Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Springtime Social Butterflies

Social skills are one of my favorite areas to work with and to create activities for! I typically create shorter, holiday-themed activities, which I love and my kiddos have responded well to, but I’ve been wanting to have materials that last longer than a month or two. So, I’ve created a spring social skills bundle that targets seven different skill areas and will last all season long!

Here’s what it covers:
Topic Maintenance- Students have the opportunity to determine a response to be appropriate or inappropriate. Inappropriate responses then can be discussed and corrected. I have a large number of students that have a hard time staying on topic and this activity gives them an opportunity to remove themselves from the situation that is difficult for them and rate someone else’s behavior.

Initiating Conversation- Students are given social situations in which they can initiate conversation with a variety of individuals. Again, this area targets appropriateness. This is an area that a lot of my early elementary kiddos have difficulty with.

Manners- Students are given social situations in which they can determine appropriate manners to use. This area is one that I find myself targeting indirectly with almost all of my kiddos. I have a handful that need direct instruction in this area and this activity is a great way to deliver that!

Sarcasm- Students are presented with stories that contain both sarcastic and non-sarcastic language. They rate the stories, discuss why they’re sarcastic, and determine the meaning. This activity allows students to breakdown the language and gain a better understanding of how sarcasm is used and when it is appropriate.

Sympathy- Students are given social situations in which they can show sympathy to a variety of individuals. This activity goes great with the emotion cards that are included. You can discuss the emotion, why the character is feeling this way, and talk about real-life scenarios in which your students have felt that way as well.

Theory of Mind- Students are given social situations in which they can show sympathy to a variety of individuals. Okay, raise your hand if you have students who struggle with Theory of Mind… (And everyone raises their hand.) About 70% of my caseload benefits from this activity. Again, the emotions cards pair nicely with this activity!

Correcting Poor Social Skills- Appropriate and inappropriate behaviors are included. Allow students to expressively correct poor behaviors or match the appropriate behavior to the inappropriate behavior and discuss why it is appropriate/inappropriate. This is such a fun activity! Kiddos love catching the poor behavior and getting to be in the authoritative role in correcting it!

Rating Cards- Use the cards to rate the respective stories. These cards go with the Topic Maintenance and Sarcasm activities. You can print multiple copies so that each student has their own.

Emotion Cards- These cards can be used in any of the activities to discuss various feelings that may be experienced. They are great with Theory of Mind and Sympathy activities. Emotions included are angry, anxious, happy, sad, surprised, embarrassed, disappointed, and confused. A description of each emotion is included. 

Game Board- Use as a reinforcer for any activity. Kiddos can make their own game pieces or you can use them from any board game (my students love the Candy Land pieces.) Grab some dice and go! It’s super easy and very rewarding for your students!

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You can find this bundle in my TpT Shop by clicking here!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Get it together!

How many SLPs do you know that are not Type A? How many do you know that don't obsess over office supplies? There’s truly nothing like a new package of beautifully coordinated color gel pens (my personal favorite are the G2s) or a sparkly new planner to make you feel like you can conquer the world! Some women have to keep themselves away from the shoe section at Target to keep themselves out of trouble, but I am not allowed to go into the office supplies unsupervised. (Okay, I probably shouldn’t be turned loose with the shoe section either.) I have recently discovered a life-changing piece of the office supply section that I didn’t know existed. I could kiss who ever made these! (You’ll have to go to Amazon to get them instead of Target though.)

As much as I love office supplies, I equally love all of the incredible products I’ve found on TpT and created for my TpT store. The only downside is that they don't come with a container to keep everything organized in their Type A place. So, I discovered these hanging bags that changed my whole world! They snap together at the top so they keep everything nicely tucked away. And they have hook handles on the top so that you can hang them up and out of your way while still being able to access your materials easily!


I have organized mine by seasons and holidays. I also have a section for specific skills that are not holiday or seasonally themed. 

They even have this fancy-schmancy stand that you can get to hang them on. 

There’s a variety of brands and sizes. These are 9.25 X 12. You can fit 4 of my Interactive Books in one bag. I also fit my full-prepped seasonal mega bundles in one bag. 
With this particular set, you get 10 bags for $20! Not a bad deal! I've included the link to the set that I purchased. Click here to see them!



What are some of your tips and tricks to keeping your office in order and easy to access?

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Let's Get Social!

Social skills activities are some of my favorites to make! I love being silly and addressing somewhat taboo topics. How do you deal with a kiddo who constantly interrupts, says something off topic, or tells you an inappropriate story about what they saw their parents doing over the weekend? How do you help kiddos identify their feelings AND work through them appropriately? I like to use mini-stories and illustrations to help kids identify and work through real-life situations. 
I’ve created a FREEBIE that will help you address these areas with the kiddos on your caseload!
 

Sensitive Shamrocks Cards. I print and laminate a copy for the board games. These will also be used as copy and paste objects in the Book of Sensitive Shamrocks.

Color and Play Game Board. I like to use this game board with students that I see multiple times in a week. During our first session of the week, they color the board. After it is colored, we use it to play on and they can take it home with them at the end of the week! I use the game pieces out of other board games or let them use multicolored tokens and dice. We draw a Sensitive Shamrock Card, talk about what emotion is on the card, roll the dice, and move the game pieces.

Full Color Game Board. I print and laminate this board for use in my groups. I use the game pieces out of other board games or let them use multicolored tokens and dice. We talk about the different facial expressions that they land on as the game progresses and when they might make those faces. 

Book of Sensitive Shamrocks. Students can cut and paste the shamrocks from the Sensitive Shamrock Cards onto the pages of this take-home book. Talk about the emotion with the students and let them fill in the blanks. Add as many pages as needed. 

Compare and Contrast Sensitive Shamrocks. Students compare feelings and when they might experience them, how they are different, and how they are similar. 

If you love social skills activities, make sure to check out Shamrock Social Skills as well!


Click HERE to get a free copy of this product! By downloading and leaving feedback on this product, you will be entered to win a $10 credit to my store! Winner announced on St. Paddy’s Day!!

Monday, 7 March 2016

The Most Wonderful Day of the Month

The 7th of the month is easily my favorite day of each month! Over 100 SLPs participate in #SLPMustHave by marking one product HALF off for one day only! This month, my Spring Speech and Language Mega Bundle is half off the already discounted bundle price! This bundle has over 280 pages of low and no-prep materials that cover homonyms and homophones, rhyming, articulation, phonological processes, following directions, verbs, pronouns, compare/contrast , themed vocabulary, descriptions, spatial concepts and more!




I’ll also be grabbing Spring Time Fun Print and Go from The Speech Owl! 

as well as from No-Prep Social Skills from Speech Me Maybe!


and lastly, PRESCHOOL Interactive Fluency Binder by Busy Bee Speech (Lauren Lacour)

Make sure you don't miss out on this sale by joining the Facebook event page here!

You can also search #MarchSLPMustHave on TeachersPayTeachers.com

What goodies are you getting today??