4th of July Jokes to use in Speech!

Tuesday, June 22, 2021



Summer is here and it's just about time to break out all the red, white, and blue! Nothing is better than laughing with your students. Good, deep belly laughs. About a year ago I started telling jokes at the beginning of my sessions. It's just a fun way to set the tone for the day. I have searched the web for the best, kid approved, 4th of July jokes. So here are some of the best patriotic jokes your students will love!

 


What did the flag do when it lost its voice?
It just waved!

What snack goes great with peanut butter?
Fire crackers!

What is a firecrackers favorite treat?
A POP-sicle!

What is the most patriotic drink?
Liber-tea!

What did the little first cracker say to the big firecracker?
Hi, pop!

What dance was popular in 1776?
The Indepen-DANCE!

How do ducks celebrate independence day?
With fire quackers!

What do dad's like to eat on 4th of July?
POP-sicles!

What do you call a snowman on the 4th of July?
A puddle!

What do you call an American drawing?
A Yankee Doodle!

What happens when dinosaurs light fireworks?
You get DINO-mite!

How much does freedom weight?
A Washing-TON!




5 Ways to Play: Flower Garden Playset!

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Welcome to the second edition of the Toy of the Week: 5 Ways to Play series. There are so many ways to use toys, games, and regular household items (more than just their original intended use) to teach and elicit lots of language. I chose the Flower Garden Playset as my second toy of the week. This set has been a fantastic, engaging activity for both in person and teletherapy sessions. Below are some ideas for using this playset and eliciting some great language! If you have more ideas, please share in the comments. 


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Same or Different? This activity gives lots of opportunities for teaching and using same or different. There are multiple flowers that are the same color however they are different shapes. You can ask your child if they want a flower that looks the same as yours or if 2 flowers shown are the same or different. Stack some tall and some short. Talk about how they are alike and how they are different. 

Spring Theme! This set is perfect for using with a spring theme. Read a spring themed book then pull this set out to play. You can discuss the parts of the flower and what they need to live and grow. Such a great spring vocabulary opportunity. 

Requesting. When you're working with little ones, this set allows for lots of opportunities for requesting. Don't just hand them the flowers, have them ask you for the ones they want. Let themes for more, don't just offer more. Take it a step further- the box is see through. Don't just open it, wait for them to ask you to open the box (whether thats tapping on the box or using words/signs to request)

          

Build a garden over Teletherapy. If you are an SLP or teacher using distance learning, these flowers make a fun activity to use digitally. It works best if you have a doc cam or OSMO set up, but it's not necessary. Have your students tell you what to add to create the flower garden. This is a great way for them to use descriptive words, too. 

Following Directions. Have the flowers, stems, and other pieces out and available. Give your student directions to build a garden. You could easily make these directions simple or complicated based on your child's level. 

All good toys can be used in more than one way. These are just 5 examples. I would love to hear your ideas or ways that you would use them in therapy! 

Celebrating Earth Day in the Speech Room!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

It's almost Earth Day! Thursday April 22 is the day the world celebrates, but I have been doing these activities all week long! I love decorating my speech room with these beautiful globes. Greens and blues are such pretty spring time colors. I wanted to round up all of my favorite activities to use to celebrate our big, beautiful planet. If you have any great activity ideas, please share! 


I have been sharing the story, Earth Yay! with my students all week. It's such an adorable, animated story about the planets and why our Earth is so special. 


You can access this story from Vooks. I'm sure you have seen me mention them before, but if not, they're a website/app that brings stories to life! I have been using this site for a long time, but ever since teletherapy became a regular occurring event, I use it all the time now. My students in person and online enjoy using Vooks. 

You can get a free 30 day membership to Vooks by clicking here. 

 

If you know me, you know I love a theme! So what's a holiday without a matching ART-tiulation worksheet? This has also been a hit with my teletherapy students. Pull up and share the PDF with your student. Then, choose the annotate feature and let them color in the picture as they practice their sounds. 

I put my Earth Day ART-ticulation 50% off this week.  Click here to grab a copy!


It doesn't have to be Earth Day to talk about keeping our planet clean. This garbage truck and tiny garbage & recycling bins are always a popular toy in my therapy room. We use it all the time to "clean up" speech words and engage in pretend play.
I got mine, here.

Last but not least,  a FREE download for you. Quick themed reinforcement games are a favorite over here. I always get lots of repetitions and the kids have a lot of fun competing for the most points.  I created a FREE Earth day game that you can snag here. (It's one that I created years ago and will probably get a makeover soon!)


I have a few more activities that I plan to do but haven't yet so I don't have pictures. But, they are all saved on my Pinterest board if you want to check that out. 
Have a great week, and Happy Earth Day!!




Our First Adventure with the Family Adventure Challenge Book!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

These days, finding activities that my kids are excited about and doesn't involve a screen, is huge! Since Christmas time, I have seen ads on Facebook for The Adventure Challenge Books. I was intrigued, but it took a few friends to show off their adventures before I finally bought one for my crew as a Valentine's Day gift. 
A few weeks ago we finally had some free time and decided to partake in our first adventure. 

   

When you open the book, there is a legend that tells you how much time the activity will take, if you need to make a trip to the store to complete it, if you need to be outside, etc. So you can easily choose an activity that fits your availability for that day. 
We decided, based on the requirements, that our first adventure would be an activity called FLOATERS!


After we scratched off the explanation of the activity, we learned that we were going to have to collect fruits and vegetables from the fridge, grab a bucket of water,  and have a bobbing challenge! We were also instructed to create a point system for each food item. Then, we each had 60 seconds to grab as many fruits/veggies out of the water as we could. 

    

Bobbing for fruit proved to be a much harder task than the kids expected! I was proud of their determination to keep trying and not give up. 

This was such a fun way to show our kids that mom and dad can have fun, too. No worries about getting wet or dirty, after all, we had to follow the adventure rules!


   

Plus, I got to show them who's boss when I  kicked all their booties with 22 points!
I think we are going to get one of those old, large wrestling belts and create an Adventure Challenge Champ belt to pass between the winners after each challenge!



One of my favorite things about this book is that it creates a scrapbook for you! There is a place to stick on a picture from your adventure and then write a little summary of what you did. These books would be fantastic gifts for friends or family. There is also a couples version (which is now my new go to gift for weddings!) and best friends version. 

I cannot wait to see what our next family adventure will be!


If you want to purchase your own book, use this link here and code SPEECH for 10% off your purchase!





Bring the Coffee Shop Home!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

I am a huge coffee fan. My usual order is a venti iced coffee with classic and cream. I've probably spent half of my income at Starbucks... sometimes visiting my favorite baristas twice a day. My bank account was screaming at me to stop, so I decided that there has to be a way to make these delicious lattes at home. There is! Of course, I still make the occasional coffee stops but I can confidently say, my lattes are better!



I make my coffee with a Keurig. Nothing fancy with the one I own, but there are some fancy coffee makers out there. The secret weapon is the milk frother.  I add half oat milk and half vanilla almond milk creamer to the frother and whip up a latte. So easy and so good.  And way less sugar than my usual order. The frother has both cold and hot settings so you can make iced or hot coffees. 


Whatever your coffee order is at the coffee shop, you can make it at home. Starbucks sells their flavored syrups online and a quick google search can get you the recipe for just about anything on the menu. I may have even ordered paper cups with lids so I still feel like I am enjoying a cup from Starbucks! 

I have linked everything I use, and a few extra items on my LIKEtoKnow.it page.


5 Ways to Play: Counting Surprise Party!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

I am very excited about this new blog series, Toy of the Week: 5 Ways to Play! There are so many ways to use toys, games, and regular household items (more than just their original intended use) to teach and elicit lots of language. I chose the Learning Resources Counting Surprise Party as my first toy of the week because I have used it so much since COVID hit. This set has been a fantastic, engaging activity for both in person and teletherapy sessions. 

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This toy set was created and intended to use to help children learn colors and numbers. But as we all know, every good toy can be used in more than one way. 

Here are 5 ways I have used this toy in therapy.


Number 1: What's Inside?

Work on those inference skills by giving your child clues about what object is inside the box. For example,  take a peek inside one of the boxes and say to your little one, "Ohhhhhh!! This one has big ears, loves carrots, and can hop! What do you think it is?" As your child's language grows, switch it up. Tell them that they get to be the teacher and let them give you clues about what is inside. This is a great way to also work on descriptive words and object function. 


Number 2: Following Directions!

These are great objects for working on listening and following directions. Set out the objects and the boxes on a table or the floor. You can use simple directions, such as: "Put the cat in the orange box." work on spatial concepts, such as: "Put the duck behind the blue box" and temporal directions, such as: "Before you put the bear in the green box, put the teapot in the purple box."


Number 3: Simple Reinforcement

These presents bring a lot of engagement to my sessions. I often use these as simple reinforcements for answering questions or practicing a target speech sound. After the child answers the questions, they get to open one box. During teletherapy, this was often a reinforcement for finishing one activity before we moved on to the next one. 


Number 4: Make Skill and Drill Practice More Fun!

Grab some flashcards and lay them out on the floor or table. These can be for shapes, letters, numbers, vocabulary words, articulation targets.... anything! Place one of the presents on top of each card. Have the child tell you which present he/she wants to open by naming/ practicing what is on the card first. Since there are 10 boxes, you can easily get to 100 trials in a session with this activity. 


Number 5: Movement!

So many of my students need movement breaks between activities. Hide these presents around your therapy space. After each task is complete or after a certain amount of time, instruct your student to go search for one of the presents and bring it back to you. This helps bring excitement and engagement to your sessions as well as work on attention to task. 

As I said before, all good toys can be used in more than one way. These are just 5 examples. I would love to hear your ideas or ways that you would use them in therapy! 

To purchase this set, you can use this link, here!


Making Magic Words in Speech!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

And for my next trick.... Magic Words!  Don't you just love when you find an activity that makes your students just light up? Occasionally, speech can become a little dull, especially if you have a student that has been with you for a while. Finding new ways to make speech practice fun and exciting can be a little difficult. Magic Words is a fun way to get your kids excited and get a lot of practice in, too!



All you need for this activity is a plain piece of white paper, a white crayon, watercolors, and a paintbrush. I got this Crayola watercolor set with a brush from Target for just over a dollar. Before the kids come in to speech, I write their target words for the day on the paper with white crayon. When they arrive, I tell them the paper is magic paper that makes special words appear when they paint! (or you could say the paint is magic.... whatever works!) 


As the students paint on the paper, the paint won't stick to the crayon, so it makes their words appear like magic! When they discover a new word, I have them practice that word 5 times or put it in a sentence, depending on their level. The amount of giggles that come out of this activity is pretty darn amazing. 


I have used this activity for more than just speech words. I have also written sight words, spelling words, numbers, letters, a secret message... just about anything will work! Just this morning I  drew shapes for a little guy learning those.  I personally haven't tried this, but was a great way to get kids engaged during teletherapy! You would have all the materials on your end and do the painting. The student can practice their word as it appears on your paper! 


I hope this activity will bring a fresh, new idea to your speech room!

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