The key to summer sessions is avoiding regression that is typical during the long break. It is important to be creative and keep things fresh. Activities that use bubbles and water are engaging and will allow you to work on word families, patterns, articulation, conversation skills, and other speech and language goals that are specific to a child.
The Simplicity of Painting with Water
To do this activity, all you need is a bucket, water, and a variety of big paint brushes. Head outside to an area that has a large amount of black top. There is no fuss or mess associated with this activity. It only adds to the fun if you get splashed with a little cold water. Begin by painting a letter that you may be working on. See how many words the kids can come up with that start with that sound before the letter vanishes. Try the same thing with an end sound to mix it up a bit. When finished, allow them to use the words in sentences for extra practice while painting a picture of it at the same time.
Younger kids may do better with a water paint story walk. Allow them to paint a quick water picture and talk you through the process. Remind them to give you details and get as specific as possible. Another fun option is to paint a picture and ask kids to paint something that rhymes with it. Think outside of the box and utilize different options for whatever needs your group of children may have.
Big Bubble Blast
While bubbles may be a bit messier than water, they are a great option in the summer. Blowing bubbles can get kids outside and allows them to practice mouth movements while having fun. Make bubbles ahead of time by looking for different recipes on Pinterest. Many only call for dish soap and water, while others need a little more for bigger and better bubbles. Get some pipe cleaners and allow kids to make their own dream bubble blower. Guess which one will make the most individual bubbles. This experiment will be fun for the kids and get them talking and work on their confidence. Each of these ideas would allow for modeling, sequence talk, conversation skill practice, and more if you work more specific items into them for the individual child. When finished, another idea is to be the bubble blower. Each child has to pop as many bubbles as they can. Have them keep track. The winner must take a turn telling a story using that many words. This could easily be changed for younger children to participate.
Be sure to send sheets home to families to give them ways to encourage children to practice during the weeks of summer break. Suggest some of the outside activities that you have done and encourage them to create videos, photo books, or draw books about items they do together. Parents can write it in the other language spoken at home, and these can be shared at the end of summer.
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