Monday, August 29, 2016

Now on Teachers Pay Teachers, Too

SHOUT OUT for TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS!  After several requests and teachers and therapists who got lost trying to find Shout Out Games, I'm now on TpT too.  I'm still in the process of uploading all of the Shout Out games (it takes TIME), but I've got a good selection up and DISCOUNTED for my Grand Opening.  They are only $2 this week.

Please let me know what you think.  If it takes off, I'll quickly add more games.  (If I'm missing a game you are dying to have, contact me)

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Speech Time Fun

Three of my sons have been in speech therapy for articulation.  Much of their "homework" is based on repeating a sound over and over through different words or sentences.  In consultation with their therapist, I created different Shout Out games that focused on the sounds that they are learning and working on.
Right now, my youngest son is working on his /k/ sound.  So, I created a game which has 31 words that begin with the letter K.  Each card has six images on it and every card has one, and only one match, with every other card on the deck.  Players find their match and shout out.  Whoever finds the most matches wins.  It can also be played solo by racing a clock to see how fast you can get through the entire deck.  (For more play ideas and videos, see Ways to Play)

My middle son has been working on his R sound, so ... there's an R sound.  The school speech pathologist works in a small group.  Two of the students think very quickly and are quick to understand and play the game on their own.  She takes the other two students, who have additional special needs, to the side and helps them.  She shows them one card, points and has them say the name of each object.  She then shows them the second card and they say each object.  She then lays down the two cards together and asks, "What two pictures are the same?"  Even though her emphasis is articulation, she is also helping them develop cognitive skills and prepping them to play the game on their own later.
The school SLP also teaches at the middle school and has found that the older students enjoy the competition and challenge.  How often can you find a game that works with preschool to middle school and beyond?  (Another friend has told me that she uses them with her geriatric patients at the nursing home.)

Currently, Shout Out for articulation can be found for the following letters/sounds:
K, L, R, S, Th, V, W

If you are working on other speech goals, some of the Holiday, School or other Shout Out games may be helpful.

Many of these games have come from suggestions from SLPs and their client needs.  Please let me know what sounds or themes you'd like to see.  Email me:

Shout out games come in 3", 5" or a bundle with 3" & 5".  They are an instant download printable which can be cut in circles or squares.  Feedback I've gotten, is that SLPs like the 3" size if they travel between schools or clients.  (I like to put mine in a metal tin and keep in the bottom of my purse to prevent boredom when we're waiting at sports practices.)  When working with preschool clients or clients with other special needs, the larger 5" size makes viewing and handling the cards a little easier.  The 5" cards can be placed in a zipped pencil binder bag for easy transportation.  The Dollar Store also currently has plastic sandwich boxes which hold the games perfectly.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

FREEBIE School Mini-Sample Shout Out

School's starting and to celebrate (or ease the mourning) we're GIVING AWAY a FREE Game - School Shout Out!
This is the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to Shout Out.  Whether you are welcoming new students to your classroom, working with a client in speech therapy or teaching ESL or a foreign language, School Shout Out is a great way to work on the vocabulary your children need to feel comfortable in school.

To play: Each card has one, and only one match to every other card.  Find your match first and Shout Out.  Collect the most matches to win.  (Click here for more Ways to Play, including large group or solo play)

Shout Out comes in many themes to help you learn as you play.  Sight Words are ideal for preschool, kindergarten and ESL.  We have beginning Letter Sounds which are perfect for speech therapy (elementary, middle and high school, even geriatric patients),  and young students learning their letters and sounds.  Seasonal themes, hobbiesnumbers and colors & shapes are all great for ESL or foreign language studies (Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Korean, Russian, etc).  Holiday and birthday themes help celebrate throughout the year.  Specialized themes for the LDS market and Scouting are also available.

School Shout Out is a "mini sample."  It comes with 13 cards with 4 cards on each card.  (Standard Shout Out has 31 cards with 6 pictures per card.)  Both 3" and 5" cards are included. In the Etsy store, every game theme is available in the 3" size and many are available in the 5" size.  There are also discounted bundles which offer both sizes.  Some people love the convenience of the 3" size.  Others enjoy the larger pictures on the 5" size.  For either size, you can cut the game into squares or circles.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Sight Words Made Fun

As a mother with 5 kids at home, I've had my turn with flashcards  ... and tears and whines.  As my son enters kindergarten this year, I cannot bear the thought of doing it again.  That's why I'm creating a whole line of Sight Words Shout Out.  My kids LOVE to play and will play again and again.  Each time they play they reinforce their learning.

In Shout Out, each card has one, and only one match, with every other card.  In standard play, each player has a card and there is a pile in the middle.  If you find your match to the pile first, Shout Out, then take the top card.  Play continues until the pile is gone.  Count your cards.  The player with the most cards wins.

But what do you do when your child hasn't mastered all 31 words in the game?  There's a few fun and alternative ways to play.

1.  If you are working on learning a specific word (let's say "funny"), hand your child the deck.  Point to the word you are teaching on the image page.  Tell them to find the 6 cards with the word "funny" (each deck has each word listed 6 times).  To make it more fun, set a timer to count down or use a stopwatch to see how long it takes.

2.  Beginning readers may have trouble initially reading and matching all the words.  Another way to play is by placing the pile face up in the center.  The players race to read ANY of the words on the pile.  If they read a word first, they take the card.  Collect the most cards to win.

See How to Play Page for other ideas.

One of my kid's teachers explained to me that sight words are truly "sight" words.  Kids learn them by their general size and shape, not sounding them out.  They may guess with the initial sound and basic shape ... and that's okay.  It's all part of learning.  Playing Shout Out will help them recognize the words by color and general shape.  Don't worry if they occasionally guess wrong.  It's all part of the learning process. Correct them and move on.  If they're having fun, then they'll want to play over and over again.  And as they repeat, they'll learn.  Before you know it, they'll be reading books!

Each game of Sight Words comes in 3 a bundle with 3" and 5"cards.  All games can be cut in circles or squares.  (I use a 3" circle punch for the smaller cards).  There also printable storage boxes.

Sight Words 1 - Dolch Pre-primer (preschool)

3" & 5" Bundle Sight Words 1 Shout Out  on Etsy

Sight Words 1 on TPT

Sight Words 2 - Dolch Pre-primer and Primer (preschool and kindergarten)

3" & 5" Bundle Sight Words 2 Shout Out on Etsy

Sight Words 2 on Teachers Pay Teachers

Sight Words 3 - Dolch Primer (kindergarten)

3" & 5" Bundle Sight Words 3 Shout Out on Etsy

Sight Words 3 on Teachers Pay Teachers 

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