Wednesday, July 31, 2013

September Articulation Home Practice Packet

One of my personal goals this year is to do a better job at consistently sending home homework with my students, as well as better educate the families that I work with on why homework is so important for success and growth in speech therapy.
To make sending homework a little easier, I started making monthly homework packets.  Here are just a few pages from the packet for your reference.

The packet includes a parent letter, homework log, monthly activity handout, word strips, mission speech possible strips, stamp sheet for word level practice, sentence level handout, and short story handouts.  All worksheets have one sheet available for custumization.  There are also worksheets for target sounds that are "ready-to-go."
My favorite component of this packet are the "Mission Speech Possible" strips.  There are five strips per page and all you need to do is write in a target sound and cut out one strip to send home each session.  They are spy-themed stips that would be fun and motivating for kids and there is little prep to sending home this type of homework.  Just cut the strip and go!
Check out more details about this packet and download the preview at my TeachersPayTeachers store here!
I hope to be creating a post about how I organize my homework materials once the school year gets rolling.  How do you organize and distribute homework?
Happy Speeching!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Making Resources Accessible

Well, hello strangers!  With summer wrapping up, I have been on the move to get organized.  Since I am switching districts this year and have moved all my materials out, I am starting to organize and go through everything once again.  This year I will be at four different schools so I am contemplating keeping all my materials at home for easier access, rather than disperse everything between the four schools.  In the past the maximum numbers of schools I have served has been only two, so this will take some figuring out for scheduling and accessing materials.  I am curious to see how others manage their materials when they serve many different locations, so feel free to share in the comments.  I would love the input!

While organizing my materials, I was looking through my resource binders.  These binders are truly one of the best things I have done in terms of organizing my own personal resources.  As speech-language pathologists, we attend so many professional development workshops, classes, and focus groups and with those we acquire a lot of resources and notes.  In year one of my professional career, I would stick my notes in hanging files or in folders I had laying around.  It was nice that they were tucked away and safe, but with them out of sight they became out of mind and I was wasting valuable information and resources that I could refer to when appropriate.  Then, beginning of year two, I decided to organize my notes and resources in a way that was functional and accessible to me.  Here is where my resource binders came into play.

I had these binders at my home office in my old district, but for now they are sitting on my window sill until I get a bookcase at home.  I categorized 1.5-2 inch binders into the following categories: autism, language, articulation, AAC, and social skills.  My goal is to attend more workshops and classes on fluency this year, so I hope to be adding a fluency binder in the near future.  What is really important is that they are categorized in a way that is beneficial for you!
Each binder is labeled on the side and front for easy reach.
 I basically label the tabs as I need a new category per binder.  Some binders only have five tabs right now and other binders have fifteen, just depends on your needs!  You also get a glimpse of my horrific hand writing.  You're welcome.
Basically, I just hole punch all my notes or print outs.  Any visuals or items that cannot be hole punched I place in plastic covers or pockets, which works out handy for visuals or examples I hang onto for teachers.  I prefer the tabs with pockets to hold materials or notes that I haven't hole punched yet.

Place the binders were you will have easy access, and there you go, resources you will actually use!
Happy Speeching!