January Speech and Language Update

For the month of January, our featured books were Tacky the Penguin, Penguins, and Popular Wildlife.  The following skills were practiced: sequencing, story retelling, vocabulary, using complete sentences, articulation, social language, and grammar practice. The students enjoyed listening to the stories and retelling them.

In the Tree House, students participated in practice activities to help them work on their goals and objectives.  The class story that we read was There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow.  Students did a great job making agent action object sentences to tell about the Cold Lady.  To end the unit, students will be practicing their communication skills (using AAO format) while gathering the materials and completing the steps to make snow.

In addition to the stories mentioned above, students worked on skills building drills by reading short stories and answering questions to help them improve their skills with making inferences and drawing conclusions.  The students enjoyed challenging themselves to answer as many correct questions as possible.

December Speech and Language Update

During the month of December, students will be reading both fiction and nonfiction stories while working on speech and language goals and objectives.  Our featured books will be All About Reindeer, The Reindeer, and Rudolph to the Rescue.   Some of the skills that will be targeted are: comparing and contrasting, describing, inferring, and retelling.  Some groups are reading the story called, There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell!, by Lucille Colandro.  In the Tree house, students have been participating in a variety of activities that compliment the story, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell!   Students have been practicing using agents  (by picking  a student or a teacher) and actions to engage their teachers and peers (e.g., “Joey” ring bell!). For home practice, have your student use the book that we made in class to practice telling the story back to you.

November Update

For our November units, students did a great job participating during the lessons.  Our featured books were There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey, and  Thanksgiving at The Tappleton’s.  We also read a Reader’s Theater Play called In a New World.  Students did a great job using their graphic organizers and visuals to help them retell the events of the stories.  Students also used sentence strips to help them practice using target vocabulary words from the story.  They had the opportunity to share about their family traditions during this time of year, and use graphic organizers to help them express what they were grateful for. Students working on articulation and practiced saying speech sounds from the words in the stories that we read.  In the Tree house, students used their AAO boards to help them communicate during our lessons.

October 30th through November 3rd Update

Throughout October, students have been working on strategies to enhance their communication skills.  Our featured stories for October were All About Pumpkins ( fiction and nonfiction), Spookley the Square Pumpkin, and How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin.  Some of the skills that were worked on included vocabulary, sequencing the events of the stories in correct order with sequencing cards, and retelling the stories.  Students practiced using grammatically correct sentences while taking turns sharing about the stories.    Students also listened to stories about SuperFlex and took turns making connections and observations about flexible thinking and rock brain thinking.

Speech-Language Update for September

In speech and language, we reviewed goals and objectives to remind students why they were coming to speech.  We worked on progress monitoring activities to review target areas (e.g., listening comprehension, vocabulary, story retelling, sequencing, articulation, fluency).   We also started our discussion about the brain and the different types of learning preferences.  Students shared their preferences.

In the Tree House, we have been working on our Charlotte’s Web Unit.  Our focus will be on having students use agent-action-object responses, in addition to having them use our core words of the week.  Students in the other Tree House class have been working on strategies to help them improve their social skills.  We’ve played social language games, and had students repeat the rules of the game, while putting the rules into practice.  Although it is challenging to wait patiently for a turn, theses activities help with improving flexibility.  We also discussed emotions and the importance of being a flexible thinker.  We will talk more about the brain, and students will learn about Super Flex thinking vs. Rock Brain Thinking.

Welcome Back!

Children spelling SPEECH

Welcome Back to the 2017-2018 school year.  It was nice seeing returning students and meeting students new to Big Shanty.  I am looking forward to working with you all this year, and getting to know all of the new students.  We will have a fun-filled educational year, while improving speech and language skills!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Mrs. Reed, and I live in the Kennesaw area with my wonderful family including my husband, and 3 children (a son who is a freshman in high school,  a son who is a kindergartener, and a daughter who is in Pre-K).  I enjoy spending time with my family doing most activities that involve movement like biking, racing, bowling and the list goes on!

By now, students should be getting into the swing of things.   However, I will continue to pick students up for speech this week, as there have been a few more schedule changes throughout the school.  By next week, students will be able to use their speech schedules and agendas to serve as reminders to help them to remember their schedule.

Students will have a brochure in their Speech/Language folders highlighting our program.  Please feel free to contact me via email or phone if, at any point, you have any questions about our program.  Email is the best way to reach me.

I look forward to working with you and your family this year.  Have a great year!


Mrs. Reed, M. A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

678-594-8023, ext. 100

[email protected]

Week of 4-24-2017 through 4-29-17

We are in week two of GA Milestones Testing.  Students have been working on skills building drills.  Hang in there!

In the Tree House, our theme is spring.  Students have been going over core vocabulary  and words related to planting to lead up to our planting activity.

Week of March 20th and March 27th through March31st

Last week, we worked on strategies to help improve listening comprehension.  Students also  worked on vocabulary and figures of speech.  Some students helped read a story about being green.  This week, we will continue working on listening comprehension, vocabulary, figures of speech, and story retelling.  Students will be engaged in a variety of activities to help them get practice in target areas.  In the Tree House, students practiced playing a bingo game to communicate about school items/vocabulary.   We will continue working on core vocabulary words, AAO sentences and activities to expand sentences, while also working on goals and objectives.   We will be talking about “spring” in our upcoming lessons.