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Happy end of May! Wow this month went by so quickly. Here are some fun sentence starters. Can you finish these sentences?
Brrrringggg! I answered the phone and…
There was an octopus in my pool...
The rhino was following me to the…
He had been squished flatter than a pancake…
The rain was pouring down…
At the Dinosaur Park, I rode a…
I was looking out the porthole…
A bat flew in my window and told me…
I was on safari and a giant tiger…
I stepped outside and a monkey…
I was hiding in my tree house…
My new friend is a robot and…
I fell over a mysterious object…
I was saved from the quicksand by…
I set the Guinness World Record for…
Yesterday, I discovered my superpower was…
I picked up the moon rock and…
I was riding my whale to…
“They call me Dr. Snail and…”
I went to the masquerade ball as a…
“Wake up!” the dragon shouted to…
I met a gigantic.....
The box of treasure was…
The door creaked open and I saw a slimy.....
Happy middle of May!
Here are some fun tongue twisters. Remember speed and clarity. How many times can you say them before you make an error? Have fun!
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood,
as a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
Betty bought a bit of butter.
But the butter Betty bought was bitter.
so Betty bought a better butter,
and it was better than the butter Betty bought before.
Sally sells sea shells down by the seashore.
May 11, 2020
Here are some speech ideas to facilitate language in children.
Model clear speech: Make sure you are speaking clearly as can be. Use correct grammar and use complete sentences. Remember children are always listening and watching what we do and say. If you hear your child make an error, just simply restate the word correctly.
Expose your child to language: Read, read and read some more. It can be magazines, newspapers, cookbooks, children’s books, recipes, directions on a toy or manual. Try to find something different each week to read. It is ok to re-read materials. Have your child read to you or a favorite stuffed animal. Take turns.
Talk about what you are doing: You can narrate what you are doing. Try to use some “challenge” words (words that are more difficult) and see if they can figure them out.
Talk to your children about their day. Ask them questions and provide models to the answers. Try to encourage them to ask you something as well.
Wow, it is May already. I am ready for beautiful weather, sunny skies, and warm breezes.
Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? How about a language that uses your fingers? That would be sign language. It is a real language that uses your fingers and “finger spelling” to spell out real words. American Sign Language is a very common form of Sign Language.
Check out this site to learn more.
Can you fingerspell your name?
Can you learn words to form a sentence and question?
Hello, April 27th, 2020.
Here are some more ideas to incorporate language skills into activities and materials you may have at home.
1. Read, read and read some more. Have your child read a sentence, or paragraph or page in any book. Have them retell you the story or main idea with their own words. Try to find new things to read. Try to find a fun recipe. What about an instructional manual for putting together or assembling a home project? Can you find a new magazine or book that you haven’t read?
2. Picture Scavenger Hunt- Go through the house and take pictures (parent permission of course) of as many things as you can that start with your targeted sound. You can even make a fun book of the pictures that were taken to review later.
3. Sidewalk chalk is a staple at my house. You could create your own hopscotch game with speech words, make your own life size board game with speech words, or simply draw and color speech words in the driveway (parent permission of course).
April 20, 2020
Wondering what speech and language activities you can do at home?
How about a scavenger hunt? What items do you have at home with a sound you are practicing?
Find a book, such as cook book, find as many words by categories (color words, size, shape, action words) How else can you categorize your words?
Use chalk to write out your words from your speech folder, or think of new words.
Listen to a song and see if you can listen for words that have your sounds.
Do you have the game Apples to Apples? It is a wonderful game for reinforcing categorizing skills.
Play a guessing game with a parent. Describe your "word" with category, shape, size, color, or parts.
Take a very simple sentence and keep adding words. (I ran....I ran outside....I ran outside today...I ran outside today at noon). Go back and forth with your parents or an adult. How many times can you go back and forth?
Play the Memory game.
Draw a fun picture with your eyes closed. Open them and turn that drawing into something cool. Then write a sentence or two about what you drew. (This is a favorite in my house).
April 13, 2020
I know I am excited for sun and warm weather. We are staying with the spring theme. Here are some idioms using spring themes and words.
Can you figure these out? Can you use them in your own sentence, or provide an example?
Let the grass grow under your feet
Grass is soft and wonderful to feel, but if you’re letting grass grow under your feet then you’re standing still or doing nothing for too long.
Like watching grass grow
If you watch the grass it grows so slowly you really don’t see it growing. This phrase means that something you are doing is boring.
Fresh as a daisy
A daisy is a type of flower. If you’re fresh as a daisy, you’re healthy and full of energy. You may feel like this after getting a really good night of sleep or a much needed nap.
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
Here’s another fun way of saying “fresh as a daisy.” It means the same thing.
Head in the clouds
This saying means that you’re either not paying attention to what’s going on around you.
Soak up some sun
Enjoy the sun’s rays on your skin! You can soak up the sun on the beach or in your backyard on a sunny day. What a perfect way to spend a spring afternoon.
Hello and Happy April!! 4/6/2020
Since it is spring time and nicer weather is to follow here are some spring ideas to work on articulation and language skills.
Have you ever heard of “it’s raining cats and dogs”? Did you know that the phrase was used because animals would fall from the rafters of old homes when it rained. Yes you guessed it “raining cats and dogs” means it is raining HARD.
Can you find items related to spring that have your sound? How many can you find? Could you find words in magazines and newspapers? Some ideas for sounds could be
/s/ sun, spring, swings, slide, street
/r/ rabbits, ride bikes, road
/g/ grass, go, green, ga-ga ball
Can you sort them into categories, toys, or colors?
Can you use spring words into sentences? How many words can you use?