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Monday, 30 September 2013

Using book to increase language skills



Tips for using books to increase
Speech and language skills of preschooler and school aged children
USing books to help with children's speech and langauge skills is a great and easy way to target their goals.
What should your child be able to do? Check out the talk box for milestones of children!

  • Copy- copy children’s actions and words- this lets them know that you are interested in what they say and what they do. Encourage discussion, ask open ended questions.

  • Model- use correct grammar and pronunciation of words- all the time. If someone is using incorrect grammar or incorrect pronunciation of sounds- don’t tell them they are “wrong” instead just provide them with a model of the sentence/word said correctly. For example “I runned there” you can say “ohh you ran there.” Or “I wike rabbits” you can say “you like rabbits.”
  • Add- when you are talking about things with the children- describe them in as much detail as you can. Name the parts, where it lives, what it does, the group it belongs to, what we do with it, what it looks like, etc.

·       By reading slowly to the class, with emphasis on certain words, children are able to listen more intently and follow the story. Children will also gain an understanding of how to pronounce words and will be more attentive. 
    
    Make sure that everyone can see your mouth when you speak.
·       When you read a book – don’t just read it. Encourage open discussions and talk about the pictures if the text is too long for their attention span.

·       Don’t be afraid to read a book at least 4-5 times. They won’t get bored and the more you read it, the more learning they will get out of it! Search the net for coloring pages and other ideas to turn books into activities. For more information check this out!
Working with children

  •     It is a good idea to give children positive statements about their work, which will encourage them to think more positively about themselves. Instead of saying “don’t ___” say “I really like it when you are trying”.
  •   Treat the children with respect and value their opinions. Teach them to have a “voice.” Encourage them to speak and don’t interrupt. 
  • Teach taking turns and providing choices whenever possible.
  • Speak to children at their level- actually get down and sit on the floor or squat when you are speaking with them. It’s important that they see your mouth.

  • Make books fun!
Cheers,
Mindy


Saturday, 28 September 2013

Giveaway Saturday!!!

I love using nursery rhymes for speech and language therapy! You can use them to target so many goals:  prepositions, rhyming, phonemic awareness, pronouns and other grammar goals. I have colorful pictures, printing practice and coloring sheets for younger children!


I am holding a giveaway on my Teachers Notebook Shop. 
Check it out, follow my shop and my blog and enter to win my package
 that is valued at $7.00. It is a great resource for teachers,
 early childhood workers and SLP's!

Here is just a taste of what is inside my Nursery Rhyme package!












 If you have any questions, contact me!
 I would love to hear from you!



Friday, 27 September 2013

Free Items!!!!

I love, love, love resources! Even a little more if they are free! Today I am posting some of my favorite free items!

The first one targets categories a little of everything! Although July has passed I really liked all  of the activities in this free bundle! Thank you Twin Sisters Speech Therapy!

http://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/Shanda/freebie-patriotic-pronouns-and-prepositions

Here is one of my free items!


 

Check it out at 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Polar-Bear-Book-Activity-149590

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Great SLP Resources

Is it me or does everyone and their dog have a shop on TeachersPayTeachers? Isn't that great, all the resources we are able to share with each other?! Many of them are free! YAY!
While you are here don't forget to check out my Kindergarten Center Activity Package!








I wanted to list some of my favorites and some up and comers!




Some speech therapy shops on TeachersPayTeachers



































Monday, 16 September 2013

Phonemic Awareness

HI Everyone!
So school is really back into the swing of things! My son has homework and my daughter is now getting her home readers. I am a very involved parent with both of my children's classrooms. ( I am sure their teachers get totally sick of me! LOL!) And I am noticing how my daughter's grade 1 teacher is teaching beginning reading. It seems to me that most teachers target reading thru phonics. While phonics does have its place, many teachers forget about phonemic awareness. 
Phonemic awareness is the ability to identify and manipulate phonemes. Wikipedia defines Phonemic awareness as a subset of phonological awareness in which listeners are able to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes, the smallest units of sound that can differentiate meaning. Separating the spoken word "cat" into three distinct phonemes, /k/, /æ/, and /t/, requires phonemic awareness.
Using activities in your classroom and in therapy that target phonemic awareness can help kids with their reading skills especially the children who are struggling. I have put together some activities that target these areas, they are meant to be fun and functional for kindergarten classrooms. I made them using Velcro to make it easier for storage, and what kid doesn't love Velcro?
                       
Take a look!

       
    







Phonemic Awareness:
Information:  

  1. http://www.begintoread.com/articles/phonemic-awareness.html 
  2. http://www.readingrockets.org/atoz/phonemic_awareness/

Resources & Activities:
  1. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Response-to-Intervention-Phonemic-Awareness-Activity-Pack-194925
  2.  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonemic-Awareness-Activity-Pack-Beginning-Sounds-751262



Friday, 13 September 2013

Teachers Notebook

Creating Communicators sale!!
 
Missed my Teacherspayteachers sale? 
I am having another sale on TeacherNotebook!

Please, don't forget to follow my shop and check out all of my products!
Here is an example of one my products that targets following directions using concepts.






Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Still shopping for back to School? SALE 20 % OFF!!

Creating Communicators sale!!
It occurred to me that you might not all be finished your school shopping so I am having a sale on Teacherspayteachers! What teacher, parent or SLP couldn't use more resources? Especially items on sale!?
Please, don't forget to follow my store and check out all of my free products!
Here is an example from one of my productS: Fishing Friends.


Monday, 9 September 2013

September

Well September has began and so has school. My kids are small- I have a grade 1 and a veteran grade 3er! Ty is grade 3 and not a huge fan of school, Lainy my big grade one keener is wondering why they aren't reading yet! So funny how you can have 2 kids who are so different!

During the summer I made a kindergarten activity with center's for every month. Each month I have targeted areas that seem to be big areas of need in the speech world.
I am going to give you my activities- one by one, month by month! Please keep an eye out for them!

Become a regular follower! The first month targets concepts and position words.
If you can't wait check it out in my store:
or in my shop: