If You Take A Mouse To School: Phonological Awareness Book Companion

I absolutely love using books to teach phonological awareness skills to my kindergarten and first graders!  I love the idea of using words right from the text to play with.  Pretty soon, I am going to be starting up with my kindergarten intervention groups again.  I will work with 5-6 students specifically on phonological awareness skills.  So, I thought that this would be a great time to start getting some more of my phonological awareness activities together.  Here is my latest phonological awareness book companion!  It is a companion to the book If You Take A Mouse To School by Laura Numeroff.

There are five different activities in this packet, and also a new feature of my book companions which is four worksheets that do not require any prep on your part except for printing.

How Many Syllables?- Students count the number of syllables, and use Do-A-Dot markers to complete the activity. (4 worksheets)

Blending Syllables- Students listen to two syllables, and state the word that they hear.  (18 cards and game board)


Recognizing Rhyme- Students listen to two words, and then state if the two words rhyme. (24 cards and 2 mats)

Generating Rhyme- Students are given a word, and asked to state a rhyming word.  (27 cards and roll it rhyme it, keep it game board)

Listening for Sounds- Students listen to a word, and state either the beinning, middle, or ending sound of each word.  (54 cards and game board from Blending Syllables activity)

The next part of this packet is something that I am pretty excited about.  I am going back and including these in all of my old phonological awareness packets also.  There are four worksheets that target four different areas: rhyming, beginning and ending sounds, segmenting and blending syllables, and segmenting and blending phonemes.  Here is a preview of one of the worksheets:

Just print the sheet, get out your book, and you are ready to go!

You can find this packet HERE!

Hope you enjoy!


Speachy Feedback Linky Party!

Hi everyone!  Today I am happy to link up with Speech Peeps for her Speachy Feedback Linky Party!  This is a fun link up where speechies with TpT stores link up and celebrate great feedback that has been left by offering a free item from their stores.  The feedback section on TpT looks a little different now.  When you scroll through, you can now see the number of stars in each area of feedback.  This gives buyers and sellers more insight into products.  So, here it is, the Speachy Feedback Linky Party!

You can click on the picture above to find all of the TpT stores that have participated in this linky party.  If you have left feedback on any TpT products, click through the links to see if you have won a free product on any of the blogs!
Now, on to my favorite feedback this month...

MsVSLP left me some great feedback about my First Grade Common Core Daily Language Workout.  I spent a lot of time making this product, and it made my day to get great feedback that she appreciated the content.  On a side note, I am making more grades, just need to carve out some time.

username: MsVSLP, please email me with your choice of a free product from my store! (speechuniverse@gmail.com)

Thanks everyone for leaving feedback on items you have purchased, or on freebies!  It always makes me smile to know that people enjoy items that I am making.  I also love to hear ways that you use items or things that would make them even better.

Make sure you check back here next month, and keep leaving feedback...I might pick you next month!



It's the little things...

It really is the little things in life that make me happy.  Baking cookies with my kids, watching them laugh and play, a tall caramel macchiato, and organizing my Matt and Molly stories! 

I know, organizing Matt and Molly stories doesn't seem like a big deal, but I have to say, I was so proud of myself when I did it.  I am lucky to have a variety of these stories to use, and have talked about them before HERE.  My problem was, that the cards were always getting mixed up in the bag, and my paperclip system of holding the sentence strips with the cards was always getting caught up.  I decided to use one my most favorite office supplies, page protectors!  I made a trip to Costco and scored a whole bunch of binders for about $8.  Then, I put the Matt and Molly book in a page protector.  I then sorted the story cards (or took my paperclips off) and put each set of cards in their own page protector.  I put in the sentence strips and any multiple choice answer cards that I have created for each story too.

I also created binder covers for each set using these great editable binder covers and spines that I picked up from SpeechieK at TpT.

I know, this really isn't a big deal, but I was excited at how organized I felt for about 5 minutes!  If you know me, you'll know that my room does not usually hold its organization very well!

You've Made it Through! {GIVEAWAY}

Well, most of us have been back for at least about a week now, many of you for much longer!  In celebration of getting through, I felt in the mood for a giveaway!  How about a set of my two Common Core Daily Language Workouts?  I have Kindergarten and First grade available right now (more on the way, I promise).

Kindergarten Common Core Daily Language Workout
 First Grade Common Core Daily Language Workout

In celebration of getting through at least the first week, you can enter to win one of two sets of these fun new products!  All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below.

Good luck, and congrats on getting through the beginning of the school year!

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First Grade Common Core Daily Language Workout

Wow!  Sorry I have been so absent!  I have been getting my room ready as well as dealing with a lot of different things getting my own kids off to a great year in Kindergarten and First Grade.

Now, I'm back, and I have something fun to share with you!  A lot of you have been asking for my First Grade version of the Common Core Daily Language Workout, and here it is!

First Grade Common Core Daily Language Workout is a great way to track progress using an RTI approach.
This workout is very similar to my Kindergarten workout.

There are 18 First Grade Common Core State Standards that are addressed in this ten week packet.  The standards that are included are as follows:

Phonological Awareness
  •  RF.1.2b Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds, including consonant blends.
  •  RF.1.2c Isolate and produce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds in single syllable words.
  •  RF.1.2d Segment spoken single syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds.
Conventions of Standard English
  • L.1.1b Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.
  • L.1.1c Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences.
  • L.1.1d Use personal possessive and indefinite pronouns.
  • L.1.1e Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future.
  • L.1.1i Use frequently occurring prepositions.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
  • L.1.4a Use sentence level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
  • L.1.5a Sort words into categories to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
  • L.1.5b Define words by category and by one or more key attributes.
  • L.1.5c Identify real-life connections between words and their use.
  • L.1.5d Use synonyms of verbs and adjectives.
Speaking and Listening
  • SL.1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about first grade topics and texts with peers and adults in small and large groups.
  • SL.1.4 Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
Key Ideas and Details
  • RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • RL.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
  • RL.1.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

The first item included is a Pre/Post Test.  This activity has nine different questions that you can use as baseline data to take to a meeting.  Then, after completing your desired number of weeks of intervention, you can administer the Pre/Post Test again to compare your data.  You can print an extra copy of this page to include at the end of your packet.  This is not a standardized test, just a baseline for the program I developed.

There are two pages for each week.  Each page is divided by days.  There is one activity that targets one to two standards per day.  Each activity is labeled by its standard number.  There is also a place to record the date that the activity was completed.

I also included a check off sheet to document how many times each standard is targeted.  When an activity is completed, you simply reference the standard number and make a tally on the data sheet.  When you have completed your intervention, you will see how many times each standard was addressed.
There is space in each day's box to take some small notes, and I also created a notes page for additional notes you may want to take.

Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to create the first grade version of this packet!  It takes a lot of time to organize these, but I am hoping to soon get second through fifth grades out too.

You can find this packet HERE.

Hope you can use it!

SLP Link Up September 2013

All Y'all Need has their monthly link up posted.  This month, they are asking about: school, excited for, prepping, and trying.  I love joining these linky parties and seeing what other people are doing and excited about.  I feel like it gives me a little glimpse into their world.  Below is what I am up to this month.  Remember to go to All Y'all Need and click the links to the other bloggers who have participated to get a little glimpse into their worlds too!

School-ing: For the last three years, my district has recruited amazing speakers for our opening day meeting.  This year, Sam Glenn presented to us about attitude.  He was an amazing and funny speaker who really got us in a great state of mind to start the school year.
Excited: My baby is going to Kindergarten.  I will have a first grader and a Kindergartener.  I can't even believe how fast they have both grown!  So excited for both of them!
Prepping: My room.  I am still not even close to done with decorating.  I have everything ready to go, but haven't put it up yet.  I also just inherited a bulletin board outside of my room that I have never been able to decorate before.  I am trying to think of ideas of what to do with my awesome new space!  I have packets created for students who turn in their summer packets, so at least those are ready to go!
Trying: I have three self-contained rooms with students with ASD this year.  I am trying to figure out how to best service my new crew of kids.  I am thinking that there is going to be a lot of push-in, and also social language groups with our school social worker.
I am truly looking forward to a great year!  I hope you have a great start to your year too!
Remember to check back at All Y'all Need to see what other fabulous bloggers are up to!