The Last Hurrah! How (Bitter) Sweet It Is!

Well this is it folks!   Facebook is putting the “kibosh” on us!   As of November 5th,  Facebook is changing its policy and anyone with a Facebook page will no longer be able to ask those who visit  to ”like” you for a freebie/giveaway.   Naturally we found it fitting to dub this last giveaway ”The Last Hurrah!”

So why is it so (bitter)sweet?

1–The obvious reason (it sure has been nice getting all those likes, comments, followers, etc.)

2–Our theme is a “sweet” one.  The freebies will all  have a candy theme.  Our frenzy includes 22 freebies. We have each created a set of game cards addressing various speech/language targets.  The candy theme can be used throughout the entire year since there is no one holiday candy used for the freebies.  Plus, to go with all your game cards, one SLP created an amazing candy-themed  game board.

3–Now for the “bittersweet” part.  I was invited to join this group of talented SLP’s when they originally formed over a year ago.  This will be the  7th frenzy/giveaway  that I participate in.   I’m so glad I said “yes!”  when I was asked to join.  It has enabled me to not only gain more exposure for my blog, TpT store, etc., it has also inspired me to keep creating new materials and ideas.   I am proud to be among this group of SLP’s.  We represent various parts of the country, various ages, years of experience and areas of expertise, however we all have one thing in common, a love for our profession and a passion for creating  new and exciting ways to inspire those we teach!  So thanks ladies, it’s been a blast!

Our frenzy will start this Sunday, October 26th at 9 am EST and continue until Monday, October 27th at 10 pm EST.

Click on the picture below to download a clickable doc frenzy map.  Open the map up in Google docs and click on any of the squares.  It will take you to that specific Facebook page.  My freebie is last (but not least) on the map. 

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Here is the cover page for my freebie—Candy-Coated Questions {for higher level thinking}  There’s enough content in this little freebie to last an entire lesson, and then some!  And I’ve included my signature “SpeechSnacks” recipe card for a yummy chocolate/pumpkin fall treat!    Enjoy your  ”sugar rush” as you collect these sweet freebies!

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A Spooky, Toothy Halloween Treat {FREE speech and language food-tivity}}

Oh how I wish it could stay October forever!!  I love this time of year for so many reasons.  The beautiful fall weather, the festive harvest decorations and spooky Halloween décor,  fall festivals and delicious fall foods!!  October always seemed, to me, to be a calm and relaxing time of year.  The school year has settled into place and the craziness and stress of the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons has not yet hit (although it is not far behind!)    In the spirit of this fun season, I have a “food-tivity” and FREEBIE to share.  It includes a very popular harvest-time fall fruit (apples!) and a few other simple ingredients.   The project was inspired by a popular food activity found on Pinterest, however I have modified it to make it meaningful for our speech and language students.  It will be a big hit regardless of the age, grade, ability level of your students and the freebie includes materials to target both your speech and language needs.  You can find my spooky, toothy creation in my TpT store. 

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This project serves several purposes:

  • It is a fun and quick Halloween themed treat that is relatively healthy and  simple to make.
  • It addresses various language areas.
  • It teaches your students an underlying lesson regarding the parts of the mouth that help us form speech sounds!

How’s that for a jam-packed fun and meaningful freebie?!!

What you will find in this activity:

Pages 3-5 address the question: How do you produce speech?  Includes a simplified informational page about the articulators, an open-ended questions regarding alternate ways to communicate and a page to list words that are made using various parts of the speech mechanism.  This activity is a great way to build greater awareness in students working on articulation and speech sound awareness.

Pages 6-8 include a recipe for A Spooky Toothy Treat, a fill- in- the- blank page for recalling and sequencing the steps in the activity, and full- color step by step  photos to print out and use for a sequencing task in place of, or along with, the actual food activity. Each photo contains a blank box to write in the step in the process and blank sentence strips to write in the steps describing each picture.

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Looking for more Halloween activities to use this month?

Check out my Vocabulary Building activities for your older students here and here:

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Delight, De-stress, Deliver–with 3D SLP {Product Review and Giveaway!!}

Last month I was contacted by Amy Kunstle, the creator of 3DSLP (www.3dslp.com).   Don’t you just LOVE the clever name!?  3D stands for DE-light, DE- stress and DE-liver and boy does this company accomplish all three!  Amy is a registered dietician and speech-language pathologist (what an amazing combination of professions!)  in private practice in Southern Colorado. She is also the CEO and owner of 3DSLP.   Amy has been a pleasure to collaborate and correspond with over the past few weeks and has put her heart and soul  into launching this exciting new product and website. Today I am so ecstatic to tell you about her fun, high-quality, thoughtfully assembled, literacy-based “product box.”    You will be smiling  from ear to ear when you’re finished reading all about it—not to mention, it will make your busy SLP life a whole lot easier!

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I was greeted by this package on my front door after returning home from a long day of work and was giddy with excitement to get in the house and open it up!!

3d1The contents inside had me cheering out loud at my dining room table!   After an exhausting day,  I realized just how valuable and appreciated these materials would be in the upcoming weeks and months.   And please don’t get me wrong, I LOVE purchasing and creating  TpT materials and will continue to do so—but this product took all the downloading, copying, laminating and cutting out of the picture for me.  Plus I won’t need to stop by the dollar store, library or supermarket to pick up a few extra items to supplement my lesson—it’s all included in the package!  This product definitely got the “de-stress” part right!

3D SLP’s mission is simple.  On their website they state:  “We want to delight you, de-stress you and deliver to you educational resources that will make your job more fun and your life easier. Our literacy-based box and website of rich resources are designed just for you.”

I couldn’t agree more!   Their dynamic subscription box contains a carefully chosen book, suggested target goals, complementary apps, manipulatives, coordinated craft projects, custom worksheets and extension-learning ideas as well as a very thoughtful thank you gift.

Wondering who could benefit from this product?

The box is designed for professionals engaging with school-aged children in the realms of speech-language pathology, education, special education, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE), Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) and home-school environments. It is also appropriate for families interested in promoting literacy-based activities with their children. These materials can be used individually or with a group and provide multiple learning opportunities across a range of literacy, language and social-interaction goals.

So here is exactly what I found inside my box of goodies:

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Upon opening this professionally curated box, I was greeted by items wrapped with “3dslp” logo tissue paper and glossy finished colored pamphlets, folders and activities!   I felt like a kid at Christmas time as I reached into the sturdy, beautifully designed  box to view my treasures.  Inside I found a Scholastic book: “One Cool Friend” by Toni Buzzeo and several other materials that address the theme “Fall is for Friendship.”  I love this message for the back to school months.   This is when so many kids initialize new friendships and re-connect with old friends.   The penguin theme is another plus!  I can pull out these materials again when the cold winter months hit here in the Northeast as well.

3d3Along with the book, I received:

  • a pre-reading activity page with questions and vocabulary to address prior to reading the story
  • a full-color glossy print, penguin-themed ”Chillin’ and Spillin’ ” game board printed on sturdy paper , for use with the book,
  • a penguin craftivity template with a materials list and directions for using the craftivity conjunction with the book
  • a six-page pamphlet to accompany the materials that includes game rules for the game board, leveled vocabulary lists (easy, medium, hard), leveled reading comprehension questions (i.e.:  How does the problem in the story get resolved? Who had a secret in the house? What is the setting of the story?) , ideas related to articulation goals and “thinking outside the box,” and leveled questions geared toward social/emotional goals (i.e.: Have you ever made a friend feel happy? sad? What did you do to make that friendship better?)

3d4Also contained in the box:

  • A package of Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish crackers.   I was famished and almost ripped into them before realizing they were needed for the craftivity game!!
  • A set of adorable plastic penguin manipulatives (momma and three baby penguins included) to be used with the game board provided.

 

3d5The box seemed bottomless as I pulled out  more surprises…..

A $10 iTunes gift card for use with the suggested animal-themed apps (a set of questions is included as an activity to use along with the recommended apps)

And finally a special gift just for you!  I opened my lovely wildflower seed paper (which can also be recycled by planting in soil) to be greeted by the perfumed fragrance of Dead Sea Salt and Pacific Sea Salt blend.   The beads can added to your bath or placed in your dresser drawer to leave it smelling like a field of flowers! Such a thoughtful little addition to this box of therapy treasures  and so relevant to the “de-stress” portion of the company’s motto!!!

 

3d6So by now your face must be hurting from smiling so wide!   Are you loving this wonderful service and interested in how to obtain your own box of therapy materials that will Delight, Destress and  Deliver?

Here’s how it works:

When you sign up for a subscription,  you will be mailed a themed literacy-based box (appropriate for children ages 5-11.)  These materials can be used individually or with a group and provide multiple learning opportunities across a range of literacy, language and social interaction goals.   Each box is $45.00 (including shipping).   The box is shipped on the 20th of the month with 3-5 days expected shipping time .  You will received a new shipment every month (auto-renewal) unless you decide to cancel your subscription.  You can find all the ordering-related details on the company’s website.

Additionally, your monthly subscription will include access to their website (officially launching in October 2014),  detailed information on use of the box including Common Core information, and three feature articles. There is also a community-based members forum where you can engage with other members about various practice topics.

Their resources gallery is another feature of the website and showcases apps, blogs, books, products and course announcements.  This is sure to be a valuable source of information, with   so much to see and make reference to all in one central location!

November’s theme will be  “A Recipe for Adventure” with the book “How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World.”  I will be a guest blogger as part of their “Delight” column in November with some fun ways to use apples in the home or therapy setting while addressing speech and language development.

Interested in checking out  the product for yourself?

Amy was extremely generous and is offering this product box as a giveaway on my blog!  There will be one lucky winner!!  The giveaway is open to anyone living within the Continental United States.  Contest ends at midnight on Sunday September 28th!

If you would like to receive a high quality, professional and thoughtful product to use in your speech and language sessions,  then enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.  You are in for a special speechie treat that is sure to  Delight, De-stress and Deliver!

(Click below to enter!)
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Disclosure Statement: The opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.  3D SLP provided me with a product box to review.

A Fairy Tale of a Frenzy!

Once upon a time a group of talented SLP’s planned a very special facebook frenzy with enough activities to keep you and your students learning happily ever after! Coming to your kingdom Sept 7-8!!

Click on the map to download the “linkable” Google Doc frenzy map or start at my facebook page!

 

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Check out the details below!  Collected all 18 activities and you’ll have a book companion from TWO fairy tales that can be used with BOTH younger and older students on your caseload.

 

 

 

You can print the above cover page and table of contents HERE! 

 

Here is a peek at my activity: