I would love it if you came and took a look at my store and “followed” me even if you choose not to buy anything. By following me you get updates on any changes or new products. If you click on the image at the top of the page, it will take you directly to my store. You can also click on any of the slides on the slide show on the sidebar if you want more information on a particular item.
There are so many new stores with clever clipart I am beginning to feel outclassed. I decided mine really needed to get an uplift. I spent a lot of time this summer putting new covers on and updating some of my older products. The content has remained mostly the same however some have larger print, more clipart, and numbers added. If you have purchased products in the last couple of years you may want to get the updated versions. You can download them again for free because the system will have record of your previous purchase in your account. I also created two bundles that will be included in the sale so will be 28% off the listed price.
These bundles include the task card sets pictured on the covers. You can click on the images for more specific information.
As I was going through my materials, trying to see what needed updating, I was marveling how many changes have occurred with therapy materials over the years. When I first started working in the schools we used something called a ditto machine. You would write or type on carbons which then went on a roller that you would crank and make multiple copies. Don’t laugh, but I actually have a few articulation worksheets made from carbons stuck in my files. The print is usually blue and a yellow plastic page protector can make it possible to copy it in a copier. I bet you don’t need to know that trick though. Back to the ditto machine. You could tell the teachers who spent too much time with the ditto machine because they would have a glazed look from the fumes and purple fingers. There were no concerns for toxic environment then.
I never liked the ditto machine or the copy machine. It always seemed to wait for me to jam up. Some things don’t change I guess because it still seems to jam up or there is a long line. I started using task cards pretty early on. I found task cards were the easiest to work with groups of students with varied needs and I didn’t need to visit any version of a copier machine. Most of my task cards started out as handwritten notes on index cards. I have revised them through the years as some of our objects become obsolete. It was in about 1995 that I actually used a computer that made it practical to save them in files. This led to placing them on the blog for easy download no matter what school I was at. The last 5 years I have added clipart to the cards. I like the clipart to be part of the visual cue for the written material so I avoid the repetitive cutesy stuff. I also like to save on using colored ink which can be a problem at many schools.
The blog downloads have saved me many times when I have lost materials or forgotten them. I have downloaded and brought them up on my iPad on occasion. So there you have the progression from ditto machine to iPad in one career. That is quite a jump. I wonder what the new SLPs will have 30 yrs. from now.