Spring is here and the above photo was a picture of my whiteboard drawing as an icebreaker for my students. This drawing above initiated topics among my students such as: "My mother is growing tulips in her garden" or "Flowers need water and sun to grow." These conversations sound like some good language and some good speech sounds all in one.
I brought in artificial vegetables for my younger students to describe and they really enjoyed telling me all about the different types of vegetables. The artificial vegetables I got from Ikea in the children's section.
One of my favorite apps that a lot of my younger students have enjoyed is Dr. Panda's Veggie Garden. This app was very good to tie in all of the information that they have been learning in class about vegetables and fruit and how plants grow.
Here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dr.-pandas-veggie-garden/id585512923?mt=8
Cost of this app: $1.99.
There are 12 different fruits and vegetables that the students can grow and learn about in this app. It also provides some good vocabulary (i.e. plowing, seeding) and the students can put the fruits and vegetables in the correct category. To make it even more engaging, I chose one student to be the farmer.
First the elephant pulls up and is thinking off a fruit or a vegetable. The farmer (a student) can name what the elephant is thinking of in his mind. Below are some of the steps that the students had to take in order to make the blueberries grow.
Open the bag
Put the seeds in the pot
Use the watering can
Sunlight to help the blueberries grow
Keep the bugs away from eating your blueberries
Pick the blueberries and put them in the basket for the elephant
Put the blueberries on the back of the elephant's truck
This activity is also great for sequencing. If you have students who are working on different speech sounds, the farmer (a student) can pass out blueberries or other fruits and vegetables with the various speech sounds and words on paper blueberry cut outs.
Here is a link for 79 Free Fruit and Vegetable Worksheets http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-vocabulary/food_and_drinks/fruit_and_vegetables-worksheets/
What are some of your favorite Spring Apps?
Happy Friday Everyone! The thought for the day is above. If you have not noticed yet on the blog page to the far right, I post a "quote of the week" and a "student success tip of the week."
This post is about my favorite Ziplock bags. A lot of times, especially after you build your therapy closet of games, sometimes the boxes begin to fall apart. This leads us to the solution of ...Ziplock bags! Ziplock bags are great because they come in all different sizes and if the box is already falling apart you can cut the name of the game, place it in the ziplock bag, so that you can differentiate between multiple games. Also you can put the cards or playing pieces in smaller zip lock bags.
Ziplock bags are good for keeping activities together for each group that you see throughout the day. Examples of how I use ziplock bags are below.
How do you rescue your board games that are falling apart?
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY EVERYONE. We are depositing hearts for good speech sounds :)
1. One of my favorite places to shop are friend's houses, in particular closets or attics. Usually friends, family and other people that you may know have lots of giveaways. I was fortunate to have a coworker who gave me a lot of free therapy materials. Also I went back home and looked through my closet.
This option is FREE :)
2. Party City: I like to go here for my treasure box goodies because they sell things in bulk for parties. I usually find myself on the party favors aisle. They sell individual items (i.e. pencils, erasers) and bulk. I get lots of my themed stickers from here as well. Some of their items are fairly reasonable.
3. Dollar Tree: You can not go wrong in the Dollar Tree, everything is a dollar. I usually get stationary, supplies (i.e. pencil, paper, folders), activity books, games. Some of their activity books (i.e. phonics, letters, reading comprehension) are pretty good.
4. Dollar Section: I usually go to the dollar section in the front of the store to see what they have, it depends on the day, but sometimes you get find some good items.
5. Five and Below http://www.fivebelow.com/store-locator/ One of my favorite places, everything is $5 and below. They have some great games, activities, books, and more. Some states have Five and Below and some do not. The website can let you know the nearest location to you.
6. Etsy http://www.etsy.com Sometimes on Etsy there are some pretty good buys for therapy materials. Some of the search options that you can type include, but are not limited to: "speech therapy," "language therapy,"phonics," etc.
7. Ikea: This one surprised me, I went in there the other day to buy a lamp. I did not follow the arrows and ended up in the children's section :) which brought me to the supplies that I picked up. I found felt tip markers for $1.99 and a huge pack of paper for $3.99. They have some other items (i.e. easel, pretend food sets) in this section as well.
8. Big Lots: I really like Big Lots for paper, pencils, any type of supplies. There are a lot of other great buys in Big Lots too.
PowerPoint Games was the website of the week for September 20, 2010. During graduate school in the clinic setting, we had a wonderful group of young adults with Down syndrome. For three weeks, a movie theme was incorporated into therapy sessions, it was sooo much fun and very functional!!!! Some of the activities incorporated were:
Were you able to incorporate a movie theme in your lesson plan, let me know your experience.
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