A sensory bin is any container filled with small items for an activity. Often, they are themed. A sensory bin can be a fancy pre-made bin that fits into a table. It can also be any tub or container. Having a fitted lid allows you to store your sensory bin and use it for quiet… Continue reading A Year of Sensory Bins
This is the time of year for lots of gifting lists. So, here is my list of favorite things to enhance the speech and language skills of children. 1: Howda Hug chair This wonderful seat was introduced to my by an occupational therapist. It is made of… Continue reading Holiday Wishes – Toys for Language Learning
I’ve stumbled across a few goodies in recent months that I’m finding fun and useful. Matching Emoji Cards I’ve used these colorful cards from the Target Dollar Spot to talk about emotions in a fun, culturally relevant way. Explore emotions and feelings by asking questions such as “how does this emoji feel”, “how do you… Continue reading New Finds for the New Year!
I’m continuing through my summer of thematic teaching and offering you ideas of simple learning activities that you can do at home to encourage language learning. Last post I shared my ideas for beach week. This week, I added a few things and now we are all about things that live in the ocean. I… Continue reading Something Fishy
So, we are continuing the journey of streamlining toys to a single concept or theme to assist with teaching speech and language skills. This week is boat week. My sensory bin has a few inches of water and several boats and a few Little People figures. Pre-verbal and newly verbal kids are working on easy… Continue reading Boats
Summer is here and by now your kiddos may already be tired of the slower pace and lack of schedules. In my corner of the world, things don’t slow down, rather they ramp up! New toys appear, new goals are written and sessions are added to make the summer months productive for learning speech and… Continue reading I Scream, You Scream, Teaching with Ice Cream!
I love to share with you my new discoveries! Beginning with Babble is a new app that has been developed by LEAP (Language Empowers All People) to assist caregivers of children birth to aged 4 with appropriate engagement and language modelling. LEAP, a non-profit organization, has been at the forefront of research-based language and literacy… Continue reading An App Discovery
Create a mini sensory bin for holiday play. Learn new vocabulary, sort, compare, contrast and engage in pretend play. Put it in a container with a lid and you have an inexpensive learning toy that travels! This one was made with Christmas minis and buttons from Michael’s Craft store. Have fun! One Word at a… Continue reading Mini Sensory Bin
I made a new discovery this week….water beads! These inexpensive treasures come in a small bag as tiny pebbles. Add a little water, and you have the ultimate sensory experience! I have mine in the sensory bin along with wooden fish to go with my ocean theme for the week. The kids have had… Continue reading Water Beads
I’m revising my list of top toys for indoor summer play to include some new discoveries. Enjoy! Construction Because so many of the kiddos that I see have difficulty with coordination, I like building toys that don’t topple easily. They can build bigger and taller without their masterpiece falling down. I love: Duplo blocks, Bristle… Continue reading Summer Play List – Revised