Showing posts with label Freebie Friday!. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Freebie Friday!. Show all posts

3 Free, Fun Printable Games!



Is school out for yet? Even if you are one of the lucky ones who are on vacation,  you'll still want to download the June freebie. Better yet, sign up for the rest of 2019 before time runs out!

If you are already a member, be sure to check your email for the link to this month's sweet set with an aquarium theme, plus a "What Do Dads Do?" board game with action pictures that can be used all year long!

The free download for everyone is a fun aquarium game for matching the fronts and backs of fish to fill up your aquarium. Use it with any goals all long year long!

Enjoy!

3 Fun Activities for Mixed Group Therapy

You are working with a group of kids with articulation goals, but they all have different sounds at different levels form words to carryover.

You are working with a language group, but you have to do a makeup session for a student with articulation goals, too, during that time slot.

You have 3 kids in the same class whose needs and goals are very different, but they have to be grouped together as they have limited times they can come to speech. But how do you address their needs?

Do these scenarios sound at all familiar?  The benefit of open-ended games is that you can accommodate kids needs using them. They aren't your only option, but when you are doing a makeup session or figuring out how to combine multiple goals in one activity, they can be a lifesaver!

Join the free 2019 Growing Games Bundle now! Only at Looks Like Language!
This month, my complete set for people who have joined the FREE Growing Games Bundle mailing list (sign up on the pop-up) includes an open-ended therapy game that doubles as a Mother's Day card!

The free mini-set includes 3 different activities for the month of May from that bundle. You can download it here, but why haven't you signed up for the complete free set yet? If you'd like to get the monthly freebies, just click here.

Take a peek at the activities to meet varied group needs in my store, also! After many years of winging it, I have the time now to put together materials that were made for skill building and addressing multiple needs.

Put my years of experience to use and make your life easier! Enjoy!

Spring Open Ended Game Board Freebie!

Spring is a wonderful time of year! After a bleak winter, the world comes alive again and it seems that our lives do, also. After hunkering down in winter, there are always so many things to do outside in spring, even if you aren't a gardener.

Open ended, free printable board games from Looks Like Language!
Some colorful, open-ended, printable spring game boards can make your speech therapy sessions a bit brighter. 

You can also send them home as homework. Just print the lower ink version, write your target words on the page and make as many photocopies as you need. Kids would much rather see a game than a list of words and this also makes it easier for the parents to include siblings.

Parents, you can use these, too! 

* Play a game to practice your child's spelling words or multiplication tables.

* Reinforce your rules at home by asking questions such as: 
What do we do if there is a fire?  
Name 1 way to be polite at the table. 
What do we say when we get a gift we don't like?
What will happen if we don't take a bath? brush our teeth?

* Use the games as a countdown to a treat for following the rules, doing chores, completing homework, etc. Every day that your child does what is expected, draw a star or let them write their names on the game section. When they get to the finish line, they have earned the reward you wrote on the finish line.

Be creative! Please comment if you have found a fun way to use these!
Download the freebie here.

Are you curious about what you would get if you sign up for my newsletter? This picture shows the filled in sets.

Join the Free Growing Games Bundle at Looks Like Language!
And if you love these freebies, be sure to pin this picture to let your friends know about it!

Enjoy!


Teaching Kindness in February- A Free Print & Go Game Download

It is unbelievably important for educators to teach kindness skills and respect for different viewpoints and ways of life! I have some help for you with my free download.

To my way of thinking, having people be kind and respectful to each other makes the world a better place.

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Since the world seems to be both growing smaller, in terms of having access to information about anywhere in the world, yet growing more divided, let's do what we can to help promote peaceful interactions and acceptance of differences in hopes that our young people may make our world better.

A free print and go kindness board game from Looks Like Language!
Download the free kindness game board here.

If you'd like more options for mixed groups, have you signed up for my growing bundle of open-ended print and go games? Free for 2019 only, so don't wait! Click here or sign up on the pop-up!

Model kindness and help our kids be kind!

Dream BIG with Martin Luther King, Jr & a free download!

Happy 2019!

I hope that this year will be a happy, healthy and productive year for you! Happy and healthy are up to you, but I can help out with productive!

Since I love helping out SLPs and SPED folks, I have started a new freebie set for older students this year. We can never have enough materials, can we?

There will a new, open-ended print and go game for you to use each month. More often if life events permit! 

Get a year's worth of free open ended games growing bundle at Looks Like Language!
This month, I have a free open-ended printable game board for incorporating a Martin Luther King, Jr. theme with therapy skills. Just print, go, be creative and have fun! Download it here.














I also have a special offer for this year only!
Every month, my newsletter subscribers will have access to an expanded version of the Friday Freebie!

Get a year's worth of free open ended games growing bundle at Looks Like Language!
You know that I love making materials with visuals that accommodate mixed levels/skills groups. The expanded freebies will help with exactly that!

All you have to do is sign up on the dreaded pop-up. Maybe not so dreaded this year?

Every month, you will get early access to my growing bundle of open-ended print and go game boards. The link will only be active for the current month, but you will get a new access link at the beginning of each month once you sign up.

It will only be free in 2019, so take advantage of the offer and sign up now!

Enjoy!

Building Sentences about Thanksgiving Freebie

The only thing better than talking about food is eating it! Help your students build sentences to communicate about food activities this Thanksgiving with this easy to use free download.

Since I love to help you out with mixed groups, this free download has two versions so that students at different levels can do the same activity.


Build Thanksgiving Sentences in mixed groups with this free download.
This week's download is the lower level part of the set. The parts of speech for the sentences have color coded borders that coordinate with Proloquo and many other AAC systems. There is color coding on the game cards, as well, to make sequencing the words in the sentences easier.

Not only that, but you can choose whether students need to complete 1, 2, or 3 sentences during the activity, according to their ability levels. 

We all like to talk about foods! It is great also for providing visual supports for after the holiday to help students communicate about what they did at home.

Get your free download here, and be sure to come back next week for the other set!

Enjoy!

A Sweet Halloween Treat for You! Part 3

So, let's be honest with each other, now. How many of the sweet treats you bought for the trick or treaters have gotten past your lips? I can't buy chocolate candies at Halloween for just that reason. Thank goodness I can resist some candy!

Well, this treat has no calories because it consists of free, printable Halloween worksheets for basic skills. This week completes the set unless you have subscribed to my newsletter. My followers got an extra goodie!

You can sign up, too! Just fill in your information on the dreaded pop-up!

Enjoy Halloween!


A Sweet Halloween Treat for You! Part 2

You know the thing about sweets? If you have one treat, you just want another? Well, it's a good thing that I have another Halloween treat for you!
Conplete your free set with the newest download at Looks Like Language!

This packet has basic skills Halloween worksheets that you can download weekly to get a free set. 

When you have one of those days when you are always behind, just have one of these handy to send home as a quick themed review!

Download it here.

You don't work with little ones? Click here to check out the detailed preview for Halloween Costume Picture Activities for Mixed Level Groups. 

See if it is right for you!

Enjoy!

A Sweet Halloween Treat for You!

Halloween is a sweet time of the year in both meanings of the word! And why not get a treat for yourself?


A free little treat to make your life easier this Halloween at Looks Like Language!
If you work with (or have your own) preK kids, then you might like to download these free basic skills worksheets. 

Come back weekly to get the whole set, or sign up for my newsletter to get access to the complete packet in one download!



Are you looking for something more interactive? Click here to check the detailed preview for a no print, no prep activity for Halloween routines!

Enjoy!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Week 4

I'm so glad you came back for the last part of the baseball freebie instead of striking out! Whether you like to do a baseball theme in the spring at season opening, during the long days of summer, or just in time for the World Series, you can address any goals with this open ended set.

Get your free baseball themed open ended freebie to work on any goals!
Followers also get additional pages, giving them more ways to play! If you'd like to be one of my followers, it is super easy. Just fill out the form that pops up on this page.

If you sign up for my newsletter and are really interested in one of the follower monthly sets, just drop me line and I will email you the access link. I'd love to chat with you!

If you missed any of the set, start here. If you just need the week 4 download, click here.

Whatever home team you are rooting for, have fun with this game!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game- Week 3

Hey there, baseball fans! There's still time to have some open ended fun before the season ends!


Free, fun open ended color matching freebie from Looks Like Language!
Catch the newest section of the freebie and have some fun with it! The third section is available to download here.


Fall is a colorful time to build colorful words! Make nixed level groups easier!
Speaking of newest, did you see my newest adapted bool multiple activity set for Fall mixed level groups? 

It builds describing skills using literacy activities and games. Check it out! Click here!


Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Week 2

I know that the baseball season lasts quite a while, but it seemed like a new free set to start off the new school year would be fun!

Have a little open ended  baseball fun with this free download from Looks Like Language!
Open ended activities are so useful for mixed groups, where each student has a different goal to work on.

This baseball game is great no matter who you root for- there are players with uniforms of every color when you collect the whole packet.

So, enjoy the game!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Week 1

When you start hearing cicadas in the Northeast, it means the World Series is not too far away! It was time for a new free download for my loyal followers, so what is better to finish the summer and start the fall than a baseball game?

Make mixed groups easier! Get the newest free open ended activity from Looks Like Language!

Of course, you can download it now and play it next spring, or any time you'd like! There will be weekly downloads until you get the basic game packet, but be sure to open my newsletters to get the complete free packet (plus some extras) if you follow me.

You don't? Well, if you are interested, just sign up  on my blog! You are already here!

Who's up for some Cracker Jacks?

Try out this FREE unit for Getting Homework Done from Looks Like Language!
If you work with (or have your own) elementary level students who hate doing homework, you might also want to download this free Getting Work Done unit from my store. It's part of a popular bundle that helps children develop language for better problem solving skills.

Enjoy!




3 Rhyming Games That Are Fun and Easy! Rhyme Time! Week 4

Have you been having fun with rhyming? I sure hope so! If you missed the other parts of this free rhyming set, as well as my ideas for how to incorporate word play in daily life, start by clicking here.


Looks Like Language has free downloads for parents, too
Now that your children are familiar with rhyming, maybe you'd like to try some challenges! Ask the question and then the children can take turns providing a starting word. 

Be sure to talk about which WORD has the most/least rhymes, NOT which child guessed the best. This helps with keeping it a collaborative family game instead of a sibling fight.

1.  What do you think is the biggest number of rhymes we can make?
(After the challenge: "Great going, guys! We met the challenge!"
OR, "Good try, everyone! That word was harder to rhyme than we thought!")

2. What word is the hardest to rhyme?
(After the challenge: "That was a hard one! We couldn't come up with real words, so let's try some silly ones and see how many of those we can name.")

3. How many real/silly/both rhymes can we make for all the names in our family? Which name do you think will be the easiest? Hardest?

I know you are having fun now! But be sure to download the last set of free picture cards, too!

Enjoy!


Linda

Rhyme Time! Week 3 Freebie

It is Rhyme Time! Since I feel very committed to helping children, I've made a series of easy to play games that can be used by parents, SLPs, SPED and PreK teachers to help build children's literacy skills. This week, there's another rhyming set available to download for free!

Playing with rhymes helps kids get ready for reading! Free download from Looks Like Language.
Why rhyming? It is one of the important pre-reading skills that children need to have! Download this free part of the set here and keep coming back every week to get the rest of the set. 

RHYMING TIP:

When you are playing around with the sounds in words, like in this rhyming set, encourage children to pay attention to their tongues and mouth. When you start the rhyming pairs, the beginning sounds are different. What did they do that made it different? Maybe one sound used lips (like 'pear') and the next word used their tongues (like 'tear'.)

Are you an educator looking for something more in depth?

Take a peek at my rhyming games at my store! There are 66 different pictures in this set, so you can differentiate more easily for groups and even build vocabulary with the less common words. Click here to check it out.

Enjoy!
Linda

Rhyme Time! Week 2 Freebie

Who doesn't love a good Dr. Seuss book, full of rhymes? Theodor Seuss Geisel was a brilliant man whom we should all be grateful for. His funny creatures and entertaining rhymes have taught many children to read!

Easy tips to help your child with pre reading skills. Be ready for school!
The power of rhyming is well known, and it is something that parents can easily learn how to fit into their regular routines with their kids.  Just liven up a boring task with a word game and you will be helping your child to be more ready for school!

Don't forget to start a night time routine for a short story or book, either!

Now, I'm not claiming to have the sparkling wit of Dr. Seuss, but this free download will help you get started playing word games with your kids.

Want more tips for word games? Start at the beginning of the summer series here.

What are your favorite books for kids?

Enjoy- Linda

Rhyme Time! Week 1 Freebie

Summer is for fun, and who says that rhyming games can't be fun? Playing word games with your kids over the summer is a great way to help them keep their skills strong for back to school time!

There are free printable word games on this blog all summer long! If you missed the last set, start here to play with beginning and ending sounds.

Learn tips to help kids withe pre-reading skills at Looks Like Language!
This week's download starts off a rhyme series. The picture are adorable, so keep coming back all summer to get the complete set!

Don't forget to play rhyming games in the car, too! 


Start with basic games:
- Do a round robin where one person starts with a simple one syllable rhyming word like  'at.'  Everyone takes turns naming a rhyming until someone runs out of ideas. See if you can beat your last group score!

Make it harder:
-  Play a game for giving clues for something you can see around you. first give a rhyming clue. Then give a describing clue. Then tell what it is for. Three strikes and you are out!

"I'm thinking of something that rhymes with 'grouch.'
It is (color.)
You sit on it."

For older kids:
Play the same games but use 2 or 3 syllable words only!

Kids love this fun that builds articulation or phonics skills!
Are you seriously in the business of helping students with their pre-reading skills? Try this fun game with 48 different picture cards!

What word games does your family like to play?

Enjoy- Linda

Having Fun Learning Emotions! Week 1 Free Activity Set

Emotions are such a vital part of our communication process. Try imagining how you would feel if you had to go through an entire week with out being able to express how you felt about events in your daily life. What effect would that have on you?


Have fun expanding vocabulary for emotions with this free download from Looks Like Language!
Anger? Frustration? Powerlessness? All of these and more? We know it would not be good.

Many of our students lack the vocabulary to really express how they feel about things that they have to deal with or are requested to do. Even if they can label the basic emotions of happiness, sadness and anger, is this really enough?

I don't believe it is. So, I have made this printable download free and available to everyone as a way to get started expanding your children's or students' skills. You only stand to gain from this, so why not download it now?

My newsletter followers get the complete set in one download, often with exclusive freebies. Interested? Just sign up for my bimonthly newsletter mailing list now. No spam, no sharing emails, and you can unsubscribe at any time, although I hope you will love it and stay with me!

Come back next week for the next section of the set!

Enjoy- Linda

Beginning or Ending Sounds- A Free Phonological Awareness Activity Week 4

Listening for beginning or ending sounds in words is such an important pre-reading skill! Did you play word games on car trips growing up?

There's a reason for that. Playing around with sounds and words before entering school builds knowledge that you need in order to start learning the written language system of reading, spelling and writing.

Free printable game downloads at Looks Like Language!
This fun download can help you get started with your own kids! Download it here.

Then be sure to play some sound games, too!

* I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with cat. You need it for a sport.

* I spy something that starts with this sound: (Try to make just the first sound without adding "uh" "ah" "ee" or any other sound.)

* See how far through the alphabet you can get your child to give an answer.
   - Ann packed her suitcase with an apple.
   - Bobby packed his suitcase with a belt.

Where/when to play? Any time you are:

- sitting in a car
- taking a walk
- doing dishes
- washing clothes
- basically during any physical activity when your mind is free

If you missed the earlier sets, just start here!

Try some free interactive learning fun from Looks Like Language with BOOM Cards!
If you can't get your kids away from their iPads, at least you can make some of their pay time educational with the activities you can find at BOOM Learning!

Try out this free summer activity for category skills from my store!

Enjoy! Linda

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

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!
Help your child with pre-reading skills! Find out more at Looks Like Language!

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
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