Friday, September 19, 2014

What Color is Your Underwear?

Sorry this one is a little late getting up on the blog. Enjoy!

In Class:
This week we read the book What Color is Your Underwear? We had lots of giggles and awkward stares while reading our book and doing our silly activities.

As part of circle time, we each got to take turns wearing silly underwear (don't worry it was all brand new!) over our clothes while we practiced /w/ words. Here is a picture of me, as the kids explain to me that my underwear isn't supposed to be on top of my pants! I also had one child tell me "I no want to see that!" while shaking his finger at me. It was one of the best language activities we have done all year.
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Miss Emily made an awesome activity that targeted story recall, sequencing and answering questions. Children took turns in small group recalling the order that the animals came in and what color their underwear was.

Home Activity:
You may need to save this "photo" of the description so you can enlarge it to read the instructions.
Here are the templates (you will need to save to your computer and print both documents as a full page):


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Who's Making That Smell?

*You are encouraged to get the books we read in class and read them at home. The library is a great place to get the books if you don't have them already! Please print off and do any home activities that are posted throughout the year. This is a great way to keep your child progressing on their goals! If you ever need a paper copy of the activities, just let me know and I will send one in your child's backpack. Another great way to use this page is to talk to your child about what we did in class. You can show them the pictures and ask them "tell me about..." to get some good language and descriptions. Give them support where needed so they always feel successful in their speech and language skills!*

 In Class:
This week we are reading Who's Making That Smell? Its a fun lift-the-flap book that is very interactive. We are targeting /s/ blend words, such as smell. 



To go along with the smell theme, we took turns smelling different scents and deciding whether is "smells good" or "smells bad." It was interesting to see what the kids thought smelled good and smelled bad. 


Meet Miss Emily!! She is an SLP assistant intern from ASU. She will be helping me through December. She made a fun game for centers called "Smack!" The kids took turns smack-ing the flies with a fly swatter. Then they pulled the fly off to see what s blend word was behind it. It was a huge "hit" (a little pun intended) and the kids have asked to do it again another time. Thanks Miss Emily!



Home Activity:
If you didn't receive one of these elephants in your child's backpack, you can make one with the template below.

Use your elephant to find things around your house to smell with his trunk. Ask your child if it smells good or smells bad. The kitchen is a great place to find lots of smells! 





Print on cardstock if you have it. Have your child color their elephant to make it their own!


Please let me know if you do not have consistent access to the internet or a printer and I can send home these activities in your child's backpack!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What Will Fat Cat Sit On? Activity

*You are encouraged to get the books we read in class and read them at home. The library is a great place to get the books if you don't have them already! Please print off and do any home activities that are posted throughout the year. This is a great way to keep your child progressing on their goals! If you ever need a paper copy of the activities, just let me know and I will send one in your child's backpack. Another great way to use this page is to talk to your child about what we did in class. You can show them the pictures and ask them "tell me about..." to get some good language and descriptions. Give them support where needed so they always feel successful in their speech and language skills!*


In Class:
This week we are reading the book What Will Fat Cat Sit On?
We are focusing on the /f/ sound (or the fan sound as we call it). I cue them to bite their lip and blow air out like a fan. Children get a turn to be Fat Cat and sit on target words, and then everybody practices each word. 

We are also doing an /f/ treasure box. Each child gets a turn to pick an item and see what they can find that starts with /f/!

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This week we are doing a Matt and Molly story about a Hungry Cat. Ask your kids what the cat liked to eat. Pizza? A bone? Tuna fish? Children take turns acting out our Matt and Molly stories with props. 

Home Activity:
Make your own Fat Cat headband! Print the cat out (on cardstock if you have it), and cut two strips to go around to make the headband (see below). Have your child color the cat before you assemble it. 

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Print out these target word cards with initial f words (or use any that you may have from a previous activity!) and place them face down around the room. Play some music, and when the music stops, have Fat Cat (your child) sit on a target word. Ask "What did Fat Cat sit on??" and have your child look at the card and answer using their good speech sounds. You can take turns being Fat Cat. You could also make multiple Fat Cat headbands and have a few people play at one time, kind of like musical chairs. 



Make this cat puppet! Color the cat, cut out, and glue onto a lunch sack. Fat Cat can eat things- either the target words (practice saying them as you feed them to the cat!) or you can find things around your house to eat (practice saying them too!).

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Blue Color Bags!

You will be receiving this month's color bags in your child's backpack shortly. Please help your child find one or two things around your home that are blue that they can put in their bag and bring to school by Sept. 11. 



 Here is the song we are learning in class and practicing each week for the month of September:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Goodnight Gorilla Activity

In Class:
This week we are working on the /g/ sound. We are reading Goodnight Gorilla!

After reading, we re-enacted the story with the children taking turns being different characters. They had to work on sequencing the story events and also re-told the story.

At centers, they got to find the keys that matched each gate and open them. There were animals inside to let out, just like in our story! Receptive and expressive language skills were targeted during this activity through answering questions, requesting and describing.

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We also read "My G Book" about Little G who finds things to put into her G sound box. We practiced each target word multiple times using our good /g/ sound. This book was great auditory bombardment, and the activity was excellent articulation drill and practice as we talked about all the things she found in the book.

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During centers we found items in our /g/ sensory bin and practiced each target word multiple times. We also used flashcards to target additional speech sounds.

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At Home:
We have two activities this week. For the first one, print off either the color or black and white version of the characters from the cards. Cut them out and glue them on popsicle sticks (if you wish). Use them as stick puppets to re-enact the story from Goodnight Gorilla. Make sure to say "Goodnight ______" on each page, using your good /g/ sound!

 For the memory game activity, print off two copies of each of the following two pages. Cut out the target words and gorillas into square cards. Glue the target words onto the back of the Gorillas, so you can see the gorillas on one side, and the target words on the others. You should have a set of cards that you can play a matching game with, or even Go Gorilla (Go Fish)!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cow Crafts

To go along with The Cow The Went Oink book, the APPLE class made these cute crafts. We talked about Cows since it starts with the /k/ sound.

We made a hand print cow (this is one of my student's):


We also made a "C Cow" or a "/k/ Cow" to remind us to make a good /k/ sound:

 

Here is the template for the C Cow head, tail and body:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Cow That Went OINK! Activity

*You are encouraged to get the books we read in class and read them at home. The library is a great place to get the books if you don't have them already! Please print off and do any home activities that are posted throughout the year. This is a great way to keep your child progressing on their goals! If you ever need a paper copy of the activities, just let me know and I will send one in your child's backpack. Another great way to use this page is to talk to your child about what we did in class. You can show them the pictures and ask them "tell me about..." to get some good language and descriptions. Give them support where needed so they always feel successful in their speech and language skills!*

In Class:
This week we are still working on the /k/ sound. We are reading The Cow That Went OINK!


During circle time, we are working on minimal pairs. This means that we are practicing sounds that are produced very similarly except for the place in the mouth. For example, the /k/ sound is in the back of the mouth while the /t/ sound is in the front of the mouth. Both are voiceless "stops", and the tongue is going up for each one. For the /k/ the back of the tongue goes up, and the /t/ the front of the tongue goes up. Many children at this age produce the /t/ instead of the /k/ sound. We are working on discriminating and producing the different sounds correctly. We do this by working on words like "car" and "tar" where the only difference is that initial sound. 

We are using the Lakeshore Learning sound bags during centers. Each bag is full of items that children have to find that start with each target sound. We will be focusing on the /k/ sound.



Home Activity:
Print these two pages. Glue a word to the back of each tail, have your child color the cards. To play, hide the tail cards all over the room. When your child finds one, they say the word on the back 5 times, then stick the tail on the cow. To make it more fun, you can blindfold your child so they have to "pin the tail on the cow"! After they find and "pin" all the words on the cow, take them down, and let your child hide the words for you to find.