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

Spring Fun Freebie 1

Spring is such a welcomed season after a long winter! When everything starts to grow, bunnies, chicks and eggs are a natural theme. 

Have some open ended printable spring fun- free from Looks Like Language!

Download this open ended free set and have some fun! Just click here for the first part of the complete packet with printable games and worksheets.

If you'd like to get the complete packet in one download, consider signing up for my newsletter that comes once or twice a month. No spam, I promise.


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 and picture support built in to make your mixed level groups easier!

Enjoy! Linda

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."

Snowman Color Matching Freebie

Match a snowman! Have fun with this freebie from Looks Like Language!
If you live on the East coast, you will agree that the weather this week is only fit for snowmen! Brrr! 

I updated the Snowman Color Match Freebie just in time for you to have a quick, open ended matching game for after the snow day(s).

Sign up for my newsletter if you'd love to have the whole packet at once. It will go out on Sunday!




A fun winter snowman activity set from Looks Like Language!
If you'd like some more fun activities for your snowman theme, take a look at the Snowman Color Match WH Question Activities at my store.

Holiday Cheers!

You've made it to the final countdown! Why is the last week always the longest, even though it is a short week?

Need some more quick and easy ideas to work on any goal with a holiday theme? Check out this blog post.


The December freebie has been updated, and I have more freebies in my store, so click here to find out about them!

May your vacation be peaceful and your holidays be wonderful!

Some Holiday Cheer for You!

Hello, friends! The season of giving is upon us, and I have a gift for you!


The December freebie has been updated, so click here to go to the latest version!

Remember that my newsletter followers get expanded free sets and additional tips and information.  So be sure to sign up now! 

Happy holidays!

More Building Thanksgiving Sentences in Mixed Groups

Working with mixed level groups is so much easier when you have co-ordinated materials that offer a variety of activities at different levels of support.  Did you download last week's freebie to get a taste of how it can help you out? If not, no worries. Just click here.

Make your Thanksgiving prep easier with this free Building Sentences activity from Looks Like Language!
This week, you can get the last section of the set. I combined them into larger downloads for you this year so that you have more time to use the materials.

Besides building N-V-O sentences to tell about Thanksgiving activities, or sorting nouns and verbs, it is very easy to adapt the activity for using past, present and future tenses. Just use the pictures and add some days of the week and time word cards, and you are all set!

Get this week's free download here.

Use past and present tenses to tell about Thanksgiving in a multi activity set from Looks Like Language!
If your students need more practice, take a peek at Thanksgiving Activities: Past & Present. 

I hope your Thanksgiving preparations are going well!
Enjoy- Linda

Building Thanksgiving Sentences Freebie


Build Thanksgiving sentences at 2 levels for differentiated instruction! Free from Looks Like Language!

A Thanksgiving theme offers so many possibilities for increasing language skills! This week's free download helps with language for typical activities we do for Thanksgiving- food related, of course!

Just like most of my activities, it offers picture support at varied levels.  Whether your students are working on building simple sentences, answering WH questions, or telling parts of speech, you can make planning for your mixed level groups easier.

Get this week's download here.

Make differentiated instruction easier with this Thanksgiving themed activity from Looks Like Language!
Do your students need more practice? Then you might want to check out Thanksgiving Activities: Sorting Then and Now. There are lots of fun activities to make your November planning easier!

Enjoy! Linda



Transition Problems- 7 Questions SLPs Need to Ask

Your muscles tense as you enter the classroom, waiting for the outburst that you know is coming. You walk up to your next student, who starts to scream and throws himself on the floor when he sees you. Sound familiar?

Even if the version you are dealing with only escalates to students turning their heads away and being non-cooperative, it isn’t the reception we were hoping to have when we became SLPS. Nothing boosts your ego like a student acting out upon seeing you.

The truth is, it may have nothing to do with you, personally or as an SLP. Your student has problems making transitions. But, what we can we do about it?

I brainstormed a list for one of my readers recently and thought this information might be helpful to you as well.

Transition Problems- 7 Questions SLPs Should Ask Themselves


Yes, visual schedules can help- but only if they are being used consistently by the whole team and only if the student truly understands them. 

Transition Problems? 7 Questions SLPs Need to Ask
Ask yourself:

1. Does the student truly understand that the generic ‘speech’ symbol means you? Maybe you need to use a photo of yourself or of your room. Or maybe you just need to make sure the student understands the symbol. One way to do this is to have the student carry the symbol from his schedule and match it to the same symbol on your door.

2. Has the student checked his schedule before you arrive to see that a transition is coming? If not, you are a surprise.

3. Do your students have the language to communicate their needs for this situation?  Think about what a verbal student says to help cope:
“Can you wait a minute? I just want to finish this first.”
“I’ll be ready in just a minute.”
“I’m almost done.”

Maybe you need to teach your student to communicate wait and go, not just to follow directions with these concepts.

4. Have I made my therapy room a place my student wants to be? To do this, you have to have rewarding activities and objects which you intertwine with harder work.

5. Did I try to move my student along at the pace I hoped for, not the pace the student is capable of learning at?  Making jumps in difficulty level that are too big and spending too much of the session at a level of frustration rather than a level of success can both lead to transition difficulties the next session.

6. Did I end the last session on a positive note, with work the student was successful with and a little time with a rewarding activity?

7. Am I working together with my SPED teacher to support the students’ needs? We make great teams, and the teacher is most likely dreading these outbursts as much as you are.

If you can’t think of anything to change in your therapy session, or even if you can, brainstorming with the teacher is always a good idea. They spend more time with the students, and if you are working to support their classroom communication needs, they will support you, as well!

Why Thematic Therapy Works- 3 Reasons for SLPs

Do you like doing thematic therapy with your younger students?  Holidays like Halloween are themes that definitely get them motivated!

Why does it work to have a theme in therapy all month long?


1- It gives enough practice time for students get to understand and use the vocabulary for the holiday before it arrives. Plus, it is fun!

2- Skills can be built and practiced over multiple months if you choose your materials correctly. When the students see the new theme, they feel like they are doing something different, but you know that you are consolidating their skills!

3- Kids like things that are familiar, especially if they have autism or are dealing with anxiety problems. By incorporating a holiday theme to work on their areas of need, we are helping them understand what will happen on that day and what will be expected of them. Helping out with functional skills is always important!

I’m not a fan of just teaching vocabulary, however!  Students get a lot of
Why to use themes in speech therapy! Tips from Looks Like Language!
vocabulary development in their classroom, and single words just don't give as much communication power as word combinations do. But if you use a theme to build their skills, you can accomplish two goals at once!

How can I do thematic therapy?

1. Find toys related to the season or holiday and use them in play in conjunction with functional everyday life vocabulary. Take a peek at the pairings in the picture for some ideas.

2. Use pictures, toys, or paper pieces for the seasonal/holiday theme but address sentence structure or syntactical rules and categorizing skills with them.

3. There are great books with holiday and seasonal themes. Answer questions and review classroom vocabulary while reading the book, but work on narrative and sequencing skills after!

4. Use open ended seasonal/holiday games and activities to review classroom taught vocabulary, stay festive and keep motivation up, but base the actual 'work' around the IEP goals.

To help you out, you can download the second part of this week's Freebie Friday download here. 

The monsters are on a mission- giving you an opportunity to work on target IEP skills with a holiday theme- for free!

Enjoy!

5 Reasons to Keep Open Ended Games Around


Have you ever walked into a therapy session, all planned, to have your students say, “No way! I’m not doing that!” Maybe they just put their heads down, their hoods up, or their bodies on the floor and refused to communicate at all. It happens, especially when students have special needs, and all your planning goes out the door. What to do now?

Open ended games are a therapy must have!
Try having some open-ended monthly thematic activities around! Why?

1- For holidays, it gives you a chance to build communication skills before the day arrives, which can lead to a calmer holiday when students understand the event.

2- The same skills can be learned and generalized over multiple months if you choose your materials correctly. When the students see the new theme, they feel like they are doing something different, but you know that you are consolidating and expanding their skills!

3- Kids like things that are familiar, especially if they have autism or are dealing with anxiety problems. By using a theme to work on their areas of need, we can help them understand what will happen and what will be expected of them. Working on functional skills is always important!

Whether you are planning to use them or not, open-ended games are great to keep around!

WHY? There are lots of reasons, but here are the 5 that come to mind:

Open ended games are a fun way to review.
1. When you have some extra time after your planned activity, you can quickly review.

2. When you are doing a makeup session and the goals of the group don’t jive, this will help you out.

3. When your planned activity bombs (yes, that can happen to anyone!) you have an emergency back up plan ready made.

Colorful games make great bulletin boards.
4. If you hang them on a bulletin board, they make cute double-duty decorations. 

When kids are having fun, they are engaged in learning.
5. Students who request a specific game that they see will likely be more invested in that session, and you can make open-ended games work for most goals.

Plus, it is just plain funWhat is your reason?

Enjoy!
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