Easy Fall File Folders for Language

Easy Fall File Folders for Language

One way to keep your students engaged in your speech therapy sessions is to use interactive materials.

Making your fall file folders for language goals can be an easy way to plan for various goals.

And, once you prep the file folder, it’s easy to store in your bag, a filing cabinet, or a book shelf holder.

Today, I will share four easy fall file folders for language that you can pair with your favorite books.

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How to Make Your Fall File Folders for Language

Check out these fun fall file folders for language therapy to help you cover a LOT of different goals with one activity.

You can make DIY file folders using a file folder, printables, and lamination sheets.

First, you want to glue the printables that will be the activity’s base onto the file folder. The bottom printable will not move and require you to laminate the file folder.

If you have a school laminator, you can run your file folder through that. You must run your file folder through twice with two laminating sheets when using your laminator.

Ensure your laminator can fit a file folder because it measures a little wider than paper.

My Swingline laminator is wide enough to fit file folders.

Whatever pieces you want to move or place on the central part of the activity must be laminated and attached with Aleene’s Tack It or Velcro dots.

Fall Seasonal Clothing File Folder for Language

Using this Dress Me Seasonal Clothing file activity is a great way to work on categories for clothing, body parts, and weather.

You can build vocabulary with categories but also work on functional communication, describing by the colors of the clothing, building MLU, sequencing, and CORE words.

Grab this resource HERE.

Check out these fun fall file folders for language therapy to help you cover a LOT of different goals with one activity.

Monster and Jack O’ Lantern File Folder Language Activities

During October, it’s fun to use a monster theme or books that reference Jack O’Lanterns in your sessions.

One of my favorite books with a jack-o-lantern is the book, The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams.

After you read a book, your students can design their jack-o-lantern or monster.

Using interactive file folders is highly motivating because they control how to make their monster or jack-o-lantern, and you can get a lot of excellent language practice!

If you need these two file folders, they are in the monster push-in language lesson plans and the pumpkin push-in language lesson plans.

For more monster-themed ideas, check out these posts.

Check out these fun fall file folders for language therapy to help you cover a LOT of different goals with one activity.

Dress a Turkey File Folder Activity

Having a dress-a-turkey file folder activity can be fun to pair with your turkey-themed books!

You can work on the clothing category, describing by color, building sentences, explaining how they dressed the turkey, and answering yes/no questions.

If you need this file folder activity, it is in the turkey push-in language lesson plan guides.

For more turkey-themed activity ideas, check out this blog post.

If you are struggling with making worksheets engaging for your students, one way to make worksheets interactive is by turning them into file folder activities. You can read more about how to do that in this blog post.

How would you use these file folder activities to target goals with your students? Share in the comments. 

First Week of Speech Therapy Ideas

First Week of Speech Therapy Ideas

When you start back at school running speech therapy groups, it’s kinda hard to know where to “begin” with your sessions.

You know some students from previous years while others on your caseload are brand new to you!

The ultimate goal of the first week of speech is to build rapport with your students and help them understand why they come to see you!

And this is the time when you can begin to set up processes with them for therapy. For example, if you want them to have a speech folder, you can create those together during that first week of treatment.

There is also the situation where you are not sure “where” to start in therapy because you don’t have current baseline information on goal progress since the end of the school year.

Navigating all the components of your therapy groups at the start of the year is increasingly overwhelming because your speech schedule has changed what feels like a hundred times.

Planning therapy for the first week of sessions can be stressful. So, I am here to help you with some ideas to help you have a successful first week of speech!

If you need more tips on setting up your caseload at the start of the school year, check out this blog post

Low Prep Activities for The First Sessions

Grab a set of index cards or these free speech time reminders from Miss V’s Speech World, and have your students write in the day and time they are coming. You can tell teachers to tape them to the student’s desks to help them remember.

Spend the sessions reviewing routines and expectations. Check out this blog post to get more tips on setting up speech routines.

You can also play games and have a list of questions to discuss while playing to learn about their interests and family. For younger students, have a station rotation where they get to play with one of your toy sets while you collect baseline data on the other students.

Low All About Me Themed Mixed Group Games

You can play mystery square games from the August Themed Unit in the Themed Therapy SLP membership. First, you print the game mat and cut out post-it notes (affiliate link) to cover the squares. Pick one mystery winner number. Your students pick squares to see if it is the mystery number. Whoever gets the mystery number wins!

This game helps you get to know your students while targeting category groups and verbs, answering wh-questions, building sentence structures, and working on articulation carryover. You can see a demo on Instagram.

First Week of Speech Therapy Ideas with Crafts

At the start of therapy, we want to focus on increasing our student’s awareness of “why” they come to speech. That’s why doing a craft that can reference their goals can be worthwhile. Try out this FREE backpack craft that allows them to write the goals they are working on the craft.

You can also have students make a speech or language wallet. These speech wallets can help keep hands busy while you are collecting baseline data. Once your students finish making the wallets, they become warm-up or quick drill material for future sessions.

Try the kindness wallets or the final /l/ and /s/-blend templates for free.

Have the first week of speech activities that are easy to prep and help you get valuable information about your student's interests and get the ball rolling with practicing their speech and language goals.

Digital Getting To Know You Activities

Looking for digital first week of speech therapy ideas for your speech therapy sessions? Check out this blog post for some digital options!

If you are tight on prep time and need engaging first week of speech therapy ideas to use ASAP, here are some great digital getting-to-know-you activity options:

All About Me Getting to Know You Boom Cards
Sound Loaded “Would You Rather?” Boom Cards – All About Me Theme
Would You Ever? Boom Cards
All About Me from ABCYA
All About Me Games on Baamboozle

What is your favorite first week of speech therapy ideas?

Do you have first week of speech therapy ideas that you use with your caseload? Share what activities you have planned in the comments to help inspire other SLPs with engaging speech therapy materials.

Ice Cream Preschool Activities for Speech Therapy

Ice Cream Preschool Activities for Speech Therapy

Eating ice cream on a hot summer day is something that many of your students experience on break!

That’s why it is a great theme to plan during the summer months.

Whether you need quick low prep digital activities or ideas for hands-on speech therapy ideas, this blog post will share engaging ice cream preschool activities for your speech therapy sessions!

Hands-On Ice Cream Preschool Activities

Struggling to come up with ice cream preschool activities that will engage your students in speech therapy sessions? Check out this blog post with different therapy ideas to use with an ice cream theme.

Your speech therapy lessons will always be more engaging if you find ways to make them hands-on. Use ice cream playdough mats for an easy-to-prep activity covering many speech and language goals. The mats pictured are from the ice cream push-in lesson plan guides. Here are some ideas for using the playdough mats:

-Following directions
-Commenting, requesting, and describing by attributes
-Reinforcer for any goal, or they can earn playdough or decoration after practicing their sounds
-Demonstrate basic concepts for the middle, bottom, on top, on, off
-Sequencing the steps for making an ice cream cone

Create an ice cream sensory bin using this kinetic sand set from Lakeshore Learning, or add white cotton balls, cups, ice cream scoop, colorful mini pom balls, or cut-up rainbow straws.

Easy to adapt ice cream preschool activities for speech therapy!

Ice Cream Themed Unit for Prek-5th Grade

Using a theme-based approach for your entire elementary caseload can help you plan more efficiently with therapy. But, it can become time-consuming hunting down enough activities to cover preschool through 5th grade. Because I don’t want time to be why you don’t use themes to serve your students, I created a Themed Therapy SLP membership to help take themed therapy planning off your plate. When you sign up for the membership, you get access to three monthly themes that have everything you need to cover goals on your caseload. See the pictures below for some of the ice cream-themed activities you can use for July. Doors re-open for the membership on July 22nd. Get on the waitlist HERE.

Have an Ice Cream Party in Speech Therapy

Struggling to come up with ice cream preschool activities that will engage your students in speech therapy sessions? Check out this blog post with different therapy ideas to use with an ice cream theme.

You can plan a real ice cream party with your students, which can be great for wh-questions and social pragmatic language. As a whole class lesson, you can map out all the details and then work on speech and language goals during the ice cream party in the next session.

If you don’t have the money to do a real ice cream party, use a pretend play set and invite your student’s favorite stuffies and characters to an ice cream party. Or, you can take a trip to the ice cream shop. I love the set from Melissa and Doug, but there are many playsets on Amazon (Amazon affiliate links are included for your convenience.)

Need more ideas for how to use an ice cream play set? Check out this blog post.

Digital Ice Cream Preschool Activities

Whether in person or teletherapy, digital apps and tools can help increase engagement and keep therapy low prep for you!

ABCya and the My Ice Cream Maker app are great for teaching sequencing for making an ice cream cone. You can also work on the following skills:

-Following directions
-Describing by color, size, texture
-Making an ice cream cone for someone else to work on perspective taking and conversation
-Answering wh-questions
-Use sound-loaded words or phrases to work on speech sounds in a naturalistic activity

Sago Mini has a fun fair app that features an ice cream cart to make your own flavors.

Get some ideas for digital ice cream preschool activities you can use in your mixed groups for speech therapy.

If you are looking for language Boom Cards that focus on various skills, check out these ice cream sequencing Boom Cards. Some of the activities may be more advanced for the preschool level. Still, the three and four-step sequencing activities work on basic temporal concepts (i.e., first, next, then), and there is also an emphasis on targeting verbs and vocabulary related to ice cream.

Based on research sharing that focusing on a broad set of language skills leads to better reading comprehension, you can approach language therapy to target various skills in one digital activity.

Needing More Summer Speech Therapy Ideas for Preschool?

Ice cream isn’t the only summer theme that works well for preschool-aged students! There are lots of other play themes you can use. To read more about that, check out this blog post

Research articles:

Lervåg, A. , Hulme, C. and Melby‐Lervåg, M. (2017). Unpicking the developmental relationship between oral language skills and reading comprehension: It’s simple, but complex. Child Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/cdev.12861

Hadley, E. B., Dickinson, D. K., Hirsch-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2018). Building semantic networks: The impact of a vocabulary intervention on preschoolers’ depth of word knowledge. Reading Research Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1002/rrq.225

St. Patrick’s Preschool Play Ideas for Speech Therapy

St. Patrick’s Preschool Play Ideas for Speech Therapy

I don’t know a student who doesn’t get excited about hiding items in things or going on hunts to discover something sneaky. You’ve come to the right blog post if you need st. patrick’s preschool play therapy ideas that incorporate sneaky leprechauns or hidden gold!

When I spotted some wooden buildings at the Target Dollar Spot, I knew I needed to hoard, I mean, stock up on these fab toys.

You can use them with a community helper and transportation theme, and you can also do some theme smashing with st. patrick’s preschool play!

st. patrick’s Preschool Materials You Need

To have some sneaky leprechauns invade the town, you need the wooden buildings from the Target Dollar Spot. I don’t think the wooden buildings are available anymore at Target, but I found some alternatives that I will link below. For your St. Patrick’s preschool play activity, you will need the following:

Gold coins – You can find these at Dollar Tree

Mini pots – Usually, these are at the Dollar Tree during Halloween and St. Patrick’s season

Wooden buildings: Found at Target Dollar Spot, you can also find them on Mercari or try these Melissa and Doug blocks. 

Leprechaun printables – You can get them in the St. Patrick’s Day Grammar and Vocabulary set

Leprechaun and St. Patrick’s Day props – I always look in the dog toy section at TJ Maxx. Check out where you can find themed props HERE. Here is another version like the one in the pictures in the blog post. 

Binder clips to attach your leprechauns

 It’s time to get your play on! Easy St. Patrick’s preschool play therapy ideas for your speech therapy sessions that will be sure to engage your friends and work on their goals.

Sneaky Leprechauns Hiding Around the Town

It’s time to get your play on! Easy St. Patrick’s preschool play therapy ideas for your speech therapy sessions that will be sure to engage your friends and work on their goals.

Hide some leprechauns under the wooden buildings and tell your students that some sneaky leprechauns are in our town! We must find them.

Grab your favorite toy car or vehicle and look ‘under’ the buildings around the town. While you drive around, target ‘go’, ‘stop’, ‘look’, ‘where’, and ‘around.’

Have your students share three things they might see at each building. So, if you stop at the school, they can name school supplies.

Give your students inference clues about ‘where’ the leprechaun could be hiding and target ‘where’ questions during this entire activity!

How would you use this activity in your mixed groups? Share in the comments.

Go on a Gold Hunt Around the Town

If you have those gold coins and the mini pots, you can have students drive around the town looking for gold coins. With a permanent marker, you can write different numbers on the coins. Whatever number it says, that’s how many times your student has to practice their speech sound.

Or, you can put different amounts of coins under the buildings to work on none, more, less, and a plural noun marker. 

What’s great about this activity is you can also work on ‘where’ questions and category items that would belong at each building!

How would you adapt this activity for your students? Share in the comments.

It’s time to get your play on! Easy St. Patrick’s preschool play therapy ideas for your speech therapy sessions that will be sure to engage your friends and work on their goals.

St. Patrick’s Preschool Circle Time Activity

It’s time to get your play on! Easy St. Patrick’s preschool play therapy ideas for your speech therapy sessions that will be sure to engage your friends and work on their goals.

It can be tough to engage your young students during your co-teaching lessons! They want to wiggle and move, so it can be challenging to keep them excited at the carpet time activity.

But, if you make it feel like a fun game, they will stay excited during circle time. And in the process, you can target waiting, turn-taking, functional communication, and language skills.

With your gold coins, leprechaun printables, or St. Patrick’s themed props like shamrocks, or rainbows, you can tell your students that SOMEONE took the gold coins from the leprechaun’s pot.

To see these therapy ideas in action, head to my Instagram

 

Have all your students close their eyes while you give some students a gold coin. Tell them ahead of time that if they get a gold coin, they have to hide it with their hands. Then, everyone opens their eyes and has to ask different friends in the group if they stole a gold coin.

You target yes/no questions, ‘who’ questions, initiation of questions, waiting, and turn-taking!

If you have a leprechaun prop, you can also play “Who did the leprechaun sneaky upon?” to target the basic concept behind it.

Need More St. Patrick’s Day Therapy Ideas?

I would love it for SLPs on social media if you tagged me @thedabblingspeechie to share how you used these St. Patrick’s preschool play therapy ideas in your sessions with students.

Don’t stress about St. Patrick’s Day for your elementary caseload. There are a LOT more engaging therapy ideas on this blog post to help you with planning. 

It’s time to get your play on! Easy St. Patrick’s preschool play therapy ideas for your speech therapy sessions that will be sure to engage your friends and work on their goals.
3 FREE Valentine’s Day Activities for Mixed Groups

3 FREE Valentine’s Day Activities for Mixed Groups

Planning themed therapy activities for your caseload can be kinda hard because we treat so many different goals and needs! Plus, we have limited time to plan and it feels like a rare commodity if we work for a district that actually gives us a material spending budget. So, we often have to fork out our own money to find quality speech therapy materials for our caseload. Boo!

So, today, I am hoping to help your wallet stay a little fatter and give ya some engaging Valentine’s Day activities that can cover a LOT of goals. You ready!? I know I am ready to dive in.

Easy Mixed Group Craft for Valentine’s Day

Use this Mouth Loves _____ to pieces craft to cover ANY goal on your caseload. It is super low prep. You just need to print the mouth template and grab any colored construction paper.

You can have students write words that are related to their goals. Or, if you have students glue their target pictures to the craft. In my TPT store, there is the Any Craft Companion Speech and Language Resource that has picture target words for this craft.

If you need more craft ideas to use during the month of February, check out this blog post.

 

Valentine’s Day Verbs and Vocabulary Activities

Looking for some easy to adapt Valentine’s Day activities for your mixed groups? Use these three free Valentine’s Day activities to plan themed therapy for your speech therapy sessions.

When it comes to serving our students with language goals, we want themed materials that can cover a lot of different language goals. Did you know that it takes children with language impairments up to 36 engagements with a word before they master it? That’s why it is super important for the word targets you chose. When you use a Valentine’s Day theme, you want to choose words related to the theme. Those words are more likely to appear in the Valentine’s Day books you read and the words being discussed in the classroom in February.

 

 

How to Use Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Use this free Valentine’s Day grammar and vocabulary activity set to cover the following goals on your caseload:

 

  • -Pronouns
  • -Verb tense
  • -Present Progressive Verb Marker
  • -Describing nouns by attributes
  • -Answering wh-questions about Valentine’s Day-themed nouns
  • -Building MLU

 

If you love using vocabulary words related to your favorite seasonal themes, check out these themed grammar and vocabulary activities to pair with any seasonal book for your k-2 caseload!

List of Valentine’s Day Verbs to Use in Speech Therapy

If you are needing some ideas for themed verb lists for Valentine’s Day, here are some examples in the picture. You can use the EBP strategy of conversation recasting paired with explicitly explaining the grammar rule to teach different verb markers. To learn more about the conversational recasting strategy, check out this blog post

Valentine’s Day Grammar Challenge Activity

Looking for some easy to adapt Valentine’s Day activities for your mixed groups? Use these three free Valentine’s Day activities to plan themed therapy for your speech therapy sessions.
Looking for some easy to adapt Valentine’s Day activities for your mixed groups? Use these three free Valentine’s Day activities to plan themed therapy for your speech therapy sessions.

Are you struggling with keeping your older students motivated to practice their language goals? That’s when you introduce a challenge to them and it changes everything.

Giving your students a challenge, it makes the activity about what they produce rather than what you are directing them to do in the session. So, you can search Valentine’s Day photos on Google Photos and use those with this lesson. Have students write sentences or short stories about the pictures. Give them a challenge card to have them try and include elements in their writing. After you give them some time to write sentences, you can give them points for the elements in the sentence. This allows time to discuss what the student did well with their vocabulary and grammar and how they can improve on the sentence. Grab this FREE activity HERE.

What Free Valentine’s Day Activities Have You Found Helpful for Your Students?

 Looking for some easy to adapt Valentine’s Day activities for your mixed groups? Use these three free Valentine’s Day activities to plan themed therapy for your speech therapy sessions.

Do you have a go-to Valentine’s Day activity you love to use with your students? Better yet, is it a free download? Or, something that you can access on YouTube? If you have something that your students LOVE, let me know in the comments. I am sure other SLPs would love to know what is working for your students.

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!

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