I am a sucker for graphic organizers. I have a binder full of them. I don't always get the chance to use them, but I had to print this one up full-color and laminate it for multiple uses.
I am a big to-do list person. I think organization skills are important for everyone. Why not plant that seed a little early and let the kids "check" off what they've done! This can be used for younger kids who may draw pictures or older students who can write out their ideas. This is the first in a series of "Checking Out" Activities!  

Want a copy? As promised, a free downloadable pdf is below. Happy speeching!

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So it's not really anyone's birthday that I know anyway, but I always feel bad when I don't get to truly celebrate my students' birthdays. With xx on your caseload, I am guessing that sometimes you have to check your logs to verify a kid's birthday claim yourself! 

I think birthdays are VERY important. I use them many times to try to get a language sample. Most kids have a birthday that was very memorable or at the very least a dream birthday party in mind, so I created a little birthday graphic organizer. While I wouldn't necessarily use this as part of a language sample, I could see using this after the fact to help students remember and recall a very special day. I also think it helps reinforce that very special calendar date (which a surprising number of my elementary friends do not know!).
With these graphic organizers, students can draw or write an overall picture of the day, provide 5 adjectives, and break down their day in to three steps (sequencing). They also get a little practice with utilizing ordinal numbers. 

While they overall could be perceived as boy/girl, I think either one is appropriate for either gender. Again, I realize that you will probably print this in black and white, but I am in love with that shade of blue! 

Below is a free downloadable PDF of each of the birthday organizers. Before downloading or pinning or etc., please share what you do to help celebrate your students' birthdays! 

Happy speeching!

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So, in August, I started a visual aids, pt. 1 post, but hadn't finished my thoughts. My very first post on this blog was the Anatomy of A Speech Room post. Well, things changed a little bit this year.

My student work area went from looking like this:
To looking like this:
I moved my kiddos to the other side of the room because the windows were distracting last year. I also added curtains to the mix for more privacy. I am easily distracted too, so that helps me focus on what's important! My artic cafe turned into an articulation station train (kind of. Each of the "cars" have wheels and they are all connected!
I have added my visual aids, such as my behavior system, classroom rules, turtle strips (I will have to upload those sometime!) for fluency and slowing down, the 10 easy steps to graduate, a five finger retell chart, a "wh" question visual aid, a description visual aid, and an alphabet chart.
Next year, I won't staple my visual aids to the visual aid board, I will add velcro so that I can bring them closer to the table. Otherwise, I am pretty happy with it! And I am pretty happy with the fact that I finally have closure on my visual aids series! (For now!)

Happy speeching!
Speech is all about talking, no doubt, but sometimes, it's really important to just listen. When I am testing my kiddos to see if they are listening to me, I like to work a few of their speech errors into my own speech. While I've had them verbally say if it was right/wrong in the past, today I thought of another alternative.
Since it seems that when I make a right/wrong error, the kids love to scream NO! and YES! at me, I decided to give them something to push into the air instead (I know it's all in good fun, but who likes being yelled at all the time?). My "orange" stick means it was a nice sound, the "pretzel" stick says that I was all twisted up and need a little work. This worked nicely for my first graders today. From there, you can pick a kiddo to tell you how to fix it. 
First, you just need some bulletin board cutouts. I find these at the teachers store and they are pretty cheap. I used basketball and baseball ones below.
Aside from the bulletin board cutouts, you just need some Popsicle sticks and tape!
I made yes/no ones, as well, for other activities.
Easy peesy lemon squeeze-y, right?

Well, hello. I feel kind of guilty, but I haven't thought about work in weeks. I was going through some files on my computer and stumbled across this mini-poster describing, well... descriptions. I made this what seems like a million years ago. It's not my best work (Other Senses has no visual because I am not an illustrator and didn't have access to clipart at the time), but I thought I would upload it. I will most likely still print it and use it as a poster on my visual aid wall! I have a feeling I will be ready to go back to work when it's time. I have some very exciting things in mind for next year, so stay tuned and enjoy!

A free download is below. Drop me a line and tell me something you would like to see on Heard In Speech in the future, or simply say hi!

Happy summer!

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I can't take credit for this creation. A (very smart) supervisor along the way suggested this to me for a lower level pre-k client. It was magical for me then and - to be honest - the magic is still there. 

I like this reward chart for many reasons. It's so simple and could be made without Boardmaker easily. It's also ridiculously cheap and could be replicated for more than one kiddo (which would only cost you another six pennies or so!). It's easy to clean. I kind of love the different textures going on and (I use this term loosely) mixed media. And it is just simply unique.

How many of us have pennies stashed in dresser drawers, purse pockets, or in the couch?  I probably could scoop up several homeless pennies in a quick sweep of my apartment (not that I am loaded, by any means - just the opposite!). I do recommend laminating the chart because it does go through a lot with the little ones. And it's just a great investment (laugh track).

Disclaimer time: Obviously, you wouldn't want to use this with kids who are super young or who may or may not enjoy eating inedible objects. I would definitely trial it to make sure it's the right fit for your client.

So, you need 5 or 6 pennies (however many you decide really).
and Velcro - or similar product. I used the round pre-cut ones here, which I attached to the tails side of the pennies. Do what you woud like to do!
I attached the complementary Velcro piece inside each square. At the top, as you can see, I have a box containing "I am working for" and another empty box (Velcro-ready!) for the specific reward. 

I have several different "reward squares" (bubbles, dinosaurs, cars, etc.) ready. I actually use those same "reward squares" as part of a visual schedule for the session and an accompanying 3 word utterance request panel (which I will share some time soon!). 

I don't use this visual too often in my current setting, but when I do - it's very helpful to keep the student on task... besides, who doesn't love a little money? :]

Voila, you now have a recipe for the six-cent reward chart! Enjoy!