Friday, December 13, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Next week is an exciting week, and with all of the partying going on, and chaos that ensues before Winter Break, there will be no learning card for the week. We will be singing lots of fun songs from our 'Song Tree,' so be sure to ask what songs we sang at school. You can even sing a few Christmas songs on your way to and from the store this week.
Making Sugar Cookies: The process of making sugar cookies is a great time to talk about sequencing (first, next, last), label new vocabulary items, work on concepts (put the flour “in”), etc.. If you want to add a book to support this, you could read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie."
Decorating Gingerbread Houses: You can make a simple and fun gingerbread house by using graham crackers. Our family likes to use hot glue for gluing crackers together. Or if you want to eat the house once it’s completed, you can use royal icing to "glue" the house together. Again, you can work on requesting, concepts, labeling, colors, following directions, pronouns, etc.!
Wrapping Christmas Presents: Have your little one help you wrap presents for the holidays. This will not only work on fine motor skills, but you can work on that sequencing vocabulary, following directions, and even labeling objects.
Gingerbread Christmas Trees: For these, you can use sugar cones turned upside down onto a paper plate. Ice them and cover with candy. Talk about what you are doing. Ask wh-questions and even work on colors.
Creating Tree Ornaments: There are a lot of great ideas for homemade ornaments: coloring pictures, making clay ornaments, popcorn strings, beaded wreaths on pipe cleaner, etc. Again, think about describing what you and your child are doing during the process, being sure to use losts of rich vocabulary (concepts, verbs, adjectives, etc.) You an even work on following directions.
Sledding: Yes, you can even work on language skills if you go sledding this year. Focus on concept terms (down, up. fast, slow, etc.). Ask your kiddos questions like, “Did you go fast or slow that time?” Or describe what you are doing, “We are walking back up the hill. Where are we walking?”
Building a Snowman: This is a great activity to work on following directions and concept terms! "Put the little ball on the top." "You stuck the carrot in the snow, where did you stick it?" Etc.
Getting Winter Ready: When kids want to play in the snow, they have to put lots of items of clothing on and it seems to take a. long. time. So, why not get some language targets in while you help. Label all of those items, talk about body parts or sequencing (first you put your snow pants on, then your coat, and last your hat.), work on following directions, really just describe describe describe.
I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season and enjoy the break!
Posted by MoJo at 1:08 PM
Monday, December 2, 2013
- check out a new book from the library, either for you or your child
- add a new book to your Christmas wish list
- surprise your child with a new book in their stocking this year
- look up story readings online of books you have never read:
- check out some of these wonderful lists for new books this year:
- Amazon's Best Books of 2013 (ages 3-5)
- Amazon's Best Books of 2013 (ages baby-2)
- Amazon's Best Books of 2013 (ages 6-8)
- Publisher's Weekly Best Pictures Books of 2013
- Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 2013 Notable Children's Books
- The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Awards for 2013
- Barnes & Nobles: Best Books of 2013... So Far
- Amazon's 2013 Best Books of the Year: The Top 100 in Print
As I was looking through these lists, there were some that I have already fallen in love with and several that I will add to my shopping list. Some of my favorites this year have come from the BabyLit books. They are written by Jennifer Adams who lives right here in Salt Lake City. They are adorable board books taken from classic novels, with fun, creative illustrations that teach concepts related to counting, weather, fashion, opposites, colors, and sounds. My favorite (although I seriously love them all) is Pride and Prejudice (which is my all time favorite book, so I am a little biased):
But check out the BabyLit website because there are some fun ones, including Romeo & Juliet, Moby-Dick, Alice in Wonderland, & A Christmas Carol, to name a few.
Okay, another great one that came out this year is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. It is hilarious, and wonderful for talking about colors!
One that I have not read yet is Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea. It looks like a fun one, so it may be one of the "new books" for my daughter this month.
I also love reading classics, and I have always wanted to read Alice in Wonderland, so my new book of the month is going to be Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
We'll see if I can squeeze it in with work, holiday madness, and my (almost) 1-year-old's birthday party.
Anyway, I hope you will take some time to check out some of the books talked about on the above lists, or just spend an afternoon at the library with your little one to find a new book to read during bedtime. We have all heard it, but books are truly wonderful for children's overall development, especially in the areas of speech and language!! ;)
Monday, November 25, 2013
We will be working on pointing to and labeling the animals in the book, as well as WH-questions. There are some unusual animals and animal names, so we will be talking about those more in depth...hedgehog, gander, pony. Here is our learning card:
We will be retelling and acting out the story after we read it together. Jan Brett has these wonderful mask printables on her website that we will be using:
The children will wear one while they act out the story:
If you don't have the story at home, here is a reading on YouTube that you can watch with your child. For our handout this week, The Budge SLP has a GREAT post with tons of Wh-question resources. Check it out and choose one or two to do this week at home. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and break!
Friday, November 22, 2013
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Next week for Large Group we are doing "Little Miss Muffet." We will be working on building our vocabulary and sequencing. Below is our learning card:
We will use these cute visuals from Sparkle box to first learn the story and work on sequencing:
Then everyone will take turns being Miss Muffet or the spider while we act out the nursery rhyme.
It's one that the children always love, so I'm excited to introduce it again this year. Our weekly handout is on sequencing. Happy Fall!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
So this post isn't super speech related, but I think it is helpful for those of you with children who have special needs or health concerns. It is no surprise that the air quality in Utah is not great! Well, The Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has teamed up with Weber State University to launch a new, free mobile app that delivers real-time air quality information for the state of Utah. There is an android app and an iOS app that offers current air quality conditions, a three-day air quality forecast, trend charts, and a health guidance that helps figure out how the pollution level will affect those with health conditions. You can grab the iOS version here and the android app here.
Posted by MoJo at 10:20 AM
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Next week for Large Group we will be dancing with scarves! Our focus will be on pronouns. Check out the learning card below:
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
- babies are considered premature if born before 37 weeks
- in the U.S. 1 in 9 babies are born prematurely
- Worldwide there are 15 million babies born early
- it is the #1 killer of newborns
- those born prematurely can have vision and hearing problems, lung issues, developmental and/or intellectual delays, etc.
- premies may have feeding difficulties
- having multiples increases the risk for premature birth
- Parents has a nice list of risk factors for preterm births
The March of Dimes started the prematurity campaign and has wonderful information throughout their website including information about the campaign, facts about premature babies, annual reports about the progress their campaign is making in communities, ways to support the world prematurity day, etc.
November 17th is World Prematurity Day. Socks for Life "is about promoting art activities which will create attention and awareness for preterm babies in Europe and Beyond." Check out their site for ways to promote awareness or fundraise for a specific project or organization.
The National Premie Foundation also has some nice ways to get involved.
Last, but not least, I just wanted to give a little information about Kangaroo Care. I'm always amazed when I talk with someone who has just had a baby, especially a premature baby, and they have never heard of Kangaroo Care. It is the first thing I recommend to parents of new babies! Kangaroo Care is amazing and helps babies regulate their body temps, helps with bonding, increases success and production for breastfeeding, regulates breathing, sleeping, and heart rate in baby, helps with weight gain... really the list goes on and on! Kangaroo Mother Care is a nice website dedicated to promoting use of Kangaroo Care! Check it out.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Sorry I missed posting last week about free app Friday! With the break I completely forgot. Anyway, this week there are 28 free apps worth $74! Head over to Smart Apps for Kids to get them. Remember that most are only free until 10 p.m. (CST). Also, Smart Apps for Special Needs has a post about the top 10 Halloween themed apps that are free! Check them out. There are some fun ones!