Early Childhood

Here are just a few of the lessons (by theme) that I have created and use:



  • Parts of apple
  • Making requests
  • Describing an apple (munch, crunchy, smooth, sweet, etc)
  • Answering questions
  • Pick apples from Mari Lea’s tree
  • Smartboard lesson: Directions: (pm class: “put a big red apple betweent the basket and the tree” etc)


  • Wind sticks/tubes for the ‘wind’
  • Apple stick puppets/etc

  • 5 Little Apples poem ; 12 Little Apples poem (same poem, additional apples for additional children/class size)
  • Smartboard Lesson (see download below "Apple Lesson")

Fall Leaves & Pumpkin Patch
This lesson has several activities: Fall Vocabulary on the smartboard, reading the book, "Fall Leaves Fall", Asking questions about Fall items in 'Surprise Bags', and picking a mini-pumpkin from a 'patch'.

  • Answer questions about Fall
  • Discuss and label Fall vocabulary (rake, leaves, trees, acorns, corn, pumpkins, pumpkin patch, etc)
  • Listen to book, "Fall Leaves Fall", ask and answer questions for each page
Activities (selected based on needs of students):
  • Introduction about Fall (slide on Smartboard)
  • Read Matt and Molly: The Leaves (Matt and Molly: Raking the Leaves, on Smartboard)
  • Ask Questions throughout story
  • Each student takes a turn tossing a different beanie baby into the leaf pile/bucket, must state what animal and “I tossed the _______”
  • SmartBoard activity: What is next in the pattern? Students will select and place fall vocabulary items into a pattern
  • Picking a Pumpkin. Students must come up, pick a pumpkin with picture on bottom, ask that student to come up, shake hands, etc.

  • Read  Fall Leaves Fall! (click to download copy of book)  Ask questions as we go.  (First, show kids the back cover and ask what they think the book will be about. On each page, ask 1-3 questions: What is climbing on the branch, what is the girl doing, etc).  On page that has leaf size and shapes, hand around a bag with paper leaves of different sizes/shapes/colors, students will describe their leaf: It’s orange, small, and pointy).  Continue reading book.

  • Surprise Bag: I have some mysteries or surprises in my bags that go with Fall, can we guess what it is?  Who can ask me a question? (Use the visual for asking questions.) Items in bags: acorns, Indian/Fall corn, pumpkins, gourds, leaves. We need to find out:
    • What shape it is.

    • What size it is.

    • What color it is.

    • What does it do.

    • What it feels like.

Fall Literature/Books:
Fall Leaves Fall

The Three Friends and The Leaves

The Three Friends and The Pumpkins

What Am I? Halloween

The Scarecrow's Hat

Fall/Halloween Crafts and Projects:

Bat Windsock
This is a cute bat that is easily made. The body is a hollow tube of black paper (roll it and attach the ends). You can pre-make the triangle ears, different colors of eyes (yellow, green, purple, etc), wings, teeth, and streamers. The child/student should request parts, ex: "Can I have wings?" or "Can I have green eyes?". This is a fun project to pair with a Halloween book or Bat book. For students with articulation and/or oral motor goals, this bat is also a nice project that can target bilabials (/b/: bat, black, etc) and 'blowing' (oral motor: blow on the windsock strips).

Handprint Bat This is another Bat project, using the child's handprints. It can be used for following directions, making requests, articulation (bilabials: /b/), etc. Again, you can talk about adding wings, the ears, eyes, face, teeth, etc.

Halloween ~ What Am I? Book
This is a fun book that students can make on their own. It goes well with the actual book (above), What Am I? Halloween. Click to download the version that I made. The adult can put the book together. It is a lift the flap type of book. The adult simply tapes paper or flashcards over the pictures and the child can try to guess the Halloween item after the adult reads the clues. When making the cover of the book, the student should make the cover. The adult can pre-cut the shapes, and the child can request and glue on the shapes. "I want yellow circle eyes", "I want small yellow triangle eyes", etc. Other goals can include parts/vocabulary: pumpkin, orange, stem, vine, seeds, face, jack o lantern, etc.

Looking at the book, you can see that the adult would read the clues, and the child can make a guess and then lift the flap to see if they are right. The child could also hold the book, lift the flap, look at the item, and try to describe it to the adult/parent...the parent could then try to 'guess'.
Halloween - What Am I Book (click on the link for the google doc version, or look at the bottom of this web page for the pdf)

Fall - Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving! What Am I Book (look at the bottom of this web page for the pdf)
This is a book that I created. Here are some of the possible goals to be addressed:
  • Following Directions
  • Answering Questions
  • Thanksgiving Vocabulary
  • Food Vocabulary
  • Body Parts (as we assemble the turkey)
  • Describing words: curly feathers, colorful feathers, folded legs, wiggly eyes, fat and round body, etc.
Note: Because our time in Speech/Language is very limited, I always prepare all of the craft materials and books ahead of time. This way, when the children come to Speech/Language, we can focus on their individualized goals, such as: following directions. The crafts that we make are often cut and drawn by me, but this is so that we can spend all of our precious time on therapy goals!
Feel free to download and use this book however you feel appropriate with your child or student! Typically, the students assemble the project and they are still just as proud of their work!
Here are some pictures of our project:

Apple Lesson Tree with Apples.notebook
Jenny Callaway,
Oct 15, 2013, 1:35 PM
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Oct 16, 2013, 11:22 AM
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