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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Teaching Before and After

How I teach Before and After



There are a lot of ways to teach before and after. My caseload is young and generally severe so I always start with using before and after as temporal concepts and then move on to using it in routines.

1.The first thing I do when I teach before and after is get a hand full of manipulatives- like these bears.

I give the student one bear facing them. I then explain that before means in front and after means behind. I give them directions like put the blue bear before the red bear, put the orange bear after the yellow. If they make mistakes I will target just 1 concept at a time and explain (again) that before or after also means in front or behind.


2. The next thing I do is line up about five bears and I get the kids to tell me where each one is. I ask, "where is the red one?" They can say after the blue one or before the green one.  If they have difficulty with this expressively I ask "which one is after/before the (color)? and see if they are understanding.

 3. After they have this I move onto my routines. For that I use my Before and After Sequencing Package. :)

 Teaching Concepts and Sequencing- First, Next, Last, Before and After

Use this package to teach first, next, last, before and after in a step by step approach. I've used simple routines like in the morning and after school, to help reinforce the concepts. It has mats for center ideas and worksheets for individual use and mastery.  I've also included task cards!













Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Summer Handouts

Parent Handout- Summer 


Here is a parent handout freebie that is no prep!
You can send it home with kids on your caseload to show parents how they can use summer activities to increase the language skills of their children.
 You can send it home with your year end reports for your preschool caseload.
It is written in parent friendly language and gives specific ideas on how to use camping, and bubbles to get encourage language skills.

It is 7 pages,  black and white and free! Doesn't get much better than that!


Have a great summer!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Severe Language Delay


http://creatingcommunicators-mindy.blogspot.ca/



I have noticed that are very few resources that target severe language delays so I made my own thing!

Here is everything you need for 1 month of teaching children with severe language delays!
Every week includes a story, concept posters, concept fold pages, coloring pages, printing practice pages, and a language center. 

Week 1-  one, in, dirty, clean, and associations.

Week 2- all, off, soft, hard and what Doesn't Belong.


Week 3-
none, on, big and little and categories.

Week 4- 
teaching Negation (not), out, wet/dry and opposites mats and clip cards


And now its available as a bundle in my shop for $8!!




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Friday, 2 June 2017

Tier 2- Classroom Activities 





 

  Part 1 in Tier 2 Activities for the Classroom or Universal Strategies



Recently, I've been trying to make for classroom activities to target some of the common language goals. Now, in a perfect world, speechies would give the teachers the activity and they would carry it out- but I don't live there! I get it, teachers are busy! So when we go to them and say here is some more stuff for you to do and take data on - they want to hit us!! I totally get that! The way I Do Tier 2 Activities is to provide the activity and model it for the class (or small groups while the teacher works with other students) and then I leave the Activity for the teacher to follow up and do it again with her class. The teacher can take data if she has certain kids in mind who are struggling on a specific target or not :)The goal is to get the activity out and have follow up on it.  Baby steps :)

According to RtI
"Tier 2: Targeted Interventions
Students not making adequate progress in the regular classroom in Tier 1 are provided with increasingly intensive instruction matched to their needs on the basis of levels of performance and rates of progress. Intensity varies across group size, frequency and duration of intervention, and level of training of the professionals providing instruction or intervention. These services and interventions are provided in small-group settings in addition to instruction in the general curriculum. In the early grades (kindergarten through 3rd grade), interventions are usually in the areas of reading and math. A longer period of time may be required for this tier, but it should generally not exceed a grading period. Students who continue to show too little progress at this level of intervention are then considered for more intensive interventions as part of Tier 3."


** I live in Canada and we don't have the same rules as Americans may have.


For my first activity I found this Melissa & Doug Complete the Picture. They have different background scenes like a barn, ocean garden, empty plate, etc. I pair students into groups of 2 or 3 and then I have the students talk about the picture and different things that can go with the picture. After they have discussed  it, then they can take turns drawing on the sheet. 

Here are some questions you can ask to get the kids talking.**What would you see in a barn? What animals would live there? What could have our store in the barn? Where do you find a barn? I use these questions as conversation starters and get the kids talking about all of the vocabulary associated with their picture. Remember this isn't question period but more of a conversation going so it's more natural. 


 


I love that this paper pack is open ended so you can really go in any direction you want. There are many different scenes in this pack so you can have everyone use a different background and then tell the class what they found that associated with their background scene.

This is a really easy idea to use with kindergarten or grade 1. Some of the students I serve have severe language delays so this is a good place to start for vocabulary- you may want to use it with a different group :) 


Easy, Peasy!






Observing and Describing

I have so many students that are older and I am feeling that their language goals (like plurals) just aren't cutting it.  I decided I wanted to create something that would help them target some FUNCTIONAL CLASSROOM GOALS!



Observing & Describing


According to Reading Rockets: "Inference. Observations occur when we can see something happening. In contrast, inferences are what we figure out based on an experience. Helping students understand when information is implied, or not directly stated, will improve their skill in drawing conclusions and making inferences."

This observing & describing product is a great way for students grade 4 and up to practice important skills in reading, observing, comprehending and making inferences. Observing, describing and making inferences are important skills for all readers. This product teaches this skill in 5 steps: choose words that describe the picture, generate your own describing words, generating descriptive words that are relevant to the picture to make the sentence more descriptive, then describe who, what, where, when and eventually why based on pictures, and then making inferences about pictures. Step 1- choose from a series of words to best describe the picture.


Step 2- generate their own describing words based on the picture. Step 3- add adjectives and other describing words to make the sentence (already provided) more interesting and descriptive.



  Step 4- describe the pictures using what, where and when, then eventually why. Then they can use their words to create a descriptive sentence that describes the picture. Step 5- making inferences about pictures. Explaining what happened or will happen based on information from the picture.



What do you use with your students??

 
If you have any questions email mindy@creatingcommunicators.net.


** To save on ink don't print the first page :)

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Match It!!

                                       

If you are anything like me, by May you are in need of some new stuff for your little guys. They get tired of the same old stuff... quick. :) So I started making something...
Here is my relatively new Associations Mats- Match It Pack.

Use these mats as a fun way to improve vocabulary in the classroom as a center or as a simple, and fun activity in Speech Therapy!
Print, Laminate and cut only cut apart pages 3 and 9 leave the other pages as mats! If you have time (and energy!) you can use velcro too!  Match It!
Use the mats for a center activity and put all of the pieces (pages 3 & 9) in the middle of the table. 
Have the students choose the correct pieces for their mats and explain why they go together.




**There is 1 picture that includes a Canadian twenty dollar bill, Canadian quarter and penny. Although they are the Canadian version, they are still applicable for Americans as the bill is green. :)
I also want to use these mats with little manipulatives - like little toys from the $ store. They would be so good for pre-k kids- engaging and hands on!! Thesis will love it. And if you want to talk RTI - it would be a good center to give to your pre-k or kindergarten room(s). I'm still working on those mats but keep an eye out cause I will get them added soon...

Chat soon,
 

Mindy

Thursday, 25 May 2017

FREEBIE!!



Don't forget about my Kindergarten Fine Motor Kit freebie~


Kindergarten Fine Motor Kits


These kits are so easy to assemble and use. You can use them in speech therapy too! Incorporate speech and OT in one session, the kill 2 birds idea. Many of our kids need to work on their OT skills for printing, writing and all of those other fun skills they need for school. You can use this kit for OT while targeting following directions, literacy  and awareness of letters, concepts, patterns and vocabulary. It targets so many goals all in one!!

 Kindergarten 
Fine Motor Kits
That target pincer grasp, strength, bilateral coordination, and object manipulation.
Credit: Chantelle Robertson, Occupational Therapist.

Fine Motor Kit 1- Pincer Grasp
Kit- Letter outlines and beads
Objective- improve pincer grasp and learn letter formation.
Task: have students place beads along the outline of the letter starting at the tip of the letter (to reinforce proper letter formation). The student will use their thumb and index finger (prince grasp) to pick up the beads and place them on the line. Having a strong pincer grasp is important in promoting the tripod grasp, its also important in self-care tasks (zippers and tying shoes).



 Fine Motor Kit 2- Strength
Kit-Playdoh and small toys and other manipulatives
Objective: improve hand strength
Task: have students dig in the playdoh with their hands and pull all of the playdoh of each toy. Hand strength is important when completing classroom skills like using scissors and also when completing daily tasks like opening jars. When the student finds an item, have them talk about the item. For example where the item is found, what it does, what group it belongs to, its parts and what goes with the item. You can also use concepts like place the car on the bin, in the bin, behind the bin, etc. 


Fine Motor Kit 3- Bilateral coordination/ 2 hands
Kit-pipe cleaners and beads
Objective: improve bilateral coordination and numeracy

Task: have students a number and identify it. String the same amount of beads onto the pipe cleaner. 
Ex number 2 pipe cleaner: string 2 beads.
Using 2 hands together is important during printing and cutting tasks and two hands need to work together. One hand holds the paper and the other the tool.




Fine Motor Kit 4- Object Manipulation
Kit-blocks and cups
Objective: introduce sorting, patterns, object manipulation, turn taking and cooperative play skills.
Task: have students sort blocks by color into cups. Once each student has several blocks in their cup they can take turns adding to a tower. They can work in groups of two to create ABAB patterns in their block towers. Have the student count how high their tower is. Object manipulation is important when completing puzzles and craft projects. Cooperative play is a developing skill in 4 and 5 year olds which some student may find difficult.