Sweet Summer Speech

Working ESY? Seeing private clients this summer? Extra hours in the clinic? Make your sessions a little sweeter…with a lemonade stand!
My 7 year old daughter just finished first grade and was so excited to set up her own lemonade stand in our neighborhood. She was planning out all the details, creating signs, and making lists of all the items she needed.

Then we took a trip to Target  just in case the Dollar Spot had any cute additions. Which of course they did! And she isn’t even the one who pointed them all out to me, begging me to buy them. I saw them and excitedly showed them to her (picture)…

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and once again I spent way more than I planned to when I walked into Target that day.

I convinced myself it would be worth it…I mean I’m an SLP. We can make a therapy activity out of pretty much any supply, right?! Then my creative juices were flowing and I thought, “What a great spring or summer therapy activity!”
So, I sat down at my computer and got to work on this new TpT product

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The product includes activities to work on various speech and language skills including:
*articulation (initial /l/ pictures and sight words included plus editable ‘lemons’ to add your own images/target sounds)
*story comprehension (download the preview here for a free sample)
*problem solving
*conversational skills
*vocabulary skills of describing and same/different
**plus a list of books to help you expand the theme
But I think the part that will be the most fun is setting up a lemonade stand with the students – let them help you plan it all out, decorate signs, make the lemonade, decide the best day/time/location to have the stand…

the kids won’t even know how much they are learning!

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What a treat!

Once upon a time there was a 4-year old girl who had a dream. She told her daddy all about it and they turned it into a story; daughter dictated the words and daddy drew the pictures. The story became a published children’s book and they lived happily ever after.
This is not a fairytale, though! My niece is the author and my brother is the illustrator of a children’s book titled The Great Marshmallow Adventure. It was published and released when my niece was just 5 years old (she’s now going on 12) and was based on a dream she had at age 4! Quite an accomplishment for a little girl, huh?!
It is the most adorable story of Leah’s adventure one night when her bed turns into a giant marshmallow and takes her on a ride through her neighborhood, which has also turned into delicious treats!
The text is simple, the story is exciting, and it is full of speech and language targets! Perfectly suited for students in grade K-3, easily adaptable for 3 and 4-year olds or 4th and 5th graders. Incorporate into a fall or camping theme or use any time of year!
I have been waiting to be able to use this book as part of therapy lessons. Now that I am back “in the classroom” working directly with students, I had to create some companion activities to use with it.
So, I thought I would share what I came up with – which you can download as a FREEBIE here on TpT.
The book, unfortunately, is not so easy to find these days. It’s not as easy as one may think to get a book published and available to the masses! But, I can help with that! I worked some magic with the author and illustrator (it’s all who you know, am I right?!) and if you like what you see in the free download and would like to purchase this book for your personal library, send Elissa an email at livingthespeechlife@gmail.com and we will make it happen! I mean every little penny (aka royalty) helps when you’re a middle school tween!

Back to the companion

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There are comprehension questions to use before, during and after reading the story, three pictured Tier 2 vocabulary targets, pictures and sentences for sequencing and retelling, articulation pictures with words from the story (r, l, s-blends), and pictures to target the irregular past tense verbs included in the text.
And I cannot wait to read this book as the mystery reader in my daughter’s first grade classroom – complete with a bag of all the ingredients and a recipe card for Indoor S’mores (also included in the download)!
So, click this link and download the FREEBIE – you really have nothing to lose, right?! Did I mention it is FREE!
Be sure to email me (Elissa) if you are interested in more information about this sweet book (pun intended).

Questions, vocabulary and /r/, oh my!

one-book-mixed-groups2Ok, picture it…it won’t be that hard because we ALL have them…student A is working on /r/ and /l/, student B stutters, student C has trouble with comprehension and vocabulary, and student D, well, student D has trouble with all of it. Why, oh why, would an SLP ever put these kids together in one group? Why, I’ll tell you why…because there are no other options, that’s why!

So, there you are, with this mixed group of 4 for a whopping 30 minutes – give or take.

Student A: “Can we pway a game?”

Student C: “No let’s play a game!”

Student B: “I don’t feel like talking today”

Student D: walking in circles, holding 3 of your dry erase markers and a few books from your shelves

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How can you keep them all engaged, work on each of their varied skills, take data and make it all meaningful without breaking the bank or taking up more planning time than you have to begin with.

 

 

 

Books, books, books! Read a book and cover it all. Expand your lessons and use the same book for various groups and multiple sessions.

We know what you’re thinking…hey, how can I just pick up a book and be sure that I’m covering all of the skills I need to cover? How does that lessen my planning time?

We’ve got you covered with our new Literacy-based Lesson Planning Assistants for Speech and Language!

Our first one is available in our TPT store and focuses on the book Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel. This adorable book is told from the point of view of a rooster whose great-grandmother happens to be the Little Red Hen. He decides to bake one of her recipes and actually finds some other animals to help him. It is a great story of teamwork which also incorporates following a recipe, measuring ingredients and some confusion with homonyms and homophones. And of course it serves as a great compare/contrast lesson when paired with the classic story The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone. Don’t worry, the Lesson Planning Assistant for that book will be coming soon to our TPT store.

So are you envisioning all the amazing skills you can target with this one book? Still worried about how you’ll find the time to delve into it and pick out all these targets?

Once again, that’s where we come in. The document provides you with target words for common sound errors and processes. It outlines carrier phrases and repetitive phrases to address fluency. Factual questions? Sure. Predictions? Yep. Social language targets like flexible thinking and perspective taking? You bet!

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We hope you’ll check out this this new product. Feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

Want us to create a Lesson Planning Assistant for some of your favorite books? Comment below and/or on TPT and we’ll get to work on it.

Texts for middle and high school are welcome and will be added as well!

Quick tip: If your media center or local library does not have a copy of this book and you have limited funds (being that we SLPs already spend so much of our own money!), you can always search YouTube and you may just find SOMEONE reading the book, maybe even showing and highlighting the text as it is read aloud! Follow our Pinterest page where we will be pinning these as we find them!