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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!

Create a recommended summer reading list with your students.

Give your students a chance to share their favorite reads with one another. One way to do this is to have each student come prepared with a book recommendation to share with the class and why. Creating conversation amongst students is a great way to encourage community among peers. At the end of book sharing, pass out a list of all the book recommendations that were presented and include other language versions when available. You can also add resources for ways to access free books like local libraries, apps and YouTube channels for kids like “Books Read Aloud For Children."  You can also accompany this with a reading activity or reading log that will keep students engaged when reading the books throughout the summer.

End of the Year Superlatives.

Have some fun with student superlatives! Create some fun and unique awards that acknowledge each and every student. This activity is a personal way to connect with each of your students to let them know how much you appreciate them and how much they have progressed in therapy or in the classroom. Some examples of superlatives are “Super S Maker”, “Most Creative Story Teller”, “Best Context Clue Detective” and “Perfect Picture Picker.”

Celebrate Summer

Your students are sure to have summer on the mind throughout the last few days of the school year. So why not help them get ready for some summer activities? Host summer themed games, like Summer Vocabulary Bingo! Consider having students personalize the Summer Vocabulary Bingo Game and make them copies to play at home with family. Another classic way to keep students engaged is craft time! Provide materials for students to create their own bookmarks that they can use throughout the summer. This not only encourage them to keep up with their reading throughout the break but will remind them of all the fun that they had this school year.

Learn Something New Together

There are several ways to learn something new in the classroom. One way to do this through peer-to-peer teaching sessions. Each student teaches the rest of the class how to do a new skill or activity, such as summer safety tips. This promotes active learning, reinforces their own learning and helps them to feel more comfortable when interacting with peers. Another route to take is to learn an activity for the first time together with your class. Perhaps this could be learning a Line Dance or how to make origami. Whatever activity you choose, use this as an opportunity to bond with your students by showing them the value of being open to learning new things. There are so many ways to celebrate the end of the school year together. Try to stay away from activities that require a high-level of preparation so that you don’t add to your list of to-do’s. When planning end-of-the-year activities, stick with creative ideas that will benefit your students and keep you energized while you are getting all of the end of the year activities done. Remember to have fun and enjoy your summer!     Looking for a new school assignment? Bilingual Therapies is here to help. Visit our job listings page to find the perfect fit for you!  Read More »

Tips for Communicating with Parents When You Don’t Speak Their Language

Communicating a child’s success and needs in therapy with parents is one of the most important things clinicians do. It truly is a team effort to generalize successful outcomes from the therapy room and carry them over into the home. This can be complicated when you do not share a language in common with parents. In many schools throughout the country, there can be dozens of different languages spoken in the homes of students and finding ways to help parents access and share information is crucial for continued success. Read More »

How Bilingual SLPs Can Support Children During the Silent Period

Learning a second language is a complex process, especially for a child. Second language acquisition is also very individualized. Many factors can affect how a child learns another language, including his or her family experiences, culture and literacy level. As the number of bilingual children grows, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) must learn to differentiate between a language disorder and typical second language development. There may be concerns when new English Language Learners (ELLs) are quiet or silent in the classroom.  SLPs play an important role in determining whether these students are in the “silent period” phase of second language acquisition and how to support them through the process. Read More »

Top 5 Tools for SLPs

sensory activitiesWorking with students on their speech and language goals, evaluating them, and keeping lines of communication open with families can be challenging. Thanks to technology, we have a lot of resources available to help us with our daily tasks. Using these tools will help to maximize time, balance work, and keep things fresh within your sessions. Read More »

Bilingual Therapies Celebrates Read Across America Day

Bilingual Therapies always has a wonderful time celebrating Read Across America, but this year was extra special as the theme was “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers”. I loved to read as a child and vividly remember reading stories from the Childcraft book “Children Everyone”.  This book had stories of children from around the world and as I read the stories, I was transported to faraway places where I learned about the languages they spoke and how they lived.  Reflecting on this, I now realize that this was my first experience with culturally and linguistically diverse literature.  My parents fostered my love of reading by taking me to the library and I checked out so many different types of books from mysteries like “Someone is Hiding on Alcatraz Island” to books that I later found out they were banned in some places (“Summer of My German Soldier” and “Outsiders”). Read More »

Green Activities for St. Patrick’s Day

The luck of the Irish is strong in the month of March. Not everyone is Irish, but most adore celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in one way or another. Most people love to wear green and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with friends. This holiday is perfect to use with speech and language goals in mind. There are lots of great books activities to engage students about the lure of leprechauns, pots of gold, and following rainbows. Read More »