Sunday, December 11, 2016

Jolly Good Deals!!

It's the holiday season, so whoop-de-do and hickory dock!

I can't even express how much I love Christmas--if I can wait until after Halloween to put out my decorations, I'm pretty proud of myself. My house constantly has candles going, It's full of Christmas candy, Christmas gifts, Christmas cheer. I can't WAIT for school to be out so I can drink cocoa, watch movies, and decorate cookies. I still have two weeks left at school, but break is finally within sight!

In the spirit of giving, I have teamed up with a group of amazing sellers to offer some sale days, and as one of my followers, you will be privy to all my upcoming sales early!

Monday is going to be an amazing giveaway! All participants contributed and we are excited to offer SIX $50 TpT giftcards!! You can sign up using this Rafflecopter link--you will be asked to visit all FB pages of participating stores as your entry.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All participating stores has submitted popular products to a gift guide catalog for your consideration! Browse these amazing products while you shop!

I'm particularly excited about my Tuesday dollar deals! I'm going to give two items at a deep discount on Tuesday. First, is a growing bundle full of season and thematic do-a-dot pages. These simple pages are incredible motivators for my students! I use them for articulation, wh questions, homework sheets, sight word sheets, even smash mats! This Dot Artic Growing Bundle is only $1 on Tuesday!

While you're there, you can also snag these Superhero "I Can" Statements for Speech Therapy. The're Common Core aligned, editable to fit your speech room, and only $1!


Wednesday is a day of freebies, and I have a special freebie for my followers!

I'm highlighting a current freebie using the hashtag, this WH Cue Card. However, as a thank you to my followers, I will be marking down my Editable Teacher Toolbox Labels on Wednesday as well. They won't have the hashtag, this is my gift to followers only, so don't forget to grab it while you can!


Christmas, Christmas, how I love Christmas...did I mention how much I love Christmas? My students have also loved using Christmas themed activities and worksheets in our speech and language room. Grab the Christmas Speech and Language Bundle for 50% off on Thursday for your students!


Finish off this week of Jolly Good Deals with half off Growth Mindset Posters and a Mega Bundle for your Superhero Speech Room!


Finally, I wanted to tell my followers only, that I will also be posting various dollar deals throughout the week as well! Use the hashtag #8daysofChristmas between December 12th and 19th to find more great deals!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cyber Sale Wishlist

I'm still getting through my first year on TpT, and one of my goals is to expand my use of social media. Obviously, by skimming through my blog you can see that I've done a pretty bad job of blogging! But I've recently joined some amazing Facebook groups full of helpful, cooperative, kind teacher-authors, and I've been able to participate in some amazing opportunities lately! With the 2016 Cyber sale happening today and tomorrow, I wanted to showcase some of the top wish listed items in my store to help fill your cart!

My top wish listed item also happens to be the #1 seller in my shop, and the most often referenced item in my classroom as well! I have this growth mindset bulletin board front and center in my classroom, and I often reference the posters, and the general growth mindset teaching with my students. As a speech therapist, I have seen it be tremendously helpful with my artic students. They often need reminders that they can "retrain" their brains, their bodies, their articulators. It is hard, but as I point out on the bulletin board--rather than giving up, we see to find new strategies or to remember that it will take time and effort!

My second most wish listed item is one of the first packets I made for TpT, and still a best seller. Since I was a child, I always loved Eric Carle stories, and as a therapist, they are amazing books for my students. This is one of my favorite units every year, and I loved creating this supplemental speech and language companion for the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

My third most wish listed item is this set of superhero speech brag tags! I created an entire Superhero themed set for my room this year, and included this awesome set of brag tags. I love to give them to students completing or working towards various goals. There are also editable options, which come in so handy, because as one buyer noted, "I'm glad to have the editable option as well, because we all run our speech rooms a little differently!"

I love getting personal recommendations for items, and I'm filling my wishlist as I type! Make sure after all your wonderful purchases tomorrow that you leave fantastic feedback. Not only do you get money off on future purchases, you help future buyers make confident, informed purchases! Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping!

Click the picture below to see others' top wish listed items!

Monday, July 25, 2016

My Speech Space

In my last post I was lamenting my two and a half month wait before starting a new job. But today, my wait is over! I started my job last week, and it has been a crazy ride! My room was switched during the summer so I showed up to a larger room (score!) that had no cabinets or bookshelves (booo) and completely barren walls. Despite meetings on top of meetings on top of more meetings, I managed to have my room organized and decorated within two days for Back to School Night. I'm super excited to reveal it here today. There are still little things to finish up but it's about 85% complete, and I'm loving having my own tiny little space.

My mom made me take a selfie on my first day. This is the face of someone ready to decorate!!
Let's check out the room!

Monday, July 4, 2016

First Monday Made It!

Can you believe it's July already? I don't understand where these last two months have gone! At the beginning of May I accepted a new job that would move me from private clinic therapy to a school position. I took the job May 4th, but I can't start until July 19th. I am so unbelievably excited for this new venture, but the wait is kiiiiiilling me.

I'm still finishing my current position, so I've been short on time but it hasn't stopped me from creating  a load of new materials for my speech room! I love to keep everything in theme, so I have plenty of new material! I'm so excited to share it on my first Monday Made It!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Everyday Therapy

Today was Tuesday, and Tuesday's are a tough day on my schedule. I work in a difficult office with few materials, I've got difficult kiddos and some difficult parents which all make it...well, difficult to get excited for work. This morning I looked around in vain for something new and exciting to engage my first little preschool patient, and then it hit me--I had a secret gem hiding in my bag!

Last week my boyfriend's sister gave me this remnant from her Raising Canes kids meal. It was a make it yourself lemonade stand!

My friend was sooo excited! We had to follow directions to put it together, then he worked on requesting stickers and using his best spatial concepts to tell me where to put them. 

I was not feeling particularly motivated for my day, but this totally turned things around. He had a blast, and I got to target everything: following directions, spatial concepts, requesting, verbs, asking questions, social language, social skills (our other friends had to wait in line, be polite, etc.), recall, and more!

So what about you, do you have any unassuming items that have turned out to be fantastic therapy toys??

Saturday, May 21, 2016

101 in 1001

You know, I feel like as a blogger I have nothing worth saying. I'm not sure yet what I want to publish, or if my voice is worth sharing. So, while I work through that existential dilemma, I'm going to share something light and personal!

I make resolutions most new years, not because I think I'll keep them but for tradition and a chance to challenge myself moving forward. I always do resolutions that include a look back at my previous years accomplishments. This year my boyfriend and I made 3 resolutions, but I wanted to do more. When the holidays hit last year I was feeling very restless. A month before that I had returned from a trip to North Africa, and looking around I was in a place of feeling unhappy with my workplace and felt like I had no personal life outside of work. It was beginning to feel overwhelming, but I didn't know how to change or what to focus on moving forward.

I had been looking around Pinterest at the resolutions posts, and ran across something called the 101 in 1001. The idea is to make a list of 101 things you want to do in the next, you guessed it, 1001 days. I mulled over the idea for a few days, then on January 1st of this year my sister and I made our lists.

My partner in list making on the left.
Lists can be organized however you like, and here's my list below! Some items have already been completed and some are ongoing in progress goals. My sister shared both our lists on her blog, so this is copied directly from there:

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May SLP Must Have: Very Hungry Caterpillar Complete Caseload Bundle

When I first started doing speech therapy, I wasn't sure what kind of therapist I would be. I watched everyone around me, I tried anything and everything I could. Eventually I found my style and settled into a rhythm. I love play therapy, thematic units, and literacy based learning!

One of my favorite units ever since my days as a preschool IA, has been The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Let's be honest, Eric Carle is just brilliant. I remember getting the Very Quiet Cricket for my 7th birthday and being obsessed. His books are fun, repetitive, and beautifully illustrated.

I knew as soon as I began making products on TpT that I would be doing a Hungry Caterpillar unit. I made one in early April, and my co-worker and I used it together for 2 full weeks of sessions. My kids loved it! This unit was the first time I felt the personal empowerment of making my own products to fit my patients needs. Plus, it's just so rewarding to watch your kiddos have fun interacting with something you made!

For my first time participating in an SLP Must Have Sale, I've decided to put my Very Hungry Caterpillar Complete Caseload Bundle on sale! I see patients from 20 months to 16 years, and this bundle can be used for everyone I see.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The 9.5 Year Degree Path

From the time I was five, I just knew  I wanted to be a teacher. Sure I peppered in other dreams along the way—ballerina, drummer professional piano player. My dreams were always creative. I’ve never been good at any of the STEM classes, but I love doing stuff with my hands, making something unique. My senior year of high school I started working in an afternoon preschool classroom, and when I graduated I moved right on to prerequisites preparing me for a teaching degree. Then, one day in the middle of my sophomore year, I realized teaching wasn’t what I wanted after all. I was so confused, my dream had been lost and I wasn’t sure what I was doing or who I was. I began a long (read: loooooong) road of working, going to school, dropping out, changing majors, going back to school, etc. Long story short, I interacted with a speech therapist for a couple years when I worked in a special needs preschool classroom. It was perfect! I had stayed in preschool for years because I knew I loved working with kids, I just wasn’t sure which path to take. But the first time the therapist gave me speech papers for me to reference with my kiddos, I was hooked! I still have those papers 7 years later! Nine and a half years after graduating high school, I finally graduated from Northern Arizona University with my degree. And let me tell you, I LOVE my job. I love it!

A midget in a long gown
Over the past two years it’s taken a lot of trial and error to realize what type of therapist I want to be, what style of therapy I like to do. I know I’m organized—I work in private therapy so there are no lesson plans involved, but that doesn’t stop me from making my own for fun! It just helps my mind feel more organized! I love to do thematic units and base them around books whenever I can. I love adorable materials, because duh. After doing years of preschool, I just like everything being…precious.

This year a friend of mine began working as a 2nd grade teacher. She’s surrounded by awesome teacher friends and mentors who help her grow and learn. They also introduced her to the world of selling on TpT. I’ve been using TpT products for a while now, but I always felt making that kind of stuff was waaaaay out of my abilities level. However, when my friend decided to start selling on TpT, she kept encouraging me to try it out. She was giving me tips and tricks, and eventually I jumped in and decided to give it a try. I am obsessed!! Making my own products is exactly what I was looking for. It’s creative, it helps me theme everything I do in my speech room, it helps me hit the exact goals I need for each patient, and I can make it all precious! What’s not to love?!

I’m so thankful for encouraging friends, and my friend is the best. She encouraged me into the world of TpT selling, she encouraged me to get an Instagram for my store, and she’s the reason I’m writing this blog today. I’m so excited to grow in my skills both in my therapy room and in product development for my store. I’m excited to share the fun I have in the therapy room and the fun we having using our precious and practical products. But most of all, I’m excited to have you reading the Speech Bee Blog today and joining me on this journey that’s buzzing with fun and possibilities!