Something Fishy

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

Boats

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

I Scream, You Scream, Teaching with Ice Cream!

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!

Mini Sensory Bin

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

Flexible Brains

We had fun in social skills group yesterday, and I think that you could do a similar activity at your house. I introduced the concept of a “flexible brain”.  A flexible brain is one that can accept change and can consider alternative possibilities and solutions.  The opposite of a flexible brain is a (using the… Continue reading Flexible Brains

Fall Fun

Autumn is probably my favorite season for teaching thematically.  I  tend to do two week units, and in the fall my units are vocabulary based with activities that are themed around fall words.  Starting in September, I begin a series of units on buses, apples, leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, Halloween (costumes, monsters, jack-o-lanterns, spiders) and turkeys.  Most,… Continue reading Fall Fun