Category: Resources for Students

Celebrating Moms and More

mothers day activitiesIt is important to take time to celebrate special women, like mothers, who play a role in the lives of children. As always, be cognizant of family situations. Not all students may be living with their moms. Focus on using this holiday to cheer on an important woman in the lives of each child. If there is time, send a request come ahead to ask for a photo of the person the child selects to use on a future project. Read More »

Taking Time to Enjoy Nature

spring earth dayThe sun may finally be shining long enough to get outside, enjoy nature, and take in the beautiful spring surroundings. At this time of year, right around Earth Day, the snow is typically gone, the land is turning green, and flowers are blooming. Have a chat with students about different spring items they have noticed around school and homes.  What people, places, and different spring “things” have they noticed now that winter is a distant memory. There are a lot of spring crafts and even games which would be wonderful to do with different therapy groups. Think outside of the box and find items that will actively engage the kids. Remember that hands-on activities for tactile exploration make a powerful impact on younger children. Read More »

All Things Spring

spring verb activitiesMany students are not only learning new academic subjects during school, they are also working on their English language skills. We often take speaking English for granted. Most of us have simply learned it by listening to others, and then fine-tuning it at school. Multilingual learners may need additional help with a variety of tricky areas of the language. One that is often tricky is conjugating the progressive form of verbs. The -ing ending remains in all, but you need to know which helper goes before each in the present, past, and future tenses.  Learning this is not a fun task, so thinking outside of the box is critical to keep students actively engaged. Read More »

Eager for Easter Egg Ideas

easter eggsPlastic eggs may not seem like much, but they can be a great resource to have during therapy sessions. These colorful eggs are not only for Easter time, they are fun for later on to keep skills building in unique ways. Be sure to check out the displays at stores now to grab different colors, themes, and character-based eggs to use with your students during the year. Read More »

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 »