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My Speech Universe: September 2013

26 September 2013

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!



21 September 2013

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!

02 September 2013

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!