Teaching Children Sign Language: Elementary Age

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Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. This is the fourth and final post in a series on “Teaching Children Sign Language” about how I have taught my own children and students some sign. To read the first post, go here. Elementary age kids are learning so many things! They are learning grammar, complex vocabulary, reading, and writing. What a

For a few good causes

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I have always strongly believed in the importance of giving. I feel that if every American gave 10% of their income to charitable causes… this entire world would be a MUCH better place. Here are a few of the causes that I’m rooting for and supporting right now (and all related to speech in some way!): 1. Room 207 Fundraiser:

My Spring Break

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Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. You can go directly to the books by clicking on the pictures. Spring break has been over for more than a week, but I haven’t had time to update. Here’s what I did during spring break! 1. I walked here: 3 mile loop every day around a protected bird wetlands with views of

Spring Sentence Frame Freebie

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Last summer, I explained we use Sentence Frames in English Language Development time to teach grammar and vocabulary (see the post here). What are Sentence Frames? A sentence frame is a sentence in which some, but not all, words are interchanged to practice specific grammar, vocabulary, or language concepts. It is predictable and often includes visuals (pictures or writing).  It

Take the TpT Plunge!

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I know that there are soooo many free things on TpT, why bother buying anything right? Before I start explaining to you why I purchase from TpT, let me tell you how frugal I am: Our food budget is $100/week for a family of 4. In general, I don’t buy what I can make: laundry soap, gifts, sponges, meal plans,

April Lesson Plans

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This is a little early for my free lesson plans, but soon I’ll be cuddling with my brand, new nephew and so I won’t have time to do mundane things such as lesson plan! Click here to download my April lesson plans. As always, these are divided into levels: Language Level 1 (approx K-1st grades) Language Level 2 (approx 2nd-3rd

Alphabet Based Concepts for Learning Language

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Three days each week I merge into my self-contained classes. Both of these classes use a “Letter of the Week” model to help their students learn the alphabet. Several years ago, I decided to take this to heart and build upon the week’s letter by incorporating several letter activities into my merge circle time. 1. Alphabet Song and Phonics Song

Tricks of the Trade Blog Hop

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Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Keeping Supplies Handy! First, let me begin by saying that I know I’m one of the luckiest school-based SLPs ever! I have my own room and it even contains windows! And cabinets! And running water! But that aside, I still travel a lot including: Merge into classrooms for ELD/language block Merge into the

Teaching Children Sign Language: Preschoolers

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This is the third post in a series on “Teaching Children Sign Language” about how I have taught my own children and students some sign. To read the first post, go here. (Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.)   Preschoolers are a age of exploration and learning. They pick up vocabulary like little language machines and are getting more

Why I Hate Articulation Therapy

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I have a confession to make. I really don’t like articulation therapy.  Whenever possible, I try to pawn it off onto my SLP-A or student intern. Why do I hate it? Let me count the ways… 1. Boring. Drill and kill may be an effective way to learn motor muscle memory, but (at least from the SLP’s perspective) it is