UPDATE: The winner of the Arrr-Blends pack was Maria!  Congratulations, an e-mail is on the way!! Thanks for all your kind support and words below!! I really appreciate it!

Some of you may or may not know but I am in my third year of graduate school for speech-language pathology.  Which means that if all goes as planned I will graduate in the summer of 2014 and the 2012-2013 school year will be my last teaching : (  This was an extremely difficult decision for me since I truly love teaching elementary school and I still question if it was the right move.  But, I am committed to finishing school and trying it before I make any quick decisions.   So, this school year I have been teaching 2nd grade and also working two part-time internships in the school setting for my SLP program.  As I continue with my internships I make several games and materials to use with my speech kiddos that can also be used in the general education classroom, particularly in a small group or center setting.  I haven't posted them up until now but since I have been able to see the potential of using them in both settings I feel that they could greatly benefit some kiddos who are struggling in the general education setting. I will post them as they come up but I wanted to clear up an confusion that may arise since several packs are for a wide range of ages and subject matter. 

Now that we're all caught up on the craziness of my life, I wanted to share a new pack with you! One of the goals we are working on is using/reading/saying words with r-blends. Since this is also a 1st grade common core standard, I made a big card game pack full of r-blend games! The bulk of the pack contains 6 different Uno-like cards games, one for each different r-blend (tr, dr, cr, fr, gr, br) and then there are two other card games and a board game.  If your kiddos are practicing reading words with consonant blends this pack would be great for that skill. You can click on either image to check it out on TPT!

As usual, if this is something you could use in your classroom comment below and I will pick a winner to receive a FREE copy by tomorrow night!


  1. Congratulations on pursuing your degree as a SLP! Even if you decide to stay in the classroom that will certainly benefit your students and you will have so many opportunities open for you! My students could certainly benefit from this pack as most of them are LD and have speech and Language disorders as well.


  2. I really appreciate your efforts to incorporate the speech language stuff into the general classroom. That way, those who truly need it will get the extra practice they need along and it works for struggling learners and as review in the general classroom setting. I would definitely use this not only in my classroom, but also at home with my 8 year old who gets help with his "r's" in speech at school!

  3. This would definitely help my kids!

  4. This game looks adorable! Good luck on finishing your graduate degree. I am hoping to enter grad school this year to peruse my masters in Elementary Ed.

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  5. Wow, you sound busy! This resource looks great. My special ed class of boys would love this! With a pirate theme too. Oh man this might be the jackpot.

    Thanks for the chance to win, I am happy to follow your blog.
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  6. Congratulations on being so close to finishing your degree! :) How fantastic!! :)

    Sugar and Spice

  7. I feel the same way, I just finished my masters in reading! It sure feels good to be done, but I am conflicted about leaving my kindergarten babies... I love the regular ed classroom, but its always good to have options! I would definitely use this ARRR packet with my kiddos at this time of year. We are learning many new vowel patterns, and anything I can find to spice it up and make it memorable would be fantastic!

    Jessica Plemons

  8. As tough as it might seem to leave the classroom, if you follow your heart you can't go wrong! =)

    Love the little pirate clip art! Too cute! This looks like so much fun!

  9. I agree that it must have been a tough decision for you to leave the classroom. And, I wish you tons of luck and success as you finish out this year!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  10. We just finished our unit on r-blends, but this would be an excellent resource for practice and reinforcing their skills!

  11. Super cute activity!! As a speech therapist, I'm always working on /r/! (And best of luck to your official "speechie" days ahead!!). This would go perfect with the book I use for /r/ kids, "The Pirate Who Couldn't Say Arrr!" :)