Educational Apps for Kids

I've had a few parents request some educational app suggestions for kids lately since there may be a few new tablets, iPods or iPads under the Christmas tree. : )  I put together a short list of some of my favorites.  Unfortunately, most of them cost money.  But, all of them are ones that I would recommend!  Some of them also have websites that offer educational games too. The age range is a loose guideline since I have had 10 and 11 year olds love some of the younger games. All apps are available on the Apple iTunes Store. You can download the file by clicking on the picture below!
Want more apps?  Check out this SLP linky for apps specific to speech-language pathology!

Toddler Homework with Toys {FREEBIE}

Recently I have had a lot of requests for homework for my toddler kiddos that I see out of the office.  Since their parents aren't usually there during the session to observe/participate in therapy and they are too young for worksheets and things like that I find it's often hard to give homework without giving the parent a lecture.  So, I thought about the top toys I use in therapy (you can check out THIS post if you're interested in my go-to therapy toys) and decided to do a short write up of how they can use the toys to facilitate language at home.  I have quite a few kiddos who are working on naming and identifying vocabulary which is great because it is such a broad goal I can bring in vocabulary with just about any activity. If you are struggling like I was to give parents ideas on how to facilitate language at home with toys check these out, they're FREE! : )

(Note: This packet is text heavy, with any packet that has a lot of text there is the risk of a typo, no matter how much I edit and edit again one likes to sneak in.  If you find a typo please kindly let me know so I can fix it, thank you!)

First Words Playdough Mat

It can be so hard to give homework for my little ones to practice language at home.  Many parents want homework (and I'm working on a more comprehensive set) but since we use mostly toys to facilitate language it can be hard to give them homework without just having them watch what we do.  So, I put together a quick playdough mat to practice vocabulary.  Directions are included at the top of the mat, just print, laminate and send home!  I would recommend making sure your kiddo has playdough at home too.  If you're in need of playdough Walmart had large tubs of playdough for 50 cents today!  They also make a great stocking stuffer! :)  Click on the picture to grab this playdough mat for FREE!

What's in your Early Intervention Bag?

As you probably know by now I am working with little kiddos this year for speech therapy.  I am linking up with Kristen over at Simply Speech to share what's in my early intervention bag and how I use each toy! The age group of my kiddos range from 1.5 years old to around 7 years old.  These toys and tools are what I use for my 1.5 to 4 year olds. I have always been an over planner/packer so I probably have WAY too much in my "bag" but I like options. My bag is more like a rolly cart, actually it is a rolly cart.  : ) I remember hearing a good therapist could do therapy with whatever they have in their purse and if that's true I probably wouldn't be a very good therapist!  I like to plan and plan some more! Maybe that's my teacher side coming through. : ) Here's what I got going on in my rolly cart. 

Want to check out some more Early Intervention bags?  Head over and check out the linky!

What's on my iPad?

My iPad has made some changes these days now that I am working with little ones.  I have been trying to search and gather my favorite speech/toddler apps.  My goal for most apps these days is SIMPLE!  I look for ones that are very easy to use, don't have a lot of distractions and can be completed quickly or with repetition. Here's a short list of my current favorites (and the ones that are currently getting the most use)!

This app is as simple as it gets.  There is a yes button and a no button.  And as you may have guessed we use it for answering yes/no questions! It's particularly helpful for kiddos who are non-verbal or use limited language. 

Object Sort
I just found this one and haven't used it a ton but it is another simple one that works on sorting objects by colors just as the name implies.  It could also be used for naming or identifying basic vocabulary. 

Towers (by Tiny Hands)
This one is mostly just fun for little ones.  They have to build something and they put the pieces in order to build whatever tower is pictured.  I use it mostly as a reinforcer but it could also be used to describe shapes using superlatives. 

Speak Colors
This one is very simple.  My version is blue and I can't remember if I downloaded the free version or not but I could only find a picture of the yellow version.  I use it to work on describing (color words) and producing 2 word phrases (ex. red hat, green circle, blue ball).  I sometimes try to expand it to sentences by using a carrier phrase "I see the  ___ ___." You can also use it for naming vocabulary. 

Splingo Pronouns
This is another one that is very simple but keeps my kiddos engaged.  GREAT for demonstrating an understanding of pronouns and following directions.  

I am currently in LOVE with Super Simple Songs on YouTube.  My two favorites are Wheels on the Bus and Old MacDonald.  Sometimes I get out the barn or bus and we play as we sing along. Other times we do motions for the songs and work on imitating gestures/sounds.  Either way they capture my kiddos attention very well.

That's what's currently happening on my iPad, if you work with little ones (preschool or younger) I suggest you try some of these out! : )

No Prep Practice

I have started a new series of resources for 2nd graders and wanted to talk about them a bit, just in case you haven't seen them.  Eventually they will all be in one big ol' bundle if you are the type that loves bundles but I'm not quite ready for that. Even though I am out of the classroom this year, I still LOVE making classroom resources and I have teachers ask for different things often.  And.. let's be honest 2nd graders are my favorite. ;)  When I was in the classroom I always remember those short weeks before or after breaks that were so hard to plan and I so wished I had something like this to fill in those shorter times with quick and easy practice.  I already shared my Thanksgiving pack a few days ago and now I have THREE new ones for December and January! Activities/printables in each pack are similar but vary by skill/words/theme. If you find yourself with a short week that is tough to plan, check these out!
I will be having a quick giveaway of this set (Winter, Christmas and New Years) over on my Facebook page.  Head over there to enter!

Speech & Language Christmas Chains

There are many things I miss about not being in the classroom and the holiday crafts and activities are definitely one of them.  I loved making Christmas countdown chains with my kiddos every year and decided I could adapt them to work with my speech kiddos too! My older kids had so much fun making these today and it was a great way to get SO many repetitions.  Since I don't see the same kiddos every day, we will rip off more than one link each time they see me and they'll take the links home for home practice.  There's still a few hours to get it on sale!!  

Speechie Snow Globes

Are you enjoying Cyber Monday??  In case you haven't heard there is quite the sale happening on TPT!  Don't miss out on 28% off today and tomorrow! Thanks to the 3am Teacher for the cute graphic!

I LOVE shopping and my cart is full of goodies but I also love getting things for free!  My speech kiddos loved my turkey craft so much that I put together a snow globe craft too! I have a Christmas craft in the works but I know holidays can be a sensitive area and some are not allowed to celebrate religious holidays so I wanted to make a winter craft that could work now or in January!  We made a few today too!  You can target so many goals with this simple craft!  And it's probably the teacher in me but I have to read a snowy book to go with it too! Check out Speechie Snow Globes

Thanksgiving Fun!

UPDATE:  The winner of the giveaway is Kristi Smith!  Congratulations!  Kristi, please send me an e-mail at and I'll send the packet your way! Thank you to everyone who commented, I loved reading all your traditions!

It's almost Thanksgiving and I feel like the past few months have FLOWN by!  I have been a terrible blogger lately but I've still been here working and creating : ).  There are lots of new things going on in my TPT store for teachers and SLPs if you want to check it out.  Here are a few Thanksgiving themed things for this upcoming week if you're in need of some last minute resources!

First up for SLPs!  I have a fun freebie called Artic Turkeys which I completed with all my pre-schoolers this past week.  It has articulation cards for my most commonly used phonemes in the initial position but could easily be adapted for language too!

My little ones love crafts so much, I'm hoping to make a craft for each month, so stay tuned for more to come!

I also have been working on creating monthly vocabulary packets for my little friends to introduce and learn seasonal vocabulary.  Check out the November set! I have used it for both language and articulation this past week. 

I have most of the other monthly vocabulary months posted too (still working on August, September and October). A bundle will be posted once they're all done!

For my teacher friends I put together a quick no prep pack that has 5 ELA and 5 Math activities, great for a short week! They are aligned to the 2nd grade CCSS.  

This is another one that will be growing, Christmas and New Year's No Prep Practice are also available! The ELA activities can easily be used for older kiddos who are working on language skills too! : )

And my new close read pack full of Fall stories is also available (spring and summer are coming soon, I promise.  Thanks for all your Q&A's/emails about them, I hope to have spring done around Christmas time).  And another bundle will be made once these are all done too!

Oh an I almost forgot about these oldies but goodies for 2nd graders!
GIVEAWAY ALERT: Since most of my readers are FANTASTIC 2nd grade teachers, let's have a giveaway for my No Prep Thanksgiving pack!  We'll make it super quick since I'm sure you'd want it for tomorrow.  Leave a comment about your favorite Thanksgiving tradition and I'll pick a winner by 8:00 PM EST tonight to win a FREE copy! Gobble Gobble : )  

Where have I been?

I started my new job!!  I have been super busy with all that comes with a new job and in the middle of all that I have been trying to cross things off my to-do list!  If you follow me on Facebook or instagram you may have already seen my latest and greatest creations but if not here's a recap.  

I put together some fun seasonal close reading passage packs that focus on vocabulary and comprehension.  Spring and summer are in the works too : )

I FINALLY finished that Poppleton unit. It only took me 2 years! Oops!

I also added a new 4th grade math pack all about Place Value.

And I bundled all my 4th grade math centers into one GIANT bundle! It has everything you need for centers for the whole year in 4th grade!

I also updated my Numbers in Base Ten pack that the wonderful Amy Lemons blogged a bit about the other day!  Her kiddos are loving the hundreds board puzzles!

And last but not least I have been prepping, prepping, prepping new speech materials!  These are from Jenna Rayburn.  LOVE her new interactive books! 
Sadly it was the only picture I have managed to take, so far we have been singing a lot and my kiddos are loving them!
Let's have a giveaway since I have been MIA lately!  Leave a comment (with your e-mail address) and I'll pick a lucky winner to win ANY one pack from my store for FREE!!  Happy Wednesday!

What's new?

Hi friends!  I don't know about you but I am ready for fall weather!  It was still in the 90's here last week and I've had enough of the heat.  I've kept myself inside (and helped take care of baby Camden's first cold which he has now passed on to me) this past week.  While we've been "hibernating" in the AC I've been putting together some new resources.  Check em' out!  
Caught on Camera focuses on action verbs!  It has fun polaroids to "catch" the verbs in action, activities and printables!

Describing cards were designed to help me out in a pinch!  Cards include four categories: appearance, size & shape, function, location and animals.

And last but not least, my Basic Concepts pack has tons of visuals to teach kiddies opposites, positional words, shapes, colors and feelings!

I'm giving away a copy of Caught on Camera over on my Facebook page, head over to comment.  I'll pick a winner tonight!  I hope you've all had a great start to the school year!

Developing Language Activities {FREEBIE}

Hi Friends!  I hope you had a great long weekend.  Just popping in real quick to share a freebie! I have been searching for a parent friendly checklist of home activities to practice expanding and developing language with kiddos from birth-six years old since this will be the main population I will be working with.  I found a fantastic list of recommendations from ASHA but turned into something that was more parent friendly. I adapted it a bit and if you're searching for something similar you can download it for FREE by clicking either image below!

Spuds & Communities

Saturday football is back!  This means I get to spend all day sitting on the couch working on TPT things, listening to football and cuddling a sweet baby in between!  I just wanted to pop in real quick to share my newest packets with you that I had a chance to upload today!  First up is Spuds, it has games and activities for speech and language using a Mr. Potato Head!  I'm super excited to use this with my 4-5 year olds!

And for my teacher friends, I have Communities!  I have a good friend who is starting her student teaching this fall in 1st grade and she was on the lookout for Community resources so I put this together for her!  Better yet, I'm giving away a free copy if you comment on my Facebook page.  You can click HERE to comment!
Happy Labor Day weekend!

Speech Materials Round Up {Part One}

I have been in super planning mode this summer to try and be prepared to start working this fall.  I had so many things from my classroom that I'll be able to use in my speech room but trying to decide what I needed/wanted has been challenging.  I don't really have an allotment to buy materials so pretty much anything I need or want I have had to gather myself.  This has sent me to a lot of thrift stores this summer.  I have visited many Goodwill stores and consignment shops!  Here are my current top 5 resources I am most excited to get started with!  (If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of these!)

#1: Mr. Potato Head
I found all three of these at a consignment shop nearby (Once Upon a Child) for $20 and they are housing a ton of parts too!  Mr. Potato Head will be great for sequencing, following directions, naming, categorizing and more!  I also have a Mr. Potato Head activity pack in the works if I ever get around to finishing it!

 #2: Board Games
These board games have been collected over the course of 7 years in the classroom and 4 years of graduate school.  Even though I'm not working yet I have been buying and gathering materials while completing my graduate school practicums too.  Some of these were found at garage sales or given to my by friends and previous parents of my students. Some I bought during sales (Black Friday is always a good time to catch them for cheap!).

#3: Articulation Cards
I knew pretty early on I was going to need articulation cards.  If you look below you'll see I use my iPad for digital cards too but sometimes you just can't beat good ol' fashion paper cards!  I also plan on using them for vocabulary too and will definitely incorporate them into playing any type of board game.  I made these and they are available on TPT.  They take a little (or a lot) of assembly cutting and laminating but if you don't want to spend big bucks on pre-made cards these are the way to go! I copied, cut and laminated two sets per envelope so I have two of each word/picture when I want to play Go Fish or Memory.

#4 Cranium Cariboo
Speaking of board games, I have read a TON of speech blogs this summer and Cranium Cariboo always came up as THE best game for speech and language therapy. So, I searched and searched and had no luck finding it this summer.  Then, I found it on Ebay.  It wasn't exactly a steal at $20 (but was better than some of the $100+ listings, wow!) and it is gently loved but it has all the pieces and there are a ton of skill specific cards on TPT that I can add to the game during speech! If anyone has this game sitting around their house, send me an e-mail!  Hubby needs one too and I will gladly buy it from you!

#5: iPad and Otterbox
I have used my iPad in the classroom for several years and knew it would be an asset in speech as well.   My favorite app by far is Articulation Station by Little Bee Speech but I also have slowly gathered a collection of Super Duper Fun Decks and some great ones from Smarty Ears as well. My first session with a toddler taught me that an Otterbox was necessary if I was planning on using the iPad with younger kiddos.  I found this one on amazon for $35 and it has been well worth it!  Although it does make it a little heavy.
Well, that's a few of the things I have rounded up so far.  This is just a small collection (although I do remember being told in grad school that a great SLP could do therapy with whatever she has in her purse!) and I plan to add to it with many things from TPT, and others such as bubbles, a farm, toy cars, blocks, pretend food and dolls. You can count on a part 2 as I keep on collecting and thrifting!

On an unrelated teachery note, I uploaded a Fiction Text Feature Poster Pack a few days ago to accompany the Non-Fiction posters!  Best part is that it is FREE!