Monday, October 29, 2012

An Autumn Camera Dump

Sooo if you live on the east coast you are probably running for cover from Hurricane Sandy. 

Pretty much everything in the NY area is shut down.  School is closed Monday and Tuesday so I've been stuck in the house and I'm getting a little stir crazy.  We're all prepared over here so I decided since I finally have lots of free time i might as well put up a blog post (if my power doesn't go out first). 

These past few weeks we have been all about Autumn at my school.  So my therapy sessions have centered around apples, pumpkins, witches, bats, and MONSTERS.  I so LOVE this time of year!!!

You can't have a discussion about Autumn without talking about Apples and Pumpkins... I got these two books last year and my kids LOVE them.  They are full of fun, interesting facts and vivid pictures. 

I  used a ton of different activities to accompany these books.  We learned about pumpkin and apple life cycle (sequencing), pumpkin and apple sizes and colors (concepts), and we made caramel apples (following directions). 

*I will put the links for all of these projects at the end of this post. 

It wouldn't be October without mentioning two of my favorite books "Big Pumpkin" and "Go Away Big Green Monster". 

We read Big Pumpkin several times last week.  We are working hard on our writing and retelling.  Finally on Friday, we role-played the story. 

I tend to use "Go Away Big Green Monster" with my younger and non-verbal students.  It's a simple and easy to follow book and I love the use of color. 

Activity Links...

To all my fellow east coasters please stay safe in this storm..

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Let It Fall!

Hi Guys!!!

I know it has been a long time since my last post.   I have been dealing with a few personal issues and also tackling a few projects around my home.  Things are easing up quite a bit so I am back to (somewhat) regularly posting again!!

My kiddos and I have been discussing all things Autumn this week.  I love Fall so I had lots of fun teaching this week!

I used 2 books in therapy this week Let It Fall by: Maryann Cocca-Leffler and There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro.  Both are great books for targeting fall vocabulary and many other speech and language goals. 
After spending some time learning and discussing our new fall vocabulary we worked on categorizing.  I used some activities from the "Autumn Leaves are Falling" packet by: Primary Junction posted on the Teachers Pay Teachers website.  *It's a Freebie this week so go grab it. 

My kiddos really love doing craftivities in Speech but I'm not so crafty or creative.  So I am always scouring the web looking for fun crafts that I can build language lessons around.  This week I relied on the genius minds over at All Kids Network

We practiced following written and oral directions, color identification, making requests and turntaking using their Bean Leaf Craft



 In all it was a fun and productive week! Enjoy the rest of the weekend guys!  Tai