Thursday, July 31, 2014

Back-To-School Blogger Product Swap!

This week I got to swap products with another blogger, Andrea Crawford, whose blog is Reading Toward the Stars. We got to review each other’s products. How fun is that? We were matched up by Cara Taylor who organized the swap. (More about that later).


So I got to meet Andrea. Well, I guess you could say it was really an e-mail meeting as she lives in Virginia in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and I am in sunny Texas. Andrea is a reading
specialist who works mainly with grades K-3 and who has previously taught grades 3 and 4.  Perfect! I just knew she would have a great phonological awareness activity to take a look at.

I was excited to browse Andrea’s shop on Teacher pay Teachers for a product that I would love to use in speech therapy and I chose Syllable Blending Compound Word Match-up to review.  It’s a fun, colorful activity to practice blending the syllables of compound words.
Here's my review:
Do you have children who need extra practice with compound words?  Young children need well-developed phonological awareness to develop good reading skills.  Many speech therapy students struggle with basic phonological awareness skills. Studies show children who have difficulty with sound and syllable awareness are at higher risk for reading difficulties. Therefore, it is so important for Slps to include direct instruction in these skills when needed.

Syllable Blending Compound Word Match-up by Andrea Crawford is a simple, two-part puzzle activity that engages children as they search for the two cards to complete the compound word. Great for an independent center or working with a partner, each card shows one-half of a butterfly. Each “wing” contains an illustration with the written word below. In the center of the butterfly is the pictured compound word that the two halves create. Andrea suggests that the cards are placed in a center, and students work with a partner, taking turns flipping them over until matches are found.

I love that the illustrated compound word is cut in half, providing a visual representation that the two halves are needed to form the whole compound word in the center. Picture support? Yes! Wonderful for your visual learners, it makes this activity self-checking. Independent work, check! Hmmm, as a bonus…it also teaches math concepts as well: symmetry and the concept that two halves equal a whole!

I can also use these cards as a listening or segmenting activity. Say the compound word, then have the children find the two halves. (“Find football. What words are in football? Foot. Ball. Put it together. Football.”) The children say each individual word, and then blend it into the compound word.

After the matches are made, students record their compound words on the provided recording sheet, and choose a word to write a sentence with.  This provides writing practice and reinforces the concept that the compound word is made of two shorter words.
Hands-on, interactive as well as visually reinforcing, this product is just the ticket for a great speech therapy session.  A+ from me! Check it it out at Andrea Crawford’s store, and see what else she has created!
 Andrea Crawford's TpT Store
Blog Reading Toward the Stars 
Facebook: Reading Toward The Stars on Facebook

If you would like to win your own copy of Syllable Blending Compound Word Match-up, follow Andrea and enter the rafflecopter on the right margin of my blog.. One lucky winner will be chosen!

Now, more about the swap. Be sure to stop by Andrea’s blog, to take a peek at which product of mine she is reviewing. I will have it on sale from July 31st to August 1st!
Then check out the group linky party where we all reveal our swap blog posts.  Readers can go from blog to blog to find some quality products for back to school.
   Hope everyone has fun, and I want to let you know to look for  great products from these bloggers on sale during TpT's HUGE Blast Off Back to School Sale August 4-5th (Monday and Tuesday!)

 During the Blast-Off Sale, most products in my store Speech Sprouts on TpT will be 28% off when you use the sale code that will be posted on my store banner. If you just can't wait, you can grab my "swapped" product on sale earlier- it will be on sale from July 31st-August 1st.

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SLPs Rock Teacher Pay Teachers!

If you are a Teacher Pay Teachers fan (and who isn’t?) you know the excitement of browsing ready-made, instant-download educational materials. And freebies. Of course freebies!

But many SLPs are just discovering the wealth of fabulous time-saving products by SLP’s available to make planning those therapy sessions a snap! If you haven’t taken a look yet, head on over right now! My store, SpeechSprouts.

While you are there, check out my newest book companion for the delightful story, Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae. It’s packed with ready-to go activities for Pre-K to 2nd graders. Planning done for multiple sessions!

How about Freebies? Of course! Don’t miss these!

Quack go Back Game: Duck-Themed open ended fun with 20 final /k/ cards!

Apple Dot Marker Activity. 10 or 20 apples for easy data tracking!

So spread the word! Here are just some of the other great stores by my speechie friends with SLP-created materials you may want to check out, both established and new sellers! With around 200 SLP sellers, I can’t list everyone, but feel free to comment and list your store and url!

  1. Figuratively Speeching SLP 
  2. All Y’all Need     
  3. Consonantly Speaking
  4. Mia McDaniel    
  5. Twin Speech Language and Literacy     
  6. Speechy Musings     
  7. Speech2 Teach 
  8. Speech-a-saurus  
  9. Sarah Worcester     
  10. Kathy Grover’s Speech all the Time     
  11. Schoolhouse Talk 
  12. Jenna Rayburn:    
  13. The Speech Owl
  14.  Miss Gator Speechie       
  15. Super Power Speech
  16. Speech Universe
  17. Kari Radovich     
  18. SLPrunner   
  19. The Speech Summit
  20. Chalk Talk Speech Therapy  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Speech Sprouts Giveaway Winners!

Speech Sprouts Summer Giveaway Winners
Congratulations to the winners in Speech Sprouts Summer Giveaway!

Congratulations to the following winners of the Speech Sprouts Summer Celebration Giveaway!

They are (drumroll please):

Bundle 1 Speech/Sped Products: Shara B.
Bundle 2 Pre-K-1st Products: Victoria S.
Bundle 3 Pre-K-1st Products: Melissa S.
Bundle 4 2nd-4th Products: Cherie O.
Bundle 5 Clipart, graphics and photos: Jennifer N.

Thank you to everyone for participating, and helping celebrate my TpT one year anniversary!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Speech Sprouts Huge Summer Giveaway - Enter Now!

It's here! I am so excited to collaborate with so many talented TpT sellers to bring you this giveaway, with 5 exciting bundles. Look on the right margin here and enter the rafflecopter giveaways.

What fabulous prizes can you win?  Scroll down to the previous posts to see the details of each giveaway bundle. You may enter each and every giveaway, but each person may win only 1 bundle, so we will have five winners! I can't wait! Enter today!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Last is Definately Not Least! Take a Peek: Creative Clipart and Photo Giveaway Bundle

Speech Sprouts Summer Celebration Giveaway is almost here, and I am so excited to mark Speech Sprouts one-year anniversary on TpT! Not only that, but today is my birthday, too! This past year has been an amazing experience, and I am glad to collaborate with so many awesome sellers to put some sizzle in your summer! The giveaway goes live tomorrow,  on July 10th, right here. You have until the 13th to add all those entries, so mark your calendar. I hope you enjoy it! 

Do you love clipart and photos? Do you like to make custom resources for your therapy room, classroom or shop? Then this bundle is for you!

 The fantastic products below were donated by the talented folks that created them. Check 'em out and be sure to stop back here to enter!!

1. Dynelle Dunn: Community Helpers Clipart

2. Strawberry Shake: Farm Animals 25 Photos

3. Mhs Clipart: Chevron

6. Sonja Dehart:  Digital Paper Pack Summer Carnival

7. Sonja Dehart:  Clip Art Chalkboard Chalk Label Frames

8. Teacher's Scrapbook: Kids Action Verbs

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Did you know? Interesting Speechie Factoids...

Here's a little speechie trivia... I love this stuff!

The left hemisphere of your brain has  about 186 million more neurons than the right hemisphere. Gotta be all those "language neurons" .

Symbolic language first appeared 2.5 million years ago. Wow. I wonder what those conversations were like? "I'm hungry, what's for dinner?" "Are we there yet?"

Speaking requires the coordination of over 100 muscles. Just an articulation issue? It's more complicated than that!

The average speaking rate is 15 sounds per second. (I have a few students who can definitely surpass this one!)

There are about 6000 modern languages. (I know about 1 1/4 of them.)

A young baby will babble almost every sound of every known language.  Later on, she will lose the ability to say the sounds she doesn't hear spoken in her language... this is an example of neural pruning.
It's so neat how some version of "mama" seems to be one of the earliest words spoken wordwide! Of course the /m/ is early and easy to produce.

In humans, the left side of the brain controls speech. In birds, the left side of the brain controls song. Does this mean that humans are “bird brained?”

Do you know any speechie factoids you would like to share? Leave a comment!

Graphics by:
Oh So Random:
My Cute Graphics:
Jennifer Rodgers Design: 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Next up: Super 2nd-4th Grade TpT Products to Win!


Time to peek at the giveaway products donated by a super group of sellers for our bigger guys: 2nd-4th grade!

Drumroll, please:

Michelle Dupuis: Chatting Jar

Mrs Schlachter: The Hundred Penny Box 

Purple Palmetto: Greek Mythology Bingo 

Christinas-Classroom-Creations: Reading Response to Literature Mini Books
First Grade Diva-Creations: Information Shark