January 4, 2016

In 2016 I'll Try... {Blog Linky}

 Happy New Year, SLPeeps!  




2015 flew by for me.  It was truly a fantastic year and I'm optimistic that 2016 will be just as good.  Our 2015 was full of big events for my family:

*I graduated from grad school.
*We took our first Disney cruise (first cruise ever).
*My 8 year old daughter went on her first solo plane ride to San Diego.
*My husband graduate from college.
*We began working on our new home floor plans.
*I attended my first ever ASHA Convention.
*I really began to put more time and effort into my blog and Teachers Pay Store.

Now  it's time to look forward to the new year and start making some plans.  It's always good to set goals and make plans to try new things.  One of the things I plan to try this year is themed units for speech sessions.

There are many great reasons for using thematic units in therapy. Twin Speech Language and Literacy wrote a great guest post over at Crazy Speech World outlining the benefits and explaining how to use themed therapy units.  You can read that post HERE.  It's an older post (from 2013), but still full of great info.

I have seen so many great book companions and themed lesson ideas on blogs and Teachers Pay Teachers, but I haven't had time to really sit down and plan any for myself.  As a new grad and CF, I have been pretty busy.  My speech sessions have not been too creative.  So for 2016, I am planning to try incorporating themed units into my lesson plans.  I'm very excited about this and I'll let you know how it goes later in the school year.

What new thing are you planning to try this year?  To see what some of my blogger friends have planned, you can head over to All Y'all Need and read some of the other blogs that have linked up.

Happy New Year!

18 comments:

  1. I've been doing themed activities for YEARS, and it's definitely easier. Plus, the students learn more about months & seasons that the teachers don't have time to teach any more!
    Looks like you had an extremely busy year! I've never been on a cruise...I've heard the Disney cruises are fantastic!

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    1. The cruises are amazing! Great for adults and kids. Thank you for your comment. It makes me even more excited about using themes!

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  2. I love, love, love themed activities! It's so hard to manage during the 10 month school year, but during the 6 week extended school year I try to do theme weeks that are related to summer! So one week is all about things that sink/float in the water, one week is all about the beach, one week is all about seasons, etc etc. The kids love it and you can really see the comprehension improving as the 5 days go by!

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  3. Thematic units are the best! Looking forward to meeting you!
    All Y’all Need

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  4. I truly miss thematic sessions now that i'm with older kids, but it is a great way to do therapy! Have fun!

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  5. Having themes always works great for me! It makes things much more interesting for the kids and for me!

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  6. You have had one busy but successful year! Congratulations on surviving graduate school! I went to grad school with Danielle-from Speech Dreams and I would have never made it without her. I hope your 2016 is terrific ! :) Amy

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    1. That's so neat! Good friends are the best!

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  7. I agree with Amy Haselden...graduate school was SO HARD! I wouldn't have made it without Amy, that's for sure! Congratulations on that accomplishment! Now you will have more time to devote to your creativity!!! Happy New Year!

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    1. I'm hoping so! I always find a way to stay busy, but making time for creativity is so important.

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  8. I am a real fan of exploiting a theme. If it works...use it! Happy New Year!

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  9. I love themes and books in therapy too! Email me if you want to try a themed product or book companion from my store! I'd be happy to send it your way! Thanks for linking up!!

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