Thursday, October 8, 2015

Orange You Glad it's time for Pumpkins!!

I am so tempted to write this whole post in orange...but I'll spare you!! But I do want you to know that I love talking about and teaching toddlers and preschoolers about colors.

Teaching Big Sister her colors was one of my favorite things. We had so many fun activities that we did while we were many in fact that I've started writing a book on that topic! I hope one day to finish it!!

In the meantime, I'd like to share a few activities with you to help you teach your child his colors!

There are lots of ways to teach colors, but I have found that the most effective way is total immersion (or at least as close as possible!) into that color!

We will be starting with ORANGE at our house. He already knows pink...not sure how that happened. Maybe it's all of Big Sister's stuff that's pink! Regardless, when you ask him "what color is this?!" He always responds "Pink!"   Another reason we are starting with orange is that it's pumpkin time! There are pumpkin patches and orange Halloween things everywhere, so it's going to be easy to point it out.

I believe a good first step when introducing  color is to just point it out. You don't have to completely ignore other colors, but focusing on the one targeted color is a good start. He gets to hear the word used in context (orange + pumpkin) in a variety of language complexities.

We said "orange," "orange pumpkin," "another orange pumpkin" "bye orange pumpkin" "get an orange pumpkin" "Oh, I see an orange pumpkin" "See that pumpkin? It's orange!" "hug the orange pumpkin!" "Where is another orange pumpkin?" Single words, phrases, sentences and questions. He got to hear them all!

I probably said "orange" a thousand times!  We both had so much fun!

As we walked around the store we found a few other orange objects:


Please don't feel obligated to buy every orange item you see or play with. We were gentle with all of the items and we only bought the oranges (although we do have two giant pumpkins at home or else I don't think I could have walked away from the ones at the store!!)

Ok, now it's your turn! What store will you go to and point out the color orange?!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Squirrel Mask

Welcome LEADer's Class families!

I am so glad that you stopped by my blog! There are lots of activities here that you can use to help you continue to develop your child's speech and language skills!

These activities are designed for children with advanced, typically developing or delayed communication skills. There are activities for children of all ages - 9 months to 6 years old (and older). Look around and find some favorites!

But I know that you stopped by to see a sample of the Squirrel Mask that your child took home this week. Well, here it is (the pink in the ear scootched over a little, but you get the idea!):

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fun with Location Concepts at the Zoo!

toddler with father looking at a monkey at a zoo

We had so much fun this past weekend at Disney's Animal Kingdom. We went for the purpose of working on Big Sister's photography skills (more on that later!). As we were watching the monkeys, I realized what a great opportunity we had to work on location concepts with little W.

I wanted him to be able to find the little monkey in the cage so I said "look! The monkey is in the house." "He's in the house?" replied Little W. Then only seconds later, the little monkey was on the rope or in the tree or near the ground or any other number of places in the cage.

Monday, August 17, 2015

How to Make a Mini Book in 5 Easy Steps!

holding a mini book

This is one of my go-to activities! I love this little, mini-book! And I think you will, too!

I've made books to help children overcome the fear of a fire drill by drawing all of the things that happen and what the child is supposed to do. I've made books to show children how to interact appropriately with others (one of those was called "I use Nice Hands!")

I've made vocabulary books,  mini reading books, sequencing books, sight word books,  "My Classmates" books. My daughter has made just-for-fun books. I could go on and on and on!

Use your imagination as to what you would want to put in a mini book!

Here is a short video of how to make it.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Pom Pom Trick to Teach Kids how to Hold a Pencil Correctly!

by Lauren Barnett, MA, CCC-SLP

Do you know why it's important to hold a pencil correctly? Little hands fatigue quickly when they are holding a pencil the wrong way which means they quit sooner, practice less and improve more slowly.

If your child is holding a pencil incorrectly, grab a pom pom and try this!

Put the pom pom in the middle of her hand:

a pom pom in the palm of a hand

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tying Shoes, One CAN DO Step at a Time!

happy prekindergarten child who is smiling because she just tied her shoes

I frequently see teachers and parents try to teach children how to tie their shoes by telling them all of the steps at one time. To me, that seems like reading over an unfamiliar and complicated recipe and then going into the kitchen and trying to prepare the multi-step meal without ever looking back at the recipe. That is unlikely to go well!

These same parents and teachers are usually very good at breaking down other tasks into smaller more manageable steps and teaching those one at a time before moving on to the next step.

Tying shoes should be no different!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Practicing Asking Help When Needed

I don't know about your pre-kindergarten child, but mine feels like she knows everything, all of the time. So, when she doesn't know something or can't get something to work, she gets very frustrated.

I frequently coach parents to talk through their everyday problems and explain what they are doing and why. This begins the problem solving / solution seeking skill by modeling what the appropriate thing to do is. (It's also a very good way to address sequencing skills!)

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