Summer Interactive Books!

Hi everyone!  I am super excited about these books that I am going to show you today!  These books are very similar to my Winter and Spring Interactive Books that have been very popular with my students.  I don't know about you, but I am so ready for summer!  I am going to start using these books in the next few weeks to get my students interested in summer too.  So, here are my...

Summer Interactive Books!

These are fun, simple books that can be used in a variety of ways.  They are pretty easy to assemble with a little lamination and Velcro.  Complete instructions for how to assemble these books are included in the packet.

The first book is called What Do You See?

In this book, students use the interactive pieces to complete sentences about things that they can see in the summer.  Examples include a bike, a sand castle, a pool, and sunscreen.  Here is an example of a page:

The second book is called Summer Activities.

There are two additional activities included in the packet you will receive.

In this book, students use the interactive pieces to complete sentences about activities they can do in the summer.  The ten activities include: playing in sand, swimming, surfing, camping, canoeing, planting flowers, playing baseball, having a picnic, hiking, and riding a bike.  Here is an example of a page:

The third book is called Summer Clothes.

In this book, students use the interactive pieces to complete sentences about clothes or things they can wear in the summer.  The ten items include: sun hat, cap, swim suit, shorts, t-shirt, sunglasses, mask, snorkel, flippers, sandals.  Here is an example of a page:

These books are great because they can be very versatile.   I use them with my students who have ASD and need help expanding their utterance length.  Sometimes, I will pull the book apart and pull off two or three interactive pieces to create a smaller field of choices for my students.  

I also use these books for some of my Kindergarten and First Grade students who need a little help with using complete sentences.  I use them for WH questions such as:

  • When can you wear shorts?
  • What do you see in the summer?
  • What can you do in the summer?
  • When can you go swimming?
These books have been so much fun for me to make and use with my students.  When my older students come into my room, and the books are lying on the table, they can't help themselves either. They love to look through the books and manipulate the pieces.  Kids LOVE Velcro!

You can find these books here:

Getting to Know Your Favorite Online SLPs!

Thanks to Natalie over at Natalie Snyders, SLP for hosting this fun linky!

Who am I?
My name is Jen, and I live in southeast Michigan with my husband and our two boys ages 7 and 8. The boys keep us super busy!   I have been a speech-language pathologist for 15 years, the majority of them in public schools.  I have been blogging and on TpT since November 2012, when I started on kind of a whim.  I had no idea that I would be able to meet and interact with so many amazing SLPs!

What do I offer?
The tagline on my blog says "A Place to Explore Speech and Language Ideas."  My blog is mostly ideas and activities that help me out in my practice as a school based SLP.  I love to use apps in therapy, so there are often app reviews.  I highlight new products that I have produced for my therapy room and my TpT store.  I also have a new feature where I am highlighting some simple tips and tricks that help me out in my everyday SLP life.  Once in a while I will also talk about things that I am passionate about, like raising money for the JDRF in honor of my son who lives with Type 1 Diabetes.
My TpT store consists primarily of things that I have made after being inspired by my students.  I have a lot of activities targeted towards and inspired by my ASD population of students.

My dream job?
If I had to be totally honest, I think my dream job would be to stay at home with my boys or secretly to be a major movie star.  But, I can't act, and I really love my job at my school, so, I guess I am staying there!  In terms of a speech-language pathology job, I think I really have it all.  I love working with the K-5 population, and I love working with the ASD population.  I have both, so I guess I really do have my dream job.

3 of my favorite things:
I love running, playing with my boys, and anything crafty.

Who else should you know?
This is a tough question!  There are so many people that I think you should follow.  But, I really think you should know Kelly over at Speech 2U.  She is seriously so smart and funny, and her posts make me laugh out loud, and make me think.
Check out her BHSM: Flip Flap Freebie at her TpT store.

Hopefully you can learn a little bit about some new SLP bloggers through this linky.  Thanks for reading!

Tips and Tricks on Tuesdays: Laminating Tiny Pieces

Have you ever had a few tiny pieces that were cut up, but that you really wanted to laminate.  So many times, I have put loose pieces into a laminating pouch and then placed them in the laminator, only to have them move around, fall out, or end up on top of each other.  What a mess!

I have discovered a quick, easy way to get these tiny pieces laminated with no mess, or frustration.  Two words...glue stick.

I simply take a glue stick and put a small dot on the back of whatever I want to laminate.  Then, I put it into the laminating pouch and press down just like I would to make the piece stick to paper.

When I am done, I have a whole sheet full of loose pieces, but they won't fall out when I move the sheet to the laminator.

When I get it to the laminator, I can just place it into my laminator and can turn away.  The pieces will not fall out, and they will not move.

WOO HOO!  An easy peasy way to laminate those tiny pieces that always drive me crazy!

Hope this tip helped!  If it did, please share with a friend.

Tips and Tricks on Tuesday: Printing Multiple Pages (on one sheet)

I love to find new and fun activities on TpT, and last week there was a great blog hop where I scored some awesome spring finds.  I found this Spring Yes/No Questions Freebie from Speechasaurus during the blog hop. I love using these kinds of questions with a couple of my students, so was excited to try them out.  There were two large cards per page, but I wanted my cards a little smaller.  I decided to print multiple pages on one page.  WHAT????  Didn't know you could do that, did you?

Check it out...

When you go to print, Under Page Sizing and Handling, look for a box that says "Multiple".  Click it.
After that, you can decide how many pages per sheet.  Both my printer at home, and my printer system at school offer a variety of choices from 2-16 pages per sheet, plus a custom option.

Here is how it looked when I printed four pictures to a page vs. one page by itself:

I was able to print the whole 20 page packet on only 5 pieces of paper!

Score!  I saved paper and ink, and got an awesome new activity too!  Thanks to Speechasaurus for letting me share your packet today!

The Fib Revealed

That was so much fun!!!!  I hope you had a great time going through all of the blogs and reading the facts and fibs!

My Fib:
A) No, I didn't really "hang out" with Martha Stewart.
I went to Northern Arizona University for grad school.  We went to Las Vegas a few times.  One time in October, 1998, my mom was there for a business trip and offered us a room, so of course we took it!  It happened that while we were there, they were having the grand opening of the Bellagio.  We were able to see the first fountain display at night.  We were standing behind the red velvet ropes that were set up for the VIP guests.  From what I recall, there were a few celebrities that we recognized, but right in front of us was Martha Stewart.  Ok, so we didn't talk or actually hang out, but I can say I was at the opening of the Bellagio with Martha Stewart.

Click on the picture to see the fountain show.

My Facts:
B) Yes, I really did go hang gliding at Kitty Hawk with my family when I was in college.  I had a few spectacular crashes, and that pretty much ended any aspirations I had as a hang glider.

C) Yes, I am the oldest of 25 first cousins.  My  mom came from a family of nine siblings, of which she is the second oldest.  Being the oldest of that many cousins is fun!  I love my cousins!

I hope you had fun with the blog hop!

Our winner was randomly selected from the collection of the most correct responses.  And the winner is...

Melissa Wittmeyer!  Kelly from Speech 2U will be contacting you soon with your prize!

Thank you to everyone who participated.  This was a lot of fun!

Two Facts and a Fib Blog Hop

I'm giving away $1,000,000 today!!!
April Fools!!!!

Ok, so that one was a fib, but, I am participating in a really fun blog hop where you do have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

A BIG thanks to Kelly at Speech 2U for setting this all up!

How does this work?
I am going to write down three statements about myself.  Two of the statements are facts, and one is a fib.  You can start out at Speech 2U and grab a map to keep track of where you have been, and to write down everyone's fib.  Keep track of each bloggers fib, and then complete the quiz at the end of this post.  The person with the most correct answers will win a $50 Amazon gift card.  In the event of a tie, we will determine a winner by using  The winner will be selected on the morning of April 7th.

Ready?  Here are my three statements:

A) I hung out with Martha Stewart at the opening of the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas in October, 1998.

B) I have been hang gliding in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where the Wright Brothers flew their first plane.

C) My mom is one of nine children, and I am the oldest of 25 first cousins.

Can you figure out which one is my fib?  You can guarantee that you will know the correct answer if you follow me on Instagram where I will be giving great clues so that you can figure out my fib.

Now, here is the quiz where you can have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card by guessing the most fibs.

If you need to go back to the beginning to get the map, here is the link to Speech 2U.

Summer Camp: Categorization {Milestone Freebie}

At the beginning of this month, I met a fun milestone over at Teachers Pay Teachers.  To celebrate, I am offering a milestone freebie for you to grab.

This activity packet contains 46 cards that target two different areas of categorization.  The first is Category naming.

The second is divergent naming within categories.

You can use these cards a few ways.  The first way is by using the included game board.  Simply have students draw a card, answer, and then roll some dice to move along the board.

The second way is to use the cards by themselves and have students collect correctly answered cards.
The third way to use the cards is by playing a memory game using both decks.

This packet is a part of my Summer Camp: Expressive Game.

You can also get three different packets of Summer Camp Games in my Summer Camp Language and Grammar Games Bundle.

Thank you to everyone for being a part of my Milestone Celebration!