Are you ready to store TinyTap in your Resource Collection? As future Speech Language Pathologist, your toolbox should include TinyTap: it's a free app for digitizing lessons and making personalized educational games. The app is also host to a public market of free games - take a look at some activities already created and shared by speech and language pathologists.
Get ready to explore this fun free app the week of February 23rd and feel free to share how you use TinyTap on the week of February 23rd and Futureslps.com will repost some of your ideas and activities. Futureslps.com will be showing you some different activities and ideas of how you can incorporate TinyTap. In the meantime below is an instructional video and some additional links if you want to find out more about TinyTap.
If you would like to connect with TinyTap via their social media channels, you can do so below:
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Special thanks to Mara for sharing this great app and providing information about the TinyTap app!
Spring is here and the above photo was a picture of my whiteboard drawing as an icebreaker for my students. This drawing above initiated topics among my students such as: "My mother is growing tulips in her garden" or "Flowers need water and sun to grow." These conversations sound like some good language and some good speech sounds all in one.
I brought in artificial vegetables for my younger students to describe and they really enjoyed telling me all about the different types of vegetables. The artificial vegetables I got from Ikea in the children's section.
One of my favorite apps that a lot of my younger students have enjoyed is Dr. Panda's Veggie Garden. This app was very good to tie in all of the information that they have been learning in class about vegetables and fruit and how plants grow.
Here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dr.-pandas-veggie-garden/id585512923?mt=8
Cost of this app: $1.99.
There are 12 different fruits and vegetables that the students can grow and learn about in this app. It also provides some good vocabulary (i.e. plowing, seeding) and the students can put the fruits and vegetables in the correct category. To make it even more engaging, I chose one student to be the farmer.
First the elephant pulls up and is thinking off a fruit or a vegetable. The farmer (a student) can name what the elephant is thinking of in his mind. Below are some of the steps that the students had to take in order to make the blueberries grow.
Open the bag
Put the seeds in the pot
Use the watering can
Sunlight to help the blueberries grow
Keep the bugs away from eating your blueberries
Pick the blueberries and put them in the basket for the elephant
Put the blueberries on the back of the elephant's truck
This activity is also great for sequencing. If you have students who are working on different speech sounds, the farmer (a student) can pass out blueberries or other fruits and vegetables with the various speech sounds and words on paper blueberry cut outs.
Here is a link for 79 Free Fruit and Vegetable Worksheets http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-vocabulary/food_and_drinks/fruit_and_vegetables-worksheets/
What are some of your favorite Spring Apps?
I have more than one school this year, so I have been on the road in my car travelling and providing speech and language Therapy to different students at different schools. This post is one of my latest additions to my therapy bin, which may become a tradition for the holidays.
"Bulletin Boards on the Go". In this post I added pictures of all of the different items that I included on the board. All of the items were purchased at the Dollar Store including the foam poster board.
Above are the foam shapes (8 in a pack) that I put on the board using tape. Included in the pack were fall items (i.e. pumpkins, leaves, acorns). I wrote the letters F-A-L-L for Fall on each foam shape.
Next, I added a few Fall stickers, the remaining stickers I put in a box and allowed the students to pick their fall sticker at the end of the session. There are 200 stickers in a pack.
Then, I added the Window Cling leaves to the board. There were a few of these in a pack as well.
Last I added the Gourds and pumpkin (three came in a pack) and the big tall scarecrow.
This bulletin board targets so many different goals.
So after adding all of
the additions to the Fall board. Here is the final product.....
All of the students really enjoyed viewing the board and talking about what they saw.
Now, they think I spend all my free time making fall boards too lol.
The Fall vocabulary list is on the back of the board.
I spent $6 and some change (for tax) to create this Fall Bulletin Board. Happy Thanksgiving!
What are some Fall activities that you have created?
Kristin Cummings, M.S., CCC-SLP is the founder of the blog Simply Speech (http://kcummingsslp.blogspot.com). Her blog has a lot of creative speech therapy resources and ideas. Below is a list of some of the posts from Kristin's blog.
Decorating your Speech Room:Provides pictures of how she decorated and organized her speech room.
FREEBIES: Fun Therapy Games and Printables
Speech-A-Gories: Activities for students to practice speech sounds.
I Have Who Has : A game to allow students to learn the names of school supplies.
Lemonade, Anyone: Targeting Present vs. Past Tense
Quick and Easy Therapy Games
How Do you Keep Student Data?: A great post about keeping data and visuals of how Kristin keeps data.
Classroom Management: I enjoyed reading this post regarding managing behaviors in the classroom. Kristin provides some great strategies and visuals to implement into therapy sessions.
One of my favorite posts is related to The Story Grammar Marker, which is entitled Here's The Story, of a Man Named Braidy"
Be sure to check out Kristin's blog for other creative therapy activities and ideas. Follow her on Pinterest and like Simply Speech on Facebook.