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?