Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Day in the Life

Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup…

Well, not exactly. But I usually do start my days this way! HA! This day is different. This weekend is different. First and foremost, we are celebrating my dad's birthday, my parent's 40th anniversary, AND Mother's Day today. Second, I have this:

Yep. Did you count those folders? Eight. Eight IEPs to write this weekend. I've already done four. Each one takes me about 45 minutes to write. So, I brought my school computer home and settled in for a day of writing reports about my sweetie students. I actually don't mind writing IEPs. I think it is great information for the teachers, parents, and I love showing off how much progress my students have made. I just wish I didn't have so many all at once. But I digress. 

The first thing I need is refreshments. That consisted of diet coke and chocolate. Hmmmmmm. One kinda cancels out the other, but OH WELL. 

Got it. 

Start up the school computer. I've got tons of resources saved on my computer to help with IEP writing. I'll list my favorite ones at the bottom of this post….

Next is music. I have an iTunes playlist on my personal computer titled Reading. It's classical music for reading, but it is really relaxing so I used it for all kinds of things.

Next up, pretend self is at the beach…

I also have an app on my mac that is called Chill. Literally, Chill. It plays all kinds of noise, like white noise or whatever you want.  I always pick beach because, well, it's obvious.

Now I'm ready to login and GO! Just keep writing, just keep writing, just keep writing writing writing….

The main way, and the best tip I have, for making it through a long day of work like this is to take lots of breaks.  At least every 45 minutes. Get up and do something else for 5 minutes.  It's easier for me to do this at home than it is at school. So, today I made sure I stretched (for my back), watered the flowers, went grocery shopping, and ate my yummy chicken and fried rice left overs from last night.

Oh and petting my Ginger kitty also helps to reduce stress.  My little old cat was not concerned with much today, but she did keep me company the whole time.  And snored.

What about my kids? Oh yea. My hubby took them out of the house so I could concentrate. 

So that's what I did for most of my day. I got 4 finished, so I will be doing it all again tomorrow to finish the other 4. Tonight we will be partying and I'm going to enjoy every minute! 

Here's some links to my favorite IEP writing resources. From experience, I can tell you they will make your IEP life so much easier!

Leave a comment and tell me your favorite resources or tips for getting through IEP season! 

5. FREE app called Common Core… just search "common core" in the iTunes app store. The developer is MasteryConnect and the icon is green. Great app!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

TpT Sale and a Giveaway!

Are y'all enjoying this awesome TpT Sale? I wanted to show you what I purchased today and also share some of my products with you.

I have a St. Patrick's Day book companion available as well as a Luck O The Irish /r/ pack!

I also wanted to let you know about my book companion bundle. It's on sale too!

Now for what I bought today! Here are the links to the GREAT products I bought!

Who's Got The Baby by Mia McDaniel -- Getting ready for Mardi Gras!
St. Patrick's Day Quick Drill by Mia McDaniel -- LOVE the Quick Drill games!
Happy Easter Quick Drill by Mia McDaniel - like I said - love Quick Drill games!
No Print I Mustache You A Question by Sublime Speech -- been on my wish list for a long time!
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Jenn Alcorn - Adore these book companions!
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Jenn Alcorn - yep, love them!
No Print Grammar Pack for Speech and Language by Nicole Allison - I will get so much use out of this
Luck O The Speechies: A St. Patrick's Day Homework Packet by Simply Speech - always need homework!

Wow I bought a lot! And it was really for not much moolah at all! I'm set up until May! What are you purchasing?

Now how about a little giveaway? If you would like to win my two St. Patrick's Day materials, just enter the easy giveaway below! 

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bloggy Birthday Giveaway #5! GRAND PRIZE!!

FINAL giveaway!!! Amazing products from All Y'all Need, Straight Up Speech, Crazy Speech World,  Busy Bee Speech, MrsTSLP, Putting Words in Your Mouth, and Simply Speech!

Good Luck!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Bloggy Birthday Giveaway #4!!

Great products from Natalie Snyders, Teach Speech 365, Kristin Minden, and Wordnerdspeechteach!!

Good Luck!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bloggy Birthday Giveaway #3

Awesome products from Speech2U, Figuratively Speeching SLP, Queen's Speech, and Rae's Speech Spot!!

Good Luck!

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Bloggy Birthday Giveaway #2!!

Giveaway #2 is ready to go! Awesome products from DeanTrout on Etsy, SLPrunner, Twin Sisters Speech & Language Therapy, and Speech Time Fun!

Good luck! 

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bloggy Birthday Giveaway #1!!

Today it has been one year since The Speech Umbrella began! I have had so much fun getting to know all of you and it has been a great adventure creating materials for my speech room. I am having a HUGE giveaway and my bloggy buddies have been so generous in donating wonderful products for the grand prize!

Check this out…. I have a TON of products for the winners of my giveaways. They include:

1/2 sheet of Jamberry Nails from Carrie Manchester
SLP charm bracelet from DeanTrout on Etsy
Multisyllabic Words: Artic, Phonological Awareness, Apraxia, Speech Therapy Pack from Speech2U
Taking Perspective: A Social-Cognition Activity to Work on Empathy Training from SLPrunner
CV & CVCV Words with PreK Concepts from Twin Sisters Speech and Language Therapy
I "Mustache" You A Question… Can You Sequence? from Speech with Sharon
Preschool Speech Therapy Activities: Printable Materials - Basic Concepts from Speech Therapy Games
Articulation Placemats: Homework Sheets and Drill Activities from Figuratively Speeching SLP
Owl's Multiple Meaning Words from Queen's Speech
Cut, Sort, and Glue! Activities for the Entire Year from Speech Time Fun
Where is the Butterfly? Prepositions for Speech & Language from Rae's Speech Spot


There will be 5 giveaways and you can enter all 5! So be sure to check in every day and make your entries! Here's the first one! Good luck!


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