I love Leah Kuyper’s Zones of Regulation curriculum. If you are unfamiliar with this approach, it is a way of categorizing emotions into four “zones”. The lessons developed by Ms. Kuypers include sensory integration and regulation as well as emotional awareness and executive functioning. Recently, while working with a group of 8-year-olds, one of the children described being in the… Read More
Wow! Can you believe Valentine’s Day is next week? I made this activity to target figurative language: Love Idioms: There are 21 idioms with contrasting concrete and figurative representations. Use these cards to play memory, go fish or just as a face up matching activity to work on idiom meanings. Review the activity here and Happy Valentine’s Day!
“I remember that winter because it had brought the heaviest snow I had ever seen.”–Raymond Briggs Another snow day! Here in the Northeast we are in the middle of what is being labeled a “snow trilogy” of the “snow apocalypse”. All I know is that the schools, including mine, are WAY over on their snow days–and it’s only the beginning… Read More
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I love when language activities targets a broad range of skills. I also love when an activity is in the context of a current theme that teaches relevant information and ties into classroom curricula. This was my goal when creating Winter Games: Speech Therapy! Players begin at the Opening Parade. There are four “event” areas, each targeting vocabulary, word associations,… Read More
Every once in a while I find it necessary to work with my students on foundational language skills. The ability to describe objects utilizing sensory information is always a fun (and effective) area to focus. I often notice that when my students are describing objects, they rely heavily on visual information, especially color! Research supports that young children have a… Read More