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 ūüôā ).

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.

 

 

Makeover Monday: Bottle Dishwasher Basket

Happy Monday! ¬†Any one have a Bottle Dishwasher Basket at home that they are no longer using? ¬†Maybe it is taking up space in your kitchen cabinets…let’s fix that!

This Makeover Monday appeared naturally as I was keeping my little guy occupied while I put the dishes in the dishwasher. ¬†I have a drawer in our kitchen that my little one can play in…it has his cups, plates, bowls, and other odd and ends including the bottle dishwasher basket.

This morning he took out the¬†dishwasher basket and started shaking it and putting his fingers in all of the holes. ¬†Hmmm….it felt like a light bulb literally lit up above my head….let’s put pom poms in the basket through the holes.

This activity kept my 18 month old interested for 30 minutes!!!

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What you need:

  • Bottle Dishwasher Basket (or any basket with small holes/openings)
  • Small/medium pom poms
  • Ziploc bag or plastic bag for storing the pom poms

 

How to use it:

  • MODEL IT! ¬†Open the top of the dishwasher basket and put a few pom poms on the inside rack. ¬†Push the pom poms through the holes and talk through it “I’m pushing the red pom pom in the basket”.
  • EXPLORE! ¬†Put a few pom poms on the inside rack and sit back and watch your little one explore.
  • WATCH & LISTEN! ¬†We, adults, can learn so much from watching and listening to our little ones. ¬†Watch and listen to your little one and follow their lead with this.
  • EXPAND! ¬†Play is the work of children. ¬†Let your little one play and expand their play and language for him/her.
    • If your little one requests “more” pom poms, expand the sentence with “I want more pom poms”.
    • If you little one needs help, expand the sentences with “I need help”.
    • If you want to work on adding some manner words, expand the sentence with “More pom poms please” ¬†“I want more pom poms please” “Help please” “I need help please”.

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Language Skills being worked on:

  • Identifying colors
  • Counting
  • Spatial concepts (in, out)
  • Cause and Effect
  • Requesting
  • And many more ūüôā

 

Hope this adds a little creative fun to your Monday!  Have a great day!

 

Shine on,

Julianne

Ziploc Masterpiece

My 8 month old little boy just created his first master piece. ¬†That’s right…I am the proud mama of a true artist! ¬†How?! ¬†Glad you asked…

Here’s what you will need:

Ziploc: Your choice with the size…I went with a larger size

Paper: I went with a thicker paper and folded it a little bit so it fit nicely into the Ziploc

Paint: I went with tempera paint. ¬†The paint is in little tubs…easy for pouring

Any fun accessory item: rice, foil, etc.

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Cheese and pepperoni….hold the anchovies

My first two years working as a SLP, I had the privilege of working at an early intervention program with children ages 3-5¬† years old.¬† During my time at the early intervention program, I was blessed to be supported by intelligent and caring coworkers.¬† I didn’t realize just how crucial their support would be in helping to shape me as a SLP.¬† My time with the amazing professionals at the early intervention program shaped me and my philosophy for serving our speech and language students:

‚ÄúPlay is the work of the child.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Maria Montessori

To this day, even when working with my older students, I make our therapy sessions together the equivalent of their “play”.¬† Meaning, our time together and what we work on needs to be intentional, functional, and meaningful to my students.¬† I thank my coworkers and friends at the early intervention program (you all know who you are) for helping to solidify that theory!

With that, I am pleased to share with you a post by Jennifer LeGardeur.¬† Jennifer works at the early intervention program where I started my SLP career.¬† Jennifer started out as my CFY supervisor and mentor, but quickly became a dear friend.¬† When I was at the early intervention program, Jennifer and I saw our preschool groups at the same time in neighboring rooms.¬† We spent a lot of time collaborating, and I was nervous that when I left the early intervention program, I would not have that same collaborative experience, but Jennifer has kept it going.¬† I get emails from her with ideas, new books, new apps, etc. to share with me.¬† I asked her if she would want to write a post for my blog, and I’m so excited she agreed!¬† Enjoy…

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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