Friday, August 29, 2014

Identify the Signs FREE Booklet



I am so excited about this booklet that I've created as a FREE resource for you! As you may know I have partnered with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association's campaign to educate the public about the early warning signs of communication disorders. See more of what I've blogged about here!

Early identification and intervention are huge factors in helping shorten treatment duration and reduce overall costs for individuals and society.

Speech pathologists reported that 64% of parents of young children do not know what the warning signs are! Yikes! In addition, they reported that many families can take up to 2 years to move from recognizing a speech delay to working on treating it.

Make sure that you know what to look for!

Are you ready to get your FREE booklet? Get it here!


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer Writing Series - T and J



This was the final week of our introduction to writing letters, our Summer Writing Series. I am sort of sad but it also means that school is starting at the end of this week! I can hardly believe it.  I think that Big Sister is going to have an amazing year in VPK (Voluntary PreKindergarten) and Little W is going to love his little pre-k class, too!


Here are some links you may need:
  • Summer Writing Plan (here)
  • handwriting page (here) - write "T   T   T   t   t   t" or "J   J   J   j   j   j" and be careful of all extra links/downloads. I do not like the way the J's turned out, they were missing the top line. So, she went ahead and wrote it the "way a J should be!"

Here we go!  This is what we did this week:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Writing Series - A and I



Yikes this is getting out a little late but thanks in advance for your understanding! We had  a good week working on writing the letters A and I. I am not sure why I was not worked on ealier as it seems to be a pretty easy letter, but both letters were great to practice as they are both in Big Sister's name (and she writes them incorrectly every time! Well, not any more. Now she can do a little a and little i!).


Here are some links you may need:
  • Summer Writing Plan (here)
  • handwriting page (here) - write "A    A   A   a   a   a" or "I   I   I   i   i   i" and be careful of all extra links/downloads. I was a little nervous that the Is would look funny but when I printed it out they looked just fine.


Here we go!  This is what we did this week:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Writing Series - G and S



It was another challenging week with writing the G and the S, but she was more motivated as the letter S was the reason we are doing this series. But my favorite part of the week was our field trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. WOW! I hope that you read (or skip down to) that part!

In case you are new, here are some links you'll need:
  • Summer Writing Plan (here)
  • handwriting page (here) - write "G   G   G   g   g   g" or "S   S   S   s   s   s" and be careful of all extra links/downloads.

Here we go!  Here's what we did this week:

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Writing Series - C, O & Q




This was our first week where she really struggled to write the letters. C, O and Q were tough! Getting a smooth curve on the C and stopping where she was supposed to was challenge. Getting her O to look like an O and not like a warped scalloped flower was next to impossible! And that little tail on the lower case q - forget about it! My plan for the end of the program, right before school starts back up, is to review a favorite letter, practice a difficult letter and celebrate the best letter (formation). I have a good idea which letter (letters?) we will be reviewing as our difficult letters!

If you are new to our series (or just need the links again), here are some links you may need before you get started:
  • Summer Writing Plan (here)
  • handwriting page (here) - write  "C   C   C   c   c   c" or "O   O   O   o   o   o or "Q   Q   Q   q   q   q" and be careful of all extra links/downloads.
  • optional: wet-dry-try pdf (here)


Here's what we did this week:

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Writing Series - X, Y and Z




This was a fun week writing X, Y and Z. It seems like it should be the end, but we are a little more than half way through. Oh my - we are half way through the summer. Yikes! This week was extra special because we celebrated the 4th of July towards the end of the week and my husband and I had some time off so we had lots of family time.

Our field trip to see Zinnias was not what we expected. Apparently zinnias are not in season so there were none at the gardens we visited nor did a local home improvement store have them and since it was a holiday our favorite nursery was closed for the day. So we headed to a craft store and found one color of zinnias in the floral department. Thank goodness for fake flowers!



If you are new to our series (or just need the links again), here are some links you may need:
  • Summer Writing Plan (here)
  • handwriting page (here) - write  "X   X   X   x   x   x" or "Y   Y   Y   y   y   y" or "Z   Z   Z   z   z   z" and be careful of all extra links/downloads.


Here's what we did this week:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Writing Series - U, V and W



This week we worked on writing the letters U, V and W. I tried to keep it a "theme-y" as possible. Our plan was to visit a local vineyard for a short day trip so I wanted all of the activities to point to that field trip.

I know that a vineyard is not the first place you might think of as a good field trip for a 4 1/2 year old (and her 1 year old brother) but we've really been into planting and seedlings and seeds and gardening, and I was pretty sure that the vineyard would be beautiful this time of year.


If you are new to our series (or just need the links again), here are some links you may need:
  • Summer Writing Plan (here)
  • handwriting page (here) - write  "U   U   U   u   u   u" or "V   V   V   v   v   v" or "W  W  W  w  w  w" and be careful of all extra links/downloads.


Here's what we did!
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