Friday, July 11, 2014

You Oughta Know About: (Not just for SLP's, teachers can use these too!!)

Hi Everybody!! Today I am linking up with Mrs. McClain, a fabulous first grade teacher, over at Buzzing with Mrs. McClain for her monthly You Oughta Know blog hop. Other bloggers and I will be sharing things that you “oughta know” for your classroom. Today I will share two awesome things that you can implement in your classroom life!!

You oughta know……

A great Therapy Activity!! 

This is something I learned about several years ago and my kiddos loved it then and they love it now!! If you are familiar with my blog, you know I love things that can be used multiple times and that is easy and convenient for you! All you will need is a book of your choice, poster board, tape, bean bags, and questions!!! Let me explain!!! 

 Tape a poster board in either 9 spaces for tic tac toe or in 12 spaces for “clear the board  action”

Select a book: the beauty of this activity is that it can be any book you want. This helps because most times SLP’s service students at a broad range of ages and levels. For this                             example, I have selected “The Big Pumpkin”

Once you have selected a book you can then enter questions on paper squares. I usually go into word to do this…

Print and cut each square and then place them inside of a square on the poster board. Then place the poster board on the floor. FYI you can also Velcro the squares to the poster board but it is not needed!

Once you and your students have read the book and discussed it... its time for the fun to begin!! Have the student step several feet back away from the poster board. Then take a bean bag and toss it to a square. Whatever square the bean bag lands on, the student will have to answer that question. Now if you are playing tic tac toe, the student will get an X or O if they answer the question correctly. If you are playing clear the board, then the student will collect the question square if they get it right. Once the board is cleared the game is over and whoever has the most squares wins!!

For upkeep I suggest you laminate everything. This way you could create one board and use it many many times for many different books! Also if you do not have a bean bag, there is an easy fix!! Just use a sock, fill it with beans, and tie/sew the ends real good!!

There’s one more thing you oughta Know!!

You oughta know about a super great app for the traveling SLP!

ABBYY Fine Scanner!  

Fine Scanner turns your phone/ipad into a powerful all-purpose mobile scanner and document manager that allows you to quickly capture images. The iphone/ipad camera can be used to scan paper documents, agreements, receipts, charts, etc and the results in PDF or JPEG format! This app has saved me many times. When I have a document that needs signing I sign, take a pic, save as a PDF and send it to where it needs to be!! Its quick just like that!!!

I hope you have found something of great value to enhance your classroom life!!! Now that you have read my blog post, hop over to any one of these other great bloggers!


  1. I love how many uses there are for this! Thanks for sharing!

    The Math Maniac

  2. We are getting a new speech pathologist in our building this year. I will share your blog with her. Nice idea!

    Renee at The Science School Yard

  3. Thanks for the two-for-one blog post! Both tips are going to work beautifully for me!

  4. Those bean bag socks are adorable! What a fun way to review and practice new skills. The Tic-Tac-Toe board could be used for so many activities. Thanks for sharing,
    Crockett's Classroom . . . Forever in Third Grade

    1. You are welcome! Glad to share!!! Yes that board has endless uses!!!

  5. I agree that this can be used in the classroom as well. I really love this idea. Thank you for sharing!

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

  6. Thanks!!! I really had a geat time participating in this Blog Hop!!! Got some great ideas and I was glad to share mine!!!