Saturday, November 28, 2015

3 Reasons to Smile- What's in Your Cart Linky

Time to get my shopping shoes on!

Did you do any Black Friday shopping? I did, but one of my most-anticipated sales is just around the corner... Teachers Pay Teachers sitewide Cyber Smiles Sale!  Speech therapy materials and new clipart, here I come! I'm making my list and checking it twice, and I'll be sharing it with you.

Jenna Rayburn over at The Speech Room News is hosting her What's in Your Cart linky party. It's an awesome way to find new ideas and sellers before the big sale. After you read this post, be sure to stop by. Just click this graphic:

 What's in Your Cart? Linky Party www.speechsproutstherapy.com
What's in Your Cart? Linky Party

So What's the Deal?

 What's in Your Cart? Linky Party www.speechsproutstherapy.com
On November 30th and December 1st, most sellers will be  discounting  their entire stores, and TPT gives you an extra 10% discount too.  So that's up to 28% off (woohoo!)  when you use their special sale code: SMILE.  Just be sure you don't forget to put the code in at checkout for the full discount. I... have...yep,  I have forgotten it during previous sales. Sigh. But I won't do it again!

I definitely have my eye on some shiny new resources, and my cart is filling up fast. Before I reveal them to you, I would like to share some favorites from Speech Sprouts.

Here are three activities from Speech Sprouts to make you smile!


Winter Pronouns: I Like Skating
Practice pronouns with this interactive reader and take-home cut-and-paste student copy.

Cyber Smile Sale Suggestions: What's in Your Cart? www.speechsproutstherapy.com

Cowboy Concepts: Quantity Position and Sequence. Rootin Tootin fun with concepts and my Cowpatty Toss Game!

Cyber Smile Sale Suggestions: What's in Your Cart? www.speechsproutstherapy.com

Snowmen at Night Book Companion has lots of snowy language activities to go with my favorite winter book Snowmen at Night.

Cyber Smile Sale Suggestions: What's in Your Cart? www.speechsproutstherapy.com




Here are some fun finds I'm piling into in my cart:


I always love to pick up new clip-art. This set from KPM Doodles will be perfect for a Book Companion for The Mitten.

I am ready for some fresh activities for therapy too. Here are my picks:

Cyber Smile Sale Suggestions: What's in Your Cart? www.speechsproutstherapy.com

Piles of Pancakes for Articulation of Early Sounds by Small Talk SLP. Play dough pancakes and early sounds? This will be a hit with my preschoolers.

Inference Skills: Please and Thank You Santa by Activity Tailor. Read the "Dear Santa" wishlists, then decide whose photo matches the request. I love the possibilities with this one!

Receptive and Expressive Language Pack by Speech is Beautiful
Print and go will definitely be helpful when we get back from our holiday break, and it hits all the goals I need!

So What's in Your Cart?

Find more great suggestions to fill your cart at Speech Room News. Happy Shopping!


Speech and Language Activities Cyber Sale Nov 30th -Dec 1st www.speechsproutstherapy.com
Speech Sprouts




Sunday, November 15, 2015

4 Great Thanksgiving Speech Therapy Activities You Won't Want to Miss!

This week's themes are Thanksgiving and Turkeys of course!

Gobble, Gobble! I have are some fun Thanksgiving activities for your therapy room this week at Speech Sprouts.

1. Five Little Turkeys

First up  for the Pre-k to first grade crowd are Five Little Turkeys
This pack has lots of hands-on activities for language.

We read the flipbook, and the turkeys disappear one by one... there is something very satisfying about pulling off velcroed pieces. I haven't met a kid who doesn't love it.

Five Little Turkeys Flipbook and Language Activities www.speechsptoutstherapy.com
One flew away, then there were four!

Preposition Practice

My kids loved finding the 10 turkeys on the page. You can use bingo chips (or dot markers for the BW version) but we had fun with these glass "stones." I really liked how the kids could see the turkeys through them, and it magnified them a bit. My little guys were impressed that the turkeys "grew" when they put a stone on them.

Bet you can grab some from the dollar store. These are about 1". The smaller ones are terrific for Bingo games too. (Kim from Activity Tailor gave me that inspired idea!) Three different pages target behind/in front, in/out and between/beside.

Five Little Turkeys Flipbook and Language Activities www.speechsptoutstherapy.com
Where is Mr Turkey?

Interactive Worksheets

Cut and paste the pictures for learning syntax, vocabulary and matching. There are articulation cards, a mini-book, dough mats and dot marker pages too.

Five Little Turkeys Flipbook and Language Activities www.speechsptoutstherapy.comFive Little Turkeys Flipbook and Language Activities www.speechsptoutstherapy.com

My kids like using the dot pages as a "smash mat". 

Give them a small ball of playdough  for each correct answer. They love to "smash" them on each circle!


 Five Little Turkeys Flipbook and Language Activities www.speechsptoutstherapy.com
Use Bingo chips or with playdough for a "Smash Mat!

2. Thanksgiving Pronouns, Plurals and Verbs

Use these activities as a craftivity or game.  I like to use the game with PK-first grade. I tape Mr. Turkey to a cup, and the kids take turns picking a feather. There are feathers for irregular plurals, irregular verbs and pronouns too. See who can collect the most feathers by the end of the game! Click here to see more of Thanksgiving Pronouns Plurals and Verbs.

Thanksgiving Pronouns, Plurals and Verbs: Game and Craftivity www.speechsproutstherapy.comThanksgiving Pronouns, Plurals and Verbs: Game and Craftivity www.speechsproutstherapy.com


I like to do the craftivity with first and second graders. It makes a great sequencing and following directions activity as well. Find the wattle, color it red.


Thanksgiving Pronouns, Plurals and Verbs: Game and Craftivity www.speechsproutstherapy.com
Mr Turkey craftivity is great for older kids.

3. Winner, Winner Turkey Dinner: Analogies, Antonyms and Synonyms and Categories too.

Need something for your older students? Try Winner, Winner Turkey Dinner. Collect all the dinner food on your dinner table card to win.

Winner Winner Turkey Dinner www.speechsproutstherapy.com

4. Thanksgiving Bingo Riddles are great! 

Need something for a large group? Thanksgiving Bingo Riddles really help me get some push-in therapy or HINT! make-up therapy done, and the kids really love it.  The kids solve the rhyming riddles to play. Targets vocabulary, listening, naming to a description and inference as well as rhyme.

Thanksgiving Bingo Riddles www.speechsproutstherapy.com
Thanksgiving Bingo Riddles

My Pre-K kids love Bingo Riddles just as much as my fourth graders, so I can do mixed groups. With little ones, I will pre-teach the vocabulary, or use the pictures on the cue cards to help them. You can have you older kiddos identify the rhyming words, and then try their hand at creating their own riddles after the game.

Hope you have a terrific turkey week! 

For more Thanksgiving ideas, stop by my Thanksgiving Pinterest board.  If you use any of these activities in your therapy room or classroom, I would love to hear about it.

I will be hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for my family  next week. I am hoping my son and sweet bride (just married a week ago!) will be able to make it. How about you? Throwing the party is great incentive to get my house in order, Got to say... that's kinda been on the back burner lately, if you know what I mean!  So time to get busy. Hubby does the turkey every year, that helps.

Have a fantastic holiday with your loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!





Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Thankful and Grateful Scavenger Hunt for You!

I love fall. A long-awaited snap in the air, the year winding down, and family gatherings. November is the month to reflect on our blessings.

The Frenzied SLPs are so grateful for all our supporters. 

In the spirit of the season, we are bringing you a fun "Thankful and Grateful" blog hop as our way of saying thanks and sharing with you!

Join in the fun, we will have three lucky winners of both a Starbucks and a TPT gift card. Bet you would love to be sipping your favorite coffee as you shop for a new activity!

Thankful and Grateful SLP Scavenger Hunt- Stop by Speech Sprouts www.speechsproutstherapy.comHere is how you can participate:

1. Read each Thankful and Grateful post from The Frenzied SLPs!
2. Collect the character at the bottom of each post. Don't forget to write down
the characters in order to reveal the secret phrase.
4. Enter the Rafflecopter at the end of any post by entering the phrase.
5. Visit The Frenzied SLPs Facebook Page for an extra entry.
5. Three winners will be chosen after the rafflecopter closes on 11/13/2015.

At each stop we will be sharing our stories, and reasons to be thankful. I would also love to hear yours!

For me, I am thankful for:


My Family 
My husband and I have two wonderful sons, and two days ago, I finally got to add a daughter to the family album, as my oldest son tied the knot with a lovely girl. This sweetie calls me Mom, and I couldn't be more thrilled! Family pictures, loved ones gathered, memories made, new chapters. Priceless.


Thankful and Grateful SLP Blog Hop www.speechsproutstherapy.com


The festivities provided a rare opportunity for a warm, huggy visit and gabfest with my favorite cousins who live on opposite sides of the country from us. My mom and sis live near me, so they got to join in too. Warm fuzzies all around.

My Friends I am blessed with good friends.
Old Friends. We always pick up right where we left off- no matter how long it's been. Easy, comfortable and cozy.

New Friends. I have had amazing opportunities to meet new SLP and teacher friends this year through our shared adventures online, blogging and at conferences. Like-minded, supportive, talented, generous, completely amazing people I am proud to know.

My Profession
I feel so thankful to have found an incredible profession, and so many ways to express myself and reach out to others. From preschoolers to elders, I have the privilege of sharing a bit of their lives as we work together toward reaching their communication goals. I get paid double with plenty of hugs and smiles. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference. I bet you feel the same.

Becoming an SLP-Author
I am astounded and very blessed that I have found a creative outlet I love. Better yet,  I can share it with others! Who knew? Since I began Speech Sprouts on TPT two and a half years ago,  I have loved every minute of creating lessons and activities for my student's speech and language needs.


Thankful and Grateful Scavenger Hunt www.speechsproutstherapy.com


Knowing my followers and supporters use my activities in therapy rooms and classrooms around the country and across the word is a totally amazing feeling. The other day I reflected on the thought that around the country, in classrooms and therapy rooms, my Halloween Bingo Riddles were entertaining hundreds of children as they learned. What a rush! I am so very thankful for you.

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I am delighted that you visited and read my post. I would love for you to stop by again.  Please write down my letter below. I am the fourteenth blog in the hop. Once you discover the completed phrase, enter the giveaway at the end
of this post!
Thankful and Grateful SLP Scavenger Hunt- Stop by Speech Sprouts www.speechsproutstherapy.com

Thankful and Grateful SLP Scavenger Hunt- Stop by Speech Sprouts www.speechsproutstherapy.com

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Dot Marker Fun in Speech Therapy

Do you love quick motivational activities in speech therapy that will have your kids begging to participate? You need to try dot markers! How do you use them in speech therapy? Hop on over and read about 7 ways to use dot markers in my post on Speech Spotlight.

7 Ways to Have Fun with Dot Markers in speech therapy by Speech Sprouts


What is Speech Spotlight? If you haven't stopped by yet, you are in for a treat. This new speech therapy collaborative blog combines the many talents of 11 fabulous SLPs from all over the country. I am honored to be a contributor. We''ll be sharing our combined experience and cooking up some fun for you too. See you there!