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Prepping Students for the End of the School Year

Another school year is coming to an end. As you reach the last few days of class, it’s easy to become distracted by both the excitement of summer right around the corner and the exhaustion that is setting in from a busy school year. We have come up with some great classroom activities to engage you and your students before summer arrives! Read More »

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 »

Father’s Day Fun in Speech Therapy

 Celebrating fathers is another big event that we do each June in the United States. On this day, we take time to appreciate the men who are fathers, help like dads, or are otherwise an important part of our lives. Since families are important, it is always nice to incorporate something to do with Father's Day into lessons that can be sent home as small gifts with children. Ice Cream Cone for Dad What words do kids associate with their father or other special man in their life? Have them brainstorm about words that describe them to use on a project. With construction paper, give kids a pattern to make a scoop of ice cream in the flavor/color of their choice. Next, allow them to trace out a triangular shape in a tan color that will be an ice cream cone. Have them write a message on the cone. On smaller colored rectangular pieces of paper (to become sprinkles), write the words and glue them onto the ice cream section. Read More »

Searching for Signs of Spring for Speech

After a long winter, it is a great idea to take some sessions outside. Whether you are at a school with a playground, at a home where you can go outside during a session, or just want to walk out the front door, you can easily adapt and be flexible. When the weather cooperates, the outside environment provides a great background for some lessons.  Read More »

Practicing Am, Is, and Are

Practicing Am, Is, and Are English is not an easy language to master. It can be challenging even for those of us that only have to concentrate on learning the rules associated with it. For ESL students that work in the area of speech, we often need to practice grammar use within conversation. A nice way to do this in session is to utilize play and games to make it a fun experience for everyone. Developmentally, a lot of children learn how to use am, is, and are, but sometimes when there is a focus on another area, this may slide. These are a few activities to try with children of different ages. Time to Go Fishing Kids love to pretend they are fishing. The Let's Go Fishin' game from Pressman Toys has a lot of potential. There really is no need to have rules for this game. It is all about having fun fishing with a pole and in this instance, practicing with am, is, and are. During the play of the game, you will structure a sequence where everyone will say the same items on each turn. Some ideas on how to stress the is/am/are:

  • It is my turn.
  • I am going to turn on the game.
  • Now I am going to catch a fish.
  • The fish is _____.
  • There are ____ left.
For younger children who may get frustrated with the motorized fishing game, you can make a fishing pole with a ruler, string, and magnet on the end. Have laminated fish cards that also include key sounds and a magnet for fishing fun. The words on the fish will add another skill to practice while working on some conversational grammar. Hangman is also a Helper For older children, you can incorporate the is/am/are review into a game of Hangman with a dry erase board. Just like with younger children, it is about adding conversational practice that focuses on this grammar topic. Some possibilities to use are:
  • It is my turn.
  • I am thinking.
  • Is there a ____?
  • There are ____ letters to pick from.
To allow carry over at home, send a sheet home to parents asking them to play a game of hide and go seek with an object. They can give clues  like “It is in _____.” Kids should answer back with “I am going to ____.” Then they can ask questions about the object. Is the item blue/fuzzy/up high? If they are not sure they should say “I am not sure, I need more clues.” Once they have a guess, they can respond with “Is it a ____.” Always send home instructions and inquire if families would prefer them to be in the other language spoken at home to make it easier for them.   Read More »

Sports and Language Communication

We’re All in This Together – Getting Children into Sports and Other Games Playing sports is a great way to teach children how to work together. It can bridge gaps in communication, build team-working skills, and form friendships. It helps children work on their motor skills, get physical activity, and more. Some kids enjoy playing sports, and some don’t. If a child isn’t the soccer team or baseball type, try suggesting signing them up for chess, trying an online game together, or trying another hobby of the child’s choosing that involves working with other children. If they are an introvert, that’s quite all right. Suggest that their parent helps practice social skills in a calm setting, stressing communication and fun with their child’s select circle of friends. Read More »