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Fireworks, Power Outage, Smoke Alarms, and a Swollen Eye

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. All the kids were just settling in for bed the night before last night when the booming of fireworks launched them all out of their beds and instantly to the windows to watch. When there are fireworks locally we can usually get a good view from one side of the house or the other. When the fireworks were over, we started the bedtime routine again. Like it wasn’t fun enough the first time (oh no, I didn’t just say that). All the kids were settled once again, in their beds, when everything suddenly …

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Meeting With Our O.T.

I just finished a planning meeting with our O.T. (Val). Did I mention she is fabulous? Anyways… we were chatting about Elisha and the rest of the kidlets and how Jonah and I are doing school with them this year. You know that site I told you about yesterday, Project: Home Learn? I am really excited about how it is working for the kids so far. With some tweaks and refining, it will be simply amazing for our family. You can see my chicken scratches from the meeting in the image above. Yes, I am a doodler. I find it …

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My Big Boy Turns 12 Today

I went to bed early last night and woke at a crazy hour this morning. I was trying to figure out why I couldn’t sleep (besides the twins crawling into bed and sleeping on my head) and I wonder if it is because I am deeply thinking about my big boy turning 12 today. I can’t imagine where the last 12 years have gone! This is our boy who: was born 2 weeks early even though the doc was sure he would be two weeks late crawled at 4 months couldn’t hold his head up on his own until after …

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When Speech Hinders Reading – Speech Therapy Blogs

This week I am writing about speech therapy. I started this series with a post about  Speech Therapy Resources for Malachi. Then I wrote about iPad Apps For Speech Therapy. After that I gathered a list of Printable Resources For Speech Therapy. Then I posted about some great Games And Activities For Speech Therapy. Yesterday I posted a collection of 12 places where you can listen to Stories Online To Support Speech Therapy. Speech therapy blogs are awesome for information, ideas, and resources. I did a little bit of searching and I found several excellent speech and language related blogs. Mommy’s Speech Therapy Super Star …

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Stories Online To Support Speech Therapy

This week I am writing about speech therapy. I went in search of Speech Therapy Resources for Malachi and found some great ones. An internet search also yielded some wonderful  iPad Apps For Speech Therapy. Then I gathered all my favorite sites and made a list of Printable Resources For Speech Therapy (and found some excellent new ones too). Finally, yesterday I posted about some great Games And Activities For Speech Therapy. Today we are talking about places to listen to stories and books online.  I had no idea that there were so many places online where my children can listen to books being read. …

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Speech Therapy Games and Activities

This week we are talking about resources for doing speech therapy at home. I am exploring the different speech therapy resources available to help my son Malachi. We have also talked about iPad apps for speech therapy and printables for speech therapy. My kids love it when I play games and activities with them. I love it when I can sneak a learning activity in without them realizing that they are “doing school.” I found some great ideas for speech and languages games and activities on these sites: Articulation Games (excellent activity ideas here) Materials To Adapt For Speech Therapy (huge list) …

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Printable Resources For Speech Therapy

For two days now I have been talking about speech therapy resources to help our son Malachi. I shared a list of speech therapy products and catalogs and then I shared a list of iPad apps for speech therapy for Tech Tuesday. I love worksheets and printables. I also love taking materials and re-purposing them to create activities that can fill certain needs in our homeschool. I gathered a short list of some of my favorite alphabet and phonics resources: Kizclub Alphabet Avenue DLTK TLS Books Sparkle Box  And then I went searching for some resources specific to speech therapy: Mommy …

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iPad Apps For Speech Therapy

Today is Tech Tuesday (I apologize for completely missing last week) and I thought I would talk about our iPad again. Do you have an iPad or other mobile device? Do you use it with your children? Yesterday I spoke about needing to help Malachi with his speech in order to help him learn to read. We have an iPad and I knew that there must be resources we could use for speech therapy on there. Here are some of the Apps that we already have that could be used to help with speech therapy: Drawing Pad ($1.99) Preschool Island ($0.99) Stickers! …

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