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Juggling Plates… /r/ Intensive and can be a TenseBuilder (p.s. there is a giveaway here)

Posted in Uncategorized by Cindy on October 2, 2012
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I’ve always thought that I was more productive when I had more on my plate and deadlines closing in…. Or so I thought.   But these last few weeks have been too much and I have found myself literally juggling plates when our house sold. I didn’t break any but I did pack them, toss some and set some aside to eat on.  With the number of craziness hitting me all at once I decided the only one putting demands and deadlines on my plate was ME.  So I gave myself permission to do nothing but try to survive the stress of moving, house hunting, temporary housing, living out of boxes, car repairs, family stuff, school starting etc. etc. So that is the main reason I have not posted for quite some time.  Plus having my computer packed away….somewhere makes it difficult!

So giving myself permission has relieved some of the stress.  But I do want to share a few things I have been enjoying.

Games:

This summer I won a game from Thinkfun called Mini Mouth. The object is to draw 2-5 letters and be the first one to shout out a word that contains those letters. Yes I did play it this way with my family but realized it might need modifying with my speech/language caseload. It is easy to keep in my purse or therapy bag and take with me. I played it following the game rules but have also changed it for some students. We pick a category (food, animal etc) and we flip a tile and try to name as many items that start with that letter. The kids also like to each have their own tile and think of an item that starts with that letter and give clues and see if we can guess it. Great toy to work on vocabulary, problem solving, spelling, turn taking and more!!!

I was then contacted by Thinkfun and asked if I would be interested in trying another product. Oh yes!!! This one is called PathWords Jr.  This game builds vocabulary, spelling, and spatial reasoning skills. The object is to fit the correct Tetris-style puzzle pieces over letters to spell words. I used this with a two boys who were working on cooperative play. I gave them the basic game instructions and then they were on their own. It was great to see them dividing the puzzle pieces, taking  turns and giving advice. I noticed that some of the “advice” was moving the puzzle piece for the other student. I reminded them that if they did not want “finger help” they needed to tell their partner. This was a really fun activity and helped to work on social skills too.

APPS:

/r/ intensive from Smarty Ears-

I don’t know about you but /r/ sound errors are not my favorite. If I am successful and have a child imitate my /r/ in one of our first trials I am thrilled!  Sometimes that doesn’t work so we work on tongue placement and that might work..hurray!  If that doesn’t work then I might teach a “g” and move it into an /r/ often with the word tiger . Oh boy if that doesn’t work I might try using “l” and have them slide their tongue across the roof of their mouth and cross my fingers. Ok maybe move from “ah”  to /r/.  (Big sigh) Now if nothing works then we come back the next session and start all over again and again.  I have not found “the one” trick that always works. Each case is different and some move quickly into words and sentences. The ones that try and try but still can’t reach consistency can be frustrating for everyone.  But as an SLP we are known to never give up. We try different techniques and tools. We research for other ideas. We collaborate with co-workers and other SLPs through social media.  And some days we even get to dismiss a student from /r/ therapy!!

Smarty Ears had a recent update for /r/ intensive and  has added new flashcards, a matching game and a guessing game. Not only is this a great way to target those pesky /r/ errors but it is very engaging for my students.  I always use apps in multiple ways so my twist for this app is using it with all students on my caseload. I can play guessing games to expand describing skills. I can use it with my fluency students to practice techniques at the word, sentence and storytelling levels.

TenseBuilder from Mobile Education Store-   is designed to help students learn how to identify and use correct tense forms by playing movie quality animated videos to demonstrate past, present and future tense. I have been using this with my students in group activities. It makes a great cooperation activity. My youngest students need to focus on using present regular tense in complete sentences (He is calling). So we have concentrated on using the videos to learn about this and record our “big sentences” within the app. The kids love to hear themselves and are even starting to self correct their errors after listening! My older students are working on irregular tenses and love to see if they can get their answer correct  before the movie ends. It has become a contest among the group of boys on who can shout it out first.

Giveaways!!!

I have 2 codes for /r/ intensive and 1 code for TenseBuilder so here is what you need to do….

1. Leave a separate blog comment for each app you would like to win.

2. Like the Facebook pages for Smarty Ears and Mobile Education Store and leave a another blog comment that you did this or already are a fan.

3. I will do a random drawing for the app codes on Sunday 10/7/12 after 7:00 pm Central time.

The codes are for US iTunes.

(WordPress blogs are no longer able to use Rafflecopter for giveaways so sorry!!!)

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  1. Juli LaMoy said,

    Dear Cindy,
    Thanks so much for this offer. I would LOVE to have the /r/ intensive app! I have a few of those older students you described in the Middle School who continue to have difficulty with their /r/ sounds. The app sure would be great for practice and fun!
    I too, use the TenseBuilder app in groups and agree it is great for reinforcing verb tenses, recording, and turn taking.
    Sure hope I am a winner of /r/ intensive! Thanks again, Juli
    PS: Think I am immediately going to order Mini Mouth and PathWords Jr…I am always on the hunt for something new and interesting.

  2. Erin said,

    I would love to win /r/ intensive

  3. Erin said,

    I am already a Facebook fan of both smarty ears and mobile education store.


  4. The r intensive app looks awesome! Hope to win… I have many of Smary Ears other applications and they have been a huge benefit to my therapy.


  5. I have quite a few kiddos that need help with the verb tenses. This looks like a great application to incorporate with my therapy. Hoping to be able to add TenseBuilder to my apps…


  6. I “LIKE” both Smarty Ears and Mobile Education Store on Facebook!

  7. Laura said,

    Hey Cindy! I would love a shot at the Tense Builder app! Thanks for offering these codes. Hope your life settles a bit soon and you are able to reclaim your sanity. Sounds like you need a vacation. 😉

  8. Laura said,

    Cindy, I would also love to have a shot at /r/ intensive! Thank you,

  9. Laura said,

    Cindy, I have liked the Mobile Education Facebook page.

  10. Laura said,

    Cindy, I have also liked the Smarty Ears Facebook page!

  11. Laura said,

    Cindy! Are you sick of hearing from me yet! :D. Have a wonderful night,

  12. Cassandra said,

    I’d like to try for /r/ intensive! Thanks!

  13. Cassandra said,

    I am already a fan of Smarty Ears (and Mobile Education Store). 🙂

  14. Rachel Thomas said,

    It’s hard to find good resources that target grammar. I would love to have Tense Builder!

  15. Rachel Thomas said,

    I would love to win /r/ intensive. I have quite a few students that would benefit from this app!

  16. Rachel Thomas said,

    I liked Smarty Ears on Facebook

  17. Rachel Thomas said,

    I also liked Mobile Education Store on Facebook.

  18. Meryl said,

    I would love to win /r/ intensive to use in therapy!

  19. Meryl said,

    I’m already a FB fan of Smarty Ears!

  20. Rachel said,

    I “liked” both Smarty Ears and Mobile Education Store” on Facebook.

  21. Breanna A said,

    I would LOVE to win /r/ intensive!

  22. Breanna A said,

    I am a fan of Smarty Ears AND Mobile Education Store on Facebook!

  23. the speech monster said,

    I would love to have a chance to win the /r/ intensive app!

  24. the speech monster said,

    And of course also the tense builder one 🙂 thanks for sharing the info on mini mouth and pathwords jr – they look like great games. off to check them out now!

  25. Kristen said,

    I would love to win the Tense Builder application to use with my students : ) Many thanks for the opportunity !

  26. Kristen said,

    I would also love to win the /R/ Intensive application to use with my articulation students ! Many thanks…..

  27. Nicole said,

    I would love to win /r/ intensive. I am always looking for another tool to use with those fun /r/ kiddos!!

  28. Nicole said,

    TenseBuilder sounds like a good app to help reinforce those lovely verb tenses. Would love this app.

  29. Amber said,

    Thanks for sharing these informative blogs! I’d love to win TenseBuilder.

  30. dlk06@aol.com said,

    Me too! /R/ Intensive would be a great addition to my app collection.

  31. Amber said,

    I’d also really love /r/ intensive. It would be useful with most of the students on my caseload! Thank you!

  32. dlk06@aol.com said,

    I am a fan of both sites on Facebook!

  33. Amber said,

    I am a fan of both SmartyEars & Mobile Ed Store on Facebook:)

  34. Teri Smith said,

    I would love to win r intensive!

  35. Teri Smith said,

    I am already a fan of Smarty Ears and Mobile Education Store on FB

  36. Tess said,

    Would love the R intensive.

  37. Rose Ann said,

    Welcome back to the blogging world…I’d love to win Tense Builder!

  38. Rose Ann said,

    I liked both Smarty Ears and Mobile Education Store—already fans of both

  39. cathleen said,

    Well, when you come back, you come back in a BIG way. Busier than ever….and great freebeeies. I would love the R intensive I have bought some of Smarty Ears products and they are great.

  40. cathleen said,

    Hey again….I also love Mobile Education Store and have recently been able to purchase their products. I’ve been thinking about getting their Tense Builder. I have never one anything anywhere, so am not getting my hopes up. But at least your endorsement/reviews makes me think it’s worth the money…..so am putting it on my wish list for before the holidays.

  41. cathleen said,

    I had already “liked” Smarty ears on fb, but now I’ve done the same with Mobile Education Store…..so completed all your steps….crossing my fingers and going to bed.

  42. Shannon Giles said,

    I would love to win /r/ Intensive!

  43. Shannon Giles said,

    I would also love to win Tense Builder!

  44. Shannon Giles said,

    I am already a fan of Mobile Education Store and Smarty Ears on facebook!

  45. Laura said,

    I would love to try /r/ intensive. I have not used any apps like these yet and am curious to try them out!

  46. Laura said,

    Tense Builder looks very motivating for my students. I would be excited to win this app.

  47. Kellie Meixner said,

    I would love to win /r/ intensive!!

  48. Kellie Meixner said,

    I would also love to win TenseBuilder!

  49. Kellie Meixner said,

    Tensebuilder would also be wonderful to win!!

  50. Kristen Hansen said,

    I have had my eye on Tense Builder and would love to try it out!

  51. knyoung2 said,

    I would live to win the R intensive app! Goodness knows I am always looking for more R materials!

  52. knyoung2 said,

    Also, I am a fan of Smarty Apps and the Mobile Education on facebook!

  53. Kristen Hansen said,

    I would love to try /r/ intensive.

  54. Kristen Hansen said,

    I liked both Smarty Ears and Mobile Education Store Facebook pages!

  55. Kimberly McCollum said,

    I would love to win /r/ intensive. I actually like working on /r/ so it would make it that much more fun!

  56. Kimberly McCollum said,

    I would also love to try out Tense Builder. This is a fun contest!

  57. Chryss Altamirano said,

    Hi, Cindy! I went on Facebook and liked both Smarty Ears and Mobile Education Store. Great stuff!

  58. Chryss Altamirano said,

    It would be fantastic to win /r/ intensive. I would get so much use out of it!

  59. Chryss Altamirano said,

    Hoping to win Tense Builder– cool app!

  60. Tracey F said,

    I would love to win /r/ intensive. Those /r/’s can be so tricky!

  61. Tracey F said,

    I would also love Tense Builder! I love the other Mobile Education apps I have so I’m sure this one will be just as awesome!

  62. Tracey F said,

    I already like both Smarty Ears and Mobile Education Store on facebook. 🙂

  63. AB said,

    I have /r/ intensive…great tool. I would love to have Tense Builder too!

  64. Erica Ortiz said,

    I would love to win /r/ Intensive and Tense Builder!

  65. Carrie said,

    I would Love to win a copy of Tense Builder. I am a big fan of their apps!

  66. Carrie said,

    /r/ intensive would be a wonderful addition to my app collection!

  67. Carrie said,

    I am already fans of Smarty Ears and Mobile Education Store on FB. Thanks for he opportunity to win these apps!

  68. Kelly said,

    I would love to have intensive r app.

  69. Kelly said,

    I would also love to win Tense Builder!

  70. Kelly said,

    I am already a fan for both on FB.

  71. Giovanna Renfrow said,

    I would love to win Smarty Ears!!

  72. Giovanna Renfrow said,

    I’m a fan for both on Facebook

  73. Helen Wagner said,

    Hi! I would so love to win SmartyEars R Intensive! Thankyou for the chance!

  74. Helen Wagner said,

    I am already a fan of SmartyEars! I already like them! I would love to win their R Intensive app!

  75. Ginny said,

    just now trying apps, I would love to win R Intensive

  76. Gail Goldman said,

    I would love intensive /r/. always looking for new ideas.

  77. Gail Goldman said,

    Tense Builder looks great.

  78. grace said,

    I would like to win the /r/ intensive from Smarty Ears. Thank you!

  79. grace said,

    I have liked Smarty Ears for some time now.

  80. Tessa said,

    I would love Tense Builder!

  81. Rachel said,

    I would love /r/ intensive! I already use tense builder and LOVE it! Thanks so much for the giveaways! 🙂

  82. Rachel said,

    I am also a fan of Smarty Ears and Mobile Education Store on FB:)


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