Friday, November 21, 2014

Struggling with S

I recently had an IEP meeting for my 3.5 year old son and let me tell you- it is a totally different experience on the other side of the table! I have been to many an IEP meeting and this was my first having to sign in as the role of the parent. My husband and I are both teachers, so you can imagine my worry about the fact that he is struggling with his speech. Especially as a Reading Specialist, it's important to realize that no matter how good of intentions you may have, it's always best to get a second opinion and make sure your child is receiving exactly what he/she needs. 
Let me give you a little bit more information about my son, Brayden. In his case, he was tongue tied from birth. Yes, that's a real thing! It's when the tongue cannot fully extend out of the mouth, typically not even past the lip in some severe cases. When caught immediately, the correction of this is simple- one little snip with what appear to be cuticle scissors. When left for more than a few months, or in our case, a few years, it requires a full surgery to fix. Albeit a very short surgery, it still makes a mommy worry. But he was a trooper- and as you can see, totally spoiled by the nursing staff. 
We had this surgery, a frenulectomy, done in November of 2013, when he was almost 2.5 years old. It was quick and the recovery time was almost non-existent. He began "talking" more immediately, but it was still a struggle to understand him. Not wanting to be crazy parents, my husband and I gave his speech some time to develop, knowing full well that some sounds just come naturally in a developmental sequence, and that maybe he wasn't there yet.
When he started preschool this fall, it became apparent that we needed to get him screened. Turns out, we were right- he has a moderate phonological disorder- basically, he needs speech help! It felt so good to know that we made the right decision getting him screened and also that he was developmentally appropriate, just not able to coherently express himself!
So this is where we are at now- we just signed the IEP papers this morning and he will receive 60 minutes of speech a week. I cannot tell you how excited I am for him and how grateful I am to the local school district for providing these services and making this whole process smooth and painless!
At the meeting, they suggested working with him at home to double up his help, and recommended that the "s" sound be where we start. I wanted to create something fun to work with him, and since he loves owls, I made a fun owl themed set to work with at home. Because I am sure I'm not the only mommy out there with a struggling speech kid at home, I put it up on Teachers Pay Teachers so others can use it with their kids. Every little bit helps!
Stay tuned for updates on my/my son's journey and for more printables to help with phonological disorders! Here's a preview of the owl packet I created to help him with his "s" sounds:
Click here to jump to check this out on TpT!

Anyone out there going through the same thing with their kids? Comment and let me know- we can help each other! The bigger the community the better!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Displaying Beginning Blends and Digraphs can be a HOOT!

Looking for a cute way to display beginning blends and digraphs in your early elementary classroom? 
I just posted these adorable polka dot owl themed sets to Teachers Pay Teachers! 

You can download just the blends, just the digraphs, or SAVE MONEY and download them both!

Here's a quick preview:

Also added to TpT today was a cute owl checklist to keep your to-do list in check! You can download that for FREE!! Just head on over to my TpT storefront! Here's a preview: 

Thanks and happy organizing!

New Products to Keep your Classroom Organized and Adorable!

As part of this blog, I want to offer teachers ways to keep their classrooms both organized and adorable! To this purpose, I have created some Polka Dot Owl printables that will give your classroom a theme and help keep your life in order! 

Check them out here!

First Up: A FREEBIE!! These "Welcome to...." Signs are available on Teachers Pay Teachers for FREE! Use the link to the right to access my storefront and download them for free! Post them on your door, you walls, or even your website to create a beautiful and welcoming environment!

Next up: Classroom Library Labels! Do you have a massive classroom library that is just looking to be organized by reading level? And do you want a way to organize them in a clear and cute manner to your students? This download has all the letters of the alphabet plus a few blanks for whatever you might need! Check it out- also in my storefront at TpT!

 Lastly: Table signs! Want a better way to manage your classroom than just calling random tables by student names? Give them an identity with these fun polka dot owl table cards! Each table has a different owl and table color and the background/border stays the same to keep your classroom looking consistent but allowing your tables a unique personality. Just like above, hop on over to TpT to check them out!

Enjoy and happy organizing!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Welcome to my New Blog!

I am pleased to announce the creation of my amazing new blog:

Reading and Owl of the Above! 

Check out this blog regularly for ideas in early literacy, classroom organization, and fantastic technology integration tips for your classroom!

Also, check out the banners to the right where you can see my Twitter, Google +, contact me, follow me on Pinterest, and even jump over to my new Teachers Pay Teachers storefront to check out some awesome FREEBIES as well as goodies to purchase! All that with an adorable owl theme!