Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
I recently stumbled across "I Am Hiding" by Mercer Mayer and got a little too excited about how perfect it would be for targeting several language concepts. Each page is very simple, with repetitive text that could be used for working on the pronoun, "I," the be-auxiliary, "I am," action words, and verb+ing. It could even be used for targeting other pronouns such as "he" and "she" as you describe what the brother/sister is doing.
Here are some simple ways to work on each of these targets as you read this book with your child, create a group activity for your class, or work with a student in therapy:
- When targeting "I" just have the child repeat the phrase on each page word for word. ("I am sneaking.")
- If the target is he/she, describe what the brother or sister is doing and have the child repeat the phrase. Or ask them, "What is he doing?" ("He is resting." "She is looking.")
Be-Auxiliary ("I am"):
- Have the child repeat each phrase in the book. ("I am hopping")
- After reading each page, have the child act it out and describe what they are doing. ("I am creeping.")
- Label each action for the child and have them repeat it.
- If they are at the phrase level, have them repeat each sentence after you read it.
- Again, simply having them act out the action on the page, and then label it is a great way to work on action words.
Large Group/Small Group:
- Give each child a copy of the book so they can follow along as you read it.
- Act out the actions on each page and have the children repeat the phrase from the book.
- Have the children describe what other children are doing to target the pronouns he/she. "What is Sarah doing" "She is jumping." or "Who is looking" "She is!")
- Play hide-and-go seek at the end and have the child 'seeking' use the phrase, "I am" as they are looking. ("I am looking." "I am walking." "I am stretching")
- Once they find the child that was hiding, ask the class, "Who did he find?" Then have the class repeat either "her" or "him" to target those pronouns. If you were still working on children's names, you could have them say the child's name.
Friday, August 1, 2014
The last book is another fun one from the library. It is called "If You See a Kitten" by John Butler. This is one that could be used for both individual and group therapies. It has simple text that focuses on simple CV combinations that kids can't help but imitate! For example, "If you see a snake...say EEEEEEK!" How cute is that!? After reading this one, you could have the children act out the story and encourage all the children to say the sound/word when they "see" the animal!
Monday, July 7, 2014
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Friday, May 30, 2014
June 1st is International Children's Day and what better way to end the year than by having a day to celebrate children! The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, announced June 1 as International Children's Day in 1925. There are usually speeches on children's rights and wellbeing, and other events involving or dedicated to children on this day. So celebrate your children this Sunday in some special way. They truly deserve it!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
- June Summer Language Calendars:
- July Summer Language Calendars:
- August Summer Language Calendar:
|Note: First Day of School for Elementary is actually August 20th!|
- June Summer Articulation Calendar (be sure to keep the sound collage mentioned on the 10th for practice all throughout the summer).
- July Summer Articulation Calendar
- August Summer Articulation Calendar:
- Nonverbal Children: Summer Language Stimulation
- Verbal Children: Summer Language Stimulation
- Speech & Language Activities for Each Day of the Week: Six Weeks of Summer
- Speech & Language worksheets: Summer Speech-Language Activities
- Toddler-Pre-k Activities: Summertime Speech & Language Activities
- More Toddler-Pre-k Activities: Top 10 Summer Activities
- Activities to Maintain Skills Over the Summer: Handy Handout
- Summer Activities for Language: 5 Super-Cool Speech & Language Activities
- *Natural Ways to Work on Speech: Encouraging Speech Development in Children
- 5-tips to Make it Through Summer Speech & Language Practice: Heather's Speech Therapy
Enjoy your summer break!