“What’s in your box, Mrs. Elizabeth?”
Themes for May:
I try to carry over what I see my students doing at school. This May, I’ve seen Gardening, Rain, Dragons, Mermaids, late Spring, and Early Summer.
Organization and Personal Gear
I’ve been back with a combination of face to face & teletherapy work for a little over a year now. I still don’t have a designated work space, but Bessie the cart is hanging strong. It’s durable and it keeps my things safe if it’s raining on the way in and out of buildings.
I am a sucker for these photo boxes. I use them for so many things: articulation cards, language tasks, and visuals.
Last year, I decided I wanted to have an office- for the first time. I purchased several things for organization and I have loved every single one of them.
You can grab a free sample of binder covers/spines to go with the Ausome Speech Freebie Library Here:
Preschool Lesson Plan:
Engaging materials and structuring for increased attention and compliance.
Do you have a little one who throws, hides, or destroys materials? Consider restructuring your activity to make it have a clear start and finish. Here is an example with a tray from Target and a simple puzzle. You could take this a step further by anchoring it to the table or by using an interactive activity with velcro.
My students have absolutely loved having dot art this month! We have used dot markers, magnetic discs, stickers…and sent home for homework when we ran out of time. The Big Box of Dot Art grew from a reader request. She was looking for every sound in every position for the whole year. It was a bear to put together, but I was happy to do it! This has been a game changer for my students. I’m so glad this reader asked me to make it!
You can check out this page for free…I also made a version on Boom Learning just for fun! We used it with Dragons Love Tacos this past week and had a blast! This comes with a printable page and a Boom Card page.
You can find the book companion for Dragons Love Tacos here.
Speaking of dragons, my kids had such fun with them that I created an interactive e-book Dragon in a Wagon to go along with our monthly theme. This one is similar to best sellers Mouse in the House and Moose on the Loose. The dragon hides on various vehicles, teaching all about transportation. The best part: he roars when you click on him!
One last great dot art and coloring freebie! I pair this one with my favorite Eric Carle books.
Let’s face it, this year….we often need wipeable materials due to germ prevention. I found this cute little moose from Learning Resources. They also have some other great toys (sorting food by color), alphabet acorns, gift boxes. I’ve had a lot of luck with these and they’ve held up well. I’d peek at amazon for these.
We used the moose for sorting, fine motor practice, describing, and guessing what was missing when we hid one of the pieces! This pairs perfectly with Moose on the Loose!
Digital and Printable Circle Time, Visual Schedules, etc.
During Autism Acceptance month, I found some fantastic printable resources from Speechy Things.
I also updated my free handout on Autism to be more neurodiversity-supportive and accepting than it was previously (eek, removed the puzzle piece!). You can download it free here.
I also recommend this nice handout from Simplified Speechie for creating strength-based IEPs.
Freebies for Spring:
Ausome Speech: Free Little Blue Truck Book Companion
Ausome Speech: Free Taco Dot Art Printable & Boom Cards
Simplified Speechie: Sprouting Articulation Boom Cards
The Behavioral Speechie: Spring & Easter Early Language
Aimee Walton: Spring/Summer Vocabulary Memory Game
Busy Speech Mom: Free Sample Loaded Language Scenes
Bright Side of Speech: Free Boom Cards Spring Things
Stacey Crouse: Teletherapy Activities for Spring
Busy Speech Mom: Bugs and Insects
Speech Tea: Baseball Craft
Panda Speech: Spring Listen Up!
Ausome Speech: CVC Sample
Freebies for Summer:
Ausome Speech: Free Feed the Shark Shapes Boom Cards
Gemma June: Free Sample Multisyllabic Words: Feed the Ocean Friends
Speaking Louder than Words: Sea Turtle Rescue
Ms Emily Speech: Free Interactive Core Word Milkshake
TouchofTechSLP: Picnic Social Skills
Sparkly Speechie: Mermaid Craft Idea