Getting back into a groover following a holiday and break from work can feel jarring. In anticipation, I wanted to have solid therapy plans in place for my groups because I always feel better and more prepared when I am all planned out (even if nothing during our sessions goes according to plan 🙂 ).
Over the holiday break, my son received the book “The Mitten” by Jan Brett from family members. HE LOVED IT! He requested it, we read it over and over. The SLP in me observed the language-rich opportunities for labeling, inferencing, cause and effect, story retell, and sequencing. LIGHTBULB…this will be my book for the first week back at work.
Armed with an awesome book, I took to the internet to browse resources of amazing SLPs and educators…lucky me…jackpot! I wanted to find an activity with visuals that would allow for working on goals ranging from articulation of beginning and ending sounds of words, expanding sentences, labeling to answering wh questions, retelling the story, and sequencing.
There are amazing resources out there, but the one that fit for me is from Home School Creations. Home School Creations has a variety of FREE materials on The Mitten including a preschool packet, kindergarten packet, vocabulary, and math work. I chose the preschool packet because I really wanted pictures of the animals and a mitten. I also wanted the ability to add to this activity in the following weeks if my students really connected with it (and they did).
My students laughed out loud and gasped during the book! They then eagerly answered sequencing questions and proudly shared their mittens with the parents at the end of our sessions.
Big hit…thank you Jan Brett for The Mitten and Home School Creations for the visual supports.