Saturday, May 2, 2015


The Lindamood or LIPS program is often used by speech therapists to help students understand what your mouth and breath should be doing when saying the letters.  It is often done with a little hand mirror nearby.  For example, the letter "H" has air exhale while sometimes the "K" sound can inhale (especially if you are a singer) or exhale.  Most kids have "R" articulation issues.  

As a reading specialist, I've used parts of this program with struggling reading working on phonemic awareness, or with English Language Learners who are comparing first and second languages.  Our "E" is different than the spanish "E."  

If you are interested in learning more, ask your local speech teacher.  They are fountains of untapped support for the early reading teacher.  


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Playtime at the Toy Store

We visited lately a store called Blickenstaff's which has vintage and unique toys.  Here are a few of my favorite things.  

This circus display would be perfect for a school library or book display with circus books.  

There were two Princess and the Pea toys I liked... One was small and one was quite large, I think with crib mattresses.

This was a cute frame.

Classic toy that my dad used to have from Brazil.

My son requested a few pictures of his favorite robots.  

Who would buy this?  NOT ME!

I would buy this though!

And like every place I go...books I want to buy!

Finally, this was cool...

P.S. I only touched it a little when no one was looking.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hats, Hats, Hats

I loved this idea from a second grade room.  If you like to use hats in the classroom as the teacher or for students, then this was a creative way to display them.  She used plastic milk jugs, added big googley eyes and drew on a variety of mouths and faces.  Place the hats on top and display around the perimeter of the room.  

Use for read alouds, lessons, and so on.  I've seen a ton of hats at a nearby vintage store that I might go back and get.  Great idea!  


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Study time

This is me with my brain fried doing homework and my son steals the camera.  

This is me with my hair down and my brain fried after doing homework and my son steals the camera.