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Speech in the Schools

Ideas Needed: Bulletin Board!

Published January 9, 2012 8:53 AM by Alexandra Streeter

 

In my last entry, I wrote about a free, recycled object that makes a wonderful therapy tool. Today I'm going to share and (hopefully) get, some advice about something else I got for free!

Check this out...

Bulletin Board 

Yup, it's a free and completely blank bulletin board. There is a spot in our staff room where people put items they no longer use. I scored when I found this for my new office. Our janitor kindly hung it up, and it's been empty on my wall since October. It's too much pressure! I want it to be cute, and I can't decide what to do with it. If I put something there, I might ruin it!

So, my fellow school SLPs, if you have a clever bulletin board idea, why don't you e-mail me a picture of it. Snap the picture with your phone, and send it to me at SLPalex1@gmail.com. I will share your clever ideas with our readers! If you don't want to send me a picture, write a description in the comment section below.

19 comments

There is a great site called Sparklebox.com that you can print tons of bulletin board stuff off of for free. The borders, pictures, letters, etc.around many different themes.

For May-Better speech and hearing month, each week I put up pictures and information related to a speech topic: week #1 general what does SLP do; week #2 Voice and how to use it well; Week #3 Hearing, Week #4 Language and all of its aspects(semantics, syntax, pragmatics, etc.); week #5 Fluency( I print pictures of many familiar faces from sports and TV that have fluency issues) and the dos and don'ts of fluency.

I hope this helps!

Tricia , speech/language - SLPA, Disnard May 6, 2013 9:43 AM
Claremont NH

There is a great site called Sparklebox.com that you can print tons of bulletin board stuff off of for free. The borders, pictures, letters, etc.around many different themes.

For May-Better speech and hearing month, each week I put up pictures and information related to a speech topic: week #1 general what does SLP do; week #2 Voice and how to use it well; Week #3 Hearing, Week #4 Language and all of its aspects(semantics, syntax, pragmatics, etc.); week #5 Fluency( I print pictures of many familiar faces from sports and TV that have fluency issues) and the dos and don'ts of fluency.

I hope this helps!

Tricia , speech/language - SLPA, Disnard May 6, 2013 9:40 AM
Claremont NH

I always have a themed bulletin board that students move around to earn a trip to the treasure box. I have used the continents of the world (students moved feet), a parts of speech tree(people cutouts), a jungle tree house (animal cutouts) and many others. It's amazing how hard students will work to move their marker. It is set up to require at least 6 sessions before they earn their prize. The treasure box is stocked with small fun inexpensive items from Dollar Tree and Oriental Trading.

Melissa, SLP August 19, 2012 5:05 PM
Woodland CA

I want to do a bulletin board using bright colors!  I've been thinking about a word wall but that seems boring to me? How can I spice it up a bit?

Patrice , , SLP Public School July 24, 2012 4:22 PM
Lawrenceville GA

Each year I use my bulleting board as a fun language activity.  One year I added something to the board and the students had to try to find the new item.  This year I divided my board in half and the students had to find what was the same or different.  Next year I plan on doing a "mystery object board."  EET decriptors will be added each day until the kids can guess the object.

Joleen Whipple, Speech Pathologist May 24, 2012 8:12 AM
Taylors SC

The elementary school I work for is wanting to pick a theme for the upcoming year and use that theme all year long for all of our special activities.  I need some ideas for bulletin boards and the door for my room.  I have at least 2 bulletin boards and 2 doors that would need to have the theme.  The theme that is being up for consideration is "Learning is Magical"  Any suggestions/comments are greatly appreciated~

Amanda Moore, K-4 - Speech Therapist, School April 4, 2012 11:44 AM
Harrisburg AR

I did "Racing towards good Speech."  On my board I had an oval race track, around the corners I put flags that had an articulation level, such as single words or sentences.  As students made progress there car moved around the track.  Each student had a car for each sound they were working.  This was a great motivator as they all wanted to get to the finish line first.

Christie , , SLP Pk-elementary school March 9, 2012 1:06 PM

I'm happy to see that I now have 10 responses to my "Ideas Needed: Bulletin Board!" post. Some of you

March 5, 2012 10:07 AM

I have a bulletin board in my therapy room that says "Welcome to a room where:

Students

Practice

Excersing

Excellant

Communication

Habits

The first letter in each word is a different color from the rest of the word so that "SPEECH" stands out.

Ellen Brown, PK-5th - SLP, school January 30, 2012 8:30 PM
Dublin GA

I was hoping to share some photos of bulletin boards in response to my last blog, "Ideas Needed: Bulletin

January 23, 2012 12:27 PM

We haven't had time to do a speech bulletin board in our room, but do have a weather chart, a season display, a calendar and sometimes a story poster of a familiar story such as the three bears--all with movable parts. As students walk in the speech room, they often enjoy fixing something or talking about something on one of the charts.

Susan, , slp K-2 Elementary school January 19, 2012 2:33 PM
Essex VT

In May for better speech and hearing Month I have all my speech kids draw a picture of what they like best about speech. some draw the speech room, their favorite speech game, their speech book, my reward sticker can, the group sitting at the table doing an activity, me or whatever. When they are done I attach them all together  (punch holes in all 4 corners and tie with yarn)  and make a speech quilt that hangs on the bulletin board in the buildings central hallway for all to see

ellen hudson, slp January 19, 2012 9:59 AM
Lewes DE

I made a race track and the kids had a car for each sound they were working on.  As they progressed through words, sentences and conversation their car moved along the race track.  This was a great motivator to see who would make it to the finish line first.

Christie, Speech-Language Pathologist - Speech-Language Pathologist, School January 19, 2012 8:43 AM
Sweet Springs MO

When I worked in the schools, I changed my bulletin board seasonly.  At the beginning of the year, I used the heading "Stepping into a Great Year" and had all my students decorate a shoe cut out.  In the fall, I changed it to "We're Falling for Great Speech" and everyone decorated a fall leaf.  The title stayed the same for winter and the kids decorated a snowflake.  In the spring, it became "Our Good Speech is Blooming" and flowers went up.  For the summer, I did "We'll Fly Away with Great Speech" and the kids decorated kites or hot air balloons.  It was fairly easy and the kids loved seeing their artwork on display!  

Chrissy January 12, 2012 11:44 AM
Charleston SC

I have a word wall on my bulletin board that is divided up into parts of speech-noun,verb, adjective, adverb. As a therapy activity I have my students put written words into the correct column or I have them generate words by clue ( i.e. give me a noun  that is found on a farm, name a verb that you wouldn't do at school) and we add them to the board. It is interactive and can be used year after year as more words are added.

Laura, , Speech pathologist public school January 12, 2012 9:43 AM
Milwaukee WI

Each year I have the students decorate my door with a different theme.  This year we put up "We're Wild About Speech."  I had the students color in animal pictures and we made cute jungle animals out of toilet paper rolls (good lesson for recycling too!)  The animal patterns were found on the dltk website!!  We also add "seasonal" cutouts like leaves in the fall, MLK pics for Jan.,  snowflakes for winter, hearts for Feb.,...

Maureen Kurtic, SLP January 12, 2012 8:24 AM
Erie PA

Hey, I always do a parts of speech board in the Spring/Summer time. When in the Spring, I do clouds, rain, flowers, etc. And for the Summer I make it a parts of speech beach with water, beach, balls, and other beach stuff.  I have also used boards for the sticker/incentive charts for the kids. Hope that helps!

Jana

Jana, SLP January 9, 2012 6:07 PM
Gainesville GA

I have a bulletin board in my room - I admit, it's boring! I have my speech rules, my behavior system, and the school rules posted on it. That's all!

Valerie Lill January 9, 2012 5:42 PM

I have done a bulletin board to increase vocabulary called "Nymville". The bulletin can be interactive. The streets are named "Homonym Drive, Antonym Court, Synonym Street, etc." The students have houses that have a pair or trio of words on them and they have to figure out which street the homes belong on. Like "Dirty/clean" house would belong on Antonym Court. It helps them understand the different type of word relationships and these confusing vocabulary terms.

Hope you find this helpful!

Melanie

Melanie, grade 4-5 - speech therapist, school January 9, 2012 3:11 PM
Martinsburg WV

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