Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Has Sprung in my Speech Room

I love spring.  Even more than spring, I love spring crafts. I typically post about my use of technology during speech sessions, but I have recently found I like to post about how I incorporate crafts into sessions, too.  My current craft involves filling my speech room with flowers.  We are coloring flowers, cutting flowers, and pasting flowers.  My room is starting to feel bright and colorful, despite the fact that it was snowing last week.  We have been making paper flowers, toilet paper roll flowers and muffin cup flowers.  Here is a photo of some of the flowers my little speech gardeners have been growing:

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The idea for the TP roll flowers came from one of my favorite blogs, tpcraft.com.  Visit the blog for details about how to make the TP flowers.  The flowers we have been coloring were printed from DLTK’s site.

To fit in with my spring flowers, we have been reading one of my favorite spring books, Spring is Here by Taro Gomi.

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The book contains wonderful graphic illustrations and primarily 3 and 4 word sentences.  This book is great for young readers and for teaching N+V sentence structure.  This is also a great book for targeting intelligibility at the 3 to 4 word phrase level (including CV and CVC words). 

ClickySticky Easter With my kiddos who love technology, we have been using the ClickySticky Easter app. This app is very similar to the ClickySticky app, but contains Spring and Easter scenes.  You can build bunnies, decorate eggs, fill a basket with cookies and candy, put flowers in a vase, and hide eggs. 

 

Here’s what to target: (1) flower crafts target following multi-step directions; color words; counting words; scissor/glue skills; spring vocabulary; flower vocabulary; reinforcement of articulation targets (kids earn the piece to complete the craft); (2) Spring is Here book target reading basic sentences; forming N+V sentences; imitation of 3 word sentences for articulation practice; seasons vocabulary; weather vocabulary; calendar skills; (3) ClickySticky Easter target color words; following directions; location concepts; spring vocabulary; body parts (or in this case bunny parts).

Do you have any favorite spring crafts, activities or books?  If so, we’d love to hear about it. 

That’s all from me for today.  Until next time…

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