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! 



Happy Thanksgiving y'all & good luck! 


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Friday, November 8, 2013

Hello November

Like most SLPs all around America,  I started doing Thanksgiving themed therapy as soon as we said good-bye to Halloween! I love November, and I am the proud owner of an arsenal of Thanksgiving projects and activities that I've stockpiled over the years.  

This is one of my old faithfuls. 

The 3 of us SLPs at my school break it out and dust it off every year, and it never seems to get old. 

What's the end-all be-all "symbol" of Thanksgiving? Why, turkeys, of course!  So this week we commenced with the making of the turkeys....fingerprint style!

If you read my recent post with the fall tree freebie, you already know that I'm all about fingerprint art. 

My boys are grown but but nothing says "kid-art-project-mom-will-keep-forever" like fingerprints. 

It just so happens that fingerprints make perfect turkey feathers!

My students had the choice to make just the turkey (as shown above) or use one of these options: 

I had stamp pads in various colors, and the kids used their fingerprints to make the turkey's feathers (staying between the arched lines for each row of feathers).   They also made thumbprints that made up the turkey's head and body. Finally, they used markers to draw in eyes, a beak, a waddle and turkey legs. 

For language students I used this  as a follow up activity after a Thanksgiving book or as an activity for following directions. 

With one language group, I had students describe and write about their turkey. 

For articulation students, I did drill as usual and allowed the students to add X number of leaves to their turkey after each round of drill.  

They turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.!

Most wanted to take their turkeys home immediately, but a few kids let me keep them to show off on my wall. 

The only thing that sort of upset me was that the only thing my students knew about Thanksgiving was "we eat turkey" so next week I'm on a mission to do some serious Thanksgiving education.  

There's so much more to Thanksgiving that TURKEY 
(although we did have fun making these!) 

If you fancy these fingerprint turkeys and are brave enough to break out the ink in your speech room,  you can download my fingerprint turkey art templates HERE.  

I'd love to hear your comments if you download! 
Even better... 
I'd love for you to post photos of your turkey masterpieces on my facebook page! 

Come back soon for more Thanksgiving fun!!

Oh and since it's the season for thankfulness, I should say....
 I'm oh-so-thankful you spent a little time reading my blog today

Jasper Roberts Consulting - Widget