“What’s in your box, Mrs. Elizabeth?”
Themes for April:
I try to carry over what I see my students doing at preschool. In April, this is often Easter, Gardening, Bunnies, Carrots, Bugs, Rain, and other fun spring concepts.
You can download an interactive Preschool Speech Therapy Lesson Plan Here:
Organization and Personal Gear
First of all….stuff for face to face therapy…finally. Yay!!! I don’t have a designated work space and travel around…so I rely on my good ‘ol pal Bessie the cart. This one has held up really well for me. It’s durable and it keeps my things safe if it’s raining on the way in and out of buildings.
After being so comfortable in my clothes while working from home, I worked to update my t-shirt collection to be comfortable, supportive of my students, and also supporting fellow SLPs! Here are a couple of my favorites:
I especially love the one below, that celebrates Neurodiversity. This is a great reminder to move from Autism Awareness to Autism Acceptance (or both, as I talked about here).
Still loving all of these:
- Monthly Labels: First off, 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.
- Watch Faces and Backgrounds: Did you know A Perfect Blend has free watch faces and backgrounds in her instagram stories each month? You should check those out. So cute and fun to change each
month. She has cute spring themes this month. Click on “Wallpapers” to download this month and previous months.
Visuals and Handouts for Neurodiversity
The neurodiversity set of handouts from Speechy Things is exactly what I needed to help spread the word about Autism Acceptance this month. You should definitely check these out!
Passport Speech also has a free set of handouts for Neurodiversity.
This boom deck from Boho Speechie has worked really well for introducing communication style differences. I’ve enjoyed using it with parents and older students.
Spring Printable Resources
Another cute spring book companion! You can snag this freebie here or on Teachers Pay Teachers. It goes perfectly with Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle.
This Dot Art Freebie includes spring characters and targets for /L/ Blends.
Brand New Articulation Visual Freebie
Spring Digital Resources
Spring Speech has been a hit with my students so far. It features some characters from favorite spring books, including The Old Lady, Bunny, Caterpillar, etc. There are versions for Early Sounds, Later Sounds, and Consonant Blends. You can try a free sample of this resource here.
Rainy Day Speech has just come out and it has been a lot of fun on those dreary days. It features more characters from favorite spring books, including The Old Lady, Bunny, Caterpillar, etc. You can try a free sample of this resource here.
Book Companions: This bottomless set of book companions is perfect for PreK. Each activity includes preteaching vocabulary, sentence strips for sight words, and interactive open-ended scenes for expanding utterances, engaging in child-led play, and working on vocabulary.
Earth Day Freebie for Emotions or Pragmatic Language.
Here are some of my favorite books for April.
Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Racoon on His Own by Jim Arnosky
Bear ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Little Blue Truck Springtime by Alice Schertle
How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace
Happy Easter, Mouse by Laura Numeroff
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
Ten Little Ladybugs by Elizabeth Hepler
Favorite Songs and Read-Alouds
There are so many great spring-themed toys and learning games to use!
This butterfly sorting toy works great! You can target colors, counting, more/less, taking turns, and a lot of other language concepts.
Eric Carle Magnetic Storytelling set
Freebies for Earth Day
Ausome Speech: Earth Day Emotions
Seldom Speechless: Guess the Word
Panda Speech: Earth Day Promise
Freebies for Spring
A Perfect Blend: Backgrounds for April (instagram stories), Speech Posters, etc
Thrifty Speechy: Spring Craft
Ausome Speech: Dress up the Old Lady, Free printable Book Visuals, Free Boom Cards
Seldom Speechless: Video Modeling sample (not specific to speech, but a great resource….the whole set is amazing!)
Speech Tea: Baseball Craft
Panda Speech: Spring Listen Up!
Busy Speech Mom: Bugs and Insects
The Bright Side of Speech: Spring Things
Stacey Crouse: Teletherapy Activities for Spring
Ausome Speech: CVC Sample
Ausome Speech: Rainy Day Speech Sample
Ausome Speech: L Blend Dot Art