Not every day of summer will have perfect weather. On those days when the sun may not be out, bring the sunny day features of the beach and more into your sessions. Bring surf, sun, and summer fun inside to focus around a theme while skill building for speech and language.
Summer tales to tell
Get a giant beach blanket and set it down for kids to gather around for some beach and summer tales. Practice book walks and keep lists of summer vocabulary to talk about during speech sessions at a later time. Some books suggestions include:
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell by Lucille Colandro
- Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt
- Pete the Cat – Pete at the Beach by James Dean
- Beach Bugs by David A. Carter
- Beach by Elisha Cooper
- Stella, Star of the Sea by Mary Louise Gay
- Miranda’s Beach Day by Holly Keller
- The Sand Castle Contest by Robert Munsch
When you start each book walk, ask for predictions of what the story will be about. Take time to make observations about the setting and what the focus appears to be. Once you have read the story, compare the predictions with what the story was really about. If there is time, have kids make a summer sun vocabulary mobile. Use the idea from One Charming Party as a guide. Each ray of the sun may feature a word and picture. These may be taken home for kids to share with their families.
Summer bucket list
Beach pails are a great way to showcase a summer bucket list. Allow kids to make their own summer bucket list of what they want to accomplish before they go back to school. Make a beach bucket template and create a small booklet for kids to write on their own. Brainstorm together on topics or model specific items that you want in the book. Some suggestions are places that they want to go, things that they want to do, and friends or family they want to see. Give time for each child to think about what they would like on each page. Go around and give each child time to share their thoughts to practice speaking within a group. When everyone has had a turn, allow students to complete their books. When they finish, talk about them together and be sure to send them home to families. Make sure to have translations of pages ready so multilingual families will be able to enjoy.