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Breaking the Back to School Blues with Books

back to school books Heading back to school can be tough for everyone involved. New routines, schedule changes, and demands can often make kids a little sad, nervous, and confused. Thanks to this, it is often nice to do some items that will help you to bond in individual and group sessions with the children you are working with. Read More »

Time for a Picture Book Walk

Time for a Picture Book Walk Book Walks are a great idea to do with children when you are trying to build their confidence with speech. It allows them to share their thoughts on something where there are no wrong answers. Once you have selected a picture book, share the front cover of the book. Let them take some time to look at the illustration. Give them time to make inferences about what the story is about based on the front of the book. Next, guide them through the book one page at a time. Ask them to tell you in their words what the story is about. What do they think is happening based on the pictures? This actively engages them in the process and gives them some control of the conversation. If the child is comfortable with you, you may ask them questions. Ask them if they have ever done this at home, or do they have traditions that are like this. Think about ways to highlight their cultural identity and multilingual families. Once finished with your book walk, you can read the book. At the end, compare the book walk talk to what actually happened with the words from the author. Books will open up a great pathway for future sessions. You can make crafts, work on vocabulary, and use them as conversation starters. Picture book walks can also be used to model a task that will be done by the child in later sessions to promote use of their skills.   Read More »

Building a Bridge with Books

Building a Bridge with Books Books are powerful resources that we often forget to utilize with children during time together.     Picture books tell a story with words and also pictures. Though we often think that they are only for younger children, they are great tools to use with all ages. These days, there are books on almost any subject. The fall and Thanksgiving are perfect topics to use when trying some of the following activities with students. Selecting the Right Book These days, there are so many books about autumn and holidays that you could spend hours trying to pick out a book. A great place to start would be asking the child's primary teacher what topics they are covering and if they have any books or suggestions. There may be one that they would like the child to get a preview of to assist within the classroom setting. If they do not, look in the school library, or go to the public library in your area and check out the seasonal books. There will be books about leaves, football, animals hibernating, pumpkins, Pilgrims, and many on Thanksgiving. Preview the book to make sure it is age appropriate. Some of the Thanksgiving books can be a little too detail-oriented for a younger child, but may be perfect for older students. A few book ideas:

  • Countdown to Fall – Fran Hawk
  • What is Thanksgiving – Michelle Medlock Adams
  • From Seeds to Pumpkins – Wendy Pfeffer
  • There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves – Lucille Colandro
  • The Night Before Thanksgiving – Natasha Wing
  • Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks – Margaret Sutherland
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