Independent Reading Incentives Bookmark (Free Printable)

pinterest long pinMy son became a reader this year in 1st grade, which is pretty darn exciting! Finding independent reading incentives for my son has been a bit challenging because there are so many other fun things to do. I am a month into summer break and we have been filling it with all things FUN!  Day camps, my 3 year old’s birthday party, beach camping, going swimming and lots of activities with friends and family.  We are now in July and I realized it’s time to buckle down and get my son back into independent reading every day.

I have been reading books to my kids in the mornings or evenings, but it is super important for my son to continue reading independently. Research has shown that when kids participate with independent reading they build their reading fluency skills (which helps with improved comprehension), increases vocabulary development and builds a child’s background knowledge.  In order to keep me accountable and my son motivated, I made some print n’ go bookmarks to keep track of how many books he reads.  Once he colors in all the stars, Riley (my son), can cash it in for a reward.  His first reward was popsicles!!  You can keep it really simple and inexpensive by creating a list of choices like going swimming, ice cream bars, inviting a friend over, IPAD time, no chore day, etc.

reading bookmark in actionGrab this free printable in my TPT store! My son has been liking it so far.  Next reward, is a bowling night with the family (this is because I got a really awesome groupon deal).  If your child is not yet ready to read books independently, you can still use this incentive for books you read to him/her or maybe use it for when they complete a sight word identification task!

What have you been doing to get your kids reading at home?  I would love some tips and book recommendations for 1st/2nd graders!!
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Summer Speech Therapy Activities: TPT Round UP

Summer Speech Therapy Activities: TPT Round UP

Summer is just around the corner and it is a great theme to use in therapy!  Having summer speech therapy activities to send home as homework are perfect for those summer months.  If you are working this summer, then grab some summer speech therapy activities on TPT!!

summer speech therapy activities for SLPs, special education teachers and ESL teachers. Great for summer themes or summer school lessons.

I started using my summer themed resources this week and plan to use them till the end of May.  Check out my round up of free and paid TPT products that I have found to help plan therapy.  I have links categorized by target area, so you can easily find the items you need!

Summer Speech Therapy Activities

Planning speech therapy lessons is a whole a lot easier when you pick a theme! If I want to do a BBQ theme, then I try to find resources that will cover goals for my whole caseload. These summer speech therapy activities are listed by target area, so you can quickly find items in the areas you need for your summer theme.

Articulation

Grillin’ Up Articulation: SH, CH, DJ

Grillin’ Up Articulation: S-blends & L-blends

Firework Artic FREEBIE K,G,F

Cool Minimal Pairs: s-blends

My Sound Castles for Articulation: ALL Sounds NO prep

Summer Themed BUNDLE No Prep Artic L,S,R,SH,TH,V

Flip Flop Articulation Matching Game

Let’s Go Camping: An Articulation Unit

Flip Flop Articulation Dot Art NO prep ALL sounds

Oceans of Words-Awesome Articulation Worksheets

Summer Color, Cut & Glue Articulation Activities for Early Developing Sounds

Summer Color, Cut & Glue Articulation Activities-Later Developing Sounds

Mystery Pictures for Speech & Language Summer 6,900 words

Mini Speech Club Summer

Syllable Squeeze Multisyllabic Words for Speech Therapy

Interactive Smore Articulation Activity: Hands on speech therapy

Beach Hunt Interactive Articulation Sensory Tub Activity

Summer Later Developing Sounds: Articulation Games

Summer Early Developing Sounds: Articulation Games

Open Ended Games

Gone Camping FREEBIE Open Ended Board Game

FREEBIE No Print Pass the Prize Summer Edition

Summer Open Ended Games

Ready for Summer 3 games in 1

Lemonade Maker: Open Ended Reinforcemnt Game

All Around the Campground Game Board Set FREEBIE

Summer Open Ended Gameboards FREEBIE

Grammar

Pronoun Fun with Rangers Rick & Susie FREEBIE

Speech Therapy Pronouns/Prepositions for Summer Grades Prek-1st

FREEBIE summer pronouns he, she, they, him, her, his, hers

Grammar Golf Grades K-8th

Summer People Sentences: 3rd Person Pronouns FREEBIE

Summer Complex Sentence Builder

Beach Grammar Activities for Speech Therapy Classrooms

Language

Summer Time Grammar & Vocabulary Pack Grades Prek-2nd

Scoop Up A Delicious Story FREEBIE

Out In The Woods Cause & Effect Grades 1-5

Camping Out Categories Grades Prek-1st

Splash With Language Levels 1, 2, 3

BBQ Figurative Language

Summer Themed Preschool Speech & Language Pack

Summer Descriptive Sentence Fram FREEBIE

Fishy Guessing Similarities & Differences 2nd-5th

Summer Vocabulary Activities Grades Prek-K

Sailing Through Summer Speech Grades Prek-5th

That’s Fishy! Which Does Not Belong: Understanding Negatives & Associations FREEBIE Prek-1st

Summer speech FREEBIE: Gardening

Get Your Hamburger On-Visuals & Printables for Writing Intervention Grades 2nd-5th

Summer Vocabulary BINGO Grades Prek-2nd

Under the Sea Language Activities for Speech Therapy Grades K-7th

Summer Figurative Language Grades 3-8

Ice Cream Emotions- Feelings & Pragmatic Vocabulary Grades 4-8

Write-Say The Room Summer

Sweet Summer Speech & Language

Fun In The Sun: Beach Themed Speech & Language Activities

Summer Interactive Books

All Around the Campground Game Board Set

Buzzin’ True or False FREEBIE Grades 1st-4th

Summer Fun Language Grades 1st-6th

Speech Camp- Expressive Language Activities

No Print Splashing Into Language: Expressive & Receptive

Picnic Time Language

What Goes With Interactive No Print Categorization Associations

Camping Categories

Spring & Summer Stylist: Expressive/Receptive Language Activities Grades Prek-2nd

Say What? A Comprehension Activity Summer Edition Grades Prek-1st

Summer Print & Go Language Pack

Under The Sea: A Thematic Unit Grades Prek-K

Nonfiction Texts with English Language Arts Targets Spring/Summer Edition Grades K-5th

Baseball Themed Language Activities K-6th

Sunny Packet of Language Fun

Greetings From Summer Camp: Listening for Details

Flip Floppin’ Into Summer Interactive No Print

Fun in the Sun Language Activities

Camping with Questions Yes/No Wh-questions for Speech Therapy

Ocean Animals Facts: Receptive/Expressive Language Activities K-6th

Speech & Language BUNDLES

Soaking Up Summer With Speech & Language No Prep Summer Pack Grades K-4th

Two Scoops of Speech & Language: An Ice Cream Themed Activity Packet

Hear it, See it, Say it: Fun in the Sun Seek & Find

Hear it, See it, Say it: Let’s Go Camping

Ladybug Printable Speech & Language Activities FREEBIE

Summer Fun Pack for Speech & Language Therapy or classroom fun

Speech Therapy Oceans of Fun Bundle

Book Companions

The Rainbow Fish Speech & Language Companion Grades K-5th

The Rainbow Fish Phonemic Awareness Pack

Phonemic Awareness Activity for The Rainbow Fish FREEBIE

Lisa the Lifeguard- Interactive Story & Comprehension Activities

Over in the Meadow: A Book Companion

Story Companion- The Big Wide Mouthed Frog

Giraffes Can’t Dance Speech Therapy Book Companion

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell: A Book Companion for Language

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell Language Unit

Smiley Speech Therapy Book Companion

There was an old lady who swallowed a shell: Speech & Language Activities

Craftivities

S’mores, Beach and Lemonade Crafts for Mixed Groups

Summer Craftivity Worksheets

Father’s Day Speech, Language & Articulation Themed Unit with crafts

Craftivity Vocabulary Activities Summer Theme

Sensory Bin Companions

Summer Sensory Bin Companion for Articulation & Language

 Extension Activities for Home Practice

Summer Homework Packet for Speech & Language Therapy Grades Prek-5

Summer Worksheets HW Pack for Speech Therapy

Preschool Speech & Language Summer Homework Packet

Common Core Summer Packets for Speech & Language Grades k-5th

Summer Articulation Homework Packet

Summer Language Homework Packet

Summer Homework Calendars for Speech, Articulation, Language & Fluency

FREE Summer Speech Homework Calendars for Articulation

Print & Go Summer Camp Speech & Language Homework

FREE Summer Speech Homework Calendards for Language

A Summer of Speech & Language Calendars

Speech & Language HW for the Summer

Summer Preschool Speech & Language Packet: Learning Through Play

PUSH-IN Language Resources

Summer Themed Push-In Language Lesson Plan Guides K-2

Camping Themed Push-In Language Lesson Plan Guides K-2

Beach Themed Push-In Language Lesson Plan Guides K-2

Ice Cream Push-In Language Lesson Plan Guides K-2

Behavior Management

Splish Splash Summer Themed Behavior Management Set

Do you have summer speech therapy activities that you love to use with your students? Leave a comment below or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com, so I can add them to my stash!

Spring Resources For Speech Therapy: A TPT round up of spring themed products

Spring Resources For Speech Therapy: A TPT round up of spring themed products

Spring is here for many folks, so it’s time to start grabbing some spring resources for speech therapy!  I love spring time because the weather is nice and the sunshine is out! Plus, planning therapy is super easy with a spring theme. When I am planning for speech therapy, I look at my caseload’s target areas of need. Then, I pick some themes that I want to use to target their goals. It makes searching for themed therapy items a lot easier when I know what I am specifically looking for on social media. To help all my SLP’s out,  I categorized tons of spring resources for speech therapy by target area, so it is easy to find activities that will meet your student’s needs.

Need free and paid TPT resources for spring? There are links to tons of resources all categorized by target area.

Let’s get a head start on planning therapy before the wave of assessments and IEP’s overtakes our therapy planning time!  Here’s my list of great FREE & PAID spring resources for speech therapy!

Open Ended Games For Speech Therapy

Spring Time Fun with Disappearing Tulips Math Game FREEBIE Grades K-2

Catch A Bug FREEBIE Game

Speech Therapy Spring Reinforcement Pages

FREE Spring Themed Open Ended Board Games Set of 3

Play Ball- A baseball open ended game

Speech With My Peeps- Open Ended Game

Hippity Hop Homework- Spring/Easter Themed Homework Packet (Open Ended)

Quack Go Back FREE Speech Therapy Game for Articulation or Open Ended Fun

Articulation Resources For Speech Therapy

Mini Speech Club Spring Edition

Spring Roll, Say, and Color Articulation

Articulation Flowers Bundle

Bundle Speech Club for Spring L, R, S, Z, SH, TH

Spring Themed Quick Print & Practice Artic L, S , R, TH, & V

Mystery Pictures for Speech & Language Spring 4600 words

Spring Print & Go Articulation Pack Bundle

Articulation R, L, TH Baseball Game Bundle

Hanging with my gnomies-Multisyllabic Words Games

Easter K Articulation Game FREEBIE

Easter Roll Say & Color Articulation Fun

Spring Early Developing Sounds Articulation Game

Dot & Go Articulation & Phonology for Spring

Articulation Garden: Interactive Sensory Tub Activity

Grammar Resources for Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy Pronouns & Prepositions Grades Prek-1st

Spring Time Grammar Grades Prek-6th

Spring Into Grammar Grades K-5th

Spring Complex Sentence Builder Grades 2nd-12th

Spring Sentence Scramble Two Levels Grades 2nd-6th

Sentence Builders Spring Grades Prek-1st

Punctuation Plants Grades 1st-4th

Spring Time Pronouns Grades Prek-2nd

Language Resources for Speech Therapy

Head in the clouds Idioms Activities Grades 4-8

Springtime Grammar & Vocabulary Activities Grades Prek-2nd

Spring Time Idioms Activity Pack FREEBIE Grades 4-8

Take me out to the ball game Idioms Pack Grades 4-8

Head in the clouds idioms story FREEBIE Grades 3-8

Let’s Have A Picnic- An Auditory Memory Activity FREEBIE

Spring Irregular Past Tense Verbs & Plurals Activity Grades 2nd-5th

Spring Synonym & Antonym Activities Grades K-3rd

It’s Raining Idioms: A Figurative Language Activity FREEBIE Grades 3rd-7th

Butterfly Associations for Speech & Language Therapy FREEBIE Grades Prek-2nd

Nonfiction Texts with English Language Arts Targets- Spring/Summer Edition Grades K-5th

Spring Up With Language Grades Prek-6th

Butterfly Blitz- Speech & Language Mini Book & Activities Grades Prek-3rd

Spring Time Glyphs Grades K-5th

Spring Time Candy Categories Grades 1st-5th

Speech & Language Thematic Gardening Unit Grades 2nd-5th

Categories in Springtime Printable Activity FREEBIE Grades prek-1st

Butterfly WH-Questions Fun Grades Prek-3rd

Category Flowers Grades K-3rd

Shamrock Following Directions Grades Prek-1st

Magnify-Cent Spring & Summer Prepositions Grades PRek-1st

Spring Figurative Language Grades 3rd-6th

Homophone Garden Game Grades 1st-3rd

Scrambled Eggs for Categorizing: Figurative & Humorous Language Grades 3rd-10th

A March Rhyming Activity Packet: Swing Into Spring Rhyme Time Grades K-4th

Spring Vocabulary With Magic Squares for Older Students Grades 5th-12th

Umbrella Categories Vocabulary & Language Activities Grades Prek-3

Spring Print & Go Language Pack Grades Prek-5th

Earth Day Describe & Sort Language Packet Grades K-4th

Rain Rain Come & Play: Spring Themed Speech & Language Activities Grades Prek-3rd

Full Court Questions: Homework Hoops BUNDLE Questions, Games & Homework Grades Prek-6th

No Print Spring Time Fun Expressive & Receptive Language Grades K-4th

SPRINGO Bingo style cover game about Spring Grades prek-3rd

Speech & Language Baseball Grades 1st-8th

Springing Into Early Language No Print Packet for Speech Therapy Grades Prek-1st

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Speech & Language FREEBIE Grades 1st-5th

Spring Inferencing BINGO Grades K-4th

Life Cycle Sequencing Learning for Butterflies, Plants, Frogs, & Lady Bugs Grades Prek-9th

Spring Word Association FREEBIE

Food Category Sorting Grades Prek-5th

Graphic Organizers: Spring Reading Comprehension, Speech Therapy Grades K-3rd

Spring Language Packet for Expressive & Receptive Language Grades 1-6

Spring Expressive Language Pack Grades K-5th

Spring Attributes Game Compare/Contrast includes a Cariboo option Grades Prek-2nd

The History of the Easter Bunny Grades 1-4th

Spring Barrier Games for Speech & Language Therapy

Caterpillar Categories

Rain Rain Come & Play-Spring Theme Speech & Language Activities Grades Prek-3rd

BEE a Good Listener-Receptive Language Game Grades Prek-3rd

Spring Time Fun Quick Activities Grades K-2nd

Spring Time WH-Questions Grades Prek-6th

Full Court Questions- Homework Hoops BUNDLE Questions Game Grades Prek-6th

Five Green and Speckled Frogs- Nursery Rhyme Activities 2-Pack Grades Prek-1st

Frogs & Flies Quantity Concepts More/Less/Altogether Grades Prek-1st

Feed the Caterpillar Basic Concepts Grades Prek-1st

Easter BINGO Riddles Grades Prek-4th

Spring Speech Vocabulary Games- St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Spring Grades K-4th

Interactive Activities for Speech Therapy

Spring Early Language File Folder Activities Grades Prek-3rd

Interactive Vocabulary Books: Eggs & Bunnies prek-1st

Feed the bunny file folder activity

Easter Early Language File Folder Activities

Social Skills Resources for Speech Therapy

3 Strikes You’re Out Problem Solving Perspective Taking Activities Grades 4-8

Roll A Topic Spring FREEBIE Grades Prek-2nd

Springs Feelings Packet

Craftivities for Speech Therapy

Grow A Flower Craftivity For Speech Therapy

I Spy Nature Walk BINGO Book and book template FREEBIE

Ants Go Marching Craftivitiy FREEBIE

Spring Craftivity Worksheets Pack

Spring Craftivity Worksheets Grades Prek-8th

Spring Craftivity and Word Game FREEBIE Grades 1st-5th

Speech and Language Bundles

Springtime Themed No Prep Speech and Language Activities Grades K-4th

Blooming Into Speech & Language No Prep Pack Grades K-4th

Spring Speech & Language Therapy Homework BUNDLE Grades K-8th

Earth Day Extravaganza Speech & Language Packet Grades Prek-4th

Spring Themed Speech & Language Packet Grades Prek-7th

Spring NO PREP Speech Therapy Activities Grades K-5th

Spring Speech Homework BUNDLE

Rainy Day Language & Articulation Printables Grades Prek-5th

Speech & Language Receptive and Expressive Activity BUNDLE Grades K-5

Spring Speech & Language BUNDLE

Spring Speech & Language SUPER BUNDLE Grades Prek-6th

Hop Into Spring Speech & Language Bundle #2

Speech & Language Spring Bundle

Easter Eggstravaganza- Concepts Speech, Language & Literacy Packet Grades Prek-3rd

Spring Fun Pack for Speech & Language Therapy Grades K-4th

Book Companions for Speech Therapy

Move Over Rover Speech & Language Book Companion Grades K-4

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs book companion Grades prek-3rd

3 Billy Goats Gruff Speech & Language Companion Pack Grades PreK-3rd

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Chick Activities Grades Prek-2nd

Hopper Hunts for Spring A Book Companion Grades K-5th

Giggle Giggle Quack Book Companion Grades K-3rd

One Rainy Day: A (Mostly) No Print Book Companion Pack Grades 1st-5th

April Book Club BUNDLE

From Tadpole to Frog: A Book Companion

From Caterpillar to Butterfly- Book Companion about Butterflies

May book Club BUNDLE

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Chick Speech & Language Story Activities

Resources for Better Speech & Hearing Month

Better Speech & Hearing Month Awareness Packet FREEBIE

Mouth Craftivity & Bulletin Board

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Free Antonym Flashcards- Just Print N’ Go!

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It is still an amazing feeling when I see how many SLP’s and educators have stopped by my store during a sale, bought something (sometimes more than one thing) and then left me positive feedback. I really appreciate ALL of you!!! For those of you who have tried out new TPT materials and went the extra mile trying to find creative ideas to meet your students needs, YOU ROCK!  Keep it up!!

free antonym flashcardsI wanted to make you all a “thank you” free antonym flashcard set (print n’ go style) to enjoy for supporting me!  Here is a FREE set of print n’ go flashcards to target early developing antonyms.  There are 12 antonym pairs included in this set with a reinforcer star sheet to keep kids motivated to practice!

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Speech Violation Cards: Free Behavior Management Printable

Slide1I have a small elementary caseload that I am covering this year.  Most of my cuties have articulation goals, so we try to get LOTS of productions in during the session.  I see a couple of them for a 5 minute articulation session and then another time during the week in a group.  It is imperative that we stay focused during those sessions because I want lots of practice going on with these students, so that they can meet their goals.  If one little lady or gent begins to get off task aka silly, then it affects the productivity of the whole group.  After giving warnings and many “please, stop talking, messing around, getting out of your seat, etc.”, an idea popped in my head (this happens from time to time, lol).  All of a sudden, I blurt out, the next time I have to ask you to stop__________,  you will have a speech fine and owe me 10 words to practice.  Well, the next time came and I said “you just got a speech fine.”  Read off 10 of your words.  It worked!  I got 10 productions (woot!) and the rest of the session went without a speech fine or off task behavior.

speech fines blogThroughout the next couple of weeks, from time to time, I had to give some speech fines.  It was great because I was able to call the student on their behavior, give a quick consequence that ultimately benefited the student (speech practice) and then move on without causing a big reprimand.  Now the kids know, if they mess around, they will owe me with more speech practice.

speech fines in a deckOver break I was able to make these cards to use in my groups.  I am just going to put them in a stack near the table and hand them out as needed.  What I love the most is you don’t know which card you may get, which can mean 10 word production fine or a 60 word production fine!  I also included language fines as well as a sheet of blank speech violation cards, so you can customize as needed!  What do you think?  Would this work for one of your groups?

Grab this Behavior Management freebie HERE!

What tricks and tips do you have when it comes to behavior management with your speech kiddos?  I would love for you to share!  Email me at thedabblingspeechie@gmail.com with your insights.

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SLP Self Reflection Forms

change of selfSelf reflection is one of the HARDEST things for me to do (biggest self critic), yet when I let myself be honest about a situation, I am able to take ownership of my weaknesses, let go of what I can’t control and celebrate my strengths.  As an SLP, one of the most important aspects of our job is SELF REFLECTION! Much of the successes with our clients/students centers around how we are interacting with them and the lessons we plan to help students/clients meet their goals.  In addition, our relationships with other professionals and parents are a vital part  for our clients/students success.  Doing the job of an SLP is quite a tall order and in no means easy.

IEP meetings, assessments, paperwork documentation, planning therapy, collaborating with colleagues, writing goals, staying up to date with current research and therapy techniques, taking data, building rapport with students, calling parents, advocating for our students, sharing work spaces and trying to maintain our own sanity is a juggling act.  By around December of the school year, the thrill of planning therapy begins to wear off, interactions with unhappy parents may have occurred and conflicts with programs and colleagues may have ensued.  For some of you, just the stress alone of a gigantic caseload, paired with excessive paperwork and timelines makes showing up to work a daunting task!

“Don’t become too preoccupied with what is happening around you, pay more attention to what is happening within you.”  Mary Frances Winters

Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.

I am not what I have done, I am what I have overcome.

Any of these quotes relate to you?  I found these quotes and immediately identified with them.  When I am knee deep with work, I sometimes forget to take some time away to reflect about how I am performing in my job.  Sometimes when I consume my mind with all the issues of the work place or with a student’s lack of progress, I forget to find the positives in my job.  There are those days when I want to beat myself down because I had a horrible therapy session, a mile long list of assessments to complete or a difficult conversation with a parent.  It is days like that when I need to step back and look at WHY the session or the day (or weeks, lol) haven’t gone well.   Self reflecting also allows me to recognize when the actions of others has NOTHING to do with my behavior and everything to do with their own hurts and issues.  For example, is my lack of therapy planning really my own inability to stay organized when I had a caseload over 80 or am I managing things well given my circumstances?  You feel me!?

self reflection sheets cover I decided to make some self reflection forms to help remind me of my goals, make a plan for change if needed and revamp my creativity, so that I can be the BEST educator I can!  Because we still have 5 months left of school!

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Here are some additional reasons why I created these forms.

I have to complete a professional portfolio for my evaluation this year and wanted to show some documentation of professional goal setting & ways I am trying to improve my skills. (page 3, 6)

I needed some forms to help me reflect about the quality of my therapy and interactions with my students. (page 5)
Although I don’t regularly do S.O.A.P. notes like I did back in graduate school, I wanted a S.O.A.P. note form to use periodically to analyze if I planned therapy around student’s goals and what impacted the session (both external/internal factors). (page 4)

Every year, I am faced with challenges in my job. When I write those challenges down, it helps me to accept the things I can’t control and figure out ways around the “road block”. This allows me to not get “stuck in the mud” and move forward with a more positive outlook about my job. (page 7)

Hang your self reflections in a picture frame or store in a binder to help remind yourself of your goals!  How do you self reflect in your job?  Email me at thedabblingspeechie@gmail.com with any cool tips!

  Grab my FREEBIE self reflection forms in my TPT store!

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