Listening And Reading Comprehension Task Cards- All About Insects

all about insects long pin 2My son is now a reader!  We have been working on independent reading and reading out loud throughout the summer. Check out my FREE independent reading incentives bookmarks for your own kids. I wanted to make him some reading comprehension task cards that also worked on vocabulary and writing.  Then, I thought “What if I could make some reading comprehension task cards that I can also use with my speech students next year?”Perfect!  Now, I just needed a non-fiction topic…….

My son loves learning about bugs…..My speech students LOVE bugs, so that’s how this set began its creation! This upcoming year, I will be back at the elementary site, but I think these listenting and reading comprehension task cards could be used with upper elementary/middle school for students working at a younger grade level.

listening and reading comprehension task cards

Great non-fiction passages to work on reading fluency and comprehension with a bug theme.

The activities in this set are perfect for independent work, can be used as a whole group lesson or as a literacy/language center. What I love the most about these cards is that there are QR codes that link to REAL LIFE photos of the bugs!!  Pretty cool, huh!?

There are 12 non-fiction passages including 12 task cards with comprehension questions to answer about the passage.  I laminated mine, so that the students can use with a dry erase marker and I can use them over and over again. Plus, I included hands on worksheet booklets to incorporate more learning after reading the passages.  Skills included: comparing/contrasting, vocabulary, adjectives, drawing/writing task and a writing page.

QR codes for insect task cardsIncluded in this set are some fun magnifying cards with QR codes to links to youtube videos that have more information about the bugs the students read about.  What kid doesn’t love using that QR code app?

honeybees non-fiction task card FREEFor all my fabulous followers, I made you a FREE BONUS LESSON to try out!  This lesson is not in my larger set, so make sure to get both! It includes a non-fiction task card passage about honeybees, comprehension task card and a facts worksheet, so students can write down key details from the passage.

all about insects periscope giveaway

The dabbling speechie

I am giving away 3 copies of this to some of my followers!  Leave a comment below with a number between 1-100.  I will be doing a live raffle on perioscope on SUNDAY, July 19 at 6pm PST.  Meet me there to see if your number is drawn!!



Monday’s Motto: What can educators learn from Michael Jackson’s Music?

michael jackson monday's mottoThis past week I went to Vegas to attend the teacherspayteachers seller conference.  It was amazing and inspiring!

On the last night I was in Vegas, my mom and I went to the Michael Jackson One show. It was a creative experience I will never forget. I highly recommend it if you ever go to Vegas.

I know that there is probably all sorts of opinions about Michael Jackson. Some of you may not even be a fan because of all the rumors about him as a person.  Today, I wanted to reflect about his musical career and how it can impact our careers as educators.  Did I get your attention with my question with just the question alone, lol?

Michael Jackson isn’t an educator, but there are aspects of him as an entertainer/musician that continue to inspire me today. Heck, if I hear one of his songs, I am instantly up dancing or singing along with passion, so if nothing else, he has helped brighten my mood, so I can get through this crazy game called life.

1.  Michael Jackson is the master of captivating his audience.  He pulls us in with his catchy musical beats, amazing dance moves and background ambiance that he creates in his music videos.  As educators, our audience is our students.  How can we captivate them to desire to learn and explore? We must make things fresh, relevant and interesting by adding our personalities into our teaching.  The educators I remember the most were the ones who infused their passion and strengths into teaching.  Even if I didn’t like a subject, if they brought it to life with humor, visuals, real life stories or fun activities, I was sold.

michael jackson glove2.  Michael Jackson used signature accessories to enhance his performances. When we think of Michael Jackson, we usually think of his white glove or his hat. We remember him and his performances because of this performance props.  What accessories or teaching tools can we use to enhance our lessons? Maybe it’s a fun song, a funny meme or a game that helps our students remember the content that we taught them. Spice it up folks and you will see eyes light up.

3.  Michael Jackson took creative risks.  The video above is of Michael Jackson performing Billie Jean (just avert the eyes to the pelvic thrusts).  Michael Jackson tried new creative avenues with his music and dance moves.  He made the moonwalk famous and has the BEST selling album in music history with his album Thriller. He took risks and tried new things. As educators, the best way to become better is to try something new.  It’s scary and hard when it fails, but when you get it RIGHT, man does it feel good.  Make some history in your classroom and try something creative….who knows what will happen.  If nothing else, you will learn what not to do next time!

4.  Michael Jackson had a team. Just watching the Cirque du Soleil show made me sit in wonder and awe how amazing Michael Jackson was with his music. He had a team of people that helped with choreography, stage set up, lighting, and effects.  Michael probably had many ideas, but he couldn’t do it alone.  As educators we need to ask for help and guidance from our colleagues.  We will not shine to our best potential flying solo. We don’t know everything!  Plus, we can learn from other people’s styles to help improve a weakness that we may have.  If you are unorganized, go find the person who is super organized and ask them for tips.  If you are looking for how to make better relationships with parents, find that teacher who knows all her parents by name and what their favorite color is lol.  You know what I am talking about. We are more successful when more brains are coming together to help create amazingness……you will be a better educator and your students will shine more consistently because of it.

I could probably go on and on about what we can learn from Michael Jackson, but I will stop here.  Turn on one of his albums this week and think about some of his song lyrics.  It will inspire you!  One of my favorites is Man in the mirror.

What have you learned from people in our culture?  How are you inspired as an educator? (218)


Sizzling Summer Sale on TPT


Who doesn’t love an amazing summer sale!?  My whole store will be 20% off on 7/13 and 7/14.  Snag some goodies before school starts, so you can start prepping them while watching your favorite TV show or movie.

11204935_677627939027057_7300894024080275766_nMy FLIPBOOKS are a really fun way to do therapy and once they are prepped, they are the BEST grab n’ go resource.  You just laminate and assemble, then the kiddos get to use them with a dry erase marker.  My kids LOVE dry erase markers, don’t yours?

Here are some of my fav products that I recommend you buying!!

original-1819606-1This is an amazing resource from Live Love Speech for your students that need visual supports to help with aiding communication!

original-1942969-1This companion pack from Lindsey Karol looks right up my alley!  No prep and you get to use dot markers.  Plus, it’s filled with language activities!!!

original-685740-1Whitney SLP has a cute back to work on action movements.  I will have preschoolers this year, so I love this hands on lesson!!

original-1913888-1Natalie Snyders is my organizational queen.  She creates resources that help keep me organized and able to share with parents/teachers all about our services with these awesome handouts.

original-1941086-1The Speech Bubble SLP has this wonderful hands on clip series and I want her latest one!!  You work on language while getting those hands moving.  Perfect!

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer vacation!!  It has been amazing to relax and enjoy my family.  What are you going to buy during the Sizzling Summer Sale? (853)


25 Ways To Build Your TPT/Blog Business During The Summer Months


All educators are thrilled when summer rolls around because we are free to relax, follow a flexible schedule, hang with our friends and family, go on vacation and catch up on all the projects/activities that we couldn’t do during the school year.  For TPT sellers and bloggers, summer time is when “business” is the slowest because our followers are educators, which means they are ENJOYING their time off rather than looking for teaching resources (as it should be).  Before I began my TPT/blog journey, I was doing summer school 2 days a week to make a little extra cash over the summer months.  Now that TPT/blogging has helped generate extra income, I haven’t worked summer school in two years and work on boosting my own business.  My “to do” list is loooonnnnngggggg and I don’t always have tons of time to get things completed. Although business is slower in the summer, I like to prep things to help make it easier during the school/work year. I also picked up some tips about how to work from home without going insane because I have two little ones around! Here are 25 ways YOU can BUILD your business over the summer vacation:

1. Relax and recharge. I spent most of June just enjoying my family and doing activities that I didn’t get a chance to do during the school year.  Hitting the gym at a normal hour has been a blast!  I definitely got in some reading, which was very nice as well.  Check out my my late night summer reading recommendations for some good books.  Personally, when I try to force blog posts and products because I want to push them out super fast for my followers, I find that I become more stressed, my creativity disappears, I am distracted from my other “life” responsibilities and I miss out on fun summer events because I am “working”. Plus, most people don’t really start shopping again on TPT until the school year starts again.  You will be ready come August once you let your mind and body take a breather!!

summer to do blogging binder2. Create a blogger/business planner.  Always feels good when you are organized. Make a business/blogger planner while watching a movie at home during the summer when you ACTUALLY have the time! Grab this free blog planner here or you can snag this awesome one from The 3am Teacher. Hoping to merge all these forms with my Home binder, so I can have everything in one place.  During the busy season this will be a life saver as long as I use it!!summer to do update TPT store 3. Update your TPT store banners. I used this tutorial from Ms. Flutz’s Corner to help update main banner.  It’s really cool because you can add a link when customers click on it.  It took me a couple of hours to design everything and then create the html code, so I will probably redo it when I am motivated again.  I also make seasonal and generic TPT banners that I can easily change during the school year when I don’t have time to make new graphics.  You can this free template to make them! Check out this cool tip for organizing html code for your product descriptions  from Teaching with ninjanuity!

4.  Read a business/finance/marketing book.  Now, that WE are TPT sellers, we need to figure out ways to keep track of our earnings as well learn how to connect with our customers. We are in a small business and we can learn new ways to market and promote our websites, services and/or products.

5. Join a networking group on facebook.  I gain so much new information when I participate in collaborative groups on facebook because you can ask questions, share knowledge and get help when needing new ideas or someone to look over your latest project.  Not to mention all the new friends that “GET” what you do in your spare time (blogger buddies for life).

summer to do clipart wishlist6. Buy new clipart for future projects.  You can shop for sets that you may want over the summer because now you have time! If you don’t want to buy clipart just yet, you can still dabble on TPT and put sets that you want on your wishlist! 

7. Start a blog.  For those of you TPT sellers that haven’t taken the plunge, you should consider starting a blog to share all your ideas, resources and knowledge that you have!  It is a lot of work to manage a blog, but it does help draw traffic to your store and will help you stay inspired to make new content!  What I love the most about blogging is that I can do it as often or as little as I want depending on my life and schedule. Check out this article from by regina about the benefits of blogging….it might just convince you to start one!

summer to do postcards

8. Create some promotional business cards & postcards. In November, I went to ASHA (a conference for speech therapists) and a group of us had an SLP’s on TPT booth.  We all had postcards to hand out to share with other professionals about what our stores have to offer them!  These are great to have for conventions and conferences.  Plus, they are a tax write off because it is a business expense!!

9.  Do some research. While lounging by the pool, walking on the treadmill or chillin’ out in your backyard oasis, read some blog articles, magazines or books about a topic that you want to become more knowledgeable about.  You can share your knowledge in a blog post, get ideas for new products to create and come up with fun therapy ideas to implement and share with all of us!! (I have been pinning blog posts about branding/marketing and reading while walking on the treadmill)….two birds folks, that’s how I roll!

summer to do pinterest

10. Clean up your pinterest boards. If you haven’t gotten on pinterest, now is your chance!  You can create a business account and share links to all your TPT products and blog posts.  Pinterest is a great tool to help market your products! Delete old pins that haven’t been re-pinned, create fresh new photo covers for products, make boards for the next season and schedule pins using Tail Wind App.

11. Attend a conference or online class. This is a good time of year to attend a conference/convention that will help you with your business.  I am about to leave for VEGAS to attend the TPT sellers conference.  Super excited!!  Plus, it is a business expense and a tax write off.  I know some of you will be attending ASHA schools this summer, which is an awesome way to get CEU’s and learn new info to help you come up with new blogging topics.  There are also lots of online classes that you can take as well on

12. Plan some summer GIVEAWAYS. This is a great way to show your followers that you appreciate them!  If you are on a budget, then you can always raffle off some of your TPT products.  Create a themed gift basket and raffle it off using social media.  Giveaways help you get more followers on different social media platforms, show appreciation to your audience and get people to check out your website.

13. Organize a BLOG HOP or INSTAHOP. Coordinating a blog hop or instagram hop is A LOT of work.  I organized a chicken soup for the SLP blog hop a while back and it was a big success! Planning several months in advance is probably the best way to go if you want to take the plunge.  Right now, you can reach out to all your blogging buddies and see you is down to participate.  Make the graphics and prep the free product or blog post over summer, so you are ready when you have to go back to school!

my style for blog logo14. Revamp your website and/or logo.  Psssttt…..I am in the process of doing just this with the help of my hubby! Maureen from  The Speech Bubble SLP gave me a great tip!  She said to look at blogs and websites that you like to give you an idea of how you might want to re-format your website.  I made a collage with all the things I liked in terms of my style and color scheme to help figure out how to dress up my logo, business cards and website. What do you think of my style? I got some help from some of those style quizzes!

15. Do a creative business cleanse.  This post from By Regina shares 30 ideas for how to de-clutter and get organized for when the busy season comes! I have all my clipart organized in files by author as well as all my blog photos are organized in one file.  Create your ending credits page with all your information, terms of use and most popular products, so you can easily copy into new products that you create!  Check out my “Quick Tip” for organizing clipart graphics and links. You can organize/remodel your current work space or organize areas of your life/house that will help free up more time for your blog/TPT.  One small example is to start meal planning or prepping meals that you can freeze, so during the week after work, you can easily get dinner on the table in a shorter amount of time! Here is another great post about how to live a Simpler Life and thus, help you free up more time for your hobbies and family.

Make ideas advice that create new ideas - handwritten advice on a cocktail napkin with a cup of coffee

15. Do something creative.  Doing activities other than blogging/creating products will inspire new ideas.  Plan a creative “juju” get together with all the women/men in your life that have a small business or are trying to break out in a new project.  You can all sit around munching on goodies and sipping on yummy beverages while you share your ideas and get feedback from them! Sharing stories and experiences helps us to get out of a creative rut. It doesn’t matter if they make jewelry, mommy bloggers, TPT sellers or selling products, you all have something in common…..creativity and innovation!

summer to do review new games16. Review some new games and products.  This is a great time to try out some games, materials or apps and prep blog posts that you can publish during the school year.  I often use my own children or other kids that I know to try out products when I don’t have my students around as guinea pigs. Plus, it gives me time to think about how I can adapt the material to tailor it my student’s goals.

17. Check out google analytics to see what pages/posts are more popular.  This will help you to determine what your audience likes to read about and then you can gear more products and posts around those subject areas.

IMG_007618.  Find yourself some blogging buddies. I have met some amazing blogger/sellers that I can collaborate with on a more personal basis.  Above is a bunch of us from a conference booth we put together! We are able to proof each other’s work, give honest feedback, show support for their business and help each other meet our goals! Never thought I would have friends all over the country!!

19. Make a video tutorial and post on youtube. You can see all my video tutorials on my youtube channel.  I made them with the imovie app and it gives my audience a chance to see a product in real form before buying.  I am definitely trying to learn more about how I can make these videos more professional, but for now, this will have to do!

20. Reflect on your year. Blogging and being a TPT seller is my 2nd job.  First off, I need to reflect on my professional work year as an SLP.  Check out this post I did about self reflection. Now, it’s time to reflect about your blogging/TPT store.  Determining what went well and what you want to improve upon will help you with the next “to do”, making a business plan and setting up goals for your blog/business. Maybe you are awesome at scheduling posts on facebook, but know NOTHING about pinterest.  You can then write a goal for learning business strategies for utilizing pinterest.  This will give you a better focus on what steps you need to take next.  Last year, I wanted my cover product pages to stand out more, so I invested in better clipart and spent time looking at top sellers product covers. I looked for tutorials that helped with designing product covers to guide my images.

21.  Make a business plan and set up goals for your blog/TPT business. We always do better with accomplishing tasks when we set up goals! When we set up goals for ourselves and our business/blog, we can figure out how to meet those goals.  Maybe you want to blog once a week or increase your sales to a certain amount.  Starting tracking your stats to see how you are increasing/decreasing followers on all your social media platforms and see what content is doing well, so you can continue creating products/blog posts that your followers will enjoy! One of my dream goals is that I WILL make it into the top 100 sellers in one of the newsletters.  To meet that goal, I have to create unique products, find ways to increase traffic to my store and continue to write great content for my blog.

summer to do re-vamp

22. Re-vamp all your old and new products with fun, creative fonts and graphics. My “Build A Snowman Language Game” is one of my earlier products.  It is on my “to do” list to re-vamp.  My Interactive K,G flipbooks has fun fonts, pics of some of the pages from my product and bright colors to catch someone’s eye.


23. Prep crafts, DIY therapy items and seasonal products ahead of time. Get your products ready by prepping them and taking pictures of them before you launch the product.  Maybe you have been working on a winter themed item, but it’s July!  Prep it now, so when you post it come November, you can easily promote on social media when you don’t have time to make fun photos.

24. Create a freebie or product. Now is a great time to start prepping product ideas before educators go back to work!  Schedule specific days or times during the day when you will devote your energy in creating products.

25. Take some photos.  This is a great time to take some professional photos of yourself to add to your facebook page, blog or for your TPT store.  It’s always great to put a face to a name and a great way for customers to connect with you! Adding photos to your blog posts will add some visual appeal and will help with making your pins on pinterest stand out.  Prep photos for your upcoming blog posts that you have planned.  Check out my cover up at the top of this post!!


You still with me? Well, I also created a fun pretty freebie “To Do” list printable, so you can see all the things you accomplished this summer (for some you may be relaxing and recharging all summer).  I also included a generic “to do” for all those other fun projects/activities you may want to complete before August/September hits! To download this freebie, just click on the photo above or clicking on this link to my TPT store!

Hope this was helpful for you!  What is on your summer “to do” list?

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Independent Reading Incentives Bookmark (Free Printable)

pinterest long pinMy son became a reader this year in 1st grade, which is pretty darn exciting! Finding independent reading incentives for my son has been a bit challenging because there are so many other fun things to do. I am a month into summer break and we have been filling it with all things FUN!  Day camps, my 3 year old’s birthday party, beach camping, going swimming and lots of activities with friends and family.  We are now in July and I realized it’s time to buckle down and get my son back into independent reading every day.

I have been reading books to my kids in the mornings or evenings, but it is super important for my son to continue reading independently. Research has shown that when kids participate with independent reading they build their reading fluency skills (which helps with improved comprehension), increases vocabulary development and builds a child’s background knowledge.  In order to keep me accountable and my son motivated, I made some print n’ go bookmarks to keep track of how many books he reads.  Once he colors in all the stars, Riley (my son), can cash it in for a reward.  His first reward was popsicles!!  You can keep it really simple and inexpensive by creating a list of choices like going swimming, ice cream bars, inviting a friend over, IPAD time, no chore day, etc.

reading bookmark in actionGrab this free printable in my TPT store! My son has been liking it so far.  Next reward, is a bowling night with the family (this is because I got a really awesome groupon deal).  If your child is not yet ready to read books independently, you can still use this incentive for books you read to him/her or maybe use it for when they complete a sight word identification task!

What have you been doing to get your kids reading at home?  I would love some tips and book recommendations for 1st/2nd graders!!
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Social Behavior Mapping Poster: A Social Thinking Therapy Resource

social behavior mapI am a BIG fan of materials that are easy to store, require little to no prep and can be used flexibly in therapy.  Today, I am going to share a great resource from Social Thinking.  If you aren’t familiar with the social thinking curriculum, I would recommend buying their Thinking About You, Thinking About Me book or Think Social! book to get started.  They are awesome resources that will help enhance your social skills therapy! Today, I am going to be sharing about there Social Behavior Mapping Poster.

Social Behavior Mapping Dry Erase Poster is a tool to help visually show your students the effects of someone’s behavior in a certain situations, both expected and unexpected.

Some of the vocabulary taught with this curriculum, uses the terms expected behavior and unexpected behavior.  In different social contexts, we have to adjust our behavior, so that we are being expected because we want people to have pleasant, good thoughts about us.  For example, when we are watching a football game, it is expected to scream and cheer loudly at the television.  However, if we did that behavior at a library, we would be exhibiting unexpected behaviors because what is expected at the library is for everyone to whisper or stay quiet while looking for books.

For our students with social skill deficits, understanding how their “expected” and “unexpected” behaviors affect people is very difficult. They struggle with picking up on non-verbal cues, tone of voice and interpreting ambiguous/sarcastic verbal messages. Some of my students struggle with “seeing” how their behavior affects others as well as understanding that you have to change your behavior in different contexts.

social behavior map 2This poster allows the therapist or student to write information on the poster with a dry erase marker, so you can use it all the time.  This allows the therapist to tailor the lesson to specific situations the student may need to process through.

There are four columns with different questions to answer about the behaviors. Here is what is listed in the four columns:

  • My behavior that is expected/unexpected for the situation
  • Others feelings about our behaviors
  • How others treat me based on how they feel about my behavior
  • How I feel based on how I am treated in the situation

You can chose a general situation such as “lunch time” and map out behaviors that are general to all students, or you can tailor the behavior mapping specific to what the student is exhibiting during that time.  I have done both because I have some students that become very resistant and escalated in behavior when I point out their not so great behavior.

I love how we can analyze the different feelings/emotions others may feel as well as how the person may be feeling.  We can compare/contrast the affects of expected/unexpected behavior and then think of ways to use more expected behavior in that situation.  I am also able to incorporate “thinking bubbles vs. talking bubbles” with this lesson as well.

The only downfall of using a dry erase poster is that you don’t have anything tangible to send home with parents or to give to teachers.  So, a quick fix I thought of was snapping a photo with your IPAD or phone and emailing it to parents/teachers!

This poster is only $13!! What a deal! I have found working at the middle school that less is more in terms of materials and this helped me tremendously with planning effective therapy.  This is a great tool to use as a warm up if you are having students practice having expected behaviors when playing a game, having a conversation, working in a group, etc.  It gets their brains ready to be social thinkers.  Do you have this poster?  What do you love about using it?

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10 Books To Keep You Up At Night During Summer Break

late night summer readingHave you read an amazing book that kept you up at night? It’s the best when you find a really good book over summer break when you don’t have to be up early for work. Summer break is right around the corner for me, which means I need books to keep me up at night!  I am sooooooo excited to do projects around the house, hang with my kids, go to the beach, sleep in and lots of other fun stuff!  In Sacramento, it really heats up, so the evenings are pretty fun to sit outside, beverage in hand, reading a great book while the kids play in the backyard.  I have revived my love of reading since I have been able to carve more time to partake in the hobby.  I gathered up some must read books for the summer.

I read this book in college and was very engrossed in the story. It is about a young girl who doesn’t have much of a childhood, so she is stuck in front of the TV eating food. Once she becomes a young woman, she finds herself 257 pounds. While most teenagers are having the time of their lives, Delores is faced with many issues of divorce, rape, obesity, and mental illness.

The Baker’s Daughter came recommended by my mom and sister in law.  It is next on my list to read!  This story is about a journalist who is trying to finish a feel good Christmas story and goes to interview the owner of a German bakery.  This is a book about the past and present involving a story about World War II and the Nazi’s.  Looks fab!

This is one of my favorite books and it is definitely a fun summer read! Owen Meany is a dwarfish boy with a strange voice who accidentally kills his best friend’s mom with a baseball and believes–accurately–that he is an instrument of God, to be redeemed by martyrdom.  Once you read the book, you can watch the movie Simon Birch that is based off the book.

I was at a garage sale a few summers ago and the lady was selling TONS of amazing books.  She was in a book club, so I scored big time.  This is one of the books I bought.  The main character is a young Nigerian refugee whose very existence changes the lives of a group of English citizens in dramatic ways.

The Husband’s Secret captured my interest immediately because I wanted to know the SECRET!  Cecilia finds a letter written to her from her husband and learns a terrible secret from his past.  There are two other women in the novel that barely know Cecilia in which her husband’s secret will affect all of their lives.  I liked this book because it was entertaining and easy to read when I had time.

This was probably one of my favs so far! A young girl named Victoria has just turned 18 and is no longer a part of the foster care system.  She struggles with relationships, but finds a way to communicate with people through the language of flowers.  Victoria finds a job working in a florist shop and while working there, she is forced to confront a painful secret from her past. This one is a must have!!

If you LOVED Gone Girl, then you will probably love this book. My mom is reading this book right now and is loving it!  Once she finishes it, I get to borrow it. It is one of those psychological thriller mystery types of books that will keep you entertained while you sip a beverage of choice in the late evenings.

I read this back in college and couldn’t put it down.  Amir, the son of a well-to-do Afghani , has a best friend, Hassan, who is the illiterate child of Amir’s father’s long-time servant. Both children are motherless. A horrific event, a secret kept, the loss of personal honor, and a lie come between the boys, in which the story follows them into adulthood.  Lots of twists with this story…I may re-read this book over the summer, it was that good.

This is a memoir that really touched my soul.  This is a story about two people who were the most unlikely to ever become friends.  It is written in both perspectives from Denver Moore (the modern day slave, homeless man) and Ron Hall, the upscale art dealer and how Ron’s wife brought them together.

Barefoot is one of those easy reads about 2 sisters and a friend that decide to stay in a little cottage by the beach for the summer with their children.  All of them are trying to escape from some problem in their lives and they hire a college boy native, Josh to be their babysitter.  I won’t share too many details, but it is easily relatable for us women in their 30’s and 40’s. Perfect book for any relaxing vacation!

If you are looking for more books to read, check out my post I did with  recommendations of books to read over winter break. What are you all planning to read this summer?  I would love to add more to my list!

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SLP Must Haves: 10 songs to celebrate the end of the school year

must haves end of the year playlistThe last day of school is right around the corner for me! Which means……. I need some songs to celebrate the end of the school year to keep me pumped up! Students get out May 29th, but I have to work another week because SLP’s in my district have a longer calendar year.  I will be in peace to do all my paperwork without students around (that’s the only positive I can come up with), plus I get paid to get organized!!  I will be blasting some tunes on my way home from work celebrating that my summer break has arrived!  For those that have been following me for a while, you know I love music and use it to help keep my mood up!  I have a new set of recommended songs you MUST HAVE on your playlist for the end of the school year, particular the last day of school.  In no particular order here they are:

1. Maroon 5’s album V with the hit song “Sugar” is ultimately about a guy wanting some “sugar love” from his lady, but the first line reminds me about how my body and soul feels by the end of the year! “I’m hurting, baby, I’m broken down. I need your loving, loving. I need it now.” By the last day of school, I am hurting and needin’ some summer lovin… this song is a great jam to blast in the car!

2. Uptown Funk with Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars is a get up and dance kinda song.   This is a great song to remind us that we have ALL summer long to get dressed up on and out on the town.  No lessons to plan, deadlines to meet or paperwork to get in our way!

3. I’ve gotta feeling by Black Eyed Peas will definitely get you pumped to plan something fun into the late night because we don’t have to set ANY alarms all summer long!

4. Summer Nights by Rascal Flatts will get you in the mood to have a BBQ with friends and let the kids stay up late on those hot nights.

5. Best Day of my Life by American Authors should be blasted the whole walk to your car lol!

6. Walk the Moon’s song Shut Up & Dance With Me has a great beat and it reminds me that school is out and it’s time to STOP talking about speech, IEP’s, paperwork, etc. and turn up some music and get to groovin’.

7.  Jump Right In by Zac Brown Band is a fav of mine!  It has an awesome tempo and makes me want to get to a beach.  I am not going to tropical place this summer, but my family is going to the beach…woohoo!

8. Blame it on the Boogey by The Jackson 5 is one of those songs that makes you want to roll down the windows and sing at the top of your lungs. Get your boogey on!!

9. Beyonce’s Let’s Move ‘Move Your Body’ is a great get up and dance kinda song. It’s perfect for celebrating!! No more meetings, IEP’s to write, therapy to plan…..the list goes….get up and move your body, you deserve it!

10. Colbie Caillat’s Blaze song reminds me of all the fun late nights we are all going to have not worrying about IEP’s, therapy planning, reports, and to do’s!

There you have it!  10 amazing songs to help celebrate the start of summer break!  I hope you all have a great time off from work. You deserve it!  For those that have to work this summer, these songs will surely help you get to work in the morning with a smile. (1430)


Summer Speech Therapy Activities: FREE & Paid TPT Round UP

summer TPT roundup
Summer is just around the corner and it is a great theme to use in therapy!  Having summer speech therapy activities to send home as homework are perfect for those summer months.  If you are working this summer, then grab some summer speech therapy activities on TPT!!  I started using my summer themed resources this week and plan to use them till the end of May.  Check out my round up of free and paid TPT products that I have found to help plan therapy.  I have links categorized by target area, so you can easily find the items you need!


Grillin’ Up Articulation: SH, CH, DJ

Grillin’ Up Articulation: S-blends & L-blends

Firework Artic FREEBIE K,G,F

Cool Minimal Pairs: s-blends

My Sound Castles for Articulation: ALL Sounds NO prep

Summer Themed BUNDLE No Prep Artic L,S,R,SH,TH,V

Flip Flop Articulation Matching Game

Let’s Go Camping: An Articulation Unit

Flip Flop Articulation Dot Art NO prep ALL sounds

Oceans of Words-Awesome Articulation Worksheets

Summer Color, Cut & Glue Articulation Activities for Early Developing Sounds

Summer Color, Cut & Glue Articulation Activities-Later Developing Sounds

Mystery Pictures for Speech & Language Summer 6,900 words

Mini Speech Club Summer

Syllable Squeeze Multisyllabic Words for Speech Therapy

Interactive Smore Articulation Activity: Hands on speech therapy

Beach Hunt Interactive Articulation Sensory Tub Activity

Summer Later Developing Sounds: Articulation Games

Summer Early Developing Sounds: Articulation Games

Open Ended Games

Gone Camping FREEBIE Open Ended Board Game

FREEBIE No Print Pass the Prize Summer Edition

Summer Open Ended Games

Ready for Summer 3 games in 1

Lemonade Maker: Open Ended Reinforcemnt Game

All Around the Campground Game Board Set FREEBIE

Summer Open Ended Gameboards FREEBIE


Pronoun Fun with Rangers Rick & Susie FREEBIE

Speech Therapy Pronouns/Prepositions for Summer Grades Prek-1st

FREEBIE summer pronouns he, she, they, him, her, his, hers

Grammar Golf Grades K-8th

Summer People Sentences: 3rd Person Pronouns FREEBIE

Summer Complex Sentence Builder

Beach Grammar Activities for Speech Therapy Classrooms


Summer Time Grammar & Vocabulary Pack Grades Prek-2nd

Scoop Up A Delicious Story FREEBIE

Out In The Woods Cause & Effect Grades 1-5

Camping Out Categories Grades Prek-1st

Splash With Language Levels 1, 2, 3

BBQ Figurative Language

Summer Themed Preschool Speech & Language Pack

Summer Descriptive Sentence Fram FREEBIE

Fishy Guessing Similarities & Differences 2nd-5th

Summer Vocabulary Activities Grades Prek-K

Sailing Through Summer Speech Grades Prek-5th

That’s Fishy! Which Does Not Belong: Understanding Negatives & Associations FREEBIE Prek-1st

Summer speech FREEBIE: Gardening

Get Your Hamburger On-Visuals & Printables for Writing Intervention Grades 2nd-5th

Summer Vocabulary BINGO Grades Prek-2nd

Under the Sea Language Activities for Speech Therapy Grades K-7th

Summer Figurative Language Grades 3-8

Ice Cream Emotions- Feelings & Pragmatic Vocabulary Grades 4-8

Write-Say The Room Summer

Sweet Summer Speech & Language

Fun In The Sun: Beach Themed Speech & Language Activities

Summer Interactive Books

All Around the Campground Game Board Set

Buzzin’ True or False FREEBIE Grades 1st-4th

Summer Fun Language Grades 1st-6th

Speech Camp- Expressive Language Activities

No Print Splashing Into Language: Expressive & Receptive

Picnic Time Language

What Goes With Interactive No Print Categorization Associations

Camping Categories

Spring & Summer Stylist: Expressive/Receptive Language Activities Grades Prek-2nd

Say What? A Comprehension Activity Summer Edition Grades Prek-1st

Summer Print & Go Language Pack

Under The Sea: A Thematic Unit Grades Prek-K

Nonfiction Texts with English Language Arts Targets Spring/Summer Edition Grades K-5th

Baseball Themed Language Activities K-6th

Sunny Packet of Language Fun

Greetings From Summer Camp: Listening for Details

Flip Floppin’ Into Summer Interactive No Print

Fun in the Sun Language Activities

Camping with Questions Yes/No Wh-questions for Speech Therapy

Ocean Animals Facts: Receptive/Expressive Language Activities K-6th

Speech & Language BUNDLES

Soaking Up Summer With Speech & Language No Prep Summer Pack Grades K-4th

Two Scoops of Speech & Language: An Ice Cream Themed Activity Packet

Hear it, See it, Say it: Fun in the Sun Seek & Find

Hear it, See it, Say it: Let’s Go Camping

Ladybug Printable Speech & Language Activities FREEBIE

Summer Fun Pack for Speech & Language Therapy or classroom fun

Speech Therapy Oceans of Fun Bundle

Book Companions

The Rainbow Fish Speech & Language Companion Grades K-5th

The Rainbow Fish Phonemic Awareness Pack

Phonemic Awareness Activity for The Rainbow Fish FREEBIE

Lisa the Lifeguard- Interactive Story & Comprehension Activities

Over in the Meadow: A Book Companion

Story Companion- The Big Wide Mouthed Frog

Giraffes Can’t Dance Speech Therapy Book Companion

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell: A Book Companion for Language

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell Language Unit

Smiley Speech Therapy Book Companion

There was an old lady who swallowed a shell: Speech & Language Activities


Summer Craftivity Worksheets

Father’s Day Speech, Language & Articulation Themed Unit with crafts

Craftivity Vocabulary Activities Summer Theme

 Extension Activities for Home Practice

Summer Homework Packet for Speech & Language Therapy Grades Prek-5

Summer Worksheets HW Pack for Speech Therapy

Preschool Speech & Language Summer Homework Packet

Common Core Summer Packets for Speech & Language Grades k-5th

Summer Articulation Homework Packet

Summer Language Homework Packet

Summer Homework Calendars for Speech, Articulation, Language & Fluency

FREE Summer Speech Homework Calendars for Articulation

Print & Go Summer Camp Speech & Language Homework

FREE Summer Speech Homework Calendards for Language

A Summer of Speech & Language Calendars

Speech & Language HW for the Summer

Summer Preschool Speech & Language Packet: Learning Through Play

Classroom Decor

Summer Themed Classroom Decor: Bright Fun Edition

Summer SPEECh Welcome Posters FREEBIE

Behavior Management

Splish Splash Summer Themed Behavior Management Set

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Spring Activities for Speech Therapy: Grammar & Vocabulary Pack For Grades K-2nd

spring vocabulary and language Last year, I made seasonal packs for my K-2nd grade students working on building vocabulary and grammar skills.  It’s always fun to incorporate spring activities for speech therapy because the kids love it! I realized I never posted about my Spring pack! It was a lifesaver with my 80 sized caseload.  There are tons of spring therapy activities for speech therapy in this set! I always had visuals and was able to target skills with the seasonal theme!!

spring activities for speech therapyI store all of these sets in big ziploc bags.  I would grab the bag and a game and off we went.  I loved these materials for my mixed artic and language groups because I was always able to have stimulus items for my language kids.

spring activities for speech therapyThis pack has lots of stimulus items to work on pronouns, is/are, present progressive, noun-verb agreement and third person singular.  There is also themed vocabulary to work on describing and comparing/contrasting.  Grab this pack in my TPT store or enter win a copy below with my rafflecopter!

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