Admit it. It’s still a thrill to open the mailbox and see what arrives each day. It’s amazing when you think about it, considering how often the answer is “bills” and how seldom it’s “card!” or “letter!”
Little guys particularly love to receive mail in an envelope which is just one of the reasons the “pen pal project” was born.
If you aren’t familiar with this, it’s an opportunity for your students to connect with other speech and language students from all over the country. Gabby at Middle School SLP and I started this two years ago and the response has been overwhelming—well over 400 signed up for the 2015-16 school year—and lots of you have been asking when we are starting again.
It’s sign-up time!
Here’s how it works. You will complete a sign-up for each match you need. A match might be a single student or might be a group that is matched with another group. Please do not request more than FIVE matches in any single category (by category, I mean same age range/disorder/severity). It is perfectly fine to request more matches as long as the disorders/age ranges differ. Note that a group match only counts as one match.
We match based on age ranges (even adults!), goal type (articulation, language, pragmatics, fluency) and severity. We do our very best to make appropriate matches for every student/group we receive a request for, but sometimes the numbers don’t work out perfectly. If this happens, we will let you know that we are “holding” a request until an appropriate match comes in. We had several post-sign-up requests that we were able to match in this way last year!
Anne from Beautiful Speech Life had this to say:
Once the match is made, we recommend that you contact the SLP(s) you’ve been matched with by email to get the relationship going and decide how you want to begin. For instance, if you want to start with introduction letters that cross in the mail or have one person be designated as the “initiator.”
Try to send at least five letters to your matches by the end of the school year—May 15, 2017.
To sign-up click here and please feel free to share with colleagues!
Be sure to check out Beautiful Speech Life for a free copy of “The On Book” to target prepositions.