Back to School: Scavenger Hunt & Getting Organized


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It is almost here.  For some of us, it has begun.  I am very thankful that I still have a little time.  BACK-TO-SCHOOL.  EEK!  The words alone bring up so many emotions. To start the year right, Kristin of Beautiful Speech, decided to host a wonderful Scavenger Hunt!  She has put together lots of prizes gift and several of us donated materials from our stores to help give therapy a different twist! I sent Kristin one of my Dramatic Play & Interactive Speech-Language Activity Packs. 

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With the beginning of the school year quickly approaching, I have to ask… How do you organize homework? Do you give homework?  I know!  That is a horrible follow-up question but I ask it because I know many of us do not provide homework and practice opportunities at home.  I am even guilty of this at times, so there is no shaming coming from me.
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Interactive-Articulation-Notebooks-Early-Sounds-Autumn-Edition-1982023When we practice, we are retraining the brain to form and use a new muscle pattern (muscle memory).  Some kiddos are not at a point where practice at home would be beneficial (extra practice is GREAT but extra practice at saying it wrong is NOT GREAT) yet.  However, keep in mind for those students who are ready for home practice, research shows that students will make rapid and dramatic progress with their speech only if they practice for 5+ minutes per night.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Interactive-Articulation-Notebooks-Later-Sounds-Autumn-Edition-1982070In previous years, I created homework as the year went along.  Often, I found that I was not as prepared as I thought I was.  This year, I decided I wanted to be well prepared and establish a routine immediately so that both students and parents know what is expected.  Therefore, I created my Interactive Articulation Notebooks: Autumn Edition!  I love that I can tailor it to meet each child’s individual needs.  Working on final position /k/?  No problem, I have /k/ in all positions in my Early Sounds Pack!  Need vocalic –or?  Done!  I pull out my Late Sounds pack! 
 

Each pack also includes data collection sheets, sound cards for students to practice with, an envelope to hold the cards, progress monitoring sheets and more! 
Each pack is created that you can print out and put into a folder or binder.  Or if you custom print at 90%, like I plan to do, then you can put into a composition book which can also double as a communication log between parents and self!  Both packs offer a variety of activities such as cut and paste, write and color, game boards, spinner activities, and more.  In fact, both also offer interactive shutter folds to work specifically at phrase level, and a spin-a-sentence!  Best part?  They are all autumn themed! 
I can NOT wait to use these this school year.  I will be able to tailor the homework to meet each child’s needs, and remain organized!  Do you have a homework plan?  How do you organize homework?

Oh.. one last thing, before you move on to the next on the scavenger hunt list.  Don’t forget to ENJOY what is left of your summer.  In case you didn’t get it… the.. secret… word… is….. ENJOY!

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8 comments

  1. I give homework, and have a pretty good success rate with having my students return it signed. I definitely think it helps with carryover!

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    1. I totally agree that it helps with carryover and progress. I found when my homework was in a folder or not organized I was less likely to get it returned to me. :( Needed to create a more organized approach for all artic students that can also cross over to language kiddos. I just write in the directions to taget specific language skills (function, sentence structure, categories, etc..) So although it is artic oriented, it could be used for my fluency and language kiddos too!

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  2. Love the idea of using these as a communication log with parents :)

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    1. I found that my kiddos that I created the notebook/communication log structure for had an increase in return and overall progress. The parents were pleased too since they could give me a heads up in case a kiddo did not get sleep, had difficulty with a specific task, etc..

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  3. I do my best to give weekly homework and always request the "helper's autograph." I have mixed success, but for those who complete it, progress is definitely better.

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    1. That is what I found too Annie! Very mixed success and progress was best for those that did the homework. That is why I chose to make the interactive notebooks. I found for those that I created a notebook/communication log for had better success in returning it. :)

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  4. Wooohooo, winner winner chicken dinner! Thank you SO much, how exciting! :) :) :)

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