Work hard; play hard!

Work hard; play hard!
Consulting in Maui!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Multiple Meaning T-Shirt Designs

This lovely t-shirt, bought from my favorite MN store TARGET, was the jumping off board for our latest project in the speech room! I had the students develop their own multiple meaning word t-shirts. We did not make them into shirts, but you certainly could do so! We talked about how these multiple meaning words are often used for humor and how you could market it just like TARGET did with their t-shirts.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Jenga Bowling


You really can't go wrong with Jenga as a Speech and Language Pathologist! Last week we went Jenga Bowling. I have two sets of Jenga blocks. On this set I have (R) words on one side, (S) words on another, multiple meaning words on the third side and antonyms on the last one. This way I can use it in most of my groups. 
For Jenga bowling we set up the ten Jenga pins and used a steel ball to knock down the pins. They have to either produce the word or sentence of each pin they knock down. For my language kids, they give me the opposite (antonym) of the word in a sentence or provide me with a sentence using both meanings (multiple meaning words) in the sentence. 
We kept score just like a regular game of bowling. It was an easy activity to pull out, and the kids enjoyed it. 
JENGA, JENGA, JENGA! 
So many games; so little time. :-)

Monday, September 23, 2013

JENGA BOOM!

JENGA BOOM- If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I love using games in therapy! This is my newest purchase...JENGA BOOM!
Of course, I had to write words all over the blocks for my articulation and language kids. I actually put early developed words on these blocks (nouns, verbs, prepositions and adjectives). I have the kids either say the word, label the parts of grammar or make a sentence with the chosen word as they build the BOOM TOWER. Now if I am using the time while they are building, they just have to say the word on the block. This is good for reading and articulation since the time constraint of it offers a higher expectation. 
After they have build the tower, we play the game as the rules state. It is pretty much like the other JENGA game except they start the timer before and after their turn. After they turn off the timer they have to produce the word or put it in a sentence. This is where the therapy work and data gets done. It doesn't take long before the JENGA pile goes BOOM, thus the name. :-) It went over well with 6th, 7th and 8th graders today. The noise was a bit much for my sensory kids, but they got used to the collapse of the tower after a few times.
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Can I just say, it feels great to be back! I am glad that you have stuck with me during my hiatus.
 I am back from my lovely Maui, and school is back in session! 
For family medical issues, I left without notice last spring and did not get to finish out my school year. I would not have changed any of that, but I did miss the closure with my students! I was thrilled this last Friday when four of my girls from 8th grade came back to see me in all of their GLITTERED UP GLAM of HOMECOMING! They, apparently, missed the closure as much as I did. They understood when they found out the reason. We all hugged and of course took a group picture with everyones' phones. I wish I could place that shot up here because they are so darned ADORABLE! Confidentiality limits me on that though. You will just have to believe me on their cuteness!

With the new year comes new students, challenges and rewards! I welcome them all. This year I have put myself in charge of staff morale. So far, I am enjoying every moment of it. The theme I chose is, "Everything is DUCKY at CMS!" For now, the staff is tolerating my "quackiness".  That being said, I am hoping to be up and running with my blog and its entries. It may not be as often as last year, but only time will tell.