Sunday, August 21, 2016

TpT Best Year Ever SALE: SLP Products and Tips LINKY

The Frenzied SLPs are thrilled that TpT added a one-day sale for the Best Year Ever Sale!  We decided to have a linky party to highlight a product and our favorite tips to help with the skill area.

I choose my Apraxia Sports Bundle for upper grades which will be TRIPLE discounted for the sale with code: OneDay. My students LOVE when I pull these out because they know they'll get to move. Pacing strategies and boards are included in each product and I emphasize the importance of slowing down and being deliberate in their speech production.

My best-selling apraxia product in the bundle is Multi-Syllabic Hoops which incorporates the basketball theme. I bring students to the gym, outside, or just push aside the table and have them dribble out the syllables. The kinesthetic paired with visual and verbal really makes an impact on learning and carry over.  

I bring movement into soccer themed by having students kick the ball back and forth, students toss a soft baseball for the All Star theme, and pass the foam football to each other for my Touch Down apraxia game.

Bringing movement into your work with upper grade students is just as important as with the younger grades. Brain research indicates that we learn best when we pair Kinesthetics with learning a skill area. It also gets the endorphins flowing which brings on a happy mood and a calmer day.  Most importantly, kids LOVE it!

Thanks for hanging out with me and the Frenzied SLPs. My SLP Runner store will be on sale for 28% off with the Code: OneDay This includes $-Saving Bundles which are already reduced 20%!!!

SLP bloggers and TpT sellers: We would love you to link up with a product and tip, PLEASE remember to link back to one of the Linky Party posts.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

It's Early August, Please leave me alone.

**Please excuse my blog header and above text as I'm Under Construction**

Here is the Post:

August gets a bad rap if you work in schools and I think I know why.  My school year doesn't start until the last week in August, but we start receiving emails from administration, mailings from kids' schools, and those back-to-school ads- ugh!  I don't know about you all, but the knot in my stomach tightens with each too early mention of the school year.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job! I love my students, my school, the administration, all of it.  But, we have a much-deserved summer off. Our pay is typically based on school days worked and many of us have children to care for and summer jobs.

I'm interested in hearing whether or not you feel an obligation to start work prep August 1st or if you take off running with the start of the school year. Or maybe you're somewhere in between and ease into your job a week before your start date. Post your experiences and thoughts in the comments.

On a side note, I do notice some schools actually start the first week in August (bless you); hence the TpT sale and national BTS shopping ads. I really look forward to starting the year at the END of August.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

SLPs don't need technology!

My recent experiences out and about inspired this blog post to share another reason why our profession is awesome and our skills indispensable.
Upon entering my bank today, the teller behind the counter informed me that all of the computers were down and they couldn't do anything having to do with my accounts.  "Umm, okay... thank you" I replied and exited. This reminded me of a recent trip to a restaurant where the power went out and the workers went into a panic. They stopped customers from coming in and it took about an hour for the waitress to figure out my bill. Thankfully, I had a check because they couldn't take credit cards!  This is scary times people. 

There are so many businesses that can not function today without technology! But not us! SLPs can make the best therapy session with a paper clip and a pencil. The electricity has gone out in my school before and we stayed open. Students used flash lights for the bathrooms and books for learning. Sure we couldn't use our special ed web-based platform, but we have hard forms if we need them. We could still run a killer IEP meeting and take minutes with a good ol' pen. I'm not sure about your schools, but we keep electronic files, and have hard copy back-ups. We email and text, but we are really good at making phone calls too. We thrive with and without technology.

It gives me a feeling of security and pride knowing that our profession can not be taken over by a computer and come hell or high water, SLPs can get the job done!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

What's in Your Cart~ Linky Party

Thanks so much Jenna from Speech Room News for hosting a What's In Your Cart Linky Party!  Get your carts ready, my friends! Teachers Pay Teachers is having their Back to School BEST YEAR EVER sale August 1st & 2nd! Save up to 28% site wide (with the stores who are participating) with promo code BESTYEAR.  

My cart is already stuffed with new resources and clip art! I'm glad that they decided to have the sale earlier this year so that we can get things printed, copied, laminated, etc. before students come back.

New in my store:
I have some new products in my store that I'm excited to share with you. 
I'm most excited about My IEP and Me, mainly because my first two weeks of lessons are covered with this product as well as all of my students questions regarding why they receive services and what they can do to take ownership of their learning.
I have to admit that this product was totally inspired by the adorable clip art! I mean how cute are these little weiner dogs!!! Shades of Meaning is common core aligned and great for students needing help understanding subtle differences between words.

What's in my cart? 
I'm needing to update my articulation materials and these products are anything but basic. 

Activity Tailor has a super unique product for tackling /s/blends. Check it out: 
These Artic Pix from Gold Country SLP are age appropriate for the upper grade students whom I work with. Looking forward to having these beautiful pix to pull from. 
Jen from Speech Universe has this new comprehensive Articulation Progress Moitoring Kit which I can't wait to get my hands on. I believe this will make data tracking so much easier. 
I was blown away by Jenna's blog post on her new Speech and Language Learning Targets product. Check it out and don't miss this great deal during the sale! 

Let's shoot for the stars and have The BEST YEAR EVER! 
My entire SLP Runner store will be 28% off including already reduced bundles. Remember to use the code:BESTYEAR

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

First week in Speech products and tips!

The first day of school will be here before long and we all want it to begin as stress-free as possible. I've asked SLP bloggers and TpT authors to share their favorite products and posts to help us start the year off on the right foot. 

Check out these four helpful blog posts for setting up your schedules, building routines, and surviving the first week of school! 

Great products to get to know your students, help with scheduling, organize your speech room, and begin the data tracking process. 

                                           More Back-To-School themed products:

My best to you all for a smooth transition into the new school year! If you have a helpful tip or product, feel free to post it in the comments. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Speechy & TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale linky!

The much-anticipated spring sale is finally here! The Frenzied SLPs are joining the TeachersPayTeachers site-wide sale with a 
Speech-tacular link up.  

The Teacher/Speechy Appreciation Sale will happen Tuesday and Wednesday (May 3rd-4th). Be sure to hit your favorite stores because these big sales only happen a few times per year! 
Don't forget to use the code: CELEBRATE 

Everything in my SLP Runner Store will be 28% off with the sale code!

I'm so happy to have completed my Adventure Bundle! From Yetis to Pirates and into the Shark-Infested Deep Dark Sea, these Inferencing and Vocabulary Adventures are sure to challenge and delight your students.  
Deep Dark Sea of Inferencing and Vocabulary! 

Speaking of summertime fun at the beach, my Summer Figurative Language tasks invite your students to practice idioms, multiple meaning words, similes, metaphors, and personification skills. Language rubrics and data tracking pages are included!

Summer Figurative Language  I have my eyes on the following products for the sale: 
Speech to the CORE has a new product on Growth Mindset. I'm finding that my students with executive functioning deficits in Emotional Control are very interested in Growth Mindset. I can't wait to get my hands on this product! 
Tracy at Gold Country SLP has a new summer-themed unit on following directions. I love the complex questions and no-prep iPad option. I'm all about ease this time of year. 
We would LOVE to hear from you on this AWESOME TpT SALE.  
Link up or comment below with your product picks. 

All teachers and SLPs are welcome to join the linky party. It's as easy as 1-2-3! 1. Add the graphic to a new post. 2. Share one or two products from your store. 3. Share recommended items or products of interest from other stores.  

And as always, Thanks for hanging out with The Frenzied SLPs!