Saturday, January 10, 2015

35 + Mitten Links and Activities for Speech and Language

I have been working with a co-worker to provide some resources to use with the book, One Mitten by Kristina O'Connell George, and realized that I had gone overboard; however, I now have enough resources for my first post in several months. Enjoy!

One Mitten

Currently available at
Scholastic Reading Club Online
for only $1.00
One Mitten by Kristine O'Connell George is about a young girl who has lost her mitten. This book can easily be paired with many winter themes. 

Find a description of the book, One Mitten, and great ideas for using it in language therapy at The Picture Book Teacher.  Download the cause and effect activity and writing activity. 

One Mitten in the classroom at Kristine O'Connell

The Mitten Book, by Maria Flemingcan be introduced with any book about mittens - great for teaching actions and verb tense. This can be found at Scholastic's Teacher Express for $.99.  
Two songs about mittens, The Mitten Song and Mittens Song, can be found on YouTube.

Talk about winter clothing while reading these PowerPoint books from Tar Heel

Download my Boardmaker Activities found at Boardmaker Online.

Red Mitten .. Red Mitten .. What Do You See? - a color activity demonstrated on YouTube.

Match The Mittens - Found on Boardmaker Online, describe and match these patterned mittens.

My Cute Graphics has free Mitten clip art for your projects. 

Download My Mittens are Soft. Made from the free graphics at My Cute Graphics, this PowerPoint book reinforces the concepts hard and soft. 

Play Mitten, Mitten, Mitten, Glove (or Mitten, Mitten, Mitten, Sock) - A teacher or student gives an item to each student. Most students receive a mitten, but one or two students will receive gloves (or socks). Great activity for answering questions or practicing negations. Who has a mitten? Who does not have a mitten? Is that a mitten? What color is your mitten? What is that? 

The Mitten 

Find animal masks, games, and many other activities related to The Mitten at Jan Brett's website. Make sure that you use her "search" to find the numerous mitten activities.

Download W is for Winter {Mommy School} and check out the author's suggestions for a "Magical Mitten Day" where all of the activities are focused on the story "The Mitten."

Download The Mitten (KinderReaders FREE SAMPLE Title) - NEW EDITION from A to Z Teacher Stuff. The 87 page download includes a book that is leveled so that the story is offered on four different levels, plus a wordless version. Included are a printable sequencing activity, sight word and vocabulary cards, and a large book for reading aloud. 

The Mitten - Retelling and Sequencing,  The Mitten Sorting {FREEBIE} – Winter Themed Animal Sorting Activityand The Mitten Emergent Reader are free from Teachers pay Teachers. There are many, many, extremely creative activities relating to mittens on TpT and most cost less than a cup or two of coffee. 

A wonderful Language at Home printable for The Mitten from Heard in Speech. 

Find The Mitten at Tar Heel Reader - a very simple version of the story with beautiful photographs of the animals. 

Read The Mitten, by Jan Brett, at We Give Books.

Useful printables for The Mitten activities can be found at Home School Creations, Home School Share, and 1plus1plus1plus1equals1.

At find suggestions for discussing this book with elementary aged students.

Visit to find story props for The Mitten.

Sing The Mitten Phonemic Awareness Song at Mrs. Jones' Classroom. 

Three Little Kittens

Visit to find story props for the Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone.

Play easy to create mitten games from Step by Step Child Care  

Free felt story set for the Three Little Kittens at Teachers pay Teachers

Find many Three Little Kittens Rhyme and Speech Activities from Ricki's Preschool Speechie.

I like the reversible Three Little Kittens puppet printables at Let's Play Music

Read Mama Cat has Three Kittens, by Denise Fleming, and teach verbs after downloading the free play-dough mat from Growing Book by Book

Comprehension questions about The Three Kittens can be found at

Your students/clients can pretend to be three kittens. One child can be Mama Cat.  The props are easy. Buy or make kitten masks. Each kitten needs mittens. Mama can wear an apron and serve pretend pie from a foil pie tin. OR, use the story props from Kizclub.


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Some graphics from My Cute Graphics

Sunday, August 10, 2014

If I had a Speech Room . . .

I don't have a speech room. I have had many speech rooms in the past, but don't need one now. I have a desk, a filing cabinet, and eight wonderful colleagues who share my space. 

However, if I had a speech room . . . . 

  • I would keep it simple, free from clutter and visual distractions. So many of our student's behavior and learning is improved when visual distractions are decreased. Allie's room at 5678 Communicate is my favorite room yet! Go to her blog to see several posts with pictures of her attractive, but clutter free room.  

  • I would cover my desk.  For of my 30+ years of teaching, my desks were old and well used.  
    You don't need to spend a lot of money to revitalize your old and rusty desk. Just cover it with contact paper, wrapping paper, fabric, bulletin board paper, or maybe paint. Click on the blogs below to see many creative ways to brighten your desk.  

  • I would use free items found at Teachers pay Teachers for bulletin boards and other room decor. Here are just a few. 


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Monday, May 26, 2014

Tuesday's Treasure Box: Another Wonderful Book by Pat Mervine

There are not many books written about children with speech and language disabilities; however, Pat Mervine just published her second book related to speech and language.

The Mouth with a mind of Its Own is a wonderful book about a child (Matthew) who struggles to be understood. Pat illustrates the child's thoughts and feelings when his speech is unintelligible. Matthew is introduced to a speech-language pathologist and the process of speech therapy. 

This would be the perfect book to introduce speech therapy to new students as well as when discussing goals with current students. Parents, siblings, and teachers of students with unintelligible speech would also benefit from reading this book. 

Congratulations and thank you, Pat!

AND, if you haven't seen Pat's first book, How Katie Got a Voice (and a Cool NewNickname), it's a must read!


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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Summer Speech and Language Activities

I've been away for about four weeks and just realized that many of you reading this blog will be ending the school year soon! 

I updated my website Six Weeks of Summer Interactive Speech and Language Practice ActivitiesThis website was designed to pass on to parents as a resource for summer speech and language activities. This list contains daily interactive computer activities, printable resources, links to reading lists, activity calenders, and tips for parents. Some FREE apps are also included on the site. You can access it here or at the tab at the top of my blog. 

I hope that this site saves you some time and makes those last few weeks of school a little less stressful.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday's Treasure Box: A Bargain for a Very Good Cause!

It's spring break and I had not planned to post this week; however, I just saw Katie Yeh's Cure for JA SLP Bundles at Playing With Words 365.  

Each bundle of 26 SLP TpT downloads is only $20 and that $20 will go to the Arthritis Foundation.  Kudos to all of those SLPs who donated their wonderful creations! 

Check out these great bargains at Katie's site now! 


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday's Treasure Box: If you like Pete the Cat . . .

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If you like Pete the Cat, has story props for Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes. 

To learn more about Kizclub's amazing resources that can be easily used for speech and language therapy, check out my post Have you visited KIZCLUB?


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday's Treasure Box - Educational Apps for Kids - Free and Discounted

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Smart Apps for Kids just posted 101 FREE and Discounted Apps. This is a blog I follow daily as they post many apps relevant to our profession.  There will be a lot of great discounts in April - Autism Awareness Month so sign up for their FREE APP ALERT. 


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