Back to School: All About Me Freebie Packet Included!

June 22, 2021 No Comments

Back to School!  (All About Me Freebie Included)

Please let us have a normal year…please let us have a normal year…please let us have a normal year.  Am I the only one with this playing in my head?

I’m not sure what “normal” is these days, but we are jumping in and hoping for the best at our house.  This year, I have an 8th grader, 6th grader, 3rd grader (self contained), and a Kindergartner (that last one is a little shocking!)

Secret: I fake our Back to School picture every year.  

You Moms who get everyone ready and take a picture on the first day of school (and often even the last) are not of this world.  That’s what I’m telling myself.   

 

These are some of my favorite fake days before Back to School pictures.  

Mom Hack: Put the picture in the frame each year….then have them hold the frame in the photo.  That makes it so that every single picture is in the shot.  Isn’t that cool?  

Extra Tip (this is a secret): Don’t forget to buy the picture.  Then you’ll have to download photoshop and insert a fake picture so that you don’t miss an entire year.  Oops.   

Organization Tips and Tricks for Back to School!

I use tote boxes by season.  I use these very cute Monthly Labels and
have 4 boxes: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.  I change them out in
the back of my car every 3 months and always have my evaluation box with
me.

I have some standard things that I always have with me (You can click on images to find out where to purchase or download):

  • My Rolling Cart: I’m a therapist on the go.  I work out of my car and go in and out of various buildings.  This has been a game changer!  It’s a heavy duty version from Home Depot. It
    has held up very well and even works in rain and snow.  You can mix and match which of the boxes you
    include and it has stayed water-safe when I’ve gone in and out of
    buildings.

Husky 22 in. Connect Rolling System Plastic Tool Box

  • My Calendar: I love this one from Polka Dot Posie.  I print it off at home each year  

NEW 2020-2021 Printable Monthly Planner  Seasonal Design  image 0

Back to School Lesson Plans

Click the Image Below to download a free copy of the Back to School Lesson Plan in the Freebie Library.  If you need the password, click here.   

Books and Read Alouds

I
love including books in my sessions and at home. These books are great
for preschool, kindergarten, special education, and home school.  

 

Read Alouds

Kindergarten, Here I Come! by DJ Syeinberg

If You Take a Mouse to School by  Laura Numeroff

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School by Mo Willems

 

Summer Books

Ten Magic Butterflies by Danica McKellar

The Night Before Summer Camp by Mindy Pierce

How to Cheer up Dad by Fred Koehler

Books 

Time for School, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle 

   Printable Book Companion by Elizabeth Hepler (in Freebie library

   Digital Boom Cards Book Companion by Elizabeth Hepler 

 

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books by Lucile Colandro

    Printable Book Companion by Elizabeth Hepler

    Digital Boom Cards Book Companion by Elizabeth Hepler 

Upack the Bag  by Panda Speech

 

Click, Clack, Quack to School by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

Songs 

The Wheels on the Bus 

Back to School by Jack Hartmann

Printable and Digital Favorites

Visuals: I’m a firm believer in visuals.  Up until this past year, I didn’t fully understand that ALL children are visual learners.  I had assumed that visuals were mostly for nonverbal children, but they are for us all!  

  • Visual Schedules: I use both printable and digital versions of these, depending on what I need.  

This book system is by Especially Education.  They have both clip art and printable version.  This is the best book I’ve seen in years of searching.  It’s sectioned off with pictures for both school and home, which is great for carryover.  It takes some time to put together, but it’s really unique and you can personalize it!

 

 

 

This is my go-to set of Visuals for Speech Therapy.  It has so many great things: 

1) Visual Schedules: First Then Boards, First Next Last, To Do Done, Therapy Session Schedules, (3 Part, 4 part), Read Mark Do, etc

2) Binder Size and Task Box Size for Visual Schedules

3) Digital Visual Schedule: Boom Cards

4) Language Visuals Task Box: categories, colors, shapes, virtual learning cues, behavior cues, yes/no questions, /wh/ questions, and more!

5) Virtual Learning Cues for teletherapy, online learning, hybrid instruction, home schooling, and face to face therapy and school

6) Feelings page: emotions, pragmatic language

7) I Want or I Need Page: sensory integration items

8) Instructions for Assembly and Use


 

Dot Art

You can use dot art for articulation 100 drill practice reinforcement (using bingo chips and a magnetic wand, dot markers, crayons, or stickers).  

 

Interactive E-Book: School Tools

 

Digital Circle Time

 

Digital All About Me

Articulation Games

This articulation set of Boom Cards is one of my best sellers.  It covers 83 sounds, phonological processes, and speech sound targets. 

Language Games

Zingo


 V-Tech Alphabet Bus

Magnetic Wand for Bingo Chips

Free Printables

Coloring
Page freebie from my TpT store

School Tools Vocabulary One Page Printable Coloring Page

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Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary

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    Elizabeth has been a Speech Language Pathologist since 2005. She has special interests in Autism and ADHD. Some of Elizabeth's experience comes from years of development and training in pediatric private practice, but the majority has come from raising her four children. Her household includes neurodiverse family members. Elizabeth enjoys supporting families and professionals with her experience from both sides of the table. Learning to merge the "normal" and "autistic" worlds has led to the most success, both professionally and at home. Read More

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      Prior Speaking Experiences

      -Guilford Child Development: Autism in the Early Childhood Setting
      -Cheshire Speech and Voice: Effective Tools for increasing Sensory Integration for Speech/Language Intervention; Autism
      -Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute: Autism
      -CHIPS Greensboro: Autism for Professionals
      -NCSHLA: Teletherapy (Including the Parent Perspective)
      -Telepractice Today: Podcast (Parent and SLP Perspectives)
      -UNC Chapel Hill: Guest Lecture
      -Abled Not Labeled: Presenter (Intro to Neurodiversity)
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