Changes…

Well hello there.  I have been absent for many months.  Actually so many that I have a new little love to introduce you to.  Meet my little lady.  She was born in June and we are all in love.

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With the addition of my little lady, I have been working on easy and fun activities to keep my toddler boy entertained.  I’m going to share some of them with you as we complete them.

First, let me share with you what I am calling our activity bag!  There are many variations of this idea out there and most of them are called busy bags.  I opted not to call it busy because I feel like when we call ourselves busy we are not owning our own time….a little soap box discussion for later.  Moral of the story, I call our bag an activity bag.

The idea is that while I am needing to dedication time to the newborn (nursing, changing diapers, nursing, changing diapers…you get my point), my toddler has engaging activities to do that he can work on independently and/or I can chime in so we are engaging in the activity together….maybe even all three of us.  I am all about following the child’s lead.  My toddler is very into Cars movies and letters.

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What’s in our bag:

-Collect items around your house: books, paper, magazines, cups….anything that you think your little one would enjoy exploring or that might fit into a “theme” you want for your bag

-Keep an eye on the Dollar Store of the Dollar Spot at Target.  You can get coloring books, flash cards, and other trinkets

-Search online for free printables of themes your child is interested.  My little guy loves baseball.  I found free printables of baseball themed numbers and colors.  In addition to just searching online, you can visit one of my favorite sites TeachersPayTeachers

-Since I work for home sometimes, my little one sees me using “work” materials.  So I put a small notebook, pen, and calculator in his bag.

Have fun with it! The beauty is that the activity bag will be changing…maybe once a week or every other day!

 

What have you found to be helpful to keep your toddler occupied and engaged while caring for a newborn?

 

The Mitten and Story Resources

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.

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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).

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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.

 

 

2015: 10 Halloween Book Recommendations for Little Kiddos

I LOVE books for little kiddos.  When working on speech and language skills with my preschoolers, I planned all our sessions around books.  It is never too early to introduce your child to books, but it can be tricky to know what books are appropriate for our little ones.  Here are my top 10 Halloween Book Recommendations for little kiddos (in no particular order….just the order I remembered them) Continue reading