Freebie Fun and A Truth Revealed!

This week has been so much fun! Although the work week is almost done and we can say, "TGIF!" you still have chances today and tomorrow to win a freebie of your choice (no bundles, please) from my store.  To earn your chance today, be sure to comment below with what kind of product you most wish for, if you could have one personally designed for you.

Who knows, maybe you will see it sometime in the future!

One of the reasons this week has been so much fun for me is the chance I have gotten to interact with you, either here, on Fb or on IG. My truth revealed? Well, you know from my bio that I have been an SLP for quite a while, which means that many of the skills I'm using now to publish were ones that required a lot of hard work (and advice from my kids) to learn.

The first time I learned about blogging was when I watched that movie about the woman who cooked Julia Child's recipes and blogged about it for a year. I left that movie saying that I would never write a blog. You know, the things you say that come back to haunt you later?

My husband is the reason I changed my mind and stepped out of my comfort zone. He has always been a staunch supporter of my SLP skills, even when supervisors thought that I was stepping beyond the boundaries of our field. He encouraged me to share my experiences with SLPs so that kids could benefit, instead of keeping my experiences to myself.

So, here I am! I hope that you will find something helpful to you in my posts. I am so very grateful to have gotten to interact with you this week, taking the edge off of wondering who was out there reading this! I'm glad you joined me!

Comment away with your perfect item to solve an SLP problem and good luck winning the contest today!

It's That Time of Year- A Gift for You! #2

A little something extra from Looks-Like-Language!
This season manages to be the busiest, as well as the darkest, time of year, so there's nothing like a little freebie to make your life a little brighter! I gave you the complete set of game cards last week so you would have plenty of time to use it.

If you missed that post, click here!

This week's free download is a matching worksheet. Enjoy!

Have a Fun FREEBIE Filled Week Here!

Looks Like Language is the Featured SLP Seller!
Welcome! I‘m so excited to the Featured Seller on the SLP Materials Club this week! If you don’t know about this group, you should! Every week, a new SLP seller is featured, with a freebie and sometimes chances to win prizes or sales! If you haven’t already joined, link up here!

This week, I will be offering daily sales, chances for a free product of your choice (no bundles) and a freebie for ALL of my newsletter followers

I am super happy to also have a $10 TPT GIFT CARD to give away! The winner will be chosen on Monday at 5:00 PM EST so you can use it during the sale. To get a chance to win the gift card, just sign up for my newsletter and comment below!

SO, be sure to SIGN UP NOW! Just fill your email address and first name in the bar at the top of my blog, then comment below! The winner will be announced here and on my FB page tomorrow.

As if there isn’t enough going on, it is also the TpT Site Wide Sale! You can get 28% off on all items in my store, with extra discounts on my featured items for this week! Check it out here! Thanks to The Creative Classroom!

Shopping the site wide sales is thrilling, but can also be a bit overwhelming, too. To help you out, I’d like to feature my Speech Spotlight blogging friends and the types of terrific materials you can find at their stores.

For VISUALLY SUPPORTED MATERIALS for autism, special needs and at risk learners of all ages, visit Looks Like Language!

Looking for AAC MATERIALS and LITERACY supports? Susan Berkowitz is the place to go!

NO PREP language and articulation fun, including dice games for elementary students, can be found at Ashley Rossi’s store.

Jennifer Bradley loves articulation and features NO PREP and NO PRINT materials!
Collette from Alberta Speechie has preschool to 2nd grade materials that are ADAPTABLE  to grow with the student or to meet the needs of your groups.

Lisette at Speech Sprouts has your PRESCHOOL - 4th grade needs met with a wide variety of activities in each product to use across your caseload.

Engaging, EVIDENCE BASED products for autism, special education, and functional skills students in K-8 are the focus of Anne's Beautiful Speech Life!

Tami from TLC Talk Shop provides engaging and INTERACTIVE speech and language materials for Pre-K to 5th grade. 

Need BILINGUAL SPANISH materials? Sarah Wu- Speech is Beautiful has you covered!

Pediatric private practice is the new focus for AGB Speech Therapy! Find PARENT HANDOUTS here!

Whatever you need, I’m sure you can find a great material to use from one of the SLPs on TpT!  Have fun during my FEATURED SELLER week! There are daily prizes, so you have a good chance of winning if you play all week long!  

Did you sign up for my newsletter on the top bar? Then comment below for your chance to win a $10 TpT gift certificate! Good luck!

It's That Time of Year- A Gift for You!

FREE open ended Santa game from Looks-Like-Language
It's that time of year again! I can't believe it! Last year this time I had just agreed to join ClassroomFreebiesToo and was wondering how in the world I would manage a freebie a week for a year! Well, I accomplished it! Hurray!

Since I missed my years of working with preschoolers, I was motivated to make some simple, fun games that worked on basic readiness skills that would help both parents and educators. I hope you've been loving them!

I also hope that you will join me for my monthly newsletter. If you do, there will be no spam, just tips, news and freebies! I hope to see you there. Just fill out your email on the top bar to stay in touch!

Click here to download the matching game. Newsletter friends, enjoy your extra pages!

Happy December!

Quick, Easy and FREE Thanksgiving Play Tips!

One of my favorite categories to use along with the Thanksgiving theme is (you guessed it!) FOOD. What a natural go-together! The basic Thanksgiving vocabulary, such as Pilgrim, Indian, log cabin, teepee, etc. can be incorporated into play based on daily routines, while actually building your little ones’ communication skills for food names, eating and drinking!

Free and easy Thanksgiving play- Looks-Like-Language!
Watch out for craft store sales to get great little props. The Pilgrims and Indians in my photo are wooden pieces that I think were meant for scrapbooking or decorating frames! Of course, raiding your children’s toys (if you are brave) or checking garage sales are other ways to get great finds. Best of all, the log cabin and teepee will cost you next to nothing! Did you figure out how they are made?

You need some internet images, an empty tissue box, and an empty toilet paper roll! For real! Oh, you need scissors, glue, and a paper clip, too. (If you want to make them really pretty and do it as a  craftivity for your students to take home, you might want to paint the tissue box and toilet paper roll brown first. I totally skipped this step!)

For the log cabin, I cut out around the opening for the tissues, leaving about a half inch of the box left to provide a sturdy frame. Glue the log cabin photo onto one side of the box and cut out the tissue box and the photo around the door frame. Bend it back so it can open and close. Add extra construction paper logs around the other sides if you’d like more detail.

For the teepee, cut along the length of the toilet paper roll to open it. Pull one set of ends together in a way to get the other ends opening up in a teepee shape. Glue or tape the skinny ends together and secure with a paper clip. Glue the teepee photo onto the toilet paper roll, aligning the openings, and cut the toilet paper roll opening to match your photo.

Voila! Instant Thanksgiving theme!

If you don’t have play figures, cut out Pilgrim and Indian finger puppets, and small pictures of the foods or target words you need to elicit and you are ready to go! Then, they can talk about who is hungry or thirsty, what food each person wants, how are they going to get it (catch the turkey, grow the pumpkin, shuck the corn) and where it goes (in the teepee or in the log cabin.) For even more fun, have your students make food from playdoh.

There’s no worries about messing up the play houses since they are so easy and inexpensive to do! But, if they do survive the play, you can store all of the picture cards, finger puppets and other play items in the tissue box until next year!

My Journey to the World of an SLP

How did you decide to become an SLP? I’m joining with The Frenzied SLPs to tell you our stories of what led us to this path in life. I’m sure that there are as many different stories as there are SLPs!

The journey to be an SLP- A Frenzied SLP Link-up- Looks-Like-Language
My interest in speech therapy started at a very young age. I was in elementary school when I had a young cousin who was unintelligible to everyone in my extended family, except for my aunt and I! It got me thinking that maybe I had a special skill.

Time passed, and I remained interested in working with children. I ran a small summer camp for local kids with a friend, babysat and volunteered my time with disabled children while in middle/high school. However, I entered my undergraduate years planning to become a reading specialist, combining my love of books and children. 

Then I realized that there was no undergraduate major for reading, at the same time that I was highly recommended to take an introductory course on speech and language development. I was fascinated with all of the information that I learned that semester, and my major was decided!

Being an overachiever, I took quite a few education classes and double majored in psychology, as well.  When it came time for a Master’s degree, I decided to continue with speech/language pathology. I’m very glad that I did! I must say that, in my long career, at times I have felt swamped with too much to do and overwhelmed with paper work, but I have never been bored!

Each student I have worked with has had me learning as much as I was remediating! Every child is unique, learning in a different way and bringing their individual strengths and weaknesses to the learning curve. From infants to high school and regular education to special needs, I’ve had the privilege to touch many lives for the better!

What is your story? Please share in the comments!

Building Thanksgiving Sentences FREE Activity-4

Build Thanksgiving sentences with pictured words! Free from Looks-Like-Language
If your school is like mine, you have a few days to get through before Thanksgiving! Why these short weeks before a holiday sometimes seem the longest is beyond me!

To say Happy Thanksgiving to my loyal followers, I'm getting this last section of my Thanksgiving out to you ahead of time. I really hope it makes your planning a little easier this week.

Download it here, and have a wonderful holiday!
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