Includes 24 total /S/ & /Z/ homework sheets: covering initial, medial, final, and blends; plus a therapy notes template and a parent letter.
About Pocket Sized Speech Homework:
This homework involves the child saying 4 words 10 times each, to an adult. The adult signs the back of the homework sheet and the child returns the sheet to speech. I used clip art to illustrate most of the words, to assist struggling readers. I wait until the child is able to place articulators in the correct position at the single word level, with minimal prompting, before I send homework for a particular sound.
About the Therapy Notes Template:
I use the therapy notes template (included in the download of this product) to keep track of when I assign speech homework. There is a column to put a “check” in if homework was sent for that session. I will often write on my SOAP note that materials were sent home on a particular day, and this helps me remember to do that.
I also use the therapy notes template to keep track of which homework activities a child has done. At the top of the therapy notes template, there are numbers. Those correspond to the homework activity numbers. I circle the number when I assign that activity, letting me know not to assign the same one again. For example, if I assign homework sheet number 23 to a student, I would circle number 23 in the section at the top of the therapy notes template. I added this section after I found myself wishing I had a quick way to see what I had assigned for each student.
By the way, I don’t assign the homework in number order. I organize them by sound position (initial, medial, final, and blends each go in separate hanging folders), and I just pick one they haven’t done yet, in the position I am wanting to target.
About the Parent Letter:
The parent letter (included in the download of this product) explains the importance of home practice and the gives the parent a “heads up” that pocket sized homework will be sent home. There is a blank section at the bottom for the SLP to sign it before sending it home.
Pocket sized speech homework is great for several reasons.
1. It can be folded up and put away for safe keeping, making it much more likely to reach its destination– home!
2. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete, meaning your families can get ‘er done.
3. And when it does get done, your students can turn it back in and have the chance to win a PRIZE!
I offer prizes for homework completion, and I do it in a way that’s similar to a raffle drawing. There’s nothing to chart or count. The students are motivated by knowing that if they turn in their homework, they might win a prize. The more homework they turn in, the better their chances of winning.
I write the child’s name on the homework sheet before sending it home. For the prize drawing, the homework sheet itself serves like a raffle ticket. The child has to turn it in with a signature in order to have his or her name in the raffle. For the raffle, I just reach into a big shopping bag full of my students’ completed homework, once or twice a week, and pull out a homework sheet. Whoever that sheet belonged to is the winner.
I created a system that made it easy for students to turn in their homework. My reasoning was that if they could turn it in the very next day, they might not lose it. I repurposed a gift bag by writing “Speech Homework” on it, and I hung it on a command hook outside my room. My students can drop their homework into the bag anytime, even when I’m at another school.
Every few days, I transfer the homework from the “Speech Homework” gift bag into a large shopping bag that I keep in my room. I basically just pour the gift bag contents into the shopping bag. That way, the small gift bag outside my door doesn’t fill up after a couple weeks. I leave all the completed homework in the shopping bag for a long time and let it accumulate. If someone doesn’t win one week, he still has a chance the following week because his name remains in the bag.
To cut your expenses on prizes, you might consider adding things like PBIS reward tickets (if your school uses them), or voucher cards for experiences (such as “pick the game during speech”) to the prize box.
I hope this description has been helpful. Please feel free to ask questions. I have pictures and a longer explanation of this product available on my website, TweenSpeechTherapy.com
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