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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Top 5 office to classroom ~ Life Hacks

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I love posting life hacks! And I know that you all love them too because they are my most "liked" and commented on posts.  I've decided to make it easy for you to view my favorite SLP office Life Hacks which may transfer into many other school settings. 
5. Are all of your students taking your pencils? Simply mark your belongings with your favorite duct tape. It takes no time at all and if you are decor obsessed, you can even match your room with the tape. 
 4. Pom Poms are one of my favorite crafts. You can use them for so many life hacks. From dry erasers (glue to the cap of a marker) to EET warm fuzzies, (Product here: Warm Fuzzies EET Companion Activity) these soft fuzzies  are useful and fun. 
3. Old tights or socks make great rice packs. My students absolutely love making rice packs. They work great for calming sensory kids and are something the kids can take home to keep warm at night. Here is a blog post and free sequencing activity on making them. 
2. Keep germs at bay with this simple little trick.  My students no longer throw their dirty tissues on the table~ yay!  
1. I hate when my testing books get unraveled. Search your craft drawers for a bead that will fit on the spiral and glue it into place. You can also use clay for this trick. 
Bonus: This is one of those Life Hacks that I use at home and work. It saves time and frustration to know exactly what type of battery all of those toys and electronics use.
I hope you found something useful in this post. Let me know your favorite Life Hack in the comments below. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for some new surprises to come. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What's New In Your Store? TpT Sale Linky Party

Wow~ TpT is having a sale Jan 20 and 21st. I know I'm excited with this unexpected surprise. I have some new and updated items in my store and many SLP sellers have also been busy creating. What better reason to throw a What's New in Your Store Linky Party! Check out the many new and updated products below. 

The Abominable Snowman is making quite a stir in my speech room with the upper grade students. Track down the Yeti in this inferencing and context clue game for upper grades. 

          You can also get The Abominable Snowman in this 
NEW Growing Bundle!

Speaking of bundles, be set for February with my updated February Language Bundle. A little bit of everything from perspective taking to executive functioning is found in this treasure. 





















Here are some great new products I have my eye on:                         

This No Prep Build A Sentence Activities product is from The Dabbling Speechie.  She never disappoints by bringing fresh ideas to the speech room. 

Say Cheese Inferences and Predictions by LyndaSLP123 targets two much needed skills. I'm looking forward to using this one in therapy. 
Jen from Speech Universe has some great life photos in her new Kids in Action Interactive Verb Books !
I hope you got some ideas from this post and that you enjoy the sale. Remember to use the code: START16 to receive 28% off of all items in my store (yes, even already reduced bundles)!  Be sure to check out the links below for more new ideas. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

How do you measure YOUR progress?


If you are like most people, your New Year's Resolutions have not been going as planned. Maybe you even gave up? No worries, you are not alone. More importantly, you are not hopeless! Many times we set the bar too high. Our goals may be too great or we decide to quit because we aren't doing it perfectly. 

The biggest indicator of success is grit. The ability to get back on the horse. I'm writing this post because I have not met my goal more days this past week than I have. Just like our students, however, we need to measure success in slow steps and by not giving up.  

Remember that with two steps forward and one step back, you will still end up ahead in the end. 

Now forge ahead. I'm right there with ya.  

Monday, January 11, 2016

My 3 Favorite Organizational Tips for SLPs

     Welcome to The Frenzied SLPs tips for organizing in the New Year!                    
I get a lot of questions about how I organize my materials and I'm happy to share with you my top three tips. 

1. Pocket Folders: I print my tpt products and adhere the cover page to the outside of a pocket folder. Inside, I put the directions, worksheets, and cards. I insert the cards into the pocket after putting them in a plastic sealed sandwich bag. I then file the materials by hanging folder in a large filing cabinet. One drawer is organized by monthly activities and the other drawer is alphabetized by product name. I would like to spend a day re-organizing the second drawer by skill area, which I recommend. 
2. Theme Therapy: This set up has cut my planning time in half and makes it so nice to have everything at my fingertips.  
                                       See my quick VIDEO here.
2. Card Basket: This pretty basket not only looks great, but keeps everything within arm's reach of my therapy table.

There you have it! I hope you can use some of these tips to make your frenzied SLP life a little easier.