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My Speech Universe: November 2013

30 November 2013

A Year of Articulation Calendars

Wow!  I can't believe another year has almost passed!  This has been an amazing year for me.  Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate my one-year blogiversary last week!

One thing I have done this year, is to re-implement homework with my students.  I had taken a year off of sending home folders, and I really regret doing that.  I have reinstated homework with my students, and I (and their parents) couldn't be happier!  I realize now that the home-school link is so important for carryover and generalization of all speech and language skills.  I guess I always knew that, but after taking the year off of sending homework, I realized how uninformed my students families were about what was going on in the speech room.  Now, I have a direct link home every week with my homework folders. 

I guess one reason I stopped doing homework folders last year was the amount of work I perceived to be involved with them.  I was constantly printing off new pictures and worksheets for students to take home.  Well, for my articulation students, I have a new solution to my perceived problem.  A Year of Articulation Calendars!

These calendars are for the 2014 calendar year, and include all twelve months.  You can print off a month at a time to send home.  I like the students to keep the calendar in their homework folder so that I can see which activities they have completed each week.

Please note, if you have previously purchased my Summer of Speech and Language Calendars, the months of June, July, and August articulation calendars are the same.

The articulation calendars included in this packet are available in either color or black and white.

Here is a little sneak preview of the calendars:

I have also included a sample letter that you could send home, or copy the wording of to make your own letter home.

My summer calendars went over really well with my parents again this year.  I still get compliments on the summer calendars when I meet with parents that I have not seen since the beginning of the year.  I am hoping that you and your parents find these calendars equally useful!

You can find these articulation calendars HERE.

24 November 2013

One-Year Blogiversary Celebration!

I can't believe that it has been one year since I started my little speech blog!  I have learned so much over the past year.  Through blogging, I have become more creative and thoughtful with working with my students.  It really has renewed my enthusiasm for therapy!  I have also learned so much more about technology and creating new activities than I ever thought possible.   I have met so many awesome SLP's this year, and their ideas, energy, and wisdom amaze me!  All in all, this year has been AMAZING!

As a thank you to everyone who has supported me over this last year, I decided to do a little celebration.  I am giving away a $25 TpT gift certificate and the winner's choice of 5 items from my store.  You can enter to win this giveaway in the rafflecopter below. 

You can check out my store on TpT HERE to see what you could win!

Again, thank you to everyone who has followed this blog, Speech Universe on Facebook, TpT, and Pinterest -never did quite get around to tackling Twitter! :)

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18 November 2013

Auditory Zoo: Auditory Memory Activities for Sentences, Riddles, and Stories

Last year, I made some auditory memory activities for the circus and the farm.  My students loved using those cards, and some were asking me for some zoo cards.  Ask and you shall receive!  I have created Auditory Zoo: Auditory Memory Activities for Sentences, Riddles, and Stories.

There are four different activities included in this packet:
Auditory Memory for Sentences

Zoo Riddles

Auditory Memory for Zoo Stories

 Zoo Story Retelling
Here are some pictures of two of the activities in use in my speech room.  The first one is the sentence repetition game.
This second one is my story comprehension cards.  They are 2 or three sentence short stories with comprehension questions.  I printed them front to back so that I could just cut them out.  I set the sheets up so that when you print back to back, the story will print on the back of the picture that matches.

These activities are some of my favorites!  I hope you will like them too!  You can get this packet here: Auditory Zoo: Auditory Memory Activities for Sentences, Riddles, and Stories.
You can also enter to win this product as well as my Circus and Farm auditory memory packets by entering the Rafflecopter below.  The winner will receive all three auditory memory packets- a $12 value!

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