Collection

This is a repost from 2013-----

 I have a small collection of materials and ideas that I've written about over the years for the holidays.  I do try to keep holidays rather low key, remembering that the activities are not the goal; communication and functional language concepts are what to keep in mind.  The activities are a means to the end, the end being an improvement in IEP goals and communication.

I'll be adding more things here as I make them during the next couple of weeks, so come back!


Christmas Prepositions Bingo

   Candy Canes Everywhere---free printable book

Christmas for 10--printable icons for a cute book











O Christmas Tree App with printable Communication Board--Fun!











Clicky Sticky Christmas app--printable communication board


I'm having trouble getting Clicky Sticky to work at all with iOS8.
Let's hope they update the app soon.






Rudolph and Joint Action Routines








 Rudolph and Prepositions--free printable adapted book










Hanukkah book and icons--free printable









Play dough Menorahs printable directions and printable dreidel game rules







 A book for your social skills groups--How do Dinosaurs say Merry Christmas?










 Christmas trees---Low tech and high tech







On the Christmas Tree--Printable book and icons










Let's hope for a wonderful December with your kidos!

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