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Ladybug Salad—{with “SpeechSnacks” for /l/ sentences”


Have you started planting your summer garden yet??  Will it be filled with flowers? Vegetables?  Both?  No matter what you decide to plant, you are sure to find lots of these little buggers in your flowers and veggies all season long—ladybugs!  So after I planted my flowers last week I was inspired to create a post that was seasonally appropriate, healthy, and a fun way to get the kids to try some fruits and veggies!  I recently discovered broccoli slaw in Trader Joe’s and have been using it to make salads every chance I get!  The ingredients double as a kid friendly “ladybug” salad and a crunchy, refreshing and sweet salad that grown ups will find satisfying as well.  I have also created my first post using Custom Boards by Smarty Ears (it was on sale this month for Better Hearing and Speech Month so I took full advantage.)  I LOVE this app for so many reasons—-you can create flashcards, game boards, worksheets…the possibilities are endless!!  Hope your speech kiddos working on /l/ at the sentence level find it fun and informative—not only will they be practicing their /l/, but learning some interesting facts about this cool creature as well!  And don’t forget to check out my fun video for ladybug salad—learn some math and spatial concepts while playing with your fruits and veggies!! Continue reading “Ladybug Salad—{with “SpeechSnacks” for /l/ sentences”” »

Truffula Trees!! {with SpeechSnacks for language building ideas}

PicMonkey Collage truffula

In my last post, I recycled produce containers and paper bags to create birds nests for a Spring language activity.  Today, I continue my tribute to Earth Day with my interpretation of Truffula Trees from the wonderful book and movie, “The Lorax,”  by Dr. Seuss.  I saw this movie with my son and walked away from it with a deeper respect and appreciation for  Mother Earth.  Truffula Trees are super easy to make in the classroom or at home.  Get creative with the tree trunks and experiment with different fruits.   And please send me your feedback and pictures too!!!….I’d love to know how your trees turned  out!  



**always check for food allergies before making any hands-on projects  involving food (yes, even fruit!)

I am using blackberries and green grapes to construct the trunks of my trees. I think the textures of each and varied tastes of each fruit make the trees more interesting and fun to eat!


















You can find cotton candy in many of your local dollar stores and supermarkets. It looks a lot like the wispy tufts of the Truffula trees. Use sparingly–remember this is pure sugar—and some artificial coloring!








Questions to help elicit conversation while creating your trees in the classroom—-

What else does cotton candy remind you of in nature? 

Describe how cotton candy feels. 

What happens when you put it in your mouth (how does it change?)

What events is cotton candy sold at? 

FOR STORY COMPREHENSION: After reading the story with your students, check out these questions.   (most appropriate for upper elementary/middle school)

Search the book for words that contain speech sounds that your students are working on.  Have them repeat the words, phrases and sentences containing their speech sounds.

i.e.: for /l/ sound practice I came up with these words:


I used long cocktail stirrers to thread on my fruit. You can also use wooden skewers but don’t let your tree get too tall or it might not stand up for long!












Long cocktail stirrers are rounded at the ends and safe for little hands to use!  Toothpicks are sharp so be careful if  you use them! 

No need to make them exactly as shown in the picture—Kids can determine how to pattern the “tree trunks.” 

Take a vote prior to purchasing your materials–ask your students to help you brainstorm a list of possibilities—-the two most popular items can be the ones you purchase–this will keep things simple and cost-effective for you!  

Some “tree trunk” possibilities: red grapes, strawberry chunks, raspberries, marshmallows…use your imagination!!   

I used a thick piece of Styrofoam and inserted my sticks into it to display my forest of truffula trees!











Can you come up with a list of different types of trees with your students?   

Go online and search for images of various trees.  Print them out and label them. 

Put your print outs into a binder or staple together to make a book of trees.  If your school is located on property that has surrounding trees, take a nature walk with your students (weather and season permitting!)and see how many you can identify from your book of trees.

If you spot a Truffula tree, please be sure to take a picture and send it to me!!!    

(photo credit: Dr. Seuss)



Holy Guacamole!! “Going Green” in March–with speechsnacks for GREEN idioms


March is here!   And with it, we welcome Dr. Suess Day, St. Patty’s Day, the first day of spring—all represented by the color GREEN!  So Speechsnacks will be featuring GREEN recipes throughout the month.    Nature provides us with some beautiful shades of green, many of which can be found in the foods we eat (or should be eating!)  Throw out the green food coloring and try some real green foods that not only taste amazing, but contain incredible amount of nutrients.    On today’s menu, Homemade Guacamole Dip.  Enjoy a batch while you catch up on the March Madness College basketball scene—or if that’s not your thing, enjoy it with a beverage of your choice as you celebrate St. Patty’s Day with your lads and lassies!  

And don’t forget to check out the speech and language activities that will center around the GREEN theme as well!  Today’s “speechsnacks” are geared to your upper elementary and middle school kiddos as we explore idioms that contain the word GREEN.  And learn the names of those awesome shades of GREEN in your crayola box that you may have never really paid attention to before.   And have fun playing the idiom game while earning some “green” .       

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Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast Casserole— {with SpeechSnacks for Dr. Seuss’ birthday! }


March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday (and National Read Across America Day!!)  And of course I  couldn’t resist the opportunity to post a recipe inspired by the title of one of his most popular children’s books, Green Eggs and Ham.    I know Dr. Seuss would have enjoyed my rendition of Green Eggs and Ham—and I hope you do too!!        Keep scrolling through this week’s post for some great ideas to use in therapy while reading Green Eggs and Ham with your kiddos, as well as some very amusing ways one Principal connects with his students on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, and finally a great activity from the world of “apps” that’s all about CATS!!   Continue reading “Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast Casserole— {with SpeechSnacks for Dr. Seuss’ birthday! }” »

Sweet Hearts for your sweethearts—{and “SpeechSnacks” to win your hearts!}


It’s all about HEARTS in this week’s post! In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s 1- a quick and creative sweet treat (chocolate heart pretzels), 2-a healthy fruit treat (strawberry hearts and arrowsand 3- a few speech and language treats (Valentine themed games)—to win the hearts of all my ”SpeechSnacks” Valentines! Continue reading “Sweet Hearts for your sweethearts—{and “SpeechSnacks” to win your hearts!}” »

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