Sunday, September 21, 2014

Top apps for inference and critical thinking!

A really hot topic in education right now is the need for critical thinking. The Common Core State Standards, love them or hate them, require students in most of the US to make inferences, predict, and analyze at a very young age. That means that my students with language impairments are increasingly disadvantaged in the classroom, and I spend a lot of time targeting language-based critical thinking in my speech-language therapy. Of course, that means I also spend a lot of time looking for good resources! Here are a few of my favorite apps to target these areas.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

FREE Spirit Animals Kindle book! Save $12.99 on this popular early chapter book!

Spirit animalsOur Good Free App of the Day is not an app at all. Today we're bringing you a book for your older elementary kids. It's the first book in the Spirit Animal Series, and it's FREE for a limited time. That's a savings of $12.99. Wow.
This book is the first in a multimedia series from Scholastic. There is a website set up to go along with the book series where young readers can go and choose their own spirit animal and identity (all with the supervision of a parent, of course). Each book also offers clues that help unlock prizes on the website.
I'm always excited to find new ways to help encourage my kids to read.
Right now Spirit Animals: Book 1: Wild Born is FREE! Don't miss out.

Choosing Books for Building Language and Literacy

School has been back in session for several weeks and I'm back in lesson planning mode. I find it helpful to plan speech-language therapy sessions around a theme. This makes more efficient use of my prep time (when I manage to find some) and keeps me more organized year to year. My objectives for a task will vary depending upon the student and their goals, but I can reuse and adapt the same materials for multiple groups or individual needs. Rachel's awesome post on using apps in themed lesson plans can be found here. In addition to apps, some of my favorite themes are centered around books. Kerry Davis, EdD, CCC-SLP, wrote a wonderful article for the ASHAsphere blog with suggestions for choosing books that build language and literacy. She shares guidelines for selecting books and also gives some examples of titles she uses.  Read the entire article here.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Featured Free and Discounted Apps September 20: Get apps for autism and more! Save $55!

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Today's post is great! We have 22 free and and discounted apps, bringing in a total savings of $55! Get IXL Spelling, Color Find - Autism Series, Face Read 2 - Autism Series and goodEar Chords - Ear Training: and all completely free!

These prices won't last, so be sure to download you favorite apps right now, before they return to the regular price.