Thanks to the movies Frozen and Frosty the Snowman, many children are familiar with Olaf and Frosty. It’s fun to watch their faces light up when they talk about making a snowman of their own. Of course, some locations never get enough snow to make this a reality. This means you can work on a snowman theme to have fun and focus on speech and language goals that are on each child’s IEP.
Tales of snowmen and more
Begin to talk about snowmen that are not in the movies. Take some time to get familiar with snow people that are part of stories that kids will adore. Some possible books to read during your sessions include:
- The Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Jeffrey Burton
- Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
- Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright
- Snowman’s Story by Will Hillenbrand
- Just a Snowman by Mercer Mayer
- Snowmen at Play by Caralyn Buehner
- Snowzilla by Janet Lawler
- Snowman in Paradise by Michael Roberts
- Snow Party by Harriet Ziefert
As always remember to take a book walk with your students before starting. This will help them to get more involved in the process and is a great way to boost their conversation confidence.
Snowman tie-in activities
Once you select a book think about a craft or snack tie in to go along with it. A lot of bloggers have already shared some ideas on Pinterest. Search based on the book selected to view options that may be perfect to tie in speech and language goals.
Snowmen also are a great time to work on /s/ blends with articulation students. Make a giant snowman patter for kids to trace. Have each student trace and cut out the shape on a large piece of white construction paper. Next, allow them to design the snow person’s face. The body of the snow person will be filled with /s/ blend words and pictures to make up their costume. When finished with this project, it is perfect to take home for decorating and practice. Remember to include word translations for any multilingual families that may need it.
If you prefect to make a snack, Frugal Coupon Living has a quick and easy snowman grahams that can be done. To make these you will need graham crackers, regular marshmallows, jet puffed mallow bits, and black gel along with other colors for decorations. Candy corns could be used for the nose rather than orange candy melts. This would be a great activity to use with modeling instructions and retelling them while repeating. If you stay away from snack during sessions, send the idea home to families. Remember to translate them for multilingual individuals so it can be a fun tie in for all involved. Include questions and suggestions for them to practice vocabulary that goes along at home.
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