Speech Therapy Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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valentines-day-speech-activities-ideasValentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to have some fun with kids during sessions. Speech and language goals may be worked on while kids enjoy crafts, talking about traditions, and more. The concept of love is also a great topic to help children to be able to express their feelings. Rather than simply focusing on love, look outside of the box and discuss family, friendships, and other similar themes.

Connect With Valentine’s Day Books

Kids adore listening to stories about holidays. Not only can you do a book walk, you can also use them to begin work on specific speech and language goals. Ask teachers to see what they will be doing for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to select something a little different to keep interest levels high while you work. Some great book titles to use include:

  • If You’ll Be My Valentine – by Cynthia Rylant
  • Valentine’s Day is…. – by Gail Gibbons
  • Olive, My Love – by Vivian Walsh
  • The Night Before Valentine’s Day – by Natasha Wing
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? – by Jane Yolan
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose – by Lucille Colandro
  • The Day it Rained Hearts – by Felicia Bond

Each year, there are new books being added to the growing collections of holiday books for children to read. While reading, allow kids to ask you questions and make predictions. Discuss new vocabulary and tie in with individual student goals. Older children may enjoy looking at the same book in English and the language they speak at home. They would be able to talk about similarities and differences.

Make Your Own Valentines

Once you have read a book and talked about Valentine’s Day, take some time to make valentines together. Have one made ahead of time to share what it may look like. Have colored paper, stickers, glitter, scissors, glue, and anything else that you can think of ready. Allow the kids to be creative during this process. Remind everyone to focus on the loved one that they will be giving the valentine to. Brainstorm about item that that person enjoys to include and write them a special message inside. Give as much writing support as needed. When finished, allow everyone to take time to share their creations. Pay special attention to reading them (articulation) and explaining why they made it for this person and more.

Traveling Conversation Hearts

Laminate conversation hearts to send home with kids for extra practice at home. They could have pictures, word sounds, vocabulary, or anything else that needs extra attention. Questions or sentence prompts are another idea for older students. Send these questions and prompts home with instructions on how to use them with families. Write translations on the back or another piece of paper to assist multilingual families.

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