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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Santa's Workshop!

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Here is Speech is Sweet's Santa's Articulation Workshop that I won last week!
Woo HOO! I was so excited to win something, and something I can use in speech therapy, that I like, is an extra bonus!!
It has so many sounds that you can work on in articulation! You can use dabbers, chipper chats, or even crayons to reinforce those sounds! I highly recommend it! I also have purchased one of her Halloween Artic. packs and really found it useful too!
Thank you, Speech is Sweet, I am so grateful!
 
Santa's Articulation Workshop 

You've probably seen one of her many giveaway from her Facebook page! If not, check them out and hey while you're there check out my FB page as well!
Tis' the Season!!!
Thanks!!!!



Saturday, 3 December 2016

Promise No. 1 - Education as a Treaty Right







Some days I feel sorry for myself and then it doesn't take long to see that everyone, at some time, is facing an up hill battle. Some hills are steeper than others. We all need to work together, support each other and remember "were here for the kids...."

Creating Communicators provides speech language and occupational therapy to (predominately) First Nation Schools. As an aboriginal woman who was born and raised in Alberta, I see these issues first hand. It makes me sad that these school have many students who struggle with the basic skills they need to succeed academically and socially. The teachers work hard and don't always feeling supported or valued. 

I started Creating Communicators to bridge this gap. When I go to schools, I work hard to build a rapport with students and teachers, and help teachers and aides with training, and give them as many resources as possible. I want to do as much as I can to support of First Nation students and staff.

I want all of staff and students to know that I will go above and beyond what is expected to help make their role easier and support them in anyway I can possible!


With that being said, many of our educators are doing an excellent job! Here are some examples of activities that are being used in a K4 classroom. 

Tina is using Pete the Cat as a theme and has made hands on centers that target vocabulary, math, language and other important concepts. She has done it an an excellent way so that she is promoting language through play, which is exactly what the 4 year olds need!  


I am so proud of her and the work she has done at the school!






 She uses these laminate cut outs for the students to talk about vocabulary, colors and to help sequence the story. 


Tina uses these buttons to work on number sense.

And then she has them practice fine motor skills tracing the numbers in the book.
 

She also has all of her Pete the Cat books displayed in her class so the students can "read" them!


Great job!

I want to thank Lisa Thunder for taking a chance with Creating Communicators and working so hard for all of the staff and students of Bigstone Cree Nation at OPK school! 

Thank you Mrs. Bishop for letting me come in and do activities with your class! Thanks for being so open and welcoming!

Thank you all!
I am so grateful to be a part of your team!!!
Cheers, 
Mindy

Monday, 28 November 2016

Winter Speech Pack

Winter Speech Pack 


Do you need a quick activity for a reasonable price? 
Take a look at my Winter Speech Pack! 

It has everything you need for a week in speech therapy (or more) or for kindergarten literacy centers. 
It includes 
Pronouns, Categorization, Phonemic Awareness skills and Following Directions.
There are even some extra
Coloring pages for reinforcement or conversation starters. 


All this for $0.80 while the sale is on!!






Monday, 21 November 2016

Moustache Smash- Articulation Edition

Moustache Smash Up- Articulation Edition 

We all have a huge articulation caseload and get tired of the same old games, maybe the kids don't but I definitely do!

I made a fun new game!
Have you ever heard of Moustache Smash? Yes, then you know what to do! It's a fun game where kids hold a moustache at their face and then slap all of the cards that are the same as their moustache. 
I made it a little different- you just choose the child's target sound and then lay them on the table. The child then says the word (5 or even 10 times) and slaps the card with their moustache. 
You can also say the word, they copy you and then slap the word then they find the card. 
It is a fun way to get a lot of repetitions- just make sure the child says the word 2, 5 or even 10 times! 
I have included all of the common sounds- f, k, g, s and s blends, l and l blends, sh, ch and th. All of the sounds have most of the examples in the initial position and a few in the final position.


Get it quick while its only $1.25!!!
 
I am going to work on a vocabulary edition too, so keep an eye out for it!


You can buy the game here


Saturday, 19 November 2016

Vocabulary

Vocabulary


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http://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/2016/11/vocabulary.html




When you start looking around there are so many vocabulary resources and that's good because so many kids need to work on their vocabulary skills. 

When I go into classrooms, especially for 4 and 5 year old students, the teachers seem to be reading less stories and talking about them even less. Now don't get me wrong, teachers have their own agenda, its called the curriculum. I get it! But what if we just read a book and talked about what happened in the book, what some of the words meant, and described the pictures? It would make things so much easier! Teachers have to teachers letters, letter sounds, math, and on and on ... but if they don't have the foundation of good (or even moderate) vocabulary, these skills aren't going to be utilized correctly!
Instead lets try telling parents, teachers and daycare workers to read a book, talk about the items, how 2 items are related, their functions, where you find them and what category they fit in.




I have some cute activities that you can laminate and use with play-doh. If you're into no prep there are also black and white versions for markers and bingo dabbers. You can find them here and here.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Following Directions


Panda Speech has these awesome following direction freebies! I use these all the time for my caseload. She has so many of them and they are free! The kids like them and they seem to be just at the perfect level for my kids. They are hard enough but not too hard to keep them interested and paying attention. The other thing I really like is you can send them home for homework so that their parents can see what they are working on. I send a note home in the homework book saying try some more directions with your child (sometimes I send extra instructions!).

Great freebie Panda Speech!!!
Thanks,

Mindy

Friday, 11 November 2016

Phonemic Awareness



 Phonemic Awareness ENDLESS BUNDLE


I bought Tara West's Phonemic Awareness Endless Mega Bundle and love it! I help out students who are struggling with reading and I have used some of her products. They are so great! She has so many that target a lot of those phonemic awareness skills that kids seem to need help with. If you haven't taken a look at her store go look! She has phenomenal products that are a decent price! Gosh, I don't know where she finds the time!


Here is one where the student segments 3 sound words into phonemes. This student is in grade 3 and needed help with this task! For this activity I used pom poms but you can use anything; blocks, bingo chips, chipper chats, and if you are really daring gum! :)
 
This bundle is a an endless bundle meaning she will keep adding products to it! Woo Hoo! And its a great deal too!


Cheers,
Mindy