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Social Skills All Year

by Kathy Babineau

Grades KG – 5th


This kit contains 240 cards covering seasonal scenarios and topics. For each month of the year (including summer months), there are 4 Topic Talker cards, 4 Role Playing cards, 4 Facial Expression/Body Language cards, 4 Problem Solver cards, and 4 Perspective Taker cards, for a total of 20 cards for each month of the year. Cards are simply marked with the month of the year, but they can also be mixed and matched throughout the year if you would rather not focus on themes.

The Topic Talker Cards offer suggested topics of conversation, many of which are related to timely topics and holidays. Some other generic school based topics have been included in order to be sensitive to students who may not observe particular holidays. These topic talker cards are helpful for students who are trying to work to maintain on-topic exchanges with peers, addressing attention to conversation and even general expressive and receptive language.

The Role Playing cards also address many timely topics. When using the Role Playing cards, I like to have multiple teams role play the same scenes, because there may be several correct ways to “act out” the situation. It is also fun sometimes to role play the situation in an inappropriate way and then discuss why it may be hurtful or inappropriate or offensive. Be sure to brainstorm and discuss how body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice and word choice are all important to communication.

The Facial Expression/Body Language cards are fun to use to think about and practice ways that we communicate with our faces and our bodies.

The Problem Solver cards offer students opportunities to think about social situations, analyze the problem and generate practical solutions. There is not always just one correct answer to these problems.

The Perspective Taker cards encourage students to put themselves in a situation or in someone else’s shoes and decide how they might feel.

To use this kit, simply print out all sheets and then cut apart and laminate (optional) the cards, and you are good to go! They are all in black and white (except the cover page) to go easy on the color copying budget.

I hope you like this and find it helpful when working with your students!

Kathy Babineau

Here are a few other social skills products you may like:

Super Problem Solvers

Social Skills for Teenagers

Social and Safety Skill Discussion/Question Cards

Misc. Lesson – “Following Directions All Year”

by Kathy Babineau

KG – 3rd grade


Following Directions All Year

This easy to use Following Directions kit contains weekly, theme-based b/w coloring pages and accompanying lists of multi-step directions to be read aloud to students by a teacher or speech language pathologist. This provides ready made lessons that address following directions, listening, understanding concept terminology and thematic vocabulary in a fun, easy to understand format!

Updated to include 14 new bonus coloring pages with read aloud directions!

Themes include: Swings/Slides, Pumpkin Patch, Circus, Voting, Birds, Basketball, Cowboys, Butterflies, Kites, St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day, Gardening, Beach, Father’s Day, Under the Sea, and many more…

Concept terms addressed include: biggest, smallest, right, left, above, next to, between, on, etc.

This product is great for small groups, and for whole class lessons!

If you like this, you may also like this one for your older students:
Following Directions All Year Intermediate

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “How to Make the S Sound Spaghetti Clues!”

by Kathy Babineau

Speech Language Pathologist



How to Make the S Sound Spaghetti Clues!

The S sound is such a tricky one for so many of our early elementary students to pronounce!

In this freebie, I’ve included a quick description of a mini lesson for teaching the S sound in the classroom, a poster, and a worksheet.  There are so many touch cues and verbal cues for this tricky sound, but this is one that has worked for me!


Kathy Babineau MS, CCC-SLP

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