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Five Reasons You Should be Using Sudoku with Your Students

By | Speech Therapy Ideas

Have you ever tried solving a sudoku puzzle? I often try, but I am not usually successful without cheating…haha. But I truly love solving puzzles and going through the process of trying to solve them.

Many of my students also enjoy solving puzzles, but often find standard number sudoku puzzles too difficult. That’s why I began creating picture sudoku puzzles to use with my students. I have sudoku puzzles for articulation, language, and book companions. My sudoku pages are great for all levels and I have even used them with students as young as 5 years old. Today, I am sharing 5 reasons why I absolutely LOVE using sudoku with my students.

1. They are highly engaging. Every time I pull out my sudoku pages, I instantly have my students’ full attention. They think the puzzles are so fun, which keeps them engaged. It doesn’t feel like work. Many of my students often ask for more…just for fun!

2. I can easily differentiate. I never have students who are on the exact same level academically. Sudoku puzzles come in a variety of difficulty levels. When I use my sudoku pages with my students, we can all be working on the same activity, but each student has a level appropriate for their ability.

3. They require no prep! Sudoku worksheets can be printed and used with absolutely no prep required. I have even have friends who have used them on the smart board as a group activity. Need to save paper? Print once and use them in sheet protectors with dry erase markers.

4. They are great for executive functioning skills. Completing a sudoku puzzle requires the ability to pay attention, self-monitor, organize and plan. When I use sudoku with my students, we are always working on these skills. It’s not just about solving the puzzle, but also learning how to focus on certain sections, use the information on the page, and think through possible solutions. The harder these pages get, the more focus and persistence is required. It’s a great way to help students learn how to work through a challenge.

5. They are so versatile. You can use sudoku pages as large group activities, with small groups, individuals, or even as homework. The opportunities are endless!

If you want to try using sudoku with your students, I have several FREE options for you to try. Click on the titles to download from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Don’t know how to do sudoku? Just start out with one of my level 1 pages and go from there. You’ll get it in no time!

FREE Articulation Sampler

FREE There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly book companion

FREE Earth Day vocabulary

If you’re looking for more sudoku options, click the following titles:

Articulation Sudoku Mega Bundle

Langauge Sudoku

Old Lady Sudoku Bundle

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Dollar Store Speech Ideas {Linky}

By | Speech Therapy Ideas

We all know therapy materials can be expensive, while our budgets tend to be limited. I rarely purchase materials from the big companies because they are so expensive.  Much of my therapy stash comes from Teachers Pay Teachers, my daughter’s old toys, and…dollar stores!  I love wandering the aisles of 99 cent stores, Dollar Tree, and the Dollar Spot at Target.  There are so many great things we can use in our speech sessions.  Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite dollar store finds and how I use them during speech sessions.

My favorite speech room purchase from the dollar store is my cookie sheet collection.  I love using cookie sheets with my students and getting them for $1 each is a great deal.

I use cookie sheets in so many ways.  They work great as individual work stations for my students.  The ridge around the edge of the sheet helps keep their cards and materials from scattering all over.  I also love to add magnets to flashcards and other materials, so they stick to the cookie sheet.  Kids love playing with magnets, so they always enjoy using the magnetic cards.  I usually just get the sticky magnetic tape and attach a small square to my cards.  Cookie sheets are also great when you want to use play dough, shaving cream, finger paint, etc. and keep the mess somewhat contained.

Some of my other great dollar store finds include containers and blocks for sorting.  I found these little containers and blocks for 50 cents at my local 99 cent store!  I use them to work on sorting colors, big and little, comparative and superlative adjectives, and following directions.  Dollar stores are great places to get all kinds of colored containers. 

I also recently found these cute hand puppets at Dollar Tree.  They are actually bath puppets, but we use them in speech to practice conversational skills, role playing, language skills, and even articulation practice!  I also like to put our target cards inside of them and have students draw from a puppet to practice.  For my students working on sentences, I will fill each puppet with action words and have them make a sentence about the puppet animal using the verb card they pull from it. There are so many ways to use these in speech and my pre-k students just love them.

 I’m also growing my bug/critter collection…all purchased at dollar stores.  These little critters are fun for sorting.  We sort by type of creature and/or color.  We also use these to work on describing.

These are just a few of my favorite dollar store speech finds.  My collection grows every time I visit one of these stores.  I’m a little addicted, but at least it’s affordable!

For more great dollar store speech ideas, be sure to check out the links below.  Have a great dollar store idea you want to share?  Link up below or share it in the comments.

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