Room on the Broom

 

 

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In several of my speech groups we are going to start a unit on "Room on the Broom".  I thought that this would be a fun way to welcome fall.  It is about a witch that is flying through the air when the wind blows away her hat, bow, and then her wand!  Three helpful characters find the missing items.  In return, they want to ride on the witch's broom.  That's when they run into trouble!  


Graphic Organizers

 

Hi Parents,

I love graphic organizers!  They are great at helping us visualize and shape our ideas.  We have been using Venn diagrams to work on comparing and contrasting elements from "The Giving Tree" over the past week.  The students compared and contrasted what the tree in the book gave to the boy versus what real trees give to us.  If your child has difficulty organizing his or her thoughts graphic organizers are always a great place to start, especially when doing writing assignments.  Have a great week!


"The Giving Tree"

 

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I hope that everyone had a fabulous Fall Break!  It was nice to have some time to rest and relax.  Several of my groups are reading "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein.  The kids love this book!  It is a classic about love, kindness, and giving.  It is great for making inferences.


Happy Fall Break!

 

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Hi Parents,

I can't believe that fall break is already here!  The beginning of the school year has flown by so quickly.  I have truly enjoyed getting to know your children over the past couple of months and am looking forward to a great year.  I wish your family a safe and restful fall break!  


"The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School"

 

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In my younger elementary groups we are reading "The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School" by Deborah Diesen.  It is a fun book to start the school year about a fish who goes to school for the first time.  He is nervous and doesn't know what to expect.  He enters several different classes and can't find his teacher.  Mr. Fish realizes that he can't do the work in each class and decides to leave.  Finally, at the end his teacher appears and helps him find his classroom.  There he finds other fish like him and work that he can do.  The kids really like this book and are learning new words such as smooch, plop, corridor, frown, shy, peek, rhombus, doubt, confidence, and pride.  We are also working on story grammar and story retell.  


Articulation activities

Hi Parents,

I hope that everyone had a nice weekend!  I just wanted to take a minute to post a helpful website for working on articulation.  Just click on the link below....

Articulation activities

This is a fun way for your child to get a little extra practice.  Just scroll down to find your child's sound.  Have a great week! 


"Elmer" sequencing activity

Several of my groups did this fun sequencing activity for the unit we are doing on "Elmer".  I often simplify the books we read using pictures.  Next, I have the students put the pictures in order and use them and Braidy The Story Braid to retell the story.  We had a great week in speech and hope you did too!

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"Elmer"

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I love doing literacy units!  You will find that I do them often with my students.  It is a great way to work on many language goals and objectives.  Right now I am doing a unit on "Elmer" with my early elementary students.  Elmer is a colorful elephant that learns it's okay to be different.  We are currently reading the book.  As we read we will discuss the different story grammar elements.  We will be  learning new vocabulary like "herd", "patchwork", and "different".  Additionally, we will also sequence and retell the story and discuss the different feelings the characters experience.  It is common for a unit to last several weeks in speech because there are so many things that we can do with a book.  I hope that the year is starting well for you!  


Getting Geared up for Speech!

I hope that everyone is having a great first week of school!  We have been very busy getting our caseloads together and scheduling our students.  We are beginning speech therapy and will be familiarizing students with their goals and objectives, expectations, how to earn rewards, and their speech folders.  In several of my groups we are going to be starting literacy units.  I'm looking forward to a great year!  Stay tuned for more updates!


Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school and to the Speech and Language program at Due West Elementary!  I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing summer.  This is my third year at DW and I have been an SLP for nine years.  I am looking forward to another exciting year at DW!

I am currently working on a home communication system for my students.  I will be sending speech folders home weekly.  Students will be rewarded for returning their folders and for working hard during speech sessions.  

I am thrilled to be job sharing with Ms. Anna Masoudpour.  I will be at Due West on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  Do not hesitate to call me or e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year.    I am very excited to work with you and your child.  See you soon!