Use popular children's books to improve speech and language skills. Suitable for groups and individuals, the activities transfer the magic of a child's favorite book to your therapy session.
- Improve receptive and expressive vocabulary, concepts, phonological awareness, and yes/no and wh- question answering
- Improve literacy
The kit comes with ready-to-use lesson plans, picture cards, worksheets, and activities that correspond with well-known children's books. (You supply the children's books.)
Each book-based unit has these activities:
- Receptive and expressive vocabulary: worksheet activities target approximately twenty nouns, verbs, and adjectives from each book
- Hands-on activities: fun, easy crafts and other activities are perfect for language enrichment
- Concepts: concepts and their context in the featured book are listed for teaching purposes
- Phonological awareness: develop early literacy skills with worksheet activities in rhyming, syllable identification, syllable blending, or listening for beginning sounds in words
- Articulation and phonological pattern activities: use the picture cards and consonant cards to elicit articulation and phonological patterns; practice target words and patterns by themselves and in the context of the story
- Questions: questions about the featured story are arranged developmentally from yes/no questions to who, what, when, where, how and why questions; ask the questions during or after reading the book; questions pertaining to the child's everyday experiences are included
- Expansion Activities: multisensory, interactive learning ideas are given for each children's book for further reinforcement of speech and language goals
Copy the student activity pages or print them from the FREE CD. The units are based on these books (books are not included in the kit):
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Sheep in a Jeep
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Rainbow Fish
Is Your Mama a Llama?
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Mama, Do You Love Me?
According to the National Center on Education and the Economy, 1999; Bishop & Adams, 1990; Mahoney & Weller, 1980; and "Facts on Early Literacy," ASHA, January 2007:
- Children who readily develop phonemic awareness in kindergarten will learn to read easily.
- Unintelligible speech must be resolved by five years six months in order to significantly reduce academic problems associated with speech disorders.
- Language acquisition occurs with the active participation of the learner. Language learning is not a passive process.
- It is the role of the SLP to build a relationship between early spoken language and early preliteracy abilities.
Speech & Language Activities for Young Learners incorporates the above principles and are also based on expert professional practice.