Monday, February 9, 2015

{Product Review} "The Night Before Valentine's Day: A Book Companion for Language"

My current caseload is ridiculously diverse, so when I find a product that I can use with practically every single one of my students, I'm a happy camper!  "The Night Before Valentine's Day: A Book Companion for Language" by The Speech Owl targets twelve different goal areas, has a reinforcer page to be used with additional targets, and comes in a color and black and white versions!  *Cue happy dance!*

Here's a picture of what I started using last week and will continue using this week as well.  I LOVE that I can choose between color and black and white.  I chose to print many of the activities in black and white so that my students can circle/color/etc, which really holds their attention!

Let's take a look at all of the activities included in this packet and the variety in each goal area!

Comprehension and story retelling can be targeted in a number of different ways... 1) with open ended comprehension questions, 2) with comprehension questions with a field of three multiple choices, 3) yes/no questions about the story, or 4) story retell with sequencing pictures.  This is an awesome way to work on related goals within a group where students are at multiple levels!!

I always have students working on synonyms and antonyms.  Once again, this product targets the skill in multiple ways... 1) matching (here, I printed the cards in color and laminated them so that we can play a matching game), 2) matching worksheets (black and white version here that I'll throw into page protectors so that we can write on the pages and reuse them), and "open ended" pages were students must generate synonyms and antonyms for the given words.

Vocabulary is one of my favorite skills to work on!  This product includes tier 1 and tier 2 vocabulary, which I love!  My students working on tier 1 vocabulary will name the items and color them.  (We'll also be working on functions too!)  Tier 2 students have worked with the vocabulary flashcards this past week.  This coming week, we'll work on generating definitions for the words that we learned last week.

Regular plural nouns, irregular plural nouns, regular past tense verbs, irregular past tense verbs... These are just a few of the grammar skills that are constantly being targeted in my therapy room!  Next week, we'll be targeting with the worksheets that include pictures, since these provide a great visual of the skill.  After that, we'll move to matching, and producing plural nouns and past tense verbs on our own!  These worksheets will definitely last me multiple sessions, which is awesome!  (And "prepping" them is as easy as clickaing "print"!)

Also included in this activity are cards to target understanding negation and a generic reinforcer.  We'll be using the reinforcer to target pronouns throughout the book.  (The pictures a really cute!)

If you can believe it, this product includes 152 pages (76 in the color version and 76 in the black and white version)!!!!!  I would highly, highly recommend that you check out this product HERE!  It's only $6.50, which is a great value.  I've literally been using this product with almost my entire elementary caseload and will continue to use it this week.  It's extremely versatile in the language targets and the color vs. black and white options are awesome as well!

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The Speech Owl reviewed one of my products, Valentine Monsters Inferencing Pack, over on her blog.  You can find her review HERE!

Monday, September 22, 2014

{Review} Word Vault

If you're looking for an incredibly comprehensive and versatile app, then Word Vault by Home-Speech-Home might be just what you're looking for!

This app includes 87 articulation word lists, 80 language word lists, 30 phonology words lists, and 26 social word lists!

Articulation lists run the gamete with word lists for every sound!

Here is a look at the articulation word lists.  Each can be arranged by place and can be arranged in various views!

I'm just going to put it out there... The language vault is ridiculous!  It includes lists for adjectives, adverbs, analogies, antonyms, categories, common first words, conjunctions, first 100 signs, following directions, homonyms, language concepts, longer narratives, multiple meaning words, object objection, prepositions, pronouns, sequencing, short stories, synonyms, wh questions, and verbs!  Simply amazing!

Here is an example of the synonyms word list.

And here are 3 step directions.  (The following directions tab also includes 1-step, 2-step, 3-step, 4-step, AND conditional directions!)

The phonology word lists include final KS words, final NK words, final PS words, final TS words, minimal pairs, and multisyllabic words!

Look at this super extensive list of minimal pair words!

Last, but not least is the social vault.

This vault includes activities to start conversations, discuss emotions, learn idioms, practice inferencing, understand jokes, problem solving scenarios, learn proverbs, and discuss social scenarios!  Here's an example of the inferencing activities.

This app is amazing!  I started using it a few days ago and have been using it in multiple sessions each day! It spans so many goal areas and is incredibly versatile!  In an update, I'd love to see a way to keep track of correct vs. incorrect responses in the app.

If you'd like to grab this app - it's only $9.99 - you can do so HERE!!

Want to WIN one of three copies of this app?!  Enter the giveaway below!

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Disclaimer: This app was given to me for review.  No other compensation was provided.  The opinions expressed here are solely my own.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

{Giveaway} Columbus Day Language Pack

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue!  Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my new product, "Columbus Day Language Pack"!  Don't forget to enter to win the giveaway below!

This activity includes:

Seven short stories about Christopher Columbus, each with 3 listening comprehension questions and 2 inference questions,

18 vocabulary and definition cards (9 pairs), 

18 synonym sentence and word cards (9 pairs),  

18 antonym sentence and word cards (9 pairs) 

18 fact and opinion cards,  

and 18 conjunction cards!

You can find this activity on TpT HERE!

Want to win a copy?!  Enter the giveaway below!  Good luck!

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

{Review} Articulation Test Center

Wow!  Is it possible that this speech pathologist has been rendered speechless by the "Articulation Test Center", an amazing app by Little Bee Speech?!  Pretty much!  But don't worry, I've collected myself and am ready to tell you all about this fantastic and ridiculously thorough app!

"Articulation Test Center" is perfect for back to school time or really any time of the year that you're looking to screen an artic/phono student or get a full assessment of their skills.

The screener allows you to determine if a child's speech is delayed or appropriate based on their age.

The full test allows you to customize the assessment based on individual needs.

I REALLY like this app, so let me show you some of my favorite features!

1) Yellow = approximation... Ever wonder how to indicate an approximated response?  Just tap the sound twice to turn the sound yellow, which indicates an "almost there, but not quite" production.

2) The record button.  This isn't a novel idea, but it's great for auditory feedback.

3) It tests vowels.  This is an area that I feel is lacking with other apps.

4) It provides ages that phonological processes typically disappear at, which is a great reminder!

5) Speech sample scenes.  Ever struggle to pull a speech sample out of a student?  These scenes have so much to talk about and various pictures even include additional prompts!  You can also record the speech sample to transcribe it later.

6) Extensive results.  Results include words tested, sound errors, sound substitutions, phonological processes marked, speech sample, report, and recommendations.

7) The pictures flip!  Such a great idea, considering our students typically sit across from us!

8) Recommendations for therapy.  Based on age, the app provides suggested therapy targets.

What I'd like to see in an update...  Considering the fact that we often work with more than one student at a time, I'd love for the app to automatically rotate between multiple students.  You can pause the assessments, but if it did this automatically, it would be more efficient.

Overall, this is a wonderful and very thorough app!  And here's the best news yet... Articulation Test Center (and Articulation Station Pro) will be 30% off August 12th-14th for Little Bee Speech's back to school sale!  Click on the links to learn more!

Do you have either one of these apps?  If so, what are your thoughts?

Disclaimer: This item was given to me for review.  No other compensation was provided.  The opinions expressed are solely my own.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

{New product} Grammar and Articulation Picture Combo Pack

I LOVE products that target multiple goal areas, which is why I'm so excited to introduce you to my newest product, "Grammar and Articulation Picture Combo Pack"!

This combo pack includes 36 pages with the following grammar targets:

- present progressive verbs
- regular past tense verbs
- irregular past tense verbs
- subjective pronouns
- objective pronouns
- possessive nouns

It also includes short stories that target /r/, /s/, /l/, "sh", "th" and "ch"!  There are six pages for EACH targeted sound!

This product is on sale right now for 30% off!  You can find it HERE!

Friday, August 1, 2014

All-in-One: Lesson & Homework!

Here's the second of two new lines in my TpT store... All-in-One: Lesson & Homework activities!  These packs include both a lesson that can be used during a therapy session as well as homework to go along with the lesson so that students are practicing what they just learned!  The first product in this series is called, "Apple Pickin' Fun: A Social Language Pack"!

This pack includes:

 24 "Is this a problem?" cards,

24 "What can you do  with these items?" cards,

24 "What is the first step to..." cards,  

and 24 "Complete the following sentence cards"!

Also included in this pack are two homework sheets for each of the activities listed above!

Want to learn more about this all-in-one pack?  You can do so HERE!  

Have an idea for an all-in-one pack?!  Feel free to add your thoughts to the comments!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Screeners and Informal Assessments Round-Up and a {GIVEAWAY}!

Back. To. School.

Whether that fills you with a little bit of excitement, a little bit of dread, or both, it's back to school time!  Don't worry though, a bunch of my blogger/material-making friends and I have tons of informal assessments and screeners to ease you back into the swing of things!  There's something for every need - and all TpT items are on sale August 4th and 5th!  Read on to check out all of the fantastic products and then enter to win an AMAZING giveaway!!

My "Common Core Based Language Assessment" is an informal language assessment based off of the common core, for K5-5th grade students.  Each grade level document features 8-10 questions that can be used to determine useful, individualized goals for each student.  Appropriate answers are given from kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Answers are not given for the 4th and 5th grade assessments since these students are more adept at reading and the assessment could be given in written form to students in those grades.

You can find this informal assessment HERE!

Here's a peek at what other TpT sellers offer:

Kindergarten Screening Packet: Speech and Language Screener by Jenna Rayburn
Common Core Speaking & Listening Rating Scales {K-5} by Jenn Alcorn
The Checklists Bundle by Smart Speech Therapy LLC
ARRRRe You Ready For KindeRRRRgarten? Kinder Readiness Packet- HUGE! by Twin Speech Language and Literacy LLC
Speech Therapy: Interactive Articulation Screener by Twin Speech Language and Literacy LLC
Literacy Checklists for K-3rd Grade by Communication Station
Informal Conversational Language Skills Checklist and Data Collection by Communication Station
Informal Social Skills Checklist and Data Form by Communication Station
Social Pragmatic Rubrics (Student Directed) by SLPrunner
Curriculum Based Language Assessments for Grades K-5 Aligned with Standards by Nicole Allison
Curriculum Based Language Assessments for Grades 6-12 Aligned with Standards by Nicole Allison
Social Language and Pragmatic Rubrics by The Speech Bubble
Listening Comprehension Screenings: Common Core Aligned by The Speech Bubble
Receptive & Expressive Language Baseline Data! by Miss Speechie
Intelligibility Checklist by Speech2u
Articulation Deep Test - R with 100 Picture Stimuli by GoldCountrySLP
Progress Monitoring Tools (including articulation, phonology, language and grammar) by Natalie Snyders
Method To The (pre-k screening) Madness by Rock Chalk Speech Talk
Informal Screener: 14 Early Developing Morphemes by Teach Speech 365 {This is a freebie!!!}
PreK Speech and Language Checklists by All Y'All Need
Kindergarten Speech and Language Guidelines & Checklists by All Y'All Need
1st Grade Speech and Language Checklists by All Y'All Need
2nd Grade Speech and Language Checklists by All Y'All Need
Phonology Picture Probe/Screener by Bright Ideas SLP
SALSA: Speech & Language Skills Assessment (preK & Kindergarten version) by LyndaSLP123
SALSA: Speech & Language Skills Assessment (1st & 2nd grade version) by LyndaSLP123

I don't know about you, but my wishlist and I are exhausted!!

Want to win a bunch of these products or choose your favorite?! Just enter the giveaway!!  One grand prize winner will receive 7 screeners and/or informal assessments.  Two additional winners will each get to choose one product from the grand prize list!  All you have to do is check out these products and then comment with what component(s) you would find most helpful!  Good luck!

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