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!

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