Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekend Links




Weekend Links is a weekly feature here on Speech Room Adventures.  Each Friday, I send you links to some of my favorite speech, and possibly non-speech, ideas and pins from the week.  Hopefully by clicking through them you will be inspired by a new therapy idea, find something fun to do, or just get a laugh.

I really like this school guidance counselor's idea for "You Rock" rocks.  It would be fun to randomly hand them out to students after a particularly wonderful therapy session.  This will be my weekend project!

If you are in need of a first week of school get-to-know-you activity, check out this Yahtzee themed freebie from Carol Miller on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Creating a toss-and-talk ball like the one found here would also be a fun ice breaker game for initial speech sessions.  I would probably use a blow up beach ball from the Dollar Store so it could be deflated and stored easily.

Last but not least, this post contains ideas for 10 simple hairstyles.  I don't know about you but I always love to look my best for at least the first 2 weeks of school :-)

Have a great weekend!




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wild About Books Wednesday- Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee


Today I am once again linking up with Scarlett over at Speech is Sweet to bring you Wild About Books Wednesday! 



This week's book is Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen.  If you have not yet read any of the books in the Mr. Magee series, you have been missing out.  They are so much fun!  Here is the description of this book from the Author's website:

After packing a huge lunch, Mr. Magee and his little dog, Dee set off in their boat for a relaxing day on the water.  But what begins as a fun day in the sun turns into a bumpy ride, when one bored little whale swims up to give their boat a friendly nudge hello.  Soon the brave sailors that were once floating on the sea find themselves high above it, heading straight for a tree!



I thought the whale in this book was really cute so I went pinteresting in search of a little craft to "speechify" and came up with this little disaster piece of cleverness.  Apologies for the photo quality-  I missed optimum daylight and am still suffering from summeritis.  



I hope that kind of looks like a whale!  Anyway, if you choose to try it here are the steps I took.

First, I collected some blue paint, white paper, a paintbrush, and a sharpie pen.
Next, I painted my right hand blue.












Then, I painted on a little tail and used the sharpie pen to draw an eye and a mouth.







Next, I painted some extra streams of water shooting out of the blow hole.  







Once the paint dried a bit, I wrote the names of sea creatures on each stream.  If you wanted to use this for articulation, you could have the student write or draw pictures of words containing his/her sound.  It might also be fun to summarize or retell the store on this page.

What would you do with this book in your speech room?  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Date Night

Today I would like to share with you a different sort of post.  Although my intention for this blog is to primarily post speech pathology related material, I thought today I would share something with you of a more personal nature- a lifestyle post if you will.



Last Friday, my husband and I had a really fun date and I wanted to share it with you so that you can try it out as well!  We were kind of in a funk of just going out to dinner and coming right home on a Friday or Saturday night and calling it a date. So I was in search of something a little more creative, but not necessarily more expensive, than our typical date.  So I did some browsing and pieced together into what I'm referring to as a "Photo Scavenger Hunt Date". This was really quick and easy to plan and ended up being very fun!

Step one of the date was finding a restaurant that we hadn't been to in awhile in a town we don't explore very frequently.  Step two was creating and printing this list of pictures we had to obtain while on our date.  


Step three was to charge the phone and head out the door!

We had so much fun doing this and it really did create a lengthier, more inventive date.  We also had some good conversation during dinner as we discussed what we might take pictures of after we ate.  Here is a little photo montage of our hunt :-)


So I guess I should make this post a little "speechy".  Why not have students create a list of nouns or adjectives and then take the iPad,  your phone, or a disposable camera and go on a photo scavenger hunt of your own?

Please let me know if you would like to see more, or less, of this type of post in the future. Happy Dating!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Weekend Links




Weekend Links is a weekly feature here on Speech Room Adventures.  Each Friday, I send you links to some of my favorite speech, and possibly non-speech, things from the week.  Hopefully by clicking through them you will be inspired by a new therapy idea, find something fun to do, or just get a laugh.

This week's edition has a back-to-school theme as I am definitely starting to ramp up my preparations.  Hope you can find something useful here!

First up is a new, quick, pretty hairstyle. I'm starting in a new district so I'm trying to up my style :-)

Did you take advantage of Super Duper's tinless deck sale? I picked up a few and then found this idea for storing them. 

Here are two links from Buzz Feed.  This one has a bunch of pre-first-day-of-school crafts and this one has some great speech room decoration ideas.

Last but not least, click here for a little speechie funny :-)

Have a great weekend!!!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wild About Books Wednesday- Sheep in a Jeep


Today I am once again linking up with Scarlett over at Speech is Sweet to bring you Wild About Books Wednesday!  The book I chose to share with you this week is Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw.  This book is entertaining and so fun to read aloud!  

In essence, this story is about some sheep who go on a disastrous ride in a jeep.  All starts well, but these are not the smartest sheep on the farm and they quickly get stuck.  Luckily, some passing pigs are able to get them out of the mud and on their way again. All seems well until the chauffeur sheep forgets to steer and crashes the jeep into a tree. Although the sheep are all OK, the jeep did not fare as well. Spoiler alert-  here is a picture of the final page.  


I like this book for several reasons.  Firstly, it rhymes, which is always good.  Second, it is great for targeting the /sh/ sound in the initial word position.  Third, it has very simple syntax with some basic descriptive vocabulary.  

Instead of sharing with you a bunch of ideas that I have for this book, I did some searching and found some "outside resources" for you to check out.


From Teachers Pay Teachers
Teach Me Chinese (This one I would probably type over into a more accessible format but would be a GREAT activity)

If you want to purchase this book please use this Amazon Affiliate Link.


Have you used this book in therapy?  If, so how?  Also- don't forget to click over to Speech is Sweet to see what book Scarlett is sharing this week!