Easy EET Thanksgiving Turkeys

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Looking for a super easy idea for Thanksgiving? Try making these adorable EET turkeys!!

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I used a FREE downloadable template that I found on Teachers Pay Teachers and printed directly onto the construction paper. No tracing necessary! Download the template here.

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I gave each kiddo a pile of paper strips as shown above and had them pick the feathers they needed to make an EET turkey. They even added an eyeball on one of the white feathers!

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Below are two turkeys, one for the EET and one that I made with another kiddo. Crafts are fantastic because you can target so much with them including concepts and following directions!

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How cute are they? And it took about 10 minutes to prep a few of them!

PS: I have my students glue the feathers onto the backs of the body first. Silly me (it was early on a Saturday) forgot to reverse the order. When I do it again, I’ll put the green feather to the left most side and reverse the order so it makes more sense! :)

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy making some fantastic turkeys!

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2nd Blogiversary Celebration Day 5

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 I dig activities based on books! It not only makes therapy easier to plan, but it often gives meaning to flashcards and worksheets for many of our kiddos!

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Enter in the Peekapak. Peekapak is a monthy subscription services that delivers a book with corresponding creative activities each month! The box contains activities, crafts, and other creative things that go along with an included book.

Below are some images of the Peekapak I recieved:

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My box, book, activities, and crafts were all about shapes.

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Everything (even the needed scissors) was included which is super nice! Just grab and go! No prep work necessary.

The included activities were simple, but very appropriate and related to the topic of shapes. My box included: a tangram puzzle, a kaleidoscope spyglass, and make your own parachute drop experiment. Additionally, a book and a set of scissors were included.

Interested in the Peekapak? Click here to head on over to their website and use the code SPECIAL10 to save $10!

There are also tons of amazing resources on Teachers Pay Teachers for SLPs to use with books. Check out two fun ones below:

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1) This is a fantastic packet for the book Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale! This packet is super thorough so I can’t even list everything included but some of my most used parts have been the game board, character and setting cards, and the sequencing cards. And who doesn’t love the Rainbow Fish books? Interested? Check it out on TpT here.

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2) This packet is mine so I don’t want to weirdly talk it up too much but its fun and great and this book (The Great Fuzz Frenzy) is the best. Check it out on TpT here.

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2nd Blogiversary Celebration Day 4

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Today’s “theme” is all about social skills and FOOD.

The product up for grabs is this lunch bag, which is seriously perfection.

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I have been in a Costco kick lately and typically pack the exact same lunch every day: a Naked juice, a container of soup, and chicken salad.

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This lunch bag fits all three of the items shown above perfectly. It has a small pocket on the inside that I haven’t used yet but might be nice for a napkin, a card, or to put a spoon or something in!

Need a lunch bag upgrade? Click here to check out the beautiful lunch totes from Carried Away Bags. Keep the link up if you want to enter the amazing giveaway below for your shot to win one!

A blogiversary celebration wouldn’t be complete without some reviews of amazing TpT products. Well don’t worry, I have THREE for you today!

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1) Describing Donuts: You can tell when a product is awesome when it’s prepped and used right after you get it! That was this product for sure:

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I love how it provides tons of visuals and uses some of the same parts as the EET, something many of my kiddos are already familiar with. Wanna see more? Click here to check it out on TpT.

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2) Froggy Friends

I have SO MANY social skills kiddos so I was super excited to check out this product! There are three sections including manners, social situations, and feelings. Check out some example cards from each section below:

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Thus far, I’ve just used this product on my iPad but I really want to print it soon. It’s fantastic and I know will continue to get a lot of use! Click here to check it out on TpT.

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3) Who Wants to be a Social Skills Superhero

Who doesn’t love superheros? This product combines three popular topics: TV shows, superheros, and social skills. Great, great, great. Like with the last product, I’ve primarily been using this on my iPad. I just printed it and cannot wait to laminate and assemble everything!

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To check out this product on TpT, click here.

Wanna amp up your lunch time social group? Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win!

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2nd Blogiversary Celebration Day 3

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Who loves being an SLP?! ME ME ME. The giveaways today are all perfect for YOU.

First, is this tumbler which is SLP perfection in my opinion! Check them out:

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Click here to check them out on Etsy! They make perfect gifts and can be customized (the color + a name) if desired. Also, because Dana from 2MBowtique is fantastic, she has provided a discount code good through 12/15/14 for $2 off. Just use the code SPEECHY when you checkout. :)

Also, I have giveaways for two fantastic products for SLPs!

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First up is Common Core Task Cards for Speech & Language (K-2) from Busy Bee Speech which has been an amazing grab and go resource!

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Obviously I hadn’t prepped it yet in these pictures but imagine each desk of cards attached to binder rings so you can grab and go grade specific resources that are adorable and aligned with the CCSS. Click here to check it out on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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 Next is this invaluable resource from Allison’s Speech Peeps. I use it all the time! My current favorites are for /b/ and /p/ to work on adequate lip closure!

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I love how there are both student and teacher copies available so I can take data as my kiddos use the worksheets. The stories are pretty silly and definitely keep the attention of my kiddos. Check it out here on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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2nd Blogiversary Celebration Day Two

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Welcome to day two of my blogiversary celebration!! Have an iPad? Love using technology in the speech room? Then todays giveaways are PERFECT for you!

The first giveaway is for an amazing product that I’m so, so, so thrilled to share with you. I work with a ton of kiddos who utilize AAC to communicate. It is always hard to find appropriate cases and ways for these kids to keep their device on them at all times. Enter in Chat Bag, a solution to this problem.

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Chat Bag is a truly amazing company founded due a need for a case that their daughter could use to hold her iPad and carry it with her. Chat Bag are great because they can fit around the iPad by itself (how I have it in the pictures) or around a case to make it more shockproof/durable.

Chat Bags have an adjustable strap so it can fit a variety of sizes of people! They are made so the screen is always accessible which is important when it is your voice! It fits me just fine (and is actually awesome to carry my iPad around with) as well as several children I’ve seen it on. After much testing and use, I can say that the Chat Bag definitely holds the iPad in place! No falling out or moving around!

One of my favorite things about Chat Bags is the the variety of prints you can get them in! Finding a device that is exciting and personal to a child is super important and this is one way to do that!

Below are some pictures of the Chat Bag in use. See the front and back pictures below:

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I picked this print because I think it’s a great gender neutral one for me to use with a variety of clients. I also love polka dots!

Below is how the Chat Bag can easily be worn.

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Since I put the Chat Bag on to try it out, it hasn’t come off! I just love how easy it makes carrying the iPad around. Instead of leaving it on the floor, I hang it up with my coats!

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Overall, I would definitely recommend the Chat Bag to those of you who work with AAC kiddos, have a child who uses AAC, or anybody looking for a way to make their iPad ultra-portable. The Chat Bag is made very well and fits like a glove. It doesn’t hurt that it can add a little flair to a child’s iPad either! ;)

To learn more about Chat Bags, the story behind the company, or to see all of the fun prints, click here!

Chat Bags can be customized in several ways and also made for other AAC devices like a GoTalk!

Moving on to another topic, APPS. If you have an iPad, you absolutely need to check out the My Playhome app. It is super engaging, functional, and you can target so much with it!

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Teach Speech 365 made this fabulous packet to go with one of my all time favorite apps. The part of the packet I use the most is the following directions pages (as shown above) but there are so many other topics targeted including great pages for targeting concepts! Two great things I’ve noticed: you can take data right on the sheet and it prints great in both color and black & white. Click here to check out this product on TpT.

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Another fun way to incorporate technology is to use to to motivate your kiddos!! This packet is FANTASTIC for your articulation students who are into Facebook. Let’s be honest, it’s way more fun to practice articulation words when it looks like you are reading off of somebody’s Facebook timeline. I sent home some of these pages in my articulation notebooks and had my kiddos design their own page!

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Blogiversary Celebration Day One!

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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!!? Speechy Musings has almost been around for two.years. Um what?! That is seriously insane you guys. For those of you who’ve been with me since the beginning, I cannot thank you enough. For those of you just joining the fun, you are amazing. For everyone reading this, the next two weeks are for you. They will be filled with giveaways on giveaways, limited time freebies, products galore, and more! So stay tuned!

It is definitely getting to the time of year when it’s white white white everywhere here in Wisconsin! I always love the change in seasons and was so excited to wake up this weekend to this:

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So beautiful.

It’s only fitting that the first day of blogiversary fun is centered around all things winter!

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First up is this super fun game by Blue Orange Games. It is the Spot It! Frozen game. How many kiddos on your caseload are just obsessed with Frozen? I’d be willing to bet a large number of them. This is also the most portable game ever!

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I’ve used this game for tons of therapy objectives including comparing and contrasting, describing, story retell, and as a general reinforcer.

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For those of you unfamiliar with the Spot It! games, game play is simple! You flip over two cards and the first person to spot the one item on both cards gets to keep the cards. There are letters on these cards too so its great to sneak some letter identification in as well!

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Can you find the matches below?

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Not sure what the items are called that match in the second picture? Don’t worry! I didn’t either but Blue Orange Games thought of that and also includes a guide :)

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It’s super easy to learn and really motivating!

If that wasn’t enough fun planned for the month of December, I have been busy prepping some fantastic products including these three that I cannot wait to start using with my kiddos!

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I’ll be using this product primarily in my homework notebooks for my articulation kiddos. I really like the monthly calendars that detail activities to do each day! It is different than the other activities I typically put in their notebooks and I know my kiddos will enjoy that! Check out this product on TpT here to see all of the other things included such as a parent letter and no prep, black & white homework pages.

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Another awesome product for your articulation kiddos is Jingle Bell Speech! The included black and white sheets are my favorite – they are SO cute. There are also super cute cards for /r, s, l, k, g, f, v/, SH, CH, TH in the initial, medial, and final position. Click here to check out all of the other awesome goodies in this packet including game boards!!

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Last but not least are these fun Interactive Vocabulary Books for winter. My kiddos benefitted from the fall and Thanksgiving ones so I am super pumped to prep these!! How perfectly does the “Build a Snowman” interactive book fit with the Frozen theme? Click here to check out the product on TpT and read the awesome feedback if you’re not convinced yet!

Want to get ahead in your winter session planning? Enter the Rafflecopter below to win Spot It! Frozen and all three fabulous TpT products shown above!

PS: If you don’t like Speechy Musings on Facebook you probably should because some awesome freebies, giveaways, and announcements will be happening all week and I wouldn’t want you to miss anything! Click here to join the fun!

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Looking for more winter activities? Check out some from my store below. Click on the images to check them out on Teachers Pay Teachers!

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Pinterest Boards for SLPs

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My favorite of favorite ways to find speech therapy ideas, materials, and activities is Pinterest. While you can come up with tons of ideas just following your speech loving friends, following these awesome Pinterest boards will make sure you’re seeing the best, newest, and most creative ideas out there! So get following, and pinning!

1) Speech-Language Therapy Blog Posts: My personal favorite Pinterest board for great speech therapy ideas!

2) SLPs on TpT: A great board to find new speech and language materials for sale on Teachers Pay Teachers.

3) Speechie Freebies: A board for FREE speech and language materials!

4) Speech and Language Collaborative: More great pins all about speech and language ideas!

The next few boards are for a variety of SLPs, regardless of the setting. Thanks to Consonantly Speaking for setting most of these up!

5) Pediatric SLP Bloggers

6) Preschool SLP Bloggers

7) Early Childhood SLP Bloggers

8) School-Age SLP Bloggers

9) Speech Therapy: Middle School and High School

10) Adult Population SLP Bloggers

While you’re over on Pinterest, I’d love you to follow me!! Just click here to check out my boards!

Any other great collaborative SLPs boards I missed? Let me know in the comments! Happy pinning!

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Speech and Language Facebook Groups

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If you aren’t familiar with Facebook groups, you might be wondering what they are, how people use them, and why you should join! Well read on my friends, and discover one of the BEST ways to collaborate with SLPs around the world!

1) What is a Facebook group?

According to Facebook, groups are “for members of groups to connect, share and even collaborate on a given topic or idea”. Basically, you find a group that discusses topics you are interested in, request to join, get approved, and start participating (or just creeping & reading posts).

2) How are they used?

Each group is used differently. Typically, SLP groups are places for SLPs to ask questions, share stories, get advice, and connect with other SLPs. Each group kind of has it’s own vibe, niche, and specialty so it’s important to find the group that’s right for you! Some groups are primarily for sharing optimistic stories about being an SLP, some groups are for SLPs working in a specific work settings, and other groups are used primarily for asking questions and getting answers from other SLPs.

3) Why should I join one?

You should join one because it will make you a better SLP!! I love how much these groups are used. They aren’t some quiet forum. Questions are asked EVERY HOUR and most questions get many, many responses. I love the emphasis on evidence-based practice – making sure every SLP in the group is aware of great speech therapy methods and ideas. You will learn, laugh, empathize, and get answers to your burning/tricky SLP questions! To be honest, I’ve never even asked a question and I’ve still learned so, so much. I love that it’s in my Facebook feed so I just read a question, see the responses if I’m interested, and keep scrolling to see news from my family and friends. I don’t even have to click to another site or remember to check something else! It’s all in one place!

4) Okay I’m convinced. What SLP groups are out there?

So.many. I’ve tried to link to all of the ones I’m aware of below, but if I missed any great ones, please let me know in the comments so I can get it added!! The trickiest part about Facebook groups is they can be difficult to find/search for.

School-Based Speech and Language Therapy - Great for those of you who work in the schools. Typically used to ask/answer questions and discuss issues related to working in a school.

Speech Pathologists at Large - A group for any SLP in any setting!

Pediatric Medical SLPs – A group for SLPs working in the medical setting such as hospitals or rehab centers!

Speech Therapy Ideas - In general, I’ve found this idea to be less active than the others, but is still a good place to gets ideas for therapy.

Adult Rehab Speech Therapy – Do you work with adults in a rehab setting? This group is for you!

Medical SLPs Forum - Intended for any SLP working in a medical setting.

Bilingual Speech Language Pathologists - A great place for bilingual SLPs to collaborate!

Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologists and Early Intervention SLPs Birth to 3 - Both great groups for those of you working with the early intervention population!

School SLP Jubilee – One of my favorite groups! It’s simply a place to share the awesomeness that is being an SLP. Some of the other groups get bogged down with venting. This one is positive stories only – something we all could use!

SLP Bloggers & SLP TPT Sellers – Do you blog and/or sell on Teachers Pay Teachers? You need to be in this group. Great collaboration! You do need an invite for this group so let me know if you have a blog or store and are not part of the group!

AAC Alternative Awesome Communicators - A group for both AAC users and the wonderful people who work with AAC users, including SLPs!

Did you just get carried away and request to join several groups? Awesome, but here’s a little hint. Your newsfeed is about to explode with SLP greatness. If you feel overwhelmed but don’t want to leave the group, you should know how to stop notifications! Check out the picture below:

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The picture above is from the School-Based group. In the middle of the picture on the right side, you’ll see a bar. On the right it says “Notifications”. Mine has a blue check meaning some sort of notifications are on. Click on that button and you can change the settings for notifications from everyone, your friends, or none at all.

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Turn it off if you don’t want to see things popping up from this group. You’ll need to do this for each group individually but it does help clean out your newsfeed if you feel overwhelmed but still want to check in from time to time.

So there you have it! Any groups I missed?

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Using Room on the Broom in Speech Therapy

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Lately, I’ve been on a kick of (attempting to) use one book in therapy for a week. I know, I know. Why don’t I just buy a big book companion packet and be done with it? Well, several reasons. First, I’m cheap and if I want to use a different book each week that will get super, duper expensive. Second, I’m busy and prepping a full book companion packet each week would take forever. I’d never get to make any products of my own! I see many of my kiddos for 2 hours, one-on-one weekly so I go through activities fast!! Below is some of the fun I’ve been having with Room on the Broom, my favorite book for the Halloween season!

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I sell these in a big mega bundle containing tons of books in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. You can check them out here. I am absolutely in love with them! I was actually reading a book the other day without one and one of my kiddos asked for it! I think it really helps to keep younger kiddos engaged while reading and identify the most important parts from the text in a book! Also, they are perfect for sentence expansion/grammar/sequencing :)

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Awesome, FREE cards for Cariboo targeting comprehension questions about Room on the Broom! Don’t have Cariboo? Don’t worry! Just print and use as regular comprehension cards. Download these here.

Room on the Broom Worksheet

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Another wonderful FREEBIE! SLP sellers are just the best for sharing all of their fabulous freebies. I love using this worksheet in my laminating pouches. Another fun way I use this worksheet is to have the kiddos draw who is on the broom at various points throughout the book! That way they can erase to update it each time somebody new joins the broom! Download this worksheet here and check out the dry erase pockets below:

Room on the Broom Comprehension Book

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This FANTASTIC Room on the Broom comprehension book is only $2 so that is awesome. My kiddos LOVE pulling off the question mark boxes to see if they’ve answered the question correctly. It’s so motivating for them! This book is made by the same seller (The Speech Bubble SLP) as the free worksheet above and they pair really well together. Purchase this comprehension book (really, it’s only $2) here.

Below is a product I meant to assemble (another FREEBIE) but just ran out of time. It looks awesome if you’re looking for some sequencing cards and more comprehension cards! Very cute.

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In total, if you buy all of the products I’ve recommended and download all of the freebies, you’d end up spending $14 and have book attachments to last you the entire year.

Looking for some crafts and snacks and other hands on creative ideas? Below are some projects I do with this book as well. These are super fun!!

 Broomstick Bookmarks Using Popsicle Sticks!

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 Healthy & Peanut Free Broomstick Snack

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If you don’t already have the book, I’d recommend purchasing it! Kids love it! I found mine for $6.99 at Target but it’s slightly cheaper on Amazon.

Have fun with Room on the Broom!! Anything I missed? I’d love to hear!

Looking for more Halloween ideas? Check out my Halloween Pinterest board here!!

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Speachy Feedback – October 2014

Gosh you guys and your amazing feedback! I appreciate it all and it was really tough to pick this month!

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But alas, I had to pick. Calling Carly Fowler! She left this feedback on my Fall Speech & Language Packet!

“This is a fun packet with a variety of activities! I love the graphics as they are perfect for the fall. The bingo game is great for practicing descriptions. The worksheets are great as they allow students to color but also allow students to practice writing. The sentence builders is why I bought the packet though! I have previously bought some and my students enjoy making silly sentences. They learn how to add details and make more complex sentences. This packet is huge!! Thank you!”

LOVE IT!

Feel free to check out my fall packet here, or by clicking on the image below:

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