Gobbling Up Holiday Goodies with The Frenzied SLPs!

Are you getting ready for the holidays? Need some ideas? The Frenzied SLPs are up for the challenge!

For the first time ever, my district is having Fall Break! That means we are off the whole week of Thanksgiving! So this post is a mix of what I used for Thanksgiving last week and what I'm planning for Christmas.
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Of course my students made turkeys with feathers. Is there anyone who doesn't do that activity? To make it a little more interesting for my self-contained students, I used random craft objects laying around and put them in a Dollar Tree chips and dip tray. $1 total for this activity. Love that. Note: the chenille stems do NOT glue down.
A LOT of my students need spatial concepts. So many. I'm thankful for my sister Amy who created Thanksgiving Spatial Concepts using movement and Thanksgiving vocabulary. Students have so much fun acting these out!
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Guess what's coming up? That's right, Christmas Spatial Concepts!
 All Y'all Need
Need a few Christmas {freebie} goodies? Of course, we all do! All Y'all Need has an interactive freebie to address even MORE spatial concepts!
 All Y'all Need
Activity Tailor and Jenna Rayburn put out an ebook where you can find even more ideas! Have fun perusing.

And for an easy holiday edible goodie - for yourself - try Praline Trash. It's great for men - my hubby and dad LOVE it.
Melt 3/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and simmer for 2 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix 2 cups each Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, and Corn Chex. Add 1 1/2 cups pecan halves.

Pour caramel mixture over cereal and pecans. Stir to coat.

Lay out on a jelly-roll pan and cook at 325 degrees for 8 minutes.

Enjoy! And check out all the other great ideas by clicking on the links below! 

Five for Friday for Nov. 13

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Thanks to all the veterans.
This picture is from an assembly my school had.
For Veterans Day, my students played Ask Away to work on vocabulary and artic.

On Thursday, my students got to enjoy I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie and start on some Thanksgiving activities.
 All Y'all Need Thanksgiving

Need some inspiration? Want to have a chance to win TpT and Starbucks gift cards?
The Frenzied SLPs are hosting a blog hop.
But hurry!
Entries end tonight!
Of course, you can always scroll down a post and start with our entry.
But if you like your letters in order, start at Speech Universe.

What's up for next week?
More turkeys!
My students will be practicing artic and language while working on Talking Turkey Facts and Opinions, thanks to my sister!
I'm grateful for my children and their big hearts.
My son, age 20, dressed up like a turkey and ran around with Lisa's Pre-K class.
I can't post pictures, though.
And my daughter and her friend participated in a food drive to benefit local food banks.
I'm proud of both of them for helping out!

The Frenzied SLPs, Thankful and Grateful!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Counting blessings, family time, less commercialism, great food, the fall colors - it's a winning combination for me!

One of the parts of my life I'm most grateful for is the connections I've made with The Frenzied SLPs. We are foregoing our usual linkies and running a blog hop.
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By reading all the posts and gathering letters for the phrase, you have the opportunity to be one of three winners of a $10 TpT gift card and a $10 Starbucks card! Who wouldn't be grateful for that? Here's how to participate:
1) Read each Thankful and Grateful post.
2) Collect the letter/character at the end of each post. Write them down - they will spell out a phrase!
3) Enter the Rafflecopter on any post by entering the phrase.
4) Visit The Frenzied SLPs FB page for an additional entry.
5) Also visit our FB page to find out if you are a winner after 11/13/15!

I have TONS to be thankful and grateful for. For this post, I'm concentrating on my SLP life.

First, I'm thankful for opportunities. I owe this thinking to Gilmore Girls. While I can't find the exact episode right now, at one point in Season 3 or 4, Lorelei's dreams of opening her own inn are not working out, and instead of focusing on the negatives, she emphasizes the opportunities. So I try to think of things this way:
* Large caseload? More opportunities to make a difference in students'  communication
* The corresponding numbers of IEP meetings? More opportunities to work with parents and teachers.
* Home languages other than English and Spanish? More opportunities to learn about other languages and more opportunities to work with interpreting companies.
* More paperwork? Yeah, I haven't figured that opportunity out yet.

Second, a great space! I've worked with the same district for 23 years. While I've worked at several schools, I've always had my hand in the service of one particular school. A few years ago, my principal got maintenance to paint my little corner of the world. It makes me happy!
And finally, connections. 
* In my family. All Y'all Need is made up of my sister Amy and cousin Lisa (ALL=Amy, Laura, Lisa). It's given us a connection that I never could have imagined and made us closer.
* At my school, a principal who takes care of me; an AP who helps me schedule; a co-worker who is a bigger Wicked fan than me; a diag who helps me out; and all the teachers and staff who are supportive.
* In my online world, oh my - how did we exist before the Internet? I've met Sparklle SLP very briefly, and I've never met Mia from Putting Words in Your Mouth, but they have both made me a better SLP, along with Tracy from GoldCountrySLP, Lynda SLP123, and Kim from Activity Tailor. To all of The Frenzied SLPs, big hugs! And huge thanks to the The Elementary EntourageMrs. Dailey's Classroom and Mrs. Plemon's Kindergarten for organizing such a great group!

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5 for Friday: Nov. 6

We are linking up with Kacey at
Doodle Bugs Teaching today. Two days late, but who's counting?
Check out Kacey's blog to see who else is linking up.
Here's the reason I'm late.
We took a short trip to Disney World.
Here are my daughter, hubby and son.
We didn't get a picture of all 4 of us.
It was a crazy trip, complete with being affected by Texas flooding and the stomach bug.
It was also wonderful! Such great memories!
Here's my daughter, husband, and me.
We got back late Tuesday night and went back to work Wednesday morning.
That's the other reason I'm late.
I've been catching up on sleep this weekend.
We got an early start to Thanksgiving at school with one of my favorite books.
And worked on vocabulary with Turkey Bingo from Speaking of Speech.
Speaking of Speech was one of the first websites I ever utilized (yes, I'm old).
I still go to it quite a bit. It's good. Check it out.
This week, we'll be talking about Veterans Day.
I live in an area with a huge military presence.
So much so, that students get off Wednesday for Veterans Day.
Staff has professional development.
I want students to know why they have the day off.
So we will be playing Ask Away to work on vocabulary and artic. It's part of this package.
 Ask Away by All Y'all Need

Tomorrow night, Dancing with the Stars is on.
I'm rooting for Bindi Irwin.
Who is your favorite?

#2getherwearebetter November Linky: Parent Teacher Conferences

I have already had my parent conferences, so I will be recapping what I did. This year, my conferences were a little bit different. In previous years of teaching kindergarten, I have always discussed what letters need to be worked on. Pre-K conferences are a little different. Some students are coming in with knowing all letters and some students only know the letter that their name begins with. I used my parent conferences to touch base with my parents about how I differentiate to meet the needs of their child. I show them work samples and data from our Beginning of Year assessments.   This summer, I won a free grade level subscription to ESGI for my new school!!! My coworkers were so excited to use it! Partly because, I sang of ESGI's praises in my job interview! ESGI test results print outs and flash cards made parent conferences a breeze. I was able to show accurate data without spending hours after school to create a results letter. I also send home alphabet cards for my students to practice at home, a list of games to practice the alphabet at home and a list of ways to practice fine motor skills at home. I organize all of my handouts and data into a data folder so it is easily accessible for each conference. Below is a link to an adorable cover freebie on tpt by Kristine Nannini! I just staple to cover to the front of the folder and it is ready to go.

(Click the image to go to her tpt store!)
 Student Data Tracking Binder Covers and Binder Spines {Freebie!}

I hope everyone has very successful conferences!

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5 for Friday: Happy Halloween

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I have a true confession.
I do not love to decorate my library.
Not even for Book Fair.
I know some of you are completely talented and make your rooms gorgeous!
I hang up a few things and call it good.
But this year for our Book Fair, I heard it was a monster theme.
Then, I started thinking.....I have some A-d-O-r-A-b-L-e monster clip art from
Creative Clips.
I got inspired to decorate this year.
Our Book Fair was already scheduled this week.
I think we might just have a monster-themed Book Fair next October, too.
Just keeping it real.
Check out our blog next week for specifics on book fair decor.
 I think y'all know that Laura loves DisneyWorld.
I mean, Lisa and I love Disney, too.
But we cannot hold a candle to Laura.
Laura's feet on are on Disney property as you are reading this.
Unless she is on the awesome ride, Soarin' at Epcot!
Lucky Laura!
Laura and her family are joining up with Minnie, Belle, Donald and Goofy for
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
And Laura is already planning our July trip to Disney for the
TpT Conference year 3!
Lisa and her PreK Peeps are having so much fun with their sweeties!
Can you spy Goldilicious?
That is our adorable Lisa.
Of course, you recognize Goldilicious is hanging out with her friends
Pinkalicious and Silverilicious.
And I am a witch this year for Halloween.
If you missed it, I shared my favorite Halloween memories last Friday.
I love the witch's hat Lisa got for me years ago.
It is beautiful!
Here I am with one of my favorite little Minions!
I am lucky to have met many authors and illustrators over the years.
Some write books for children, while others write books for adults.
But some authors are in a league of their own.
Such is Mr. Bill Martin, Jr.
I was at a Professional Development Week hosted by 
Bill Martin Jr. over 20 years ago.
The experience was so much fun.
Laura was there, too.
One afternoon, Mr. Martin dimmed the lights to the school auditorium.  
Next, the magic began.
He performed his story "The Ghost-Eye Tree" by walking slowly, 
speaking confidently while holding a flashlight in his hand.
I was familiar with the story.
But on this day, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next.
Mr. Martin made his words come alive that afternoon.
Thank you, Mr. Martin for that wonderful memory.
You made it to the end of our post today, so grab your goodie!
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Happy Halloween, folks!

Halloween-Themed Language Tricks & Activities!

The Frenzied SLPs are coming together to talk about
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Let's start out with a trick. Two years ago, I fell in love with the Year-o-graphy series from Simple Stories and went a little crazy putting it in my room. I had some stickers left over, some plain buckets from Target - and bam! A little work makes a fun game container for students!
What goes in the bucket? Game cards. Lots and lots of game cards. Especially from Linguisystems' Games to Go. I haven't used Pumpkin Games in a while, but I have a stubborn /h/ omitter, and this game is great for saying "My pumpkin has...". Plus - it has a homework page!
Of course, I have to have some books. Back in the mid-1990s, I wasn't sure what I was going to be doing the next day in therapy, so I headed to my then-version of Amazon Prime, the small book store in the mall. The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything was there, and I'm now on my second book since the first one finally fell apart from so much use. I love the repetition and sound effects, and it's always been a big hit with students. I'll also be using some interactive books, like Where Is Pumpkin? from Jenna Rayburn.
I bought this spider web at The Dollar Tree. It came with glow-in-the-dark spiders, but those are long gone. Thank goodness for Target - again! Target had these great colorful spiders. We get in real-life practice with spatial concepts  - on top, in the middle, etc. And putting spiders actually under the web is always a lot of fun! Students get to touch the fuzzy web. 
And here's a storage trick. I only use the spider web one week out of the year, It doesn't need to be front-and-center. I store it in my big cabinet on the top shelf - above a plastic container for clothespins and fabric I don't use very often and below wax paper and baggies. Out of those, I use the baggies the most, so they are the easiest to reach - just open the doors and grab. The spider web involves opening the doors, moving the top stuff, and then getting the web. Since it's out all week, I don't mind an extra step in retrieving and storing it. But if it were on top of my more-used baggies, that would get annoying. Store materials according to how much you use them.
And here's what I'm making this week. Trick or Treat Spatial Concepts and for early next week, Dia de los Muertos, A Wh- Game.  As the cultural presence of  Dia de los Muertos increases, I want my students to know why they are seeing decorated skulls in Wal-Mart and HEB.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to look at the other wonderful ideas linked up below! You can start at Doyle Speech Works.