Winter Sequencing Short Stories for Speech Therapy!

Winter Sequencing Short Stories for Speech Therapy!

When it comes to planning with a themed-based approach it can be time-consuming to find enough activities to cover all the language goals. That’s why using sequencing short stories can help you cover comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, inferencing, and narrative skills in one material. Today, I will be sharing some different winter sequencing short story activities you can use to cover your caseload. Hopefully, these ideas will help you increase exposure to winter-themed vocabulary and hit a lot of other language goals!

Research Discussing Story Comprehension and Sequencing

Ideas for winter seuqencing short stories to help you cover grammar, vocabulary, inferencing and comprehension in language therapy.

We want to know the best techniques and strategies to help a child understand a story. Are they comprehending what is being read to them?Event knowledge is an important part of story comprehension because it involves layers of language components such as vocabulary, grammar, working memory, inference, and background knowledge.

In this study, the researchers measured the preschooler’s event knowledge to see which measures were related to comprehension. They found that reenacting the story with props and telling the story in their own words was most beneficial. They found that sequencing the story did not have a high correlation with improved comprehension skills.

So, this tells us that when using short stories we need to embed story reenactment and tell the story in their own words. That doesn’t mean we can’t use sequencing pictures as a visual cue or embed practice with using transition words. It just tells us that using story sequencing in isolation isn’t going to give us the BIG impact we want with improved comprehension.

Plus, creating short stories with winter sequencing tasks can also be easy to create a reenactment of the story. For example, if you use a short story about building a snowman (Get Epic has some good ones) you can then have students reenact the story while making a playdough snowman.

 

Dempsey, L. (2021). Examining the validity of three methods of measuring pre-readers’ knowledge of storybook events. Child Language Teaching and Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0265659021995545 

Winter Sequencing Short Stories

Use winter sequencing short stories to target vocabulary, comprehension, grammar and narrative skills in speech therapy.

What winter activities do your students have the opportunity to do? Pick a sequencing task that your students can relate like dressing for colder weather. Many students have experienced colder weather, so this sequencing task is familiar. And, if they live in a warmer climate, you can show them books or videos of what it’s like in these climates. By picking a sequencing task that they do in their daily life, your students have a context in which to learn the new vocabulary. Plus when a parent asks them to go get dressed for the snow, they will better understand the directions and vocabulary!

Once you pick your sequencing task, you can create a short story to go along with it. For example, you can create a short story using a YouTube video of children dressing for snow or use the winter sequencing short story set in my store.

 

Make a Sequencing Short Story with Real Photos

If you are able to take pictures of yourself or your students doing the winter sequencing activity, you can turn that into a short story. To make your short story, you can upload the images to a Google Slide or use one of these story creator apps. For example, you can make hot chocolate with your students during a small or whole class lesson. Take pictures of your students doing each step. Then, create a short story based on their language levels and use that for comprehension, retell, and vocabulary.

Hot Chocolate Sequencing Short Stories

Making hot chocolate can make for a great winter sequencing short story idea. There are easy ways to provide reenactment of the story using pretend play or sensory bins.

Plus, you can even make real hot chocolate while also talking about what happened in the short story. After making hot chocolate, students can tell what happened in their own words.

If you struggle with writing a hot chocolate short story, there are 3 and 4 picture sequencing short stories in this winter set.

The four picture sequencing short story has a more in-depth story and provides pictures to help cue students that need visuals.

Here are some short story ideas you can create using making hot chocolate:

-Mom making hot chocolate for kids after playing in the snow.

-Snuggling up on the couch to read books with a cup of hot chocolate.

-Making hot chocolate for a friend on a play date.

-Selling hot chocolate at an event.

-Spilling hot chocolate or making a mess in the kitchen.

To reenact a hot chocolate short story, you can use a sensory bin or kitchen items to pretend. See the pictures below for examples.

More Winter Sequencing Task Ideas to Create Short Stories

Make your own winter sequencing short stories to target a variety of language goals to improve comprehension while also building language, grammar, inferencing and background knowledge.

If you are trying to think of other winter sequencing tasks you can use to make short stories, here are some ideas:

 

  • Building a snowman
  • Getting ready for a snowball fight
  • Shoveling snow in the driveway
  • Building a fire in the fireplace
  • Hanging up your wet clothes after playing in the snow
  • Sledding, skiing down a slope, or snowboarding
  • Going ice fishing
  • Having an ice skating birthday party
  • Going snowshoeing
  • Scraping snow off your car to go to work/school
  • Walking home in the snow
  • Getting a Christmas Tree
  • Lighting a Menorah
  • Planning a New Year’s party
  • Wrapping a present
  • Baking cookies

Snow Day Short Stories for Speech Therapy

If you struggle with creating 4-5 word short stories, I have a set of Snow Day Short Stories that are NO PREP! This resource also includes leveled worksheets, so that you can use the same story with students at different language and comprehension levels. You can snag this resource HERE or click the images above.

Digital Sequencing Materials to Build Language

If you are needing more digital sequencing activities that have a focus on teaching tier II vocabulary and have extension activities, check out these sequencing Boom Cards™. There are sequencing activity sets for a winter theme. You can work on wrapping a present, building a snowman, baking cookies, or making hot chocolate. You can also grab a winter sequencing set for getting dressed for the snow and a snowball fight HERE.

Use winter sequencing tasks to build vocabulary, grammar and comprehension in speech therapy

What resources and materials do you use for winter short stories? I would love to know of any apps, books, or websites that have winter themed short stories. Share in the comments!

Winter Activities for Speech Therapy

Winter Activities for Speech Therapy

An easy and versatile theme to use for December-January is a winter theme! A winter theme is relevant to many of your student’s experiences especially if they live in an area where the weather changes. For all you Florida SLPs, you can still use a winter theme to build background knowledge about other parts of the world that do have cold, snowy weather. This will help them when making inferences from texts, watching movies, or when they see commercials about winter. Today, I am going to share a round-up of some of my favorite winter-themed activities so that you can plan your sessions stress-free. If there is one thing I can recommend when implementing a themed-based approach, is to use a theme longer than a week! Check out this Real Talk SLP podcast episode where I share why it can help both you and the students on your caseload. 

Winter-Themed Books for Speech Therapy

When I plan a themed unit that I want to adapt for my elementary caseload, I select books based on the age groups or interest levels. Listed below are some of my favorite winter-themed books to use in therapy (Amazon affiliate links included):

Prek-1st – The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Just a Snowman by Mercer Mayer, and Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee

2nd-3rd – The Mitten by Jan Brett, The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett, and Snow Day by Lester L. Laminack

4th-5th- Immi’s Gift by Karin Littlewood, Lemonade for Winter by Emily Jenkins, and The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Winter activities for speech therapy that you can use to plan for your Prek-5th grade caseload.

Videos for a Winter-Themed Unit

Winter activities for speech therapy that you can use to cover mixed groups!

When it comes to using videos for your winter-themed unit, you will always find stuff on YouTube. This blog post has all the best winter-themed songs, book read alouds, wordless shorts, etc. to with your winter activities. Check it out HERE (There is a free Google Slides with all the videos organized for you.)

Two of my favorite types of videos to use during winter season are America’s Funniest Home Videos and Simon’s Cat. This blog post links a couple of the winter funniest home videos. All the best Simon’s Cat videos are organized on that free Google Slide!

Because so many of our kids watch YouTube, using videos in therapy is really motivating for them. Plus, there are lots of winter non-fiction type videos that you can use to teach vocabulary, grammar, main idea, and comprehension. 

Winter Sensory Bins for Speech

The perfect addition to your winter activities for speech therapy are winter sensory bins! They can increase engagement and participation with goals.

Winter sensory bins can be great to pair with a winter-themed book as an extension activity. You can make a bin that is like a story retell bin such as with the book, “The Mitten.” You can check out the sensory bin that goes with that book in this blog post.

The main things you need for a great winter sensory bin is a snow filler such as fake snow, white Pom Pom balls, cotton balls, salt, sugar, or shredded white paper (Amazon affiliate links included for your convenience.)

Add in vocabulary printables to play “Can you find it?” to work on inferencing and receptive categories. Fill your bins with winter figurines such as penguins, or woodland animals preparing for winter. Check out the winter sensory bins below that are in my TPT store. You can find the winter sensory bin companion HERE and the “Can you Find it?” with winter vocabulary in my push-in unit.

Needing winter activities for speech therapy that are engaging? Try winter sensory bins to work on goals in mixed groups.
Needing winter activities for speech therapy that are engaging? Try winter sensory bins to work on goals in mixed groups.

Winter Activities for Speech Therapy Small Groups and Whole Class

When it comes to planning themed units, you want to use activities that are versatile for your whole class lessons and your small groups. It can be a lot of work to plan, so that’s why I created themed push-in units for SLPs that cover a wide range of skills and activities that can be used in both settings. Plus, this resource has lesson plan ideas, a parent newsletter, book recommendations, and cheat sheets to help you plan more efficiently. Watch this IG Reel to see how engaging your sessions can go!

If you are wanting winter activities ready to go like winter vocabulary BINGO, winter vocabulary sentence bin, winter verb playdough mats, and easy to prep crafts, then check this resource out HERE

Winter activities for your co-teaching sessions that will help you plan whole class lessons without the stress!

When implementing a winter theme it is great to have real photos of activities that happen during the season. This provides a context with which to associate vocabulary words and experiences. When we teach our student’s word associations related to winter, it helps build a depth of knowledge with those words. You can find free pictures on Pixabay and Unsplash. Type in winter activities, snowball fights, skiing, etc. to find photos. Not only can you work on winter vocabulary, you can also target social inferencing and perspective-taking. Plus, you can also use the photos to make predictions and problem-solve situations. If you need 20 real photos ready with inferencing questions and visual supports, check out this winter pictures inference task cards

Open-Ended Winter Activity Ideas 

One easy way to keep mixed groups engaged is to have a fun winter game ready to use throughout the session or as an incentive for the last five minutes. Print up kids dressed in winter clothing and attach to binder clips, or photo holders. Bring in cotton balls and have students earn “snowballs” to try to knock down the kids. If you need pictures for this game, these are included in the winter-themed language lesson plan guides. For ideas on how to increase trials with speech sound disorders, this blog post has winter ideas!

Have winter activities that are open-ended so you can reinforce any goal in speech therapy

What Types of Winter Activities Do You Love to Plan for Therapy?

What types of winter activities do you love to plan for your students? It’s always great to hear what other SLPs are doing to help support students’ language, especially when implementing a themed-based approach. Do you have a certain winter book you love to use? A favorite website that has winter vocabulary? Let me know in the comments if you find any cool winter materials or easy winter therapy ideas that you used year after year in the comments. 

Videos About Thanksgiving to Use in Speech Therapy

Videos About Thanksgiving to Use in Speech Therapy

If you are looking for some videos about Thanksgiving that you can use in your speech therapy sessions, I am going to share some in this blog post. It’s always a good idea to ask your students and talk with parents before discussing this holiday because some families do not celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us celebrate this holiday with the mindset of gathering with family and friends sharing in thanksgiving and gratitude for the blessings in our lives. I know there is a complicated history surrounding this holiday for the indigenous community, so always consult your student’s families when using some of these videos.

If you are not wanting to use Thanksgiving videos, you can always use alternatives such as videos about gratitude, families gathering for dinner, or learning about turkeys. Here is a blog post about turkeys and ideas for therapy.

Thanksgiving Commercials For Speech

When working on social pragmatic goals to teach perspective taking, identifying non-verbal cues, and emotions/body language, commercials can really help with teaching these concepts. Plus, they are quick to watch and don’t require a TON of prep work. Here are some videos that I thought would work well for therapy:

This turkey commercial is about a woman who gets a phone call from someone encouraging them to forget the turkey and to go sh0pping for a sale. She ends the phone call with “Who is this?” Then, the commercial goes to the caller and it’s a turkey at a pay phone. You can use this to talk about the humor of the commercial, making inferences and perspective taking. 

In this video about Thanksgiving dinner, a woman keeps bringing out the dishes, and the people around the table cheer every time she comes in the room. You can discuss what she could be thinking when they cheer. At the end of the commercial, you discover that behind the door is a TV and everyone is watching a football game. 

To discuss how some families feel stressed about preparing a big Thanksgiving meal, you could watch this commercial from Oscar Mayer. There is one section of the clip where the wife points her knife at her husband, so if that is concerning, then this commercial may work for you. As a group, you can not only work on making inferences, discussing emotions, etc, but you can also discuss how you can help your own parents prepare the meal. Or, if they notice their parents stressed based on their tone of voice, body language or words and how they can respond to support their parents with preparing the meals. 

 

 

More Commercials You Can Use In Therapy

Check out these commercials if you need a quick video to show students how people prepare and celebrate Thanksgiving.

Wordless Short Videos for Thanksgiving

Simon’s Cat videos are the best for covering a LOT of goals. Check out my blog post HERE to see how to use them with your students. Here are two festive videos about Thanksgiving dinner. One is about the cat preparing to eat a bird as his feast. In “Fast Food,” Simon is enjoying his turkey dinner while his cat sneakily grabs his dinner when he isn’t looking. Click the pictures below to see those videos about Thanksgiving.

Use these videos about Thanksgiving to work on speech and language skills with minimal prep!
Use these videos about Thanksgiving to work on speech and language skills with minimal prep!

Funny Videos About Thanksgiving with Dogs

For those of you SLPs that have dog-loving students on your caseload, this video will definitely perk their interest! In this video, the dog cooks Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some skills you can target with this video:

  • verb actions
  • answering wh-questions
  • Naming food and kitchen supplies for categories
  • Working on emotions and what the dog could be thinking

This other video, “Will my Dog Steal The Thanksgiving Turkey,” is a great video to work on cause/effect, size of the problem, and what the reaction will be of their owners when they come home. 

Use these videos about Thanskgiving to cover a lot of speech and language goals in your therapy sessions.

Funny Turkey and Thanksgiving Fail Videos

For some reason, people in general love to see bloopers and fails. When we need some laughs in therapy, that’s when you want to pull up a funny turkey and Thanksgiving fails video. Make sure to preview them for any inappropriate language or images of things that may not be good for viewing at school.

What Videos About Thanksgiving Do You Use in Therapy?

What Thanksgiving videos do you use in therapy? I would LOVE to add to my list. Share in the comments. If you are needing winter videos to use in speech therapy, check out this BLOG POST. It has a FREE Google Slide with all the winter-themed videos organized for you. When things get busy, it is great to have some videos on hand that you can pull up with ease!

Turkey Speech Therapy Activity Ideas

Turkey Speech Therapy Activity Ideas

During the month of November, a great theme to plan is a turkey theme! There are lots of ways you can adapt a turkey theme to cover younger and older students. Plus, it lines up with the Thanksgiving holiday feast but can be easily adapted if you have students that do not celebrate the holiday. AND, if you did a farm theme recently, this is a great way to theme smash a bit because turkeys can live on farms. So, if you need some turkey speech therapy ideas for your caseload, you’ve come to the right blog post! Let’s do this…..gobble, gobble. 

Turkey-Themed Books for Speech Therapy

The best way to come up with turkey speech therapy ideas is to pick a book to use with your students. You can easily target grammar, vocabulary, story retell, wh-questions, describing pictures/characters, perspective taking, and more!

Here are my favorite turkey-themed books by age:

Prek-1st – Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr

2nd-3rd – Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

4th-6th – No Turkey for Thanksgiving by Jacqueline Jules

How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace is also a great book and on GetEpic!

 

Need some turkey speech therapy ideas to cover your elementary caseload? This blog post as all the best ideas to implement a turkey-theme in speech therap.

Turkey Videos for Speech Therapy

Need some turkey speech therapy ideas to cover your elementary caseload? This blog post has all the best ideas to implement a turkey-theme in speech therapy.

There are LOTs of turkey videos you can use on YouTube to cover goals. I especially love the turkey songs and non-fiction fact videos. To see all my faves, go to this BLOG post for the best turkey videos.

I recently found this FUN turkey videos that show silly things happening with turkeys. Make sure to preview the clips to make sure there isn’t anything inappropriate like cussing. You can use the video clips to create grammatically correct sentences, identifying emotions, name verb actions, answer wh-questions, and allow students to see a real turkey to help them with learning descriptive vocabulary.

Turkey Activities to Use in Speech Therapy

When it comes to your younger students, you want to have versatile materials that hit a LOT of language goals, so that if you have a mixed group, you can use the same material to cover a lot of goals. That said, it’s great to also have activities that will also cover your whole class lessons. Consider using some of these suggestions for your next whole class lesson. If you want tips for how to set up your push-in lessons, check out this blog post

Because some turkeys live on farms, you can use other farm animals to work on “who” questions. Have students answer simple “who” questions about the animal that walked by the turkey. You can use real farm animal figurines and a plush toy turkey (Amazon affiliate link) to make this activity feel like hands-on fun! 

 Need some turkey speech therapy ideas to cover your elementary caseload? This blog post has all the best ideas to implement a turkey-theme in speech therapy.

Prepare a Feast for Your Turkey!

Need some turkey speech therapy ideas to cover your elementary caseload? This blog post has all the best ideas to implement a turkey-theme in speech therapy.

Why not make your turkey a feast! You can work on pretend play while making different foods such as soup, sandwiches, hamburgers and whatever else you have on hand in that play food toy set. After you prepare your meal, your students can either gather together with the turkey and pretend to eat the food or your students can feed the turkey different foods. While doing this activity, students can practice answering yes/no questions, if the turkey likes/doesn’t like the food item, work on noun-verb agreement, and building MLU.

Plus, you can squeeze in some theme smashing by naming food items as well as describing those food items by attributes (i.e. category, function, parts, location, size, etc.)

Tips for Using Task Cards With a Turkey

Since turkeys have a lot of feathers, why not hide your favorite task cards behind or under the turkey’s feathers. This can be a fun way to make task cards more fun while trying to guess what the turkey could be hiding. If you need some seasonal task cards to use with this, try my fall grammar and vocabulary or turkey grammar and vocabulary sets in my seasonal bundle.

You can also hide items around the room that the turkey is looking for to work on inferencing and basic concepts. 

Need some turkey speech therapy ideas to cover your elementary caseload? This blog post has all the best ideas to implement a turkey-theme in speech therapy.

Turkey Speech Therapy Activities for K-2

If you are on the struggle bus trying to find time to lesson plan, I have a whole turkey-themed language unit that will cover your co-teaching lessons and small groups. Have enough activities to cover at least two weeks of therapy with this unit. Not only do you get lesson plan guides and station activities, you also get a parent newsletter and a Google Slide to use on a SMARTboard or teletherapy. Grab it by clicking the photos below. 

 Need some turkey speech therapy ideas to cover your elementary caseload? This blog post has all the best ideas to implement a turkey-theme in speech therapy.
 Need some turkey speech therapy ideas to cover your elementary caseload? This blog post has all the best ideas to implement a turkey-theme in speech therapy.

Turkey Activities for Older Students

For your older students, you can do a LOT with turkeys. First off, you can watch some turkey non-fiction videos to learn more about them while working on vocabulary, summarizing, and main idea. This will allow you to plan follow-up lessons where students compare/contrast a turkey to other animals such as chickens while working on conjunctions, feature matching, and grammar!

If you are looking for non-fiction type resources, Mystery Doug has a great video all about why people eat turkey for Thanksgiving. There is also a great video about the turkey’s wattle from Mystery Doug. Similarly, Wonderopolis has a reading article you can use in your next speech session.

Simon’s Cat has a video for Thanskgiving that is great for emotions, and perspective taking. National Geographic also has a great to discuss why some people may see turkey’s running around their neighborhoods!

Need some turkey speech therapy ideas to cover your elementary caseload? This blog post has all the best ideas to implement a turkey-theme in speech therapy.

What Turkey Activities Do You Love to Use?

What turkey activities or materials have you found to be beneficial for your students? I would love to know what tools and resources you are using with your turkey theme. Please comment below or reach out via social media @thedabblingspeechie to share your therapy finds! I never pass up a new therapy find.

4 Tips To Pick A Theme For Your Caseload

4 Tips To Pick A Theme For Your Caseload

When I first began as an SLP, I started with a large caseload that fluctuated between 72-83 students. There was no time in my day to plan for those individual students. So, my brain immediately went to using theme-based lessons that I could adapt for all of my grade levels. Using theme-based lessons that are easily adapted helped me reduce my planning time (and brain power) by hours! I am heading into my 15th year as an SLP, and using themes continues to be a super helpful strategy! I want to share with you 4 tips for picking a great theme for your caseload!

Tip #1 : Pick A Theme That Is Motivating

Check out these 4 tips to help you pick a great theme for your caseload that can be adapted across all of your grade levels. Save hours of planning time by using themed therapy materials to cover your wide range of goals!

The #1 tip I have for selecting a theme is to make sure it’s something that is high interest and highly motivating for your students. This is a much easier task for my younger students than it is for my older elementary or middle school students. I can usually capture my younger students’ interest for any theme by simply incorporating dinosaurs, legos, or something shiny! My older students are not so easily entertained (as I’m sure many of you understand). Another SLP shared with me a little while ago that she likes to poll her older students about what they are interested in at the beginning of her school year. Her students’ answers help drive her lesson planning and theme selection. This is something that can easily be incorporated into your therapy plans for your first week back.

Why is this my #1 tip? The more we can build our students’ interest in the lessons and themes we are using, the more buy-in we’ll see, which we know leads to more progress

Tip #2: Keep Your Students’ Environment In Mind

When picking a theme, think about what is going to be relevant to your student. What is something your students can relate to or experience in their day-to-day lives? I like to pick themes about the seasons, the environment around my student, on-going classroom topics, etc.

Selecting themes that are personally relevant to my students helps build that connection between therapy and real life (can’t forget about that generalization!). A great theme for this summer would be the Summer Olympics, especially for those of you doing ESY.

Check out these 4 tips to help you pick a great theme for your caseload that can be adapted across all of your grade levels. Save hours of planning time by using themed therapy materials to cover your wide range of goals!

Tip #3: Pick A Theme That Inspires You Too

Check out these 4 tips to help you pick a great theme for your caseload that can be adapted across all of your grade levels. Save hours of planning time by using themed therapy materials to cover your wide range of goals!

The themes you pick should also be inspiring and exciting for you too! Of course, my students’ interests will always trump mine (#therapistlife). However, if you can find themes that are as interesting and motivating to you as they are to your students, then you’re going to kill that session! Your excitement will shine through and therapy will be really fun for you and your student.

For example, I love selecting camping themes because I love going camping and hiking and it’s also a theme that my students love. This makes our camping themed therapy sessions really, genuinely, fun!

Tip #4: Pick A Theme You Can Adapt Across Grades

Picking a theme that you can adapt across multiple grade levels is they key to save yourself planning time. For example, an apple theme is great for younger elementary students, older elementary students, and middle schoolers. This theme can also be adapted for my older student with higher needs or benefit from a very supported classroom. I found that many of my students with this profile had language skills similar to some of my elementary student. I was able to take the same concepts and adapt them with age-appropriate photos and materials that are respectful to those students. Here are some sample activity ideas using an apples theme across different age groups:

Check out these 4 tips to help you pick a great theme for your caseload that can be adapted across all of your grade levels. Save hours of planning time by using themed therapy materials to cover your wide range of goals!
Check out these 4 tips to help you pick a great theme for your caseload that can be adapted across all of your grade levels. Save hours of planning time by using themed therapy materials to cover your wide range of goals!

In A Theme Rut?

If you’re having a hard time picking the right themes for your students, check out my free Themed Therapy Planning Guide. It has over 100 seasonal and non-seasonal therapy theme ideas for you to choose from! This planning guide also comes with an editable lesson plan template you can use to help plan your themed therapy sessions. If you’re still having a tough time finding the right theme for your students, I would also recommend collaborating with other teachers. See what themes are being incorporated in your students’ classrooms that can also be incorporated and worked on in speech therapy! 

Check out these 4 tips to help you pick a great theme for your caseload that can be adapted across all of your grade levels. Save hours of planning time by using themed therapy materials to cover your wide range of goals!

Join The Themed Therapy SLP Membership!

If you’re loving themed therapy planning that can be adapted across grade level to save you hours of planning time, check out the Themed Therapy SLP Membership. With this membership you will receive new themed materials to use with your students every month! To kick-off this challenge, I will be hosting a 5-day theme organizational challenge on Facebook. Join now for a sneak peak into the membership, great organizational tips from other themester SLP’s, and fun giveaways! Click on the photos below to learn more.

This blog post is based on my recent Facebook live called, “What Makes a Great Theme for Your Caseload“. Make sure to check it out! 

How to Organize Your Themed Therapy Materials

How to Organize Your Themed Therapy Materials

Raise your hand if you start the year off strong with organization, and by the end of September you find yourself scouring through laundry piles of resources and worksheets. I know I can’t be the only one out there! I decided to get serious about organizing my themed therapy materials using a system that would last the whole school year. Here are some ways you can organize themed therapy materials so you don’t have to constantly find your self thinking “I swear I put that articulation packet in this folder…..”

Organize Themed Therapy Materials Using a Crate

One thing I invested in is these file storage crates. They are so easy to find and such a game changer.  You can find these file storage crates at Staples, Target, Walmart, or Amazon. As you can see in the picture, I label each file folder with my themes. When I’m looking for a particular themed activity, I’ll know exactly where to look in the crate which saves me a ton of time. This is especially helpful for organizing themed therapy materials for my whole classroom or push-in activities. When I first started organizing with crates, I quickly realized the file folders were essential! Without them, my materials turned into another pile, but this time they were in a crate instead of my desk!

Use Zip Pouches to Organize Themed Therapy Materials

This blog post will tell you all the best tips for organizing your themed therapy materials, so you can quickly find the activities you need!

Along with the crates, I also love to use these zip or pocket pouches. Like the crates, they are super easy to find and a great organizational investment. These zip pouches are perfect for those themed activities that require a lot of components. For example, crafts, core word squares, books, and sentence strips. It’s super easy to keep all of the themed components in one place with these pouches. They are also very quick to grab and easy to carry from class to class.

A quick tip: if you are interested in buying these pouches, I would recommend going for more durable, plastic ones. These help keep your materials from bending or creasing, and they don’t “flop” as much for easier storage.

Organize Your Story Themed Materials in a Scrapbook Box

This blog post will tell you all the best tips for organizing your themed therapy materials, so you can quickly find the activities you need!

Scrapbook boxes are a great tool to organize themed materials and lesson plans. These boxes are wide and deep enough to store your theme related books and the companion activities. I love these scrapbook boxes because I can use them to store the books I want, the activities, any pouches I have for my loose cards and materials, craft examples I want to use, and all of my visual supports. They are so easy to label, grab, use, and reorganize at the end of my day. I’ve cut down so much time on my planning and organizing once I started using these scrapbook boxes.

Check out my video on Facebook or Instagram to see what my scrapbook box and pouch organizational systems look like using an ocean theme!

Use Bags and Bins to Keep Sensory Bins Neat

One thing I love to incorporate into my therapy are themed sensory bins. However, these sensory bins and the loose materials I put in them can get super messy and time consuming to organize. Using gallon-sized baggies and a storage bin has helped keep my sensory bin materials neat. First, I store the loose cards or small toys I’ll be using in my sensory bin in a gallon-sized zip lock baggie. Then, I store the “sensory” materials in their own zip lock baggies as well. I place all of these baggies in a storage bin. Then, when it’s time to assemble my sensory bin, I can simply pick the therapy targets/cards/toys I need, the sensory material I want to use, and place them all in my sensory bin.

More Ways to Get Organized!

This blog post will tell you all the best tips for organizing your themed therapy materials, so you can quickly find the activities you need!

Looking for more ways to get your office or your materials organized? Take a look at my 7 Tips for Organization.

If you’re an SLP that has an articulation/phonology heavy caseload, then you’ll want to take a peak at my previous blog post where I talk about setting up articulation folders to help with organization.

I love seeing how other SLP’s get organized and what works best for them. Let me know in the comments your favorite way to stay organized throughout your school year!

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