Monday, July 14, 2014

The Cummings Went Cruisin'

Summer vacations are the best. Am I right? Last week Kenzie, Kevin and I went on a cruise with 28 family members! This was a very special trip for all of us because we had family from all over the country reunite to celebrate a very special couple's 50th wedding anniversary AND 70th birthday!
We took Royal Carribbean's Enchantment of the Seas to Coco Cay & the Bahamas. 
We definitely had some fun in the sun!!
I have to admit, I was a little VERY nervous bringing a baby on a ship. In the past I always thought that people that went on cruises with little ones were crazy! But how could I not let Kenzie meet her cousins that live hundreds of miles away?! On top of that, I am very happy to announce that she did amazing! She had a blast on the trip... so much so that she requested a nap daily! So, I didn't come home with the tan I was hoping for, but I did get to catch up on The Reason I Jump
 and I had a very happy baby!
One thing that was very helpful on the trip was the goody bag we had for Kenzie each day. I went to the dollar store before we left and stocked up on as many little items that would keep her busy as possible! Each day, I put about 4 new items in the bag and gave it to her before we went to dinner. Worked like a charm. Best $18 I ever spent!
It was so nice getting everyone together! 
Here is a group shot!!
Who wants to go on a cruise with me next month? I am ready!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

TpT Star & Stripes 4th of July Sale!!

4th of July may be my favorite holiday. What's better than friends, family, food, and fireworks?! I know... a good ole Teachers Pay Teachers sale!! Yours truly (along with some of your favorite SLPs) will be throwing a sale Friday July 4th & Saturday July 5th! This is a great time to stock up on some back to school items as well as some goodies for summer therapy! In case you missed it, here are some of the new and updated items in my store!
I have recently added a new open-ended game series to my store called, Speedy Speech. These packets include game cards and a game board (with a super cute theme) that you can use to target any goal. Simply have your student practice a speech sound or answer a question before they choose a card from the deck. The card either has points on it or a message. You can even use these cards for quick drill reinforcement.
My phonological process packets have been some of my best sellers! I decided to bundle them up and save you all some money! This packet includes 5 activity packets to help you target the following Phonological Processes: final consonant deletion, fronting, stopping, syllable reduction, and cluster reduction. Save $3.50 by purchasing this bundle instead of each activity separately!
Last but not least- I have added a Say What? Comprehension Activity... Summer Edition! This packet contain 16 short stories and questions with a summer theme and adorable sea creature reinforcement cards. 
I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!!
Happy shopping!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In My APPinion: Sounds at Home by VSC {Giveaway!}

Appy Tuesday everyone!! It is time for yet another app review! Virtual Speech Center has done it again and come up with another fun and engaging app for the little ones! 
Sounds at Home is an app that targets auditory skills for children ages 2-6.
Before we get started, let me state that Virtual Speech Center did provide me with a code for this app, however, the opinions expressed in this review are mine. 
To get started, first add your student's name.
Then, choose the targets that you want to work on during that session. The target options include: sound identification, rhyming, identifying initial & final sounds, and following directions. You can choose all areas to target or just one or two.... whatever you student needs! There is also an edit option for each area so you can choose exactly what questions the student will be prompted with.
If you choose to work on sound identification skills, you are brought to Mama Bear's living room. Here the student is presented with a sound, then asked a question such as, "What sounds like that?" The student then touches the item that he/she thinks made the sound. This task immediately made me think of a student that recently had a second cochlear implant put in... this would be a great activity for her!!
The kitchen is where we work on rhyming, identifying initial sounds, and identifying final sounds. Here, your student is prompted with a question such as, "Where can I find something that rhymes with heat?" or "Do you see something that starts with an /s/ sound?" depending on your target settings. 
The playroom is where you can work on following directions! You have the option of choosing one or two step directions with one or two elements and/or temporal directions. For example, "Put the spinning top on the chair" was one of the prompts for the picture below.
After your kiddo has finished his/her task, they are rewarded with a puzzle activity to complete!
One nice feature this app includes is the ability to email the student's goal report right from the app! Such a great way to keep parents and teachers in the loop on progress and goals!!
Sounds at Home is a great app that allows me to target many goals at one time. Since it's summer time, many of my students' parents have requested that I target kindergarten skills during therapy to help get them ready. This app makes that job easy and fun! The adorable mama bear is so inviting, that I often have kids drawn to this app before they even know what it is. 
You can download a copy of this app in the iTunes store here for only $6.99.... that's right, only $6.99! This is a more than fair price for an app that allows you to target so many skills. 
Virtual Speech Center was kind enough to provide me with an extra copy of the app so one of you can download it and love it as much as I do! Enter below for a chance to win. I will announce a winner on Saturday!



Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Time Speech With The Old Lady {Giveaway!!}

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Another week of summer has come and gone! This week we packed as much summer fun in the speech room as we could and invited in an old friend... the old lady! Yep you guessed it! This week we  read the story, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!
I can't get enough of these old lady books. I mean really, the kids love them and I get to target multiple speech & language goals... SOLD! Since I knew this book was going to be on my must-have summer list, I created a story companion to go along with the book. 
This packet includes activities that target vocabulary, sequencing, following directions, articulation, and rhyming... to name a few!
Check out my rhyming skills!

I can sequence the story!

And because any fun speech session isn't complete without a craftivity... we borrowed Jen from Crazy Speech World's sand castle idea! The kids had fun "building" sand castles with their articulation targets for the week. 
You can download a copy of my There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell story companion here! Is this story on your summer reading list, too? Well if it is you're in luck! (and if it isn't, it really should be!) I will be giving away 2 copies of this story companion! Enter below, I will announce the winners on Wednesday!



Saturday, June 21, 2014

Making a Splash In Speech With The Rainbow Fish!

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I love summer! Yes, it's true... I don't get to enjoy the typical summer break anymore. But there is something about summer time that just makes therapy more fun. Maybe it's all the awesome books that have summer themes. If you missed it, make sure you check out one of my latest posts featuring some pretty Super Summer Books! This year we kicked off summer therapy with
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
I love this story. In addition to it being a great summer book, it teaches a great lesson about friendship. What is a good book without a good craftivity or 2?!
For my kiddos working on articulation, we made Rainbow Speechie Fish. Each scale contained a target word for them to practice at home! This could easily be transitioned into a language activity where you could have the kiddos list nouns, verbs, items in a category, descriptive words, etc. on the scales. 
I used this book for 2 weeks. There is just too many good speech & language opportunities and activities to do with this book to fit it all in one week! The next week we worked on story retelling. The kids and I created a retelling jellyfish. Each tentacle (new vocabulary word!) contained something they remembered about the story. 
We also worked on rhyming, following directions, phonemic awareness, and more with my Under the Sea Thematic Unit! 
The Rainbow Fish is definitely one of my favorite summer books, what's yours?


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SLP Book Club is Back!!

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Happy summer break everyone! This summer has already hit the ground running. I feel like it has been forever since I wrote a post. This one is going to be short and sweet since it is already 10:30 (where does the day go?!), BUT I am super excited to be writing this post to announce that the SLP Book Club is back up and running. The school year is a hectic time, so the club and I took a little break... but now we are back for some summer "speechy" reading! What will our first book be? I am so glad you asked....
I ordered my book on Amazon 2 night ago so it should arrive the beginning of July (hopefully sooner!)... I hope you all will join me in some summer reading! Please leave comments below with suggestions for our next book!



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Super Summer Book List!

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Are you counting down the days to summer vacation? Or are you like me and work year round? I do not regret my decision to be a private therapist/stay at home mom while my little one is still little... but it does sting a bit seeing my friends' countdown to summer posts! 
Since the reading and the learning does not stop for summer vacation, I thought I would complie another book list with the help of my speechie friends. 
Put on your shades because this time.... it's summer style!
My absolute favorite theme to use in the summer is Under the Sea! There are so many wonderful books about ocean life. One of my favorites for the little ones is, 

Jenn Alcorn from Crazy Speech World recommends
Jessica Chase from Consonantly Speaking & Katie Yeh from Playing with Words 365 continue to share the love for fishy summer books! They recommend 
Carissa TenHoeve from Home Sweet Speech Room recommends 
Shannon Lisowe from Speechy Musings recommends 
Felice Clark from The Dabbling Speechie & Miss Speechie from Speech Time Fun recommend
Carrie Manchester from Carrie's Speech Corner recommends
Jenna Rayburn from Speech Room News recommends
Whitney Smith from Let's Talk recommends
Teach Speech 365 recommends
Now that my Amazon cart is full I am feeling ready to start planning my summer therapy sessions!! Did any of your favorites not make the list? Please share your favorites, too!