Friday, 28 March 2014

Before & After

Hey Everyone!!!

A lot of kiddos have trouble with before and after - either the position concept or the time concept. When I work on this concept I start by working on the position concept. It is easier for the little guys to understand. I line up little manipulatives (there are some great items from Lakeshore Learning) and then ask the child to put an item before another. I teach that before means in front and after means behind. I don't move on to after until I am sure they have mastered before.

After they have learned and understood the concept in positions then I move on to time. I give directions like touch the pig but before you do that touch the cow. I will show that that I physically have touched the cow before the pig. As they have mastered this I give instructions like touch the cow before the pig. And then I move on to after.

There are so many items you can use to teach before and after. I really like the app Easy Concepts which you can target just before or after or both of them together. Check it out- it's only $4.99 from Easy Speak Enterprises.


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Noun Derivatives

Have you ever had to work on noun derivatives- change a noun to a verb? Someone who shops is a shopper, someone who teaches is a teacher. I like this goal, it is fun and easy! However, changing nouns to verbs is something I have had a hard time finding, so I made a package myself!

Take a look!
Community Helpers Only $1.25!
Community Helpers- verbs to nouns 

You can find it here on TPT.


Sunday, 23 March 2014

April Activity Calendar

Here is the new calendar for April! It has activities for every house hold that are free, easy and quick to do. These activities are to increase the language skills of children and to give parents ideas on how to get language going in the home. This calendar targets skills that all children need to have!
Download it and send it to all the kids in your class or on your caseload!

If you like it and use it leave me some feedback! P.S. I would love it of you followed my shop- I will putting out some new items shortly! 



Saturday, 22 March 2014

Love it and List it: Favorite Technology

This month Love it and List it Linky is on Favorite Technology. Thank you Jenn at The Speech Room News for hosting!

What do I love and use for technology?

1. Of course my iPad. I don't always use it but it is 1 thing that the kids love and it is a reward in itself. It is  also  a lot easier and lighter to carry than my huge bag of speech materials!
Featured are some of my favorite apps!


2. Boardmaker - I love Boardmaker Software because you can use it for any goal and use your own ideas to make the materials you need!

I am anxious to see what the technology Speechies use.
Cheers, Mindy

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Summer? Not yet, .....but it is Spring!!

Ok, Ok,  I know its not summer yet but it sure is spring!!!


Happy First day of spring!

I have been getting that itch! That itch that you get to have warmer weather, barbeque, and just basically go outside! I live in northern Alberta and we have some really cold days. There were days when it was colder than -35 with the wind chill!!! And snow- I read that our average amount of snow is 48 inches or 123.5 cm and I am sure we've that much and probably more!

All of this cold weather and snow has made me think of summer so I made a new product call Speech at the Beach!  

Speech at the Beach

Get ready and hopefully it comes quicker!!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Speachy Feedback Linky Party

Another Great Speachy Feedback Linky Party!

Thank you Nicole! 

My Freebie Item
Following Directions & Teaching Concepts
Concepts targeted are:
*first *second  *third  *last  *first, second, third in a series,
*between *all *except *when *then *above
*below *either or *closest *farthest
 Following Directions & Teaching Concepts

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Irregular plurals

Hey Everyone!!

When I have to target irregular plurals I love my Irregular Island Game Board which is one of the Say & Do Grammar Game Boards from Super Duper Publications. The kids love my big die which lights up when you toss it! Something to make it fun for the kids!!!
This is what it looks like...

Here is another other item I use for irregular plurals
Thank you Second Grade Discoveries!
Irregular Plural Noun Go Fish

What do you use? Comment below!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Give a little bit!

Hey Everyone!

My tiny piece of advice to everyone is to "give a little bit"  to everyone you come in contact with! Be of service to someone and see how it can improve your life!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Enter my new giveaway!

Enter for 1 of 9 chances to win my 3 Little Pigs Book and Book Buddy!

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Old School Saturday

Happy Old School Saturday!

Remember back in the day we used to use articulation cards that we had to color, and there were very few resources out there. Now I can say that I am overwhelmed at all of the ideas and resources that are out there! Just check out Pinterest- they never end!

Let's talk about some of the things we used use....

Back in the day this is what I used for following directions and teaching concepts. This particular page I would use to teach top row,  and bottom row. This was long before I knew anything about clip art or had a color printer at work, lol!

 I used these 2 pages for  teaching first, last and second in a series.

Now I use this to teach following directions, among other items. You can download it for free! If you want pin it too!!
 Following Directions & Teaching Concepts

Isn't it great how times have changed? I would love to hear about some of the items you used to used back in the day! Comment below.


Thursday, 6 March 2014

Treat Bucket

Hey everyone
Creating Communicators: Treat Bucket

I love tangible reinforcements, and the kids do too! My favourite reinforcerment for my kids is my treat bucket. For me, it is a quick and easy alternative to games.  Normally, I bring one of three things with me to my sessions: a game, a treat bucket, or I allow them to use my iPad. Sometimes playing a game can be time consuming, so instead I'll let the kids pick a treat instead. When the little guys arrive and they know that they can get 1 of the three fun things, the children tend to work harder, and the session goes more smoothly. The bucket is really easy to fill too; I just go to the dollar store for all of my goodies. I love ring pops, pencils, erasers, gum, stickers, little toys (cars), and bracelets, almost anything!  The kids think that my treat bucket is awesome and for $20 I can get a lot of stuff for it!!!
Creating Communicators: Treat Bucket

Tell me what kind of reinforcements you like to use.


Monday, 3 March 2014

March Speech and Language Package

Hey Everyone!

Do you ever get tired of the same old speech products? And who wants to cut out, and laminate another set of articulation card? Nope, me either. I made a quick, easy little package for March that has a leprechaun theme. Most of it can be printed in black and white too! YAY! 
This package targets articulation (any sound at word, phrase, or sentence level).

It also targets comparing/contrasting, irregular plurals, irregular past tense, segmenting words and conditional directions.
I have it on Teachers Notebook and Teachers Pay Teachers
It is only $1.50!
I really hope you enjoy it!

May the luck of the Irish be with you!


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Odd one out

Odd one out!

I found this cool book that is called Dot Language- it goes through the vocabulary goal in detail and I find it really useful! The sheet shown is called odd one out- there are 4 items and the child colors/dabs the circle below the item that doesn't belong. They can then explain why it doesn't belong. This sheet is particularly useful because it doesn't just use your general, obvious categories. I love the example that used instruments: 3 were instruments you blow and 1 was one that you strum. Great idea, original!!!

This book also includes what goes together, odd one out, classifying and categorizing, functions and more. It is so simple to use all you need are bingo dabbers or if you don't have any you can use markers. They are great for kids who need some extra practice or you can send them home as home work.

You can find the book here!

Hope you found this useful!