Organizing Mini Articulation Cards
Hey everyone! I'm back with a little #slphack showcasing how I organize my mini articulation cards. I use the regular Webber Articulation cards on occasion, but my students tend to get tired of producing the same words over and over again, and those cards are awfully big and bulky. I printed some worksheets from Mommy Speech Therapy and created my own set of articulation cards. I loved that I had a variety of cards to use, but I had no idea how to store them!
I first purchased one of those little expanding file folders as I thought it would be a great idea to have all of the cards in one place that can easily travel with me. I started to put the cards in the pockets, but I soon learned that I had way too many cards with too little space.
Then I debated putting all positions of two phonemes together inside one lunch baggie (e.g. IMF /p/ and /b/ together) and label it with a marker. This would have worked, but having all of those different baggies was frustrating and was not as easy as having all of the cards together in one spot.
Enter this cool little container:
I got it from the thrift store, so I'm not entirely sure what it's called, but I love the little containers and the snap lid. I love it because it houses many different small things all in one space. This container can easily travel with me from classroom to classroom as needed, and it keeps my articulation cards nice and organized.
Enter another problem: How do I separate initial, medial, and final positions? Unfortunately I didn't think this out before I laminated, cut, and bound them all together, otherwise I would have labeled the back of each card with the phoneme and position.
Luckily I was able to figure out a system that works for me!
For initial position, the binder clip is located on the left side of the cards to indicate the targeted phoneme is in the beginning. For medial position, the binder clip is located on top of the cards to indicate the targeted phoneme is in the middle of the word. For final position, the binder clip is located on the right side of the cards to indicate the targeted phoneme is at the end. When using these with students, I just make sure to make separate piles on the table so that they don't get mixed together. Easy peasy!
I have them separated like this in my container so that I can easily grab and go. The initial position phoneme always remains on top so that I can quickly glance at the stack and know which phoneme I am targeting.
I am able to keep an entire set of articulation cards in one box (20 cards per position per phoneme). I love that these are all mine. If I were to move on to a new job, my Webber Articulation cards would have to stay behind (since the ISD purchased them), while these cards could come with me.
I may make the container a little bit prettier at another time, but for now this is practical, concise, and easy to use. It's everything I'm looking for when it comes to speech therapy!
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