Best Treasure “Box” Ever

Treasure boxes are somewhat of a hot topic in the education world. Should you have one? Should you not? Shouldn’t kids just be expected to follow the rules without reward? Well, yeah, they should, but does that always happen? Nope. At least, not at my school. We are in a very low socioeconomic area and while that doesn’t always mean that there will be behavior problems to deal with,  they do happen. My school also has what we call an EBD program for children who have behavioral disabilities. The treasure box in my room has saved me countless times and is a quick and easy way to get kids back on track without giving them the negative attention they are craving. Plus, some of these kids rarely get gifts or rewards so why not let them bask in the glory that is the treasure box?

It’s a simple concept for me: Good behavior=progress, therefore, good behaviors=reward.

That’s not to say I just dole out trips to the treasure box like Oprah doles out cars, oh no. It takes 10 sessions of good behavior to make that coveted trip, which is documented by a punch card system. If you’re not behaving, you don’t get a hole punch, which means an even longer wait for the treasure.

hole punch

I bought these reward cards from an online printing website a few years ago. A box of 500 was ~$20.00 and I still have a fourth of a box left. I just store them by group in this handy little box I found at Walmart around back-to-school time.

Obviously, by the time kids get to go to the treasure box they are beyond excited and at the beginning of last year, trip to the treasure were TERRIBLE. It took roughly 5-7 minutes for each kid to sort through the mess of items in my Rubbermaid container and, in speech time, that’s FOREVER. I came up with a simple idea to make trips to the treasure box a lot more organized and a LOT quicker.

Introducing…treasure box

The TREASURE BAG. It’s not necessarily ground breaking but it saves SO. MUCH. TIME. It’s easy to look at and see what choices the kids have and it’s a space saver. Win-Win.

I bought the on the door shoe organizer at Walmart for $10 and with a couple of Command Hooks, this puppy was up and ready in a flash. As you can see, I don’t have high dollar items in here; some candy, Target Dollar Spot items, crayons, bubbles, stickers, wipe off tattoos, erasers, pencils etc. This has cut the treasure box time in half. Actually, in 3/4ths. It’s on the way out the door so as the kids are lining up, they walk by and make their choice.

Pretty nifty, huh? Do you have a reward system? How do you organize your treasure box? Let us know in the comments!

Speech, Teach, & Love,

Lacy

Welcome!

Hey there! Well, it has happened- we have a blog. To be quite honest, I never thought we would end up having a blog; what could we possibly have to say to other educators and SLPs that they don’t already know? Why would anyone care what is happening in our lives? Then I realized, we don’t have to tell you anything you don’t already know, and maybe you don’t care about what happens in our daily lives. BUT, maybe WE WILL and maybe YOU DO. We made this blog so we can connect with YOU. We want to know more about you and we hope you want to know more about us.

US? WE? What? Yep, we are a duo. Speech N’ Teach is comprised of me, Lacy, and my best friend Ana. I’ll tell you a little about each of us first and then how our little store/blog/duo came to be. lacy ana 2

Professionally, I am a Speech and Language Pathologist in sunny Daytona Beach, Florida. I am currently working in a Title One elementary school with grades PK-5 with varying exceptionalities (Mild/Moderate ESE, Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, etc.). I work in a low SES area where kids occasionally come to school  after some extremely emotional happenings the night before. Just last week one of mine told me his father had gotten arrested after dinner the night before. It’s heartbreaking and enlightening and humbling, but it is so. much. fun. The kids are hilarious, they are crazy, they are edgy, sometimes they are difficult, but they are SMART. They teach me things all the time, whether it’s a new dance (Juju on that beat???) a joke, a life lesson, whatever it may be, I’m learning right along with them.

Personally, I am a wife, a step-mom to a silly, energetic, smart 5-year-old (D), and a new mom to a beautiful 4-month-old perfect baby boy (B). I spend my days…. running around is probably the best way to put it. Between daycare, work, D’s school, the grocery store, Target (always target), dinner, bathtime, bedtime, hubby time (which is basically both of us falling asleep on the couch until the baby cries) and waking up to do it all over again, there isn’t a lot of “hobbies” happening. When I do get the chance to sit and work on some things, I love creating products for Teachers Pay Teachers. It’s my zen time, my “Lacy” time. I’m sure some of you can relate.

I hope Ana doesn’t mind my introducing her, but I think I give her more accolades than she gives herself anyway. Ana is a Speech and Language Pathologist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She also works in an elementary school setting with a situation similar to mine. Let me tell you guys something she would never tell you (haha Ana!): This girl KNOWS. HER. STUFF. She is known around her county for her amazing  fluency therapy and parents and teachers alike LOVE her. It’s hard not to, honestly. She is great with the kids, always planning fun, interactive therapy sessions, and ready to give tips, strategies, and advice to anyone who may need them.

Ana moved from Florida to Oklahoma about three years ago because her husband is stationed there in the military.  She is also a new mom to a beautiful, wide, blue-eyed 5-month-old baby girl (No, we didn’t plan that-crazy right?!) so her life is just as hectic, if not, more hectic than mine right now.

We met in graduate school at the University of South Florida (GO BULLS) in Tampa and an instant friendship formed. We were roommates for some of our time there and we continue our friendship through frequent visits and 2-hour phone calls. I had just started my little store when Ana mentioned starting her own TpT store and things just kind of came together. Both of our moms are teachers and we are frequently asked to make things for them so, with a lot of planning, thinking, collaborating, and brainstorming, Speech N’ Teach was formed.

We hope you enjoy our blog. We want this to be fun- jokes, funny happenings, real-life events, pictures, daily thoughts or inspiration, and our ideas, tips, tricks, products, and thoughts that make life a little easier.

I never thought we’d have a blog…

Speech, Teach, and Love,

Lacy