Happy October everyone!! Can you believe that it is already October? This year is going by so quickly. This month, I wanted to share with you my September Monthly favorites or things that I have been loving in my speech room or to either keep me sane in my speech room as the beginning of the year came upon me. I occasionally like to watch Monthly Favorites videos on YouTube (guilty pleasure) and thought I would take a spin on it and try out a SLP Monthly style favorites.
Here are some things that have helped get me through September:
1. My Plum Paper Teacher Planner: I can’t say enough good things about this planner. The paper quality is amazing, you can customize design your cover, it provides plenty of space to write down my lesson plans of the week, and most importantly it helps to keep my organized. I have tried to switch to an electronic calendar but I just can’t do it. There is honestly something about writing tasks or information down, for me at least, that helps information to stick in my brain. What I love most about this planner is that it has to-do lists, checklists, year at a glance section to write down IEPs, and plenty of notebook pages at the end for meetings. Stay tuned because I will be giving away a Plum Paper Teacher Planner soon!!
2. All About My Summer packet: I posted this freebie in our TPT store awhile back and have used it with just about every one of my students. I used this during my first sessions with my students as a more structured way for them to tell me about their summer. Do your students have a million things to tell you about their summers when they see you for the first time too?
3. Mr. Sketch Scented Markers: This was total nostalgia for me. I remember coloring with these as a kid and LOVING them. I even picked up the Movie Night version which my students absolutely love even though I’m not so much of a fan of the nacho cheese scented one. They loved using these while we were filling out our All About My Summer Worksheets too.
4. Super Duper Word Flips: These word flips have been key with a lot of PreK students that I see. They have simple CV stimuli and provide thousands of opportunities for productions. My students and I take turns picking which one to flip (the one of the left, middle, or right) and then they go through and say all three words. It is quick and easy and also allows me to get a quick baseline on their sounds since it includes a variety of sound positions.
5. Plackers Dental Flossers: I recently watched a continuing education video online put on by the great Pam Marshalla. I was devastated to hear that she had passed around the end of last school year. She has truly changed my appropriate to articulation therapy, particularly for the /r/. If you’ve watched or attended her continuing education class on /r/ remediation, you’ll know where these puppies come into play. They’ve helped me teach my students placement and tongue tension which are big components for the production of the /r/. I was so excited because after watching her class, I worked with an /r/ student for the first time and I got not an approximation but a perfect /r/!! Plus, what I love about these is that they’re so inexpensive!
6. La Croix Sparkling Water: I saw these in the store over the summer and have recently been on a La Croix kick! These are great alternatives to sugary sodas and help me with my water intake. Water intake is something I definitely struggle with as the weather cools down but these are so tasty that I love drinking them. My current favorite flavors are mango, coconut, and melon pomelo!
Hope you enjoyed reading about my monthly SLP favorites. What did you love having or using in your speech room this past September?
Happy October #SLPeeps