Saturday, November 16, 2013

Feeling thankful in my speech room these days

If you've been reading, you know that my students and I have been "Thanksgiving" it up this month in speech & language therapy!
I just love this time of year when the air is crisp and everyone is filled with gratitude.

I was shocked in the first week of November at how little my students related with Thanksgiving so I've been shamelessly bombarding them with the ideals, traditions and history of Thanksgiving.  Wanna peek?  

We learned about the Pilgrims and Native Americans and their first feast together.  I used the little gameboard from my Thanksgiving Fun Pack to get in lots of artic drill.  With my second grade kiddos who also happen to be struggling in math, we did a little roll-n-cover. 

It was interesting to find out about the Thanksgiving feasts my students have in their home. This is Louisiana so it's not always about turkey.  Some of their families have traditions of feasting on deer, shrimp etoufee', seafood gumbo, fried catfish...even turtle soup!! I also had several Hispanic students tell me all about their feast of homemade Mexican dishes.  Yummmm. 

Dot art always does the trick with my youngest students for artic drill, too.  Oh, and you know I love quick drill! 



For my language students, we've been getting down to the nitty gritty of Thanksgiving. After one of my fourth graders told me that he thought that Thanksgiving was about Christopher Columbus sailing to America on the Mayflower, I knew it was time for some heavy duty educating!  

We have been trudging through the 22 non-fiction passages and questions about Thanksgiving in my Thanksgiving non-fiction packet starting with the very beginning all the way to present day traditions. 

When I wrote these passages, even I learned a lot! Did you know that there were no desserts at the First Thanksgiving?  WHAT!? 

My kids are shockingly interested in this (which makes ME thankful).   I think it's because the passages average about 5-6 sentences.  Many of my language students are also struggling readers and they get so discouraged by the looonnnnnngggg passages they encounter in class.  This was manageable for them and let them feel some success.  
That was a beautiful thing to see .


 I've been doing this not only in my speech room but also in my push in/inclusion classes.  Before we get out for Thankgiving break next Friday, my "babies" will be Thanksgiving experts!  Woohooo!! 

We've also been using EETchy to write about Thanksgiving.  Can I just say, that EET string of beads has been a Godsend


With both my language and articulation students, We've been making silly Thanksgiving stories.  Stamp-a-stories just make everyone talk talk talk talk talk AND the kids can't wait to read them to everyone. It's an SLPs dream! 

You can use stickers or stamps; I just happen to have a huge stash of stamps. 

As we stamp, students have to decide if they need to add word endings (s, -ed, -ing) to their stamp with with a sharpie so that the sentences are grammatically correct.  

These came out pretty good!! Not all of the kids let me keep their story to show off- most of them wanted to take it to class or home to read to their teachers and family.  
(I challenge them to bring it back signed by everyone who they read it to).  

For articulation students, sometimes I have them highlight their target sounds. 
 In any case, it's just plain fun and full of speech & language (eek! love that!

Apparently this little dude is a fan of pigs. LOL  

This is just small part of my Thanksgiving fun pack, by the way :) Honestly, I haven't even had time to do all the activities in the pack.  I actually wish November lasted longer! 

Evenmore, I wish we held on to these Novemberish feelings of gratitude all year long.  
Oh what a wonderful world it would be.  

As I write this post early on a Saturday morning, I'm feeling very thankful for so many things. 
If you follow me on instagram,  you may have seen some of my thankful posts :)

-thankful for the little things that held me breathe deeper and get me through the day-
-thankful for my youngest son who is so very good to the core-
-and my oldest who wants to change the world-

-thankful for my students who are a constant reminder of why I get up and go to work everyday-
-thankful I'll be @ Disneyworld in 7 days- ahhhhhhh!!-
-thankful for all of you who read my blog and follow me in all my "places" :)
TpT, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.  
and all the people (in my computer) that I've never met but now call friends <3 font="">

It's been so rewarding and just incredibly fun to get to know SLPs from all over and share my corner of speech world with you.  Honestly, I wish I could throw you all a party.  
My house isn't really big enough for that so how about a giveaway instead? 
:)

Two lucky readers can win every Thanksgiving Activity in my TpT Store just in time to print and use for Thanksgiving! 

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Happy Thanksgiving y'all & good luck! 

-Mia 


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58 comments:

  1. Ooh Mia - keeping my fingers crossed for this giveaway! I LOVE all of your products and use at least one of them every single week (no kidding!) Keep creating! I am thankful for you!!!

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    1. Wow Thanks Jenn!! awww you're the best :)

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  2. Love your blog. Love your materials! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Awww wow Thanks so much Amy! :)) You're welcome and good luck!

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  3. I am thankful for you and your wonderful products!!!
    Thanks
    foxysexyroxy10@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks Roxanne- you can't imagine what that means to me :)

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving Mia! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Sure thing! Thanks for swinging by and entering, Kellie!

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  5. Love your stuff! Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks Shannon! Really appreciate that!

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your Disney vacation! It is well deserved :)

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    1. Thanks Jayne, the waiting it killing me!! So excited!

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  7. Thank you so much for the giveaway chance!
    I loved this thankful post! It was wonderful insight to your life and speech room.

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    1. Thanks, Carly :)) I really am mushy at heart- I try not too be full out mushy in most posts or everyone would be sick of me ! LOL Good luck with the giveaway!

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  8. Wow! I would love to win this. It would be great to have lagniappe to finish out my Thanksgiving lessons. (Louisiana SLPs rock!)

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    1. Why, yes, Louisiana SLPs DO rock ;) Your comment made me smile- not often I get "lagniappe" on a blog comment, Teresa! Love it!

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    1. You're welcome, Valerie, good luck!

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    1. You're so welcome! Can't wait to see who wins!

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  11. I love your activities and blogs--will you please post how we can be super organized like you? :)
    Mahalo nui for your giveaway! Always fun!

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    1. Thpeech Teach, Love your name!! How to be super organized? I'm constantly working at it, planning ahead, and occasionally freaking out about it. Basically, plan lesson ahead of time, even plans for weeks in advance. As for organizing my room, I spend who knows how much time doing that all summer in preparation for the school year. Also, I try not to leave work each day until I've put my room back together again. You're most welcome! Nice to meet you!

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  12. Great activities! Thanks for sharing your fun activities as well as giving the chance to win your great packets!

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    1. You're so welcome! Appreciate the kind comment :)

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  13. Your materials look fun, here's hoping I win! :)

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    1. Thanks- I really aim to make therapy fun- it's a win-win for the kids AND myself! Goodluck!

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  14. Thanks for all of the great products you have put together and shared with us.

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  15. Awesome Thanksgiving packet! Would love to win!

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    1. Thanks for entering! Cross your fingers!

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  16. Thanks for your wonderful blog and products!

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    1. You're welcome but thank YOUUUU for reading - means so very much to me, Susan!

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  17. Thankful for many things and thanks for all your hard work!

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  18. Thanks for such wonderful products! Thanks for sharing them!

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    1. You're welcome - thanks back at YOU for stopping by and reading :)

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  19. Your products are great! I am thankful that there are so many talented SLP's on TpT creating useful, current, easy to use products, that are affordable as well!

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    1. Thanks so much, flamingonutJudy(cool name!) Appreciate your kind comment :)

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  20. This looks great!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome, Andrea. Thanks for the thanks hahahah this thankfulness is getting outta hand :)

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  21. This looks awesome. So much to do. Its great to see a creative SLP.

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  22. What a fabuous array of activities! I don't know how you have time to create all that! I would love to have these products! Thanks for making them!!

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    1. Thanks, Speechie!! It's actually relaxing and therapeutic for me- a nice change of pace from the chaos of my day job :) Good luck!

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  23. Thank you for taking the time and energy to produce such awesome products for all of us to use!!!

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    1. Kjmacs, thank yOU for being a follower! So glad you dig them :)

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  24. This was a fabulous post. It is so apparent that you love your students.

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    1. Aww thanks Kathy. How can we not love those little people? They aren't all angels but they do all need us in their corner. They are the best things about our jobs :) Thanks for the comment and good luck!

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  25. I absolutely LOVE your blog. Its like a get to keep learning and gaining great ideas from you even though I'm not your student anymore!!!

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    1. Lauren, I'm so glad you're reading! That means so much to meeeee- I hope your career and everything else is going great! Don't ever hestitate to contact me if you need anything- but no doubt you're super SLP by now! Stay in touch :))

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  26. Your materials are just wonderful! I really hope I win! Thanks for everything you do!

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    1. SLPeeking, thank you thank you!! Cross your fingers!

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  27. These look wonderful, you're so creative!!

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    1. Thanks so much Sharon- that means so much coming from Mrs. Creative herself!

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  28. These look fantastic! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  29. Wow! This would be a bunch of great materials to use in therapy!

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  30. Your ideas are always so creative. I don't know where you find the time to do it all!

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  31. Your Thanksgiving packets look great! Sure hope I win one! Just found your TPT and blog via Pinterest. I will be visiting often.

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