Showing posts with label Seasonal Fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Seasonal Fun. Show all posts

Beginning or Ending Sounds- A Free Phonological Awareness Activity Week 3

Help your child with pre-reading skills! Find out more at Looks Like Language!
You might be saying to yourself, "What is phonological awareness, anyway? What happened to phonics instruction?" 

Well, phonics instruction still exists, but your kids will be a lot better prepared for it if you have fun with sounds in play before they get to school age!

FUN FACT 1:
Phonemes are the sounds, not the letters of the alphabet, that make up a language.

FUN FACT 2:
Children need a lot of practice listening to and playing with the sounds of our language before they are ready to attach them to the alphabet and written language.

FUN FACT 3:
If your child has difficulty pronouncing a sound, playing games to build skills for listening and identifying the sound can be helpful in learning to say the sound more clearly!

So, what are you waiting for? Download the free Beginning and Ending Sounds Activity and get started! If you missed the prior weeks, get started with the first download here.

If this got you curious, you can read more about the difference between phonological awareness, phonemic awareness and phonics at my friend Sarah's blog, Speech is Beautiful! 

Enjoy! Linda

3 Easy End of the School Year Tips- Plus a FREE Summer Homework Calendar for Autism!


The end of the school year is upon us! 
Great tips and freebies for the end of the year and summer carryover!


Whether you are finishing up next week or in June, you are probably noticing that your students are getting a bit antsy with the change in weather. Nice weather makes us all want to be outside!

Recently I read somewhere that nowadays, with teachers getting antsy themselves and starting end of the year countdowns, we are just magnifying the problem. Could that be the case in your school? I’ve been part of the education system for a very long time, and I must say that countdowns didn’t use to happen at one time.

Tips and freebies for the end of the school year and summer carryover!
Tip 1: Minimize showing your own desire for summer to your students.

We all look forward to the summer! But instead of counting down, when testing is over, try to consider this an opportunity! (I know, it is hard!)

Tip 2: Use this time of year to do all of the functional, fun application activities that you used to have more time to do!
Pick a theme and brainstorm how many different skills you can work into activities related to that theme. These are great for summer homework, too!

Literacy activities are basics! Have your students retell the story to check for comprehension  or see how well they are independently using the  sentence structures and speech sounds you have worked on. Have them ask each other questions for a change of pace with WH questions.

Cooking activities are great for following directions, eliciting verbs and spatial concepts, turn taking skills and just plain fun!

Play activities with toys related to the theme are a great way to get language samples and articulation use to check for generalization of skills learned this year.

Word games can be incorporated to elicit category, vocabulary, describing and phonemic or articulation skills. Play I Spy with My Little Eye using a busy picture related to your theme, or play I’m going to __ and I need something that starts with (sound).

Movie or song based activities are great for older students, especially if you let them choose their favorites! Just about any skill you can elicit with literacy activities will also work when using movie clips or song lyrics.

Tips and freebies for the end of the school year and summer carryover!
Tip 3: Change it up!

Whatever your usual working style, step out of your comfort zone and try a change of pace! The end of the school year is a great time for you to explore new ways of working with your students. Not only will it add to your skill base, but your students may like doing something different, especially if you are including activities that require computer technology skills. 

Did you see this post which has links to great websites to explore?

If you are concerned about how to take data with less structured activities think about these ideas:

• The real world is not as structured as a therapy session, so you need to find out if your students can use any of the skills independently. Compare how many times the student used the skill independently during the session now versus what they were able to do at the beginning of the year. Use a rubric to let you ball park the data.
• Many students with a limited skill base are able to produce the desired response largely because of the environmental cues you have unknowingly structured for them. Try going to a different location or even just change how you are sitting in your room. Are they still able to use the skills?
• Think about using the overall information you’ve gained about each each student as baseline data for decision making about next year’s IEP goals.

Whatever you try, have some fun with it! Your students will thank you!

SUMMER TIME HELP!
Tips and freebies for the end of the school year and summer carryover from The Frenzied SLPs!
We don't want our kids to backslide over the summer, and neither do parents. 
Thanks to The Frenzied SLPS for organizing this Summer Speech Carryover to give a variety of great tips to help us all out!

I know that while I was working, I could find plenty of help for my students working closer to grade level, but 
what about our students who are on the autism spectrum and communicating minimally

We certainly don't want them to backslide! The added difficulty for coming up with a summer plan for these students is the uniqueness of their skills and needs.

My free download for maintaining communication and keeping routines at home over the summer can be downloaded here. I hope it is a helpful guideline for parents this summer. It certainly is something I wanted to have but never had the time to create!

Be sure to click here to get more useful tips to help you out this summer from The Frenzied SLPS!

Spring Fun Freebie 4

Get the last part of the packet now! Spring Color Match Fun by Looks Like Language
I'm excited to tell you that the last section of my updated Spring Color Match Freebie has a new worksheet for sorting what belongs in spring time. You can download it here.


Learn playground labels, actions and rules with the activity packed At the Playground! set.
Going to the playground definitely belongs in spring! This activity packed literacy set build vocabulary for playground equipment and actions, spatial concepts to answer Where questions, and a variety of worksheets to make your mixed groups easier! Check out At the Playground at my store.

5 Important Reasons to Combine Books & Play in Therapy


Books and play are my two favorite therapy methods, so what could be better than combining the two? Sometimes people think that all SLPs do is play, so how hard could that be? They’d be surprised if they tried to accomplish specific goals in maybe an hour or so a week!

5 benefits to combining books and play in therapy:

Kids who are engaged are more willing to learn
Using play and the language for play also helps improve their symbolic thinking skills.
Using adapted books helps them understand and engage with books, improving their literacy skills.
Using therapy methods and materials that are part of their environment helps to promote generalization, or carry-over.
They are both so much fun!

Have fun with Spilt Milk at Looks Like Language! Freebie, too!
Spring is a fun time for incorporating a cloud/rain theme to go along with the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” My favorite book to use for that theme?  It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw.

Adapting the book
Did you know that there is a great website from the Baltimore City School system that has Boardmaker symbols for books all ready to download? For FREE! What a huge timesaver if you have Boardmaker already installed!

Get the list of all of the adapted books here
Or you can start with the downloadable zip files, starting with the letter A here.

Unfortunately, It looked like Spilt Milk used to be available, but no longer is. Maybe I should make that freebie for my newsletter members- what do you think?

Have fun with Spilt Milk at Looks Like Language! Freebie, too!
Games & Skills


Since VISUAL DISCRIMINATION SKILLS are a must for any students using a symbol system to communicate, the shape matching nature of this book makes it a great choice to use with students who are developing literacy skills. Additional shape matching activities can be found in the book companion at my store.

You know that I loved using Ellison cutters when I was in the schools (free), and now many people are buying home versions like Sizzix or Cricut machines. (expensive)
No worries, though, as you can just download the cloud shapes here and do some old fashioned tracing and cutting on construction paper instead.

Cloud faces with the basic EMOTIONS are always cute to use!
Make a pile face down, elicit a target from your student and then let them choose from the pile. If you have 4 emotions, you can have 4 winners!
Instead of picking randomly from a pile, stack each emotion in a deck and students can take turns requesting the emotion card they want.

Clouds with different colors, sizes and shapes add DESCRIPTIVE WORDS to their language!

Mixed groups?
Try using tape or fun-tak to attach other pictures to the back of the cloud shapes. In the picture, I have pieces to a Sesame Street puzzle attached to use as a puzzle token board. The student knew that when the puzzle was completed, the task was done.
Give each student a set of their own clouds with their specific targets. Place the free cloud page that you downloaded in a page protector so students have to cover all of the shapes.

SPEECH SKILLS- Tape pictures with the target sounds on the back or write the word using a dry erase marker on the clouds if they are laminated. Easy!

LANGUAGE SKILLS- It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just cut out the pictures from a worksheet that you can give for homework and tape them on the back to practice first!

Have fun with Spilt Milk at Looks Like Language! Freebie, too!
There are so many more fun activities in my book companion. Besides giving little ones an easy way to start using the strategy of looking back in the text to recall story details, there’s a cute open ended game board, and rhyming and phonology activities, too. 

But I think my favorite is the cloud shape matching boards! Check it out here!

Enjoy!

Spring Fun Freebie 3

Quick, easy, colorful and fun! This describes the freebies that are offered on Looks Like Language all year long to make your life easier.

Free printable spring fun from Looks Like Language!
Get the third part of the packet in this week's download here and use it to practice any work your students need to review.


Make sentence building easier with pictured activities! Looks Like Language
For learning new skills, packets that are more specific are helpful for teaching. If your students need some work on forming sentences, check out Sentence Building Activities with Pictures: Spring!  Picture supports are so helpful for all students, especially those with language and auditory processing difficulties. 

Enjoy!

Spring Fun Freebie 2

Spring is a time of change. When the weather gets nicer and everything starts to grow, it is a welcome change for most of us.


Have some free, printable spring fun from Looks Like Language!
You can have fun with these free printable activities as a part of your spring theme! The game with chicks, bunnies and eggs is open ended. Get it here. Did you miss the first part? That's okay. You can download it here.

Children with autism or anxiety issues may have come to perceive change as something scary, however, especially when they aren't really sure what a change will bring and can't communicate their fears. 

Spring is a great time to incorporate the word 'change' into your activities, so that your students can associate the word with some positive things, too.

If you'd like some more tips for this idea, try reading these blog posts:

Transition Problems: & Questions SLPs Need to Ask

Change Can Be Hard: 7 Tips for Students

Enjoy!

Spring Fun Freebie

Have some open ended printable spring fun- free from Looks Like Language!
Spring is such a welcomed season after a long winter! When everything starts to grow, bunnies, chicks and eggs are a natural theme. 

Download this open ended free set and have some fun! Just click here.


Have some spring literacy fun with this adapted book activity set from Looks Like Language!
For more spring fun, build some literacy skills with this cute repetitive text adapted book at my store.

There are lots of activities built in to make your mixed level groups easier!

Enjoy!

St. Patrick's Day Activities 4


St. Patrick's Day, free, printable, activities, game

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I'm posting this a bit early this week so that you have time to download and use the last cards of the set this week. I told you that I was having fun updating this set, and I just kept going!

You can do so much with this free set! Play the open ended board game to work on any skill, print duplicate sets of the cards for matching fun, and elicit language for spatial concepts and possessive pronouns! Download it here.

Did you miss the rest of the set? You still have time, just click here.

Lucky you! Enjoy!

St. Patrick's Day Activities 3

Have an easier time planning for St. Patrick's Day with these free printables from Looks Like Language!
Are you having an easier time planning some St. Patrick's Day fun with the free downloads you are getting here?

I know how much work is involved in planning every day, so I'm happy to help you out and provide some quick and easy activities to build children's skills!

This fun, free set coordinates with the free open ended game board in my St. Patrick's Day Activity set at my store.  You can work on any skill with the printable game board, or use these card sets to play color matching games and elicit spatial concepts, pronouns he/she and possessive pronouns his/hers.

Aren't you the lucky one! Get this week's free set here.

Did you miss some of the sets? You can get started here.

Enjoy!

St. Patrick's Day Activities 2

Lucky you! Get free St. Patrick's Day printables at Looks Like Language!
Are you feeling lucky yet? I was having so much fun making these cute game card sets to elicit pronouns and possessives that I just kept going! You will have an easy, fun set to play with this holiday!

Get this week's free download here

If you missed the first set, click here.

And don't forget to download the open ended game board at my store. Be sure to leave me some lovely feedback while you are there!

Enjoy!

St. Patrick's Day Activities 1

Whether you've been having snow days or summer days this month, the weather has been a bit extreme this year! St. Patrick's Day is around the corner, no matter what season your weather is, so I'm giving you a chance to start your planning early this year.

Free St. Patrick's Day activities at Looks Like Language!
I've updated and expanded my freebie from last year, so be sure to download each week even if you did so previously. All of the cards that you will get co-ordinate with the free St. Patrick's Day Activities set at my store.

If you like it, I'd love for you to give me kind feedback as a thank you for my time! If you don't like it, just move it to the circular file and better luck next time!

Once you have downloaded the free set from my store, get this free download and be sure to check back weekly for more co-ordinating cards!

Improve listening skills and using sentence context while building vocabulary for homophones!
If your students are higher level, you might want to check out this picture filled St. Patrick's Day vocabulary set for homophones that also works on listening skills and using sentence context to determine the missing word.

Whether you are Irish or not, you are in luck! And remember, my newsletter followers get additional tips and freebies, so be sure to sign up now!

3 Fun Activities for Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so maybe you are looking for some fun activities with that theme! I have a lot to share today!

First, I've joined with a group of my SLP friends to host a Wishlist Giveaway! You know how that TpT wishlist just keeps getting longer, and somehow we can never get it all?

Well, maybe you will be one of the lucky winners in this contest! The Rafflecopter link is at the end of the post. But, HURRY! It ends tonight!


3 fun, free games for Valentine's Day at Looks Like Language!
Next, how about a trio of freebies? The choices cover different ages and levels, so hopefully there is something here with your name on it!


Boom Cards

Your littles will have fun helping Teddy plan his Valentine's Day party by finding the items that go with the holiday. If you haven't tried Boom Learning yet, you should! You drag the answer in this game, and it bounces back to give you another turn if you were wrong! Click here to try it out!


Open Ended Valentine's Fun 


This free packet at TpT is a must have. You can work on any skill while playing games to help the monsters get the right colored Valentine's Day card, or while playing the printable game. Get it here!


Social Skills Conversation Hearts

These activities are built to be adaptable for varied age and skill level groups. You can even add the conversation hearts candy into the mix to spice up some interest! Having a quick and easy fun activity that works for mixed groups is a lifesaver when you have one of those days when the coffee just isn't kicking in! Get it here

Newly Updated!

I hope you have been getting notices to let you know when I have updated older products! It would be a shame if you missed out on the extra pages and prettier clipart you get with each update!

Activities for differentiated instruction with homophones at Looks Like Language!
This week, I updated Homophones for Valentine's Day and year round. It now includes more worksheets, heart themed homework pages, file folder activities and listening activities for improving inferring from sentence context! Check it out, or re-download it, here!

WISHLIST GIVEAWAY ends Friday, February 9 at midnight. Join the contest now!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Snowman Color Matching Freebie 3

Get the last part of the snowman themed freebie at Looks Like Language!
It's winter this year even in places that are usually warm, so be sure to take advantage of it to use a snowman theme!

Your final section of this open ended freebie is ready for downloading! Just click here!

When I worked with preschoolers, I loved burying small toys or pictured items in a container of packing peanuts to pretend we were digging in the snow. 

An off key version of a changed stanza from the dwarves "Heigh Ho!" song often accompanied taking turns with the (sand) shovel.




The Original:


"We dig dig dig dig dig dig dig in our mine the whole day through.
To dig dig dig dig dig dig dig is what we really like to do."

My Version:

(Name) dig dig dig dig dig dig digs the snow until the turn is done.
He/she dig dig dig dig dig dig digs. I wonder what he/she found?"

What is your favorite snow activity?

Exciting News at Looks Like Language!

Do you ever feel like the list of things you need to do is unmanageable? And then, how happy and relieved do you feel when you accomplish something on that list?

Then, celebrate with me!

First, I am so excited to have my Speech and Language Activities: Roll It, Say It, Write It! featured in the TpT newsletter! You can get it here.







Check out the new Boom Cards internet no prep, no print activities at Looks Like Language!
Next, I have been thinking for a long time about how I could make some no prep, no print materials that  are interactive, fun and easy to use (and also did not require me to jump through hoops to learn a complicated technology.)

I’m thrilled to have found a solution!  I am starting to incorporate quick and easy Boom Learning card sets into my printable sets, so you can have the best of both worlds! I just hope that you are as excited as I am when you try out my free and preview sets. My sets let your students drag the right answers on the page, and give them another chance if they make a mistake. So fun!

Give BOOM Cards a try!

Get your free no print, no prep internet activity set for mixed groups at Looks Like Language now!
Kids are sure to have fun with this interactive car themed activity that incorporates words with ’R’ sounds for articulation practice, WH questions and categories. Get the answer right to power up your car!

Download it here.



You can also try out free trials of paid activities to see if they are right for you.

Get your free trial and spread a little kindness! Looks Like Language!
How about spreading some kindness? There are two levels that coordinate with my matching printable set.

Acts of kindness is a picture level set for students to find the kind action and drag it to their kindness plate to fill it up with some yummy cupcakes.



Get a free trial of interactive learning for emotions vocabulary at Looks Like Language!
Working on vocabulary for emotions and character traits to help your students discuss kind and unkind actions? Try the free trial of Vocabulary for Acts of Kindness (requires some reading.)



After you’ve given them a try, I’d love for you to provide feedback at my store as a thank you!

Enjoy! Linda

Snowman Color Matching Freebie 2

Get your free snowman themed open ended game set at Looks Like Language!
It's another freebie Friday again! Amazing how the time flies by when you are very busy!

I wanted to share my newest adventure with you- Boom Learning Cards! 

I only have a few decks so far, but I love the interactive learning fun that they provide. I had been trying to figure out for a long time  how to make some of my activities interactive for students without you having to print, laminate and cut. I think you will find this option exciting! You can play these decks on your tablets, computers or SmartBoards!


Check out my free deck at Boom Learning!
Read the blurb at the bottom of the page and use the link to check it out my freebie there.

I have one free deck so far, and will try to make this freebie into a Boom card deck sometime this month, so check back soon.



In the meantime, here is the download for this week's freebie. 

Preview my free Boom Learning set by clicking the Boom icon.


What do I need to know about Boom Learning?
This works for following the link to my preview as well.

"With your Teachers Pay Teachers purchase, users new to Boom Learning get a three-month free trial of student progress reporting for up to 150 students. Your trial includes the ability to make up to 5 free DIY decks. You may upgrade or cancel at any time. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (released in the last three years) on interactive whiteboards, computers and tablets. Boom Cards apps are also available. Not sure if your browser is modern enough? Try a free Boom Cards deck first. When you redeem your purchase, Boom Learning opens an account for you if you do not already have one. If you do not subscribe at the end of your trial, you will be able to continue using Boom Cards with the Fast Play feature. Fast Play does not track individual progress. If you do not subscribe we will delete your student records 3 months after the expiration of the trial to protect student privacy."

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