What's in Your Cart Linky Teacher Appreciation 2015

Guess what?!? It's May - the month of BHSM, graduation, Mother's Day, end of school... and the Teacher Appreciation Sale at TpT! All Y'all Need is participating in the sale, and as always, linking up with Speech Room News for the What's In Your Cart? Linky!

For the sale, and for finishing out the school year, check out our Write and Say the Room: Animals and Biomes/Habitats. This unit is great for mixed groups because you can work on artic, language, and fluency with students! Plus, students write their own words on the recording sheet, which means ready-to-go homework!
 Write & Say the Room: Animals and Biomes/Habitats by All Y'all Need
If you are already thinking about next year but not sure what your assignment will be, take a look at Real World Language: Social Cues and Situations We Use Every Day. This packet helps literal thinkers learn social concepts in a hierarchy from context to sentence completion to sentences to jokes. And multiple choices are provided for different levels! This packet also includes a take-home sheet for students - and they fill it out, so it saves you some prep time! It's perfect for various grade levels!
 Real World Language by All Y'all Need
Of course, I need a few things, too. Schoolhouse Talk always has great products, and Spoiler Alert! looks like a ton of fun!
The Picnic Slam! game from Pam Dahm looks great for summer! All of her Slam! books are on my wishlist.
Mia McDaniel always has fun products, so I'm going to take advantage of the sale to get a leg up for next year with her Back to School Fun Pack.
Be sure to use the code THANKYOU at checkout for an additional discount! Happy shopping!

2gether We are Better! Monthly Link Up: Parent Communication

My cousins and I are extremely excited to link up with Angie from Lucky Little Learners and Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd for the second linky party! If you don't know who they are, check them out now! They are truly amazing!! I wish I could say that I have ground breaking forms of parent communication to share... Sadly, I do not. I teach in a small town so I see many of my parents on a daily basis. That helps keep communication alive and kickin'. I also use a fabulous tool called Remind (formerly Remind 101). It helps me remind parents of upcoming events, deadlines, etc...  For example, it's going to be very helpful this weekend because I forgot to send my reminder notes home about Monday being Hat Day. Oopsie! There is also a way to chat with parents on Remind without having to share your phone number. I haven't used it, but friends have and they love it! Anyway, most of my parent communication comes in the form of email, face-to-face, or phone calls. How do you communicate with your parents?
Check out these fabulous educators to get some new tricks of the trade! 

Currently May with Farley

The Eagles.
Seeing them in concert later this month!
Don Henley is my fave, even though you are not supposed to have favorites.

Eat at Jacoby's where the food is beyond delicious.
You will not be sorry.

Bridal brunch tomorrow.
Gift is purchased.
Now, onto what to wear?
And will I remember everyone's name?

More reading.   So much for productivity.
Life of a librarian.

It is almost that time that teachers love to love.
Ok, you were thinking of summer.
Me, too.
But also there is a special "thankyou" event coming up on TpT.
I am sure I need to add to my wishlist.

Summer Yes
See y'all in Vegas!!!!

Summer Hope

Summer Dream
Alarms should not exist in summer.
That's all.

Link up with our Texas girl Farley to join the fun!

Happy May!

5 for Friday on May Day

Kacey at Doodlebugs Teaching hosts a weekly linky.
We love to join in.
I am sharing a few little blasts from the past in today's post.
Laura is the Disney girl in the family.
She loves Disney and knows all there is to know about how to get 
the most of the Disney experience.
But in May of 2011, we took a girls' trip to Disney.
It was me, Laura, Lisa, Lisa's mom and my BFF.
We had a blast!
Happy Anniversary to Prince William and Catherine.
My BFF gave me the prettiest cup and saucer set to celebrate their wedding.
Direct from England.
Now, we are on Baby Watch #2 for Prince William and Catherine.
Or you TeamPrince or TeamPrincess?
I am thinking we might have another boy in the family.
There was also this Royal Wedding.
Their big event was on July 29, 1981.
It was a beautiful wedding.
Here is another BIG wedding.
It happened on November 16 in 1981.
Now, I know, they are not royalty.
But I was hooked on "General Hospital" for way too many years.
Check it out in our TpT store.

Happy May Day!

Gifts for SLP Grads

Are you trying to find that perfect gift for an SLP grad? And have you asked your graduate what speech therapists need? And gotten this response? "Mom, my degree is in Communication Disorders and I'm an SLP, not a speech therapist, because the L is for Language which I will work with but no one knows that, AND the P is for Pathologist and I'm definitely using that after surviving grad school. Oh, but first I'll be a CF - that's a Clinical Fellow - because I have to be supervised by a mentoring SLP my first year". And all you really want is a simple answer but now you're very confused.

Well, guess what?!? You've come to the right place!
 All Y'all Need
I've got a few ideas that your graduate will love!
The first year after getting a Master's in Communication Disorders is called the Clinical Fellowship. ASHA has some pretty strict guidelines. When I started supervising a CF last year, I needed an organizer. There are currently two versions of The Organizational Binder for The ASHA Clinical Fellowship at All Y'all Need - a fun color version and an ink-saving B&W version. Just print out, put in a binder, and both the CF and mentor can fill it out during the year! So much easier to keep track of everything than random notes!

Another item that I've been using for years is a set of printable checklists. Teachers see me in the hallway and remember that they have a student - or two or five - that they want me to listen to. I'm not going to remember a hallway chat. But I can give teachers these checklists for PK, Kg, 1st and 2nd grades. They are a starting point for me and allow me to document requests, conversations and follow-up. The checklists are our best-selling items, and all four now come in a money-saving bundle! Just buy on TpT, download, and print!

Several years ago, a wonderful principal gave me a box of sticky notes in assorted sizes. It was one of  my favorite gifts ever. SLPs will be using big sticky notes for lists, medium sticky notes for notes, and flag sticky notes for signatures. Trust me - your grad can never have too many sticky notes!

SLPs need bags. Lots of bags, and good bags. Enter 31 Bags. I have been at a Head Start where three of us had the same bag - the utility tote! It's sturdy, holds test kits and lots of materials, and they are really cute! (Especially with monograms).

For some bling, let's talk lanyards. Origami Owl lets you choose your own charms, and there are quite a few for SLPs! The picture shows my necklace with the autism heart, I Love You in sign language, apple, and lips. Other possibilities are the To Go Coffee Cup and school bus charms. You could also buy crystals in school colors or look at the animal charms for mascots.

For even more ideas, click on the links below! And for SLPs linking up - use the graphic above and link back to this post - thanks!

Speechie Freebie: April

Oh my word! Is your April crazy, too? All I want to do is take a nap every afternoon. But there are deadlines to meet, my untrained dog who gets off the leash, and allergies. So I hope you will forgive me for re-using one of my freebies that was in a blog hop. If you already have it, great! If not, it's designed for easy prep AND included a homework sheet! Here you go - Multiple Meanings for Spring {Freebie}!
 Multiple Meanings for Spring by All Y'all Need

The Frenzied SLPs: Spring Cleaning

10 minutes of organizing now will save you one hour later.
So says an organizational expert out district brought in several years ago. This has shaped my own spring cleaning when packing up my office.  It's easy to throw everything into boxes. I've done that. But now, I use the expert's advice when boxing up my materials so it makes more sense in the fall. All three projects are ones I did in the spring that helped me set up in August, and I hope they help your own frenzied SLP life!

Tip #1: Make Your Books Easy to Reach
I'm a lucky girl. I have a LOT of books. My sister Amy is a librarian, and not only has she contributed to my collection, I'm borrowing the books she gave to my own children until they need them again. Plus, our PTA lets me buy $50 worth of books at both the spring and fall fairs! I tried sorting them by author's last name, but I couldn't remember them all. Amy came to the rescue. Now, my books are sorted by author's last name on the first two rows and by season/holiday on the third row. Works like a charm!

Tip #2: Keep Your Materials Within Easy Reach, Too
Another great organizational tip - keep what you use the most within 1 reach - just grab it. Lesser used items are 2-reach - inside a cabinet - the 2 reaches are opening the door and reaching inside. Rarely used items should be 3+ reaches - open the cabinet, look way in the back, and move stuff to get to it.

My card decks are 1-reach. When I saw that Super Duper Inc. kept their cards on display with binder rings, I knew that would work well for keeping the cards in order. A bonus? Now I just reach in the slot and pull out what I need - a 1-step approach vs. 2-step in opening the container, shaking out the cards, sorting them back... I used 2-inch binder rings but I think 1-inch would work better. I also used the automated hole puncher to save time. It went through about 4-5 cards at a time. The first three rows are artic cards and the last two rows have language cards. I did have more, but I really cleaned them out. A simple display and clear protectors with labels make for fast retrieval when every minute of therapy counts!

Tip #3: Keep Your Test Ducks In a Row
I have a confession. I was embarrassed by a CF who mentioned that her college supervisor would have been all over her for not knowing where the yellow duck from the PLS-5 was during test administration. I agreed with her while silently wondering where my own duck was! I got a few clear containers - easy to see what's inside - and gathered all the items I would need for the PLS-5. Everything went into a snazzy 31 Bag. The manipulatives are never separated. I loan out the whole bag, not parts. The PLS-5 manuals even fit inside, and the zipper zips! 

All three projects took time to set up, but they have definitely saved more time in the long run!