Sunday, February 19, 2017

How to develop you student's language skills using toys.

Do you have limited space in your Speech room? Do you still want to engage your students with toys? I love being able to use a kitchen center when I am in the classroom, but I don't have the space in my therapy room. I solved that problem by creating a stove out of a box.  I later use that box to store all my kitchen toys. It is a quick and easy way to develop a kitchen center.

To create this center the first thing I did was gather the toys that I needed. I had a shopping basket full of play food, plates, cups, silverware, pots, a griddle, and a Play-Doh stove. I also add some paper plates, cups, notepads and markers. To make a stove I covered a box with yellow paper and made four burners.  To finish it off I added contact paper, so it would be more durable.

I like to target sentence expansion, vocabulary skills, asking and answering questions and syntax skills when I use my kitchen center.  As I bring out the food we focus on naming the food and cooking equipment. One vocabulary unit I like to focus on is Fruit vocabulary. 

Click here to download the fruit vocabulary cards and progress monitoring sheet.
I have my students label the fruit, sort them by color and match them up to a set of pictures. I like to model how to take and order food in a restaurant. We use notepads to write down the order and then we cook the food. Throughout the play we focus on expanding our sentences.  If a student reponds "I want apples" I might expand it to "I want two red apples".

It is amazing to watch how with repeated use of the same toys my students begin to expand their language.  When I first introduce the kitchen center my students typically use unspecific vocabulary and short, choppy sentences.  The more we use the same toys they begin to learn the vocabulary and expand on their play themes.  By the end they are able to pretend they are waitresses, waitors, bus boys and chefs.  They are labeling the food and the utensils.  I love to watch their language grow the more we use the kitchen center.

Creating a kitchen center can be quick and easy.  When we are done everything goes back in the box until the next time we play with it.  This has turned into one of my students favorite activities.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

$10 tpt GIFT CARD Giveaway

TPT is Having a Sale. 
Use the code LOVEtpt to save 28% off all items, including bundles, at my Speech Gems store. I was one of the lucky sellers who received a $10 gift card from tpt to giveaway to my followers. I am excited to be able to offer this raffle. Click on the link below for two ways to enter this contest. Follow my tpt store and instagram page for 2 chances to win.
a Rafflecopter giveaway   The winner of the raffle was Angela.  (I hope you find new products to enjoy with your students)

I am excited for this sale and hope that you all find products that you can use as you head into the second half of the school year. I like to reenergize my therapy this time of the year as we come to the end of winter. Here are a few of my favorite products that my kids love.

For Valentine's day I like to use my Feed the Articulation Monsters. I recently added Valentine's Day monsters, so this can be used in the Fall and Winter. We feed the monsters bags of candy with articulation targets on them.  There are blank bags, so it can be customized for many different goals. 

Feed the Articulation Monsters
One of my latest products that I am looking forward to using in March is my Build an Articulation and Language Leprechaun. As your students practice the articulation and language targets they build the Leprechaun's arms and legs.  It includes initial and final sounds, past tense verbs, plurals, association skills, categories, similarities and differences.
Build an Articulation and Language Leprechaun

For my younger students who are working on Basic concepts I plan to use my Spring Basic Concepts mini books. It targets next to, beside, in front, over, under, between, above, below, left and right. There is a book for St. Patrick's Day, Easter and Spring.

Spring Basic Concepts Mini Book

Finally for my older language students, as we approach Spring I like to introduce a unit on figurative language. My Idiom unit has task cards, progress monitoring sheets, a Bingo game and memory cards. It has enough materials to teach my students the 30 idioms in the unit.

There are a  few other sellers that have products I cant wait to try. There are times when I need No Prep items.  Both of these look quick and easy to use.

 Sweet Peas and Pigtails has a No Prep Object function product hat I am anxious to try.

                                                    No Prep Object Functions

The SLT Scrapbook has a super cute No Prep Valentine's Day Pronoun product.

                                                   Valentine's Day Pronouns- No Prep Activities for Speech Th

 I hope that this tpt sale helps you find products that reenergize you as we enter the end of winter and get ready for Spring.