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 Language Olympics! Players begin at the Opening Parade. There are four “event” areas (named after actual areas at the Souchi… 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