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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Creative Storage for TpT Products - Linky Party!

Welcome to my linky party on storage ideas.  

Today I bring to you an array of  BOXES!  That's right, there are many free box ideas for creatively storing your themed products.  

My Warm Fuzzies have a new home in their snug little pillbox.  The pillbox idea came as there are 7 days of the week and 7 magical cues in the EET System, by Sarah Smith.  I glued a fuzzy on each pillbox top and placed about 5 little fuzzies in each compartment.  I also made sure to glue a googly eye to each fuzzy in the third compartment.  
Pizza boxes are the perfect storage boxes for your materials with lots of cards and miscellaneous materials.  I store my Community Helpers and Places product in a pizza box because there are so many cards.  And what better place to put my Pizza Scramble FREEBIE product.  This is an oldie, but goodie that you'll want to grab for auditory processing.


And there are disadvantages to wanting cute storage containers.  Take this Valentine's Heart box from my new Figurative Language Box of Chocolates Product.  I wanted the box so badly that my kids and I devoured the chocolates in one evening!
Have a popcorn activity like Poppin' Articulation Memory for /s/, /r/, and /th/ from The Dabbling Speechie? Store it in a popcorn box!  Don't have a popcorn box, get this template from You've Got Help blog.  
And now to my new FREEBIE! 
Good Fortunes is unique from any other product that I've made.  Give cootie catchers, origami, and proverbs a try to inspire your upper grade students.  This freebie contains a graphic template for the front of a Chinese take out box!  If you're not planning a Chinese meal, Homemade Gifts Made Easy has a free template to make your own storage take out box.    
Check out the linky party to see more creative storage solutions! 

For the Love of SPEECH Blog Hop! Freebie!

A big thank you to The Speech Owl and Speech to the Core for organizing this lovely blog hop.    

 Social Valentine includes: emotional hearts, more carnation feelings, and perspective taking activities is 20% off this week ONLY!
If you're looking for more upper grade materials for the holiday, check out my NEW product Box of Chocolates Figurative Language
I hope you enjoy my middle school materials and have a happy month of February!  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Increasing Language with Visualization for Upper Grades

Many of our language challenged students are visual learners and we, as SLPs, can tap into this student strength to improve communication.  

I want to highlight a couple of new visual teaching tools that I have used this year with my middle school students and have found very valuable.

1.  Video Shorts:  You know, those witty and fun short clips shown before animated feature films.  These clips are perfect to target inferencing skills, predicting, asking questions, and drawing conclusions.  Many have no words and are also great for social skills of identifying facial expression, body language, and humor.  Follow my new Pinterest board for video shorts and check out Disney video shorts.  

2.  Normal Rockwell Prints:  I live in the town where Norman Rockwell lived when his artwork thrived.  His paintings are found all over the little town of Arlington, VT. I took these pictures at the local high school.  In fact, some of the young subjects in these famous prints are still alive and live in my town.  
Rockwell's paintings and illustrations are known for detail and vivid storytelling which is why visualization programs work so well with his prized prints. 

Try incorporating Rockwell's artwork into your visualizing lessons for amazing language results.  Pair with portions of the Expanding Expression Tool, Lindamood Bell's Visualizing and Verbalizing, or other methods to improve skills of comprehension, inferencing, critical thinking, and expression.  Here is a Pinterest board I've started with lots of Rockwell's work to get you started.  


You may also enjoy this related EET Companion Activity. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

At the end of the day...

Hello all,  Many of you are coming from our new
Frenzied SLP Facebook page and I welcome you! 
Each month our group will bring you themed tips, ideas, and/or resources to help make your frenzied life a little easier.  I'm excited to kick-off the group with this New Year's tip to start your 2015 off on the right foot. 
If you're like me, you are inundated with to-do lists.  We start our day thinking of all of the things we have to do which sets us up for exhaustion even before our workday has begun.   Well, I have a little tip to change your thinking and your outlook.
Steven Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, said to "start with the end in mind".  I have been using this tip for my day-to-day to-dos by starting the day visualizing or even documenting how my day will end.   For example, my Medicaid is overdue, an intense meeting is scheduled, and I've been slacking on my healthy habits.  Instead of driving to work with a dread-list and voices in my head going something like this: "OMG-I need to get my Medicaid started,  this meeting is going to be a disaster, why am I not taking care of myself?  I'm so behind and don't know how I'm going to get it all done.  I hate Mondays!"  If I start my day envisioning a successful day the voices in my head change to say, "My Medicaid is completed, I was helpful, professional, and remained student-focused during the meeting, and I drank 27 ounces of water.  I feel proud of all I have accomplished today!"  
Try it!  I promise, you'll make better use of your time and have a much more positive attitude while persevering through your daily to-dos.  
Thanks so much for checking out my blog and hanging out with us at our new Frenzied SLP Facebook page.