HERE’S A LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCTOBER

October is one of my favorite months in speech. It also happens to be my birthday month (and yes, I do like when it’s acknowledged and no, I don’t care if people know how old I am). Anyway, we will squeezing in as much as we can this month. Here’s a glimpse at some of those things…

Of course we will be reading books, mostly with a Halloween theme. Here’s a look at some of the ones we’ll be reading:

ten timid ghosts

The students love reading this fun book about 10 ghosts who are scared out of their own house. This book can be used to target vocabulary, rhyming and /g/. I use 10 ghosts on a flannel board that the students take turns removing while we read the story. Always a hit.
spooky riddles

We will be reading some spooky jokes and riddles from this book during our Joke Club. More on our Joke Club coming very soon.

old lady who wasn't afraid

This Old Lady will have us moving as we pair movements to the repetitive text. This book will help us to meet targets for concepts, vocabulary, predicting and sequencing.

old lady bat

Of course we will be reading about this old lady too! The students never seem to grow tired of feeding the old lady all kids of crazy items. We will be developing concepts, vocabulary and sequencing when we read this book.

We will also be hitting some of our language targets using these fun Halloween themed activities from Teaching Talking.

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In our class meetings, co-taught with Miss Kat, we have been focusing on activities that help us to recognize that we are part of the group and how working together is important and beneficial. As part of some of our groups, we have been watching some fun videos that highlight teamwork. Here are a few…

Crabs and the seagull
Penguins

We will be using a favorite game Witches Brew.witches brew

This game is simple enough, be the first one to find and match eight correctly colored mushrooms, yet it appeals to most all students, regardless of ability. I use this as  reinforcement during articulation practice, for turn-taking, accepting disappointment when losing and expanding the repertoire for leisure activities. I don’t think the students like when I try to keep this game reserved only for October. Some might perceive that as a lack of flexibility, I like to think of it as organization.

There are many students working on articulation this year so I am trying to keep all of our work organized in speech notebooks. We are using some activities from Teaching Talking Articulation Notebooks, as well as other worksheets for drill practice. I am also keeping returned homework in the notebooks to keep track of what was given and what has been returned. Students still have folders that go between home and school but the speech notebooks stay with me. They will go home at the end of the year.

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I am planning on doing one post each month, spotlighting one book and its related activities so that parents can have a better, more detailed look at how these books and materials are being used during speech. That should be coming in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for that!

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Here’s What’s Happening in May

May is looking like it is going to be a busy month! To start with, it is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM).2015-BHSM-Logo-Horizontal

To do my part in helping raise awareness about communication disorders and how they can be treated, I am going to challenge myself to participate in the Instagram Photo-a-Day challenge hosted by Jessica over at Consonantly Speaking. I will TRY to post a different picture each day in May. Each day has a different theme. I’m a little worried about day 3 – decoration, not exactly my forte.  You can find out more about the challenge here.  You can follow me with my Instagram link on this website. We’ll see how I make out! Should be interesting!

What we are reading this month? So far I have plans for the following books:

i like bugs

feely bugs book10 wrigglyThese bright and engaging books are loaded with descriptive vocabulary and always get the students talking! We will be doing some related activities, games and crafts.

What kind of crafts you ask?  Well, I thought it might be fun to make caterpillars with marshmallows. The students never know we are working on concepts, sequencing, following directions and vocabulary when we do arts and crafts! They just think we’re playing…and we are! Hopefully we will be making some other bugs. Still deciding on which ones… hmmm…

marshmallow paintingWe will also be using the Spring Language and Activity Pack by Kathryn from Teaching Talking on TpT. The students love using the interactive manipulative pieces. This is already prepped and ready to go!

spring language packI just discovered The Alberta Speechie and love her fun, engaging, kid friendly, hands-on activities. In keeping with the bug theme we will be using one of her activities:

bugs same and differentStudents who are working on articulation and fluency have been enjoying coloring open target drill sheets like this one. We will be using more of these available for free on TpT.

open drillOur lunch groups have been enjoying playing with this beautiful, wooden doll house that was donated to the speech/OT treatment space by a generous parent from the school. True confessions, Kat (the OT) and I MIGHT have had some fun playing, I mean setting it up for the students.

dollhouseOur second grade class meetings will continue to play What’s Yours Like, created by yours truly, which is a spin on the popular, family board game. The students have been getting the hang of this fun game that the whole class or a small group can play.

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I hope the students don’t have Granny withdrawal this month! This might be the first month we don’t read “An Old Lady Who” book. I think they’ll all be fine with the other fun things happening in the speech room!

Thanks for stopping by,

Renee