Category: Resources for Students

Luck of the Irish

luck of IrishMarch means it’s time to dress up in green and embrace your inner Irish self. Even if you are not Irish, kids and adults enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day each March. Younger children will enjoy learning about the stories of leprechauns. Kids who are new to our country may not be as familiar with St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish folklore. Take time to introduce them to some tales associated with leprechauns. A fun story to begin with is How to Catch a Leprechaun/Cómo Atrapar a un Duende by Adam Wallace. It will be a great start to chatting about how they would work on trapping these tricky lads. Read More »

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

march lion lambFeelings are a topic that can be difficult for many children to talk about. Some kids may not have the right words due to a language barrier. Others may simply be confused with the complexity of the topic and how to express their own feelings.  Then, more kids may not be able to read the body language which tells us about the feelings of others. Read More »

How do YOU Read Across America?!

Read Across America Day The iconic day when teachers, therapists, parents, and of course - students - get to celebrate the wonders of reading is almost here. Friday, March 2nd is National Read Across America Day. This is one of our favorite days since our entire BT team LOVES to read. We have a few fun suggestions for those who are looking for ways to celebrate with your students and families.

Share your #Shelfie

We are celebrating by sharing #shelfies on our social media pages these next few days. What's a #shelfie, you ask? It's our way of sharing our love of reading by posting a selfie with our book & shelf on social media. Check out a few of our team shelfies:             We encourage you to share a #shelfie with us by posting in the comments section below, or sharing with us by tagging "Bilingual Therapies" on Facebook or mentioning @bilingualthera on Twitter. Be on the lookout after you share with us - you might just spot your #shelfie on our social pages!

Culture Club

Celebrate different cultures by incorporating diverse books into your lessons and sessions. Have your kids bring in or suggest books they read at home, or reach out to parents to find out. There are a number of online resources and book suggestions from other educators, parents, and therapists. Here are a few of the sites we recommend: Good Reads - Best Multicultural Books for Children How to Choose the Best Multicultural Books Disability in Kid Lit CBC Books We Need Diverse Books Besides posting on social media and incorporating fun, diverse books into your sessions, there are many other ways to observe Read Across America Day. Try incorporating dramatic play while you read with your kids, or integrate a theme into your reading efforts, like this pirate idea. How else do YOU Read Across America? Share your favorite idea with us in the comment section below or on our social pages! Read More »

Focusing on Feelings and Relationships

feelings valentines day craftValentine’s Day gives us the chance to think about people we love. While love is in the air, it’s not the only feeling which students need to be familiar with. If you want them to be open during different therapy sessions, they must be able to communicate different feelings. What feelings do they have about people, places, and things which are part of their world? Kids of all ages enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day because they can be creative and work on expressing their feelings. Working on projects which allow them to practice ways to share their feelings about school will encourage it throughout the year and beyond. Read More »

Getting to Know Who People Are

Looks can be deceiving. A smile on someone’s face may not really let you know what is happening in their life and who they are. Kids need to learn that you can’t judge a person based on what they look like, how they dress, and a variety of other factors. It’s always a good time to regroup and do some team building during sessions. Take some time to readdress the importance of getting to know those who are in your learning community. The more kids understand differences among them, the more they will accept peers and stand up for them. This is a big social skills goal, but also works on communication goals, fine motor practice, and more. Read More »

When it’s More Than Laryngitis: Common Voice Problems in Children

vocal problemsSpeaking requires effort and cooperation of multiple body parts. The vocal cords do not shape how your voice sounds on their own. It is the continuous effort of your lungs, chest muscles, tissues in your nose and the back of your throat, and nerves in the brain that work together as a team to give your voice it’s unique sound and strength. Read More »