I love talking about the farm this time of year! Usually, I have so many activities I can stretch this out for few weeks and target it more than once during the year. Here are just a couple of activities from the week:
We made our own barns!
This was an easy craft with minimal prep. I printed pictures of animals and made two cuts in a piece of red construction paper. Fold the sides in to make doors and you’re done! With many of my students, labeling animals and animal sounds was a challenge. We also worked on identifying animals receptively, CV sounds, and spatial directions with this craft.
We did sensory activities!
If you’ve seen my other posts, you probably know that I am a big fan of sensory boxes. The one pictured above is my “travel” sensory box, so it’s a bit smaller than my usual one. Because it is smaller, I hid pictures (laminated) in the beans. In my bigger one I would use toy animals to make it more fun! I used this with all of my kids and it was a big hit! Even some of my less verbal students imitated some sounds with this.
Of course, my themes would not be complete without books. This week I used “The Very Busy Spider,” by Eric Carle, “Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type,” by Doreen Cronin, and “Duck for President,” also by Doreen Cronin. These three books are each at different levels which was perfect for use with my students of all abilities. With the upcoming election, “Duck for President” was an especially funny read!
Also perfect for preschool are all the farm themed songs! We sang lots of “Old McDonald” and “The Farmer in the Dell” this week. Hope you enjoy these activities as much as we did!
This past week was pumpkin filled! We enjoyed working on speech and language skills while making lots of crafts. Here are a few of my favorites from the week!
- Pumpkin faces
This craft was super easy to prep and was lots of fun for the little ones. This was great for language goals, especially for those learning body parts! This craft was also great for describing functions, requesting, following directions, and spatial concepts. Simply prep your pumpkin from construction paper and cut out body parts (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, arms/legs) from magazines. For more emphasis on body part/face vocab, you could also play the “Silly Faces” game with this activity.
2. The Legend of Spookly the Square Pumpkin
This book is new to me this year, but I absolutely love it! It is all about being different, and how being different isn’t a bad thing! I love the”surprise” ending! After reading this story, we made our very own square pumpkins.
Another simple craft! This was a great reinforcer for those kids working on artic goals (I had them earn pieces by working on targets), and those who were able to handle more “drill” type work. Everyone enjoyed this book and craft!
Happy October! What are your October plans?
“Fall” was the theme for this week’s therapy sessions. I do separate themes to teach about “apples” and “pumpkins,” so this theme primarily focused on leaves. For preschool, we talked mostly about how leaves grow on trees and change colors in the fall. We’ve had fun reading books, crafting, stamping, and coloring our way through the theme this week! Below is a craft that was loved by everyone:
My kids loved tracing their hands to make the tree trunk. I withheld leaves and allowed them to glue them after practicing articulation/phonological targets. This craft was also good for following directions, spatial concepts, and descriptive concepts. It was so easy to prep and make, yet so fun for everyone! You could even use pieces of real leaves!
What are your favorite fall themed activities?
Now that Fall is upon us, I am beginning to ease into Fall themed activities. This week, we learned all about apples and apple picking!
I found lots of “apple” worksheets and activities on both Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers, but this week I thought I would highlight something that I made myself. I talked to my students all about apple trees and apple picking. Because we couldn’t visit a real apple orchard, I tried to bring the apple picking experience to them!
I am not very artistic, but this was so easy to make! I used construction paper, Google images for apples, laminated everything, and we were good to go! My kids loved this!! It was perfect for articulation targets (e.g., for every three productions we picked an apple) and you could even write words or attach pictures to the back of the apple for practice after picking. There are lots of ways to use this for language targets as well. Use different colored or sized apples to work in descriptive concepts, practice using sentences while picking, or practice spatial concepts while placing apples under, on, or behind the tree. Perfect for almost everyone on my caseload!
What are your favorite “Apple” activities?
After a few quick days learning my new caseload, we jumped right in with a “Back to School” theme this week! This theme incorporates everything about school, including school supplies, riding the bus, and playing on the playground.
Our first day’s lesson focused on vocabulary. We read “If You Take a Mouse to School” by Laura Numeroff and practiced identifying objects and actions. This adaptive book from Fireflies N’ Mason Jars was another useful tool for teaching vocabulary. This book was especially helpful for those students who needed a more “hands on” approach. The Speech Space has another interactive book option for free here. Lots of resources for teaching new vocabulary!
After learning about different school supplies, we practiced filling our backpacks with school supplies. While learning new vocabulary, we also discussed object functions, used descriptions, AND practiced articulation. Teach Early Autism has the free download to this activity!
Most preschoolers love singing, and I found several activities to go with the “Wheels on the Bus” song. The worksheet pictured below is available for free here. Tailor Made for Talking created a great PECs resource that I use with almost all of my students. This resource is available through her Teachers Pay Teachers site. For students motivated by music, I pulled up the song on YouTube and we practiced requesting “more music” using a variety of communication methods.
After learning about the bus, we also spent time talking about the playground. Jenna Rayburn from Speech Room News made an awesome interactive book called “Let’s Play!” This book is great for playground vocabulary, matching, and has repetitive, short sentences. You can find this book on TpT here. Our toy playground set is a great complement to this book!
It has been a fun week learning all about school! What are your favorite “Back to School” activities?
Welcome back to another school year! The beginning of the year brings many new names, goals, and faces. I like to begin those first few days of speech therapy getting to know (and better know) the students on my caseload. What better way to create motivating lesson plans than by asking students what they like?! This post features entirely FREE printable activities that are ready to use in therapy! I would like to extend a big “thank you” to the fabulous authors of the products listed below.
Activity 1: Welcome to Speech Therapy Foldables
Peachie Speechie created these foldables that encourage both creativity and discussion. I love the space to write speech goals and my schedule, as a reminder for parents. This also facilitates conversation with my students about their speech targets (very often, I realize that they don’t know them!) Oh, and did I mention it is free?
Activity 2: Back to School Speech Therapy Flip Book
This freebie is brought to you by Speech Room News. This little flip book is not just a fun activity, but also facilitates discussion about likes a dislikes. Kids can work on requesting materials, using multi-word utterances, and pronouns to target language goals!
Activity 3: About Me Craft
I can’t wait to use this craft! I plan to incorporate body parts and clothing vocabulary while having students make themselves with these materials. Add yarn for hair, textured fabric/papers, and googly eyes to add a sensory component! Here is the link from A Little Pinch of Perfect. The printable includes several different boy and girl outlines for children to choose from.
I also used the book, “I Like Me” by Nancy Carlson. It’s so fun to hear what preschoolers like about themselves! What activities are you doing to find out about your students?
Camping is a summer activity that many of my preschoolers have never been exposed to or learned about. As such, it has served as a fun theme for speech this week!
I introduced this theme by asking students about their experiences with camping. Most students associated camping with fire, s’mores, and sleeping in tents. I read “Pig Pig Goes to Camp” by David McPhail to talk about other camping activities.
To reinforce some new vocabulary, I found a fun “camping” themed Bingo game.
This game is available as a free printable here. This was useful for describing functions, naming vocabulary, and identifying described objects.
Of course, no camping theme would be complete without s’mores! Using these free marshmallow sticks from The Speech Room News, I had students practice artic words (3x for each marshmallow) and build s’mores as a reward. S’mores were made out of cardboard (graham cracker), laminated chocolate bar pictures, and cotton balls (marshmallow). A pretend campfire was perfect for roasting marshmallows!
Lastly, we worked on many different targets while “catching” fireflies in a jar. This craft was a great reinforcement activity. Sadly, I never got a picture of the finished product. To create it, we stamped our fingers and drew faces to make fireflies. Some of my students used multiple colors to create really pretty jars! Here is a copy of the mason jar template I used. It is pictured below!
We enjoyed this theme! What are your favorite camping activities?