Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Faves for April 18

From Amy
Happy Easter!
The message of Easter from our Lord is full of love and hope.

We just cannot seem to get away from our fairy tales.   Ok, we do not really want to.     
We hope you enjoy learning about the Little Red Hen in this unit.

Don Draper is back on Sundays!
I am happy to see the return of Mad Men.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One-Day Sale on April 16

Enjoy your day with a little sale shopping.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Manic Monday: Organizational Binder for ASHA's Clinical Fellowship

Whew! I'm barely making my Monday post on time! I'm here today to help you get organized. And if you are supervising a CF - or if you are a CF - I have just the thing to help you out - an Organizational Binder for The ASHA Clinical Fellowship!
This January, I had the honor of beginning to supervise a brand new and eager CF. I found the ASHA forms confusing with not enough space to write on. So, I made my own! Here's a preview.
Here's the Table of Contents:
In this 60+ page packet, you get the following sections:
* Getting Started - Directions for the packet, Contact Info, ASHA Information, Important Dates, CF Absences, and Time/Activity Requirements
* Logs for CFs - Assessment/Diagnosis/Evaluation, Screening, Report Writing, Family/Client Consultation and/or Counseling, and Therapy
* Segment Logs for Mentoring SLPs - direct and indirect supervision logs in 3 segments
* Summaries of the CF Skills Inventories
* Quick Reference to ASHA's Rating Scales and Descriptors
* Meeting Notes for 3 segments
* Blank Section Divider for your own use
* Finishing up!
* Thank You and Credits

Note: This binder is in no way intended to replace ASHA's forms and requirements. Always, always, always refer to ASHA for any questions. The binder came about when I realized I wasn't recording dates - gasp! And I printed out the skills inventory and rating scales, but they were inefficient to flip through during supervision, plus there wasn't enough writing space. So, ta-dah!

The Organizational Binder for The ASHA Clinical Fellowship comes in B&W for a printer-friendly option. Look for the color version soon!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Faves for April 11

From Amy:
#1  More IS better, right?    So, we have another fairy tale unit for y'all.  This time we have three little pigs and one BIG and BAD wolf entertaining us.   Hope you are enjoying the fairy tale studies as much as we are.

#2  Speaking of fairy tales, we had terrific storytellers visit us this week.   The sweeties love the group of retired drama kings and queens to visit us.   I really enjoy their retellings, too.   This week we had to deal with Cinderella's nasty stepmother and stepsisters.   Luckily, Cinderella and Prince Charming were part of the troop!  I do so love a happy ending.

#3  You know how your jewelry gets grimy and not-so-shiny?   Ok, well mine does.   I am lazy and do not like to polish or buff it.   So, I made a little Amazon purchase this week.     It is an ultrasonic teeny little jewelry cleaner.   Just add water and press the button.   I can do that!     Then, you just dump the dirty water out and dry your sparkly new jewelry.  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Manic Monday: Origami Owl

Want an easy way to show your SLP pride? Check out this Origami Owl locket!
I used the letters SLP, the I Love You sign, autism awareness heart, computer, red lips, and red and white stones for my school colors. I also used the gears in the background. If you want one, I happen to be having a party this week! Just go to Carrie's site, and let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thursday Therapy: April Showers

Yep, it's Thursday Therapy on Friday. And even Friday night. But I guess there's no use feeling blue, so let's put the pedal to the metal!

I always do a Rain Week. I just don't know when it will be until the weather forecast comes up. This week looked like the best bet, but we only got a few sprinkles. At least it was cloudy most days, and we didn't get the severe weather with hail like last Friday.

With the younger Functional Academics, I used two books - My Spring Robin and The Rain Stomper. My Spring Robin is great for prepositions, spring vocabulary, and questions. The Rain Stomper is perfect for working on emotions and fun sound-effect words, as well as the saying, "Don't let it rain on your parade".

One activity we did combined several rain/cloud ideas. We glued a cloud (half a paper plate) to the sky (blue paper) then added raindrops with white chalk and a downpour with blue crepe paper. We worked on sequencing, under/on top, following directions, and requesting needed items.
We also made our own rain!

My wonderful licensed assistant used the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk then had the students make finger clouds. Just mix 1 part glue to 3 parts shaving cream and allow time to dry!
She also used Figuratively Speeching's Spring Idioms, and my CF used Mia McDaniel's Spring Fun Pack. How was your week?

Friday Faves on April 4

From Amy:
#1  I think I have mentioned our love of fairy tales before.   The sweeties have really been enjoying our look at traditional fairy tales.   Our latest creation was inspired by Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona.   It is a fantastic story to read aloud.    I read it to the Second Grade Sweeties.   They were NOT like Big Anthony.  They were great listeners.

#2  It's Book Fair Fiesta at my school!   I have discovered my two favorite books from this fair.   The sweeties have definitely picked Minecraft as their favorite.   But I do not share their opinion.    In fact, I do not even know what a minecraft is.    I  do know what a mine is.    I know what a craft is.    But make it a compound word and I am clues.   So, my pick is Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale.   Clark is the shark who LOVES school with all of his heart.   In fact, he needs to learn to stay cool at school because he LOVES it soooooooooooooo much.

#3  My other favorite book of the book fair is Mo Willems' The Pigeon Needs a Bath!.   It is Pigeon's opinion that baths are overrated.    The sweeties love the Pigeon.   They were super happy the Pigeon (and spoiler alert…..Duckling) showed up this week at the book fair.
From Laura:
#1-Since becoming the designated baker for the goody bags for the baseball team, I have found some wonderful baking sites. This week's treat was Snickerdoodle Bars from Crazy For Crust. So good!
#2-Texas bluebonnets are back!
#3-My last one can't be classified as a favorite, but the most recent news from Fort Hood hits too close to home. Prayers and thoughts to the heroes who serve our country with all their hearts.